Global Banking and Finance MBA

The Global Banking and Finance MBA is designed for professionals who aspire to a career in global banking and finance. It will guide you through management and technical skills, and develop you into a broadly knowledgeable professional, capable of performing at the top of the international banking and finance industry.

Birmingham Business School is accredited by (AMBA) the Association of MBAs and (EQUIS) European Quality Improvement System.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 12 months, 21 months or 24 months

Start date: September; the 21-month route starts in January


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The Distinguished Leaders Series showcases the high profile business leaders MBA students at Birmingham can have access to.

This MBA programme is delivered by University faculty and industry practitioners to cater to the current and future needs of global financial services industry and has been specifically designed for graduates who aspire to develop careers in global banking and finance and aims to improve management and technical skills.

MBA Global Banking and Finance attracts highly qualified and experienced students from a variety of cultures and nationalities and is highly rated by students wanting to specialise in banking and finance.Many of our graduates are working at senior positions in banks and financial institutions, and in the investment industry worldwide.

Programme content

The programme includes core modules and optional modules. Apart from the taught element of the programme, students have the opportunity to attend talks delivered by practising managers and senior executives from some of the world's leading banks and finance houses. Students will have opportunities to interact, discuss their career-related issues and gain valuable insights into the working of these prestigious institutions.

A compulsory requirement of the programme will provide students with the opportunity to conduct a supervised in-depth study of a specific topic relevant to their area of interest, leading to the writing of a dissertation. As part of their induction, all students attend a personal development course at an outdoor pursuits centre in the Malvern Hills.

Why study this course

An accredited Business School
Birmingham Business School is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS); find out more about rankings and accreditations.

An enhanced MBA experience
MBA students have the opportunity to gain an insight into how high profile business leaders made it to the top and discover what makes a great leader through our Distinguished Leaders Series, with select students having the opportunity to be part of a more intimate round-table discussion where they can ask individual questions and explore their career and the theme of leadership in more detail.

Skills to further your career in banking and finance
Develop a comprehensive understanding of technical and management skills to become a well-rounded expert in international banking and finance and being a research-led business school, Birmingham students have access to the latest trends, data and knowledge within the global banking and finance industry.


Fees and funding

The fee for 2014–15: £20,790 (UK/EU and overseas – flexible payment schemes available).

View more details on The Birmingham MBA Fees.

To learn more about fess and funding, please view the University's guide to tuition fees for postgraduates.

Scholarships and studentships  
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information view the currently available MBA scholarships, contact the School directly or visit the University of Birmingham's Students Academic Services.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree plus at least three years of postgraduation work experience in banking or finance at a supervisory level. Equivalent professional qualifications will also be considered.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to the one-year MBA (GBF) programme have the option of applying for the 24-month route. For those with appropriate quantitative skills, it is possible to enter the first year of the 21-month route in January (see MBA (full-time) for full details).

Learn more about entry requirements

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

  • 12-month MBA – IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band); TOEFL IBT 95 (with no less than 22 in any band); Pearson Academic Test of English 67 (in all four skills).
  • 21-month route – IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band); TOEFL IBT 88 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all four skills).
  • 24-month route – IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band); TOEFL IBT 82 (19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 51 (in all four skills).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

This MBA programme has been specifically designed for graduates who aspire to develop careers in global banking and finance and aims to improve management and technical skills by focusing on key areas such as international banking, banking and finance regulation and supervision, risk and asset and liability management, strategic management of financial institutions, financial markets, private equity and venture capital finance.

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques can be rapidly incorporated and teaching kept at the cutting edge
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • A series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce, provides contemporary ‘real world’ perspectives on the business environment – recent visitors to the School have included Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England (and a former professor of the University of Birmingham) and Sir John Bond, Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • A residential weekend business simulation requires you to manage a ‘company’ team in competition with others, against tight deadlines and with a range of rapidly changing data to assimilate and act upon (Full-time only)
  • A Teamwork Skills course at an outdoor pursuits centre in the Malvern Hills develops skills in leadership, team building and team working (Full-time only)
  • Cross-Cultural Management skills are developed in a variety of workshops and Issues in Global Competitiveness are the focus of a specialist series of seminars
  • Researching and writing a project develops skills in information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • A supporting programme of consultant delivered career-development workshops allow you to reflect on the impact of what you have learnt on your future career development


Read our MBA students and Alumni's view on studying The Birmingham MBA; visit our MBA student profiles.

Birmingham Business School understands the importance of undertaking an MBA Business programme for your career development. Finding the right employment afterwards will clearly be an important objective and our primary aim is to help you do so.

From the very start of your MBA you receive bespoke advice from our employment specialists.

Through one-to-one coaching, our industry experienced advisors work with you to distil your experience and clarify your aspirations. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to be involved in group and individual activities; all aimed at helping you to develop the skills and techniques which lead to highly successful employment outcomes

Employer engagement

Whilst on your MBA you will have the opportunity to engage with top international companies. In previous years our MBA students participated in a range of activities with employers including BP, GE, IBM, Unilever, Deloitte and HSBC.

Employment activity schedule

A few examples of the group and individual activities that you will undertake throughout your MBA programme include:

  • Introduction to Careers and online profile building
  • Careers in Consultancy networking event
  • Distinguished leaders alumni seminar series
  • Employer presentations
  • Mock assessment centre
  • Draft and publish MBA profile
  • Skills coaching
  • Advice on networking
  • Video recorded interview practice

What our MBA graduates go on to do

For many who join us, the Birmingham MBA is a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. Some accelerate successful careers with existing employers.Others create potential for change.

Major directions include jobs in banking, business analysis and development, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing.

Careers in Business

Our in-house Careers in Business team and experienced consultants provide a specialist careers support service located in University House for the exclusive use of Business School postgraduates. Their role is to support your career development, which is done in a variety of ways.

  • Advice and guidance, provided by professionally qualified Careers Advisors, who offer individual consultations,
  • Career Development lectures and workshops and a Career Management skills programme;
  • Employer liaison, bringing in a variety of organisations to give presentations
  • Offer vacancies for full-time work and dissertation projects and deliver skills sessions and mock interviews.

Personal skills are increasingly valued by employers and this is reflected in our Personal Development module and Skills Series that include sessions on a wide variety of topics such as networking, team working, time management, leadership, consulting skills, personal image and presentation, assertiveness, influencing and persuading skills, stress management and emotional intelligence.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre

Many students will have their own business idea that they would like to develop and we can provide support for this. Our Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre gives practical support for embryo businesses. The Centre provides professional office and meeting (incubator) space and one-to-one expert guidance and advice.  Access to the Business School network (industrial links, partners, advisers/mentors, alumni and other students) is available, as are networking events, work space, skills programmes, funding, and, where possible, access to the media. The Centre also runs a Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School, which MBAs are encouraged to attend, designed to prepare you to:

  • Develop a business idea from the concept stage to a fully fledged business proposition
  • Know the steps required to set up their own business
  • Be aware of the requirements to commercialise research in an academic environment.
  • Be able to work effectively in a team environment
  • Identify which role they are best suited to in a business team