Master of Business Administration

Start date
February 2025
2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

Total fee 2024-2025 entry
AED 123,900.

Scholarships are available 

The Birmingham MBA is now available in Dubai. Delivered in a hybrid format across Dubai, Singapore and the UK, the Birmingham MBA is a truly international programme.

The programme is subject to UAE Ministry of Education accreditation. 

Why study the Birmingham MBA in Dubai?

  • Blended learning for enhanced flexibility through online and residential weekends
  • International mobility across campuses and online with up to three modules on any of the alternative campuses or modes of delivery
  • Access to mentorship opportunities with alumni, tangible networking opportunities, skills development and personal coaching to help develop soft skills as a top business leader
  • Benefit from strong industry partnerships and engagement with global firms like IBM, Accenture, Deloitte, and KPMG, fostering a valuable experience of rich global learning, international relationships and perspectives

Elevate your career while balancing study and work commitments with our part-time MBA programme. Our programme offers an immersive classroom experience through residential weekends at our outstanding Dubai campus.

Designed to enable collaborative learning among experienced senior executives from diverse backgrounds, the Birmingham MBA challenges you to self-reflect and develop your own approach to building impactful business practices for a better world.

Our ‘Triple-crown’ accreditation

Our MBA programme is delivered by the Birmingham Business School, which is among just a handful of the business schools around the world that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Triple accreditation logos

An international experience

At Birmingham Business School, your experience will be truly multicultural. You will join a melting pot of diverse students on our campuses in Birmingham, Dubai, and Singapore. Our MBAs include activities with global firms like IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Mondelez, KPMG, Santander and HSBC. Birmingham MBA students can also choose to travel internationally to participate in ‘immersive modules’.

Dubai scholarships

The University of Birmingham Dubai, awards scholarships to MBA candidates who showcase exceptional potential in driving positive change and innovation.

Find out more about our Dubai scholarships


Core modules

  • Purposeful Leader
  • Global Perspectives in Responsible Business
  • Understanding the Economy
  • Strategy in a Complex and Uncertain World
  • Managerial Finance
  • People Management and Organisations
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Operations
  • Accounting, Accountability and Decision-Making 

You must choose ONE of the following:

  • MBA Company Project
  • Entrepreneurial Project
  • Research Project: Dissertation

You must choose an additional 40 credits in total, with at least one optional module based in Dubai. You may choose three or four from the following selection of modules as long as at least one is in your home location. Each module is worth 10 credits.

Dubai based optional modules

  • Crisis and Resilience Management 
  • Fintech, Digital Finance and Blockchain
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Change Management
  • International Business in A Complex Environment
  • Digital Marketing
  • Corporate Communication and Reputation Management 

Online optional modules

  • Project Management
  • Digital Healthcare
  • Governance, policy and regulation in health organisations
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • 4th Industrial Revolution, AI and Data
  • Cooperative Strategy and Systems Thinking
  • Services Marketing
  • Private Equity and Financing Start-Ups
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Leading Clinicians
  • Safety Critical Systems

Immersive modules

Students who chose three options from the above optional modules can choose one of the following immersive modules:

  • International Business Experience: Doing Business in Mexico
  • Doing Business in the Middle East: Energy transition and post-oil economies
  • The future for Southeast Asia Economies: regionalisation and de-globalisation
  • Global Marketing Consultancy: International Residential   

Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2025.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fee for 2024 entry

The full fee for this programme is AED 123,900, or AED 8,850 per module. 

Find out more about tuition fees.

We have a number of scholarships available. Find out more.

How To Apply

Before you submit your application, you should have the following supporting documents:

  • Evidence of your academic and/or professional qualifications
  • An up-to-date copy of your resume or CV
  • One academic reference, and one work related reference (if you don't have an academic reference, we will accept two work references)
  • Your personal statement, including why you wish to apply to the MBA course, why you have chosen to apply to the Birmingham MBA in particular, highlights of your career to date, examples of managerial responsibility, and your career aspirations for the future (maximum 2 pages)

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Our Standard Requirements

  • Usually five years of experience and at least three years in cases of exceptional potential, including extensive managerial responsibility
  • 2.1 good Honours degree or equivalent, such as a degree level professional qualification
  • 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) 

Please note we will also consider candidates without a first degree or professional qualification but with at least ten years’ work experience including significant managerial responsibility. 

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) 

Although we do not require GMAT to study our MBA, we recognise it as a rigorous and challenging assessment of analytical, numerical and verbal reasoning skills. We welcome applicants in possession of a GMAT and we will consider it alongside your other qualifications and experience.

Learn more about entry requirements

International Requirements

International Students

12 month route: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band).

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less that 6.5 in any band
  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency – minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

Studied over two years, extendable up to four, the Birmingham MBA, Dubai is designed to be flexible and fit around your life and work. Modules will adopt a hybrid format, combining online learning with residential weekends. Online modules will run as seven-week blocks. Residential weekends will run from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Dates for online modules and residential weekends will be released soon.

Our interactive classes and seminars encourage critical thinking and lively discussions, providing you with essential business skills such as analysis, negotiation, and synthesis. Through collaborative case study assignments, you'll bridge theory with real-world scenarios, honing your interpersonal and problem-solving abilities.

Become a responsible business leader, feel confident you will succeed and be fully prepared to accelerate your career in global business. Our support and expertise will open up new opportunities, getting you ready for the world. 

Lifelong careers support 

From day one of your MBA, you can tap into the expertise of our career consultants. Whatever your short or long-term goals, our careers support will put you in the best position to achieve them. In fact, we are one of the few business schools who offer lifelong support throughout your career. 

University-wide, our careers and employability team offer internships, careers fairs, support, access to bursaries and events with top UK employers, plus activities for start-ups and entrepreneurs. 

An international experience 

At Birmingham Business School, your experience will be truly multicultural. You will join a melting pot of diverse students on our campuses in Birmingham, Dubai and Singapore. Our MBAs include activities with global firms like IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Mondelez, KPMG, Santander and HSBC. All creating an experience of rich global learning, international relationships and perspectives. 

Global alumni network 

Throughout your MBA, you will have many opportunities to learn directly from our alumni at top international companies. When you graduate, you will become part of the same alumni network, who can offer you further advice, support and expertise. 

Skills development 

Our Skills Development Consultant offers personal coaching to help you develop the soft skills of a top business leader. You could grow as a team leader and player, become a better communicator, a great negotiator or the kind of presenter who inspires an auditorium. From interview practice to industry networking events, we will help you develop the skills you need to achieve your professional career goals.