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Three new online courses will meet growing global demand for online study

The University of Birmingham has launched three new online programmes, as it continues to meet the growing demand for high-quality web-based study.

Applications are now open for the new programmes:

Running entirely online, the programmes build on the University’s existing web-based portfolio, including the Birmingham Business School's Online MBA programme, which was recently placed in the Financial Times’ Top 10 online MBA in the world.

I welcome the launch of these programmes which expand the portfolio of online courses at Birmingham. The programmes are learner-centred in their content and design and aim to support learners, regardless of their location, in engaging in rigorous academic study that will support career development and enhance professional practice.

Professor Corinne Boz, Academic Dean - University of Birmingham Online

Professor Corinne Boz, Academic Dean of University of Birmingham Online commented: “I welcome the launch of these programmes which expand the portfolio of online courses at Birmingham. The programmes are learner-centred in their content and design and aim to support learners, regardless of their location, in engaging in rigorous academic study that will support career development and enhance professional practice.”

Online PGCert Higher Education Policy into Practice bridges the gap between professional and academic roles. Graduates could aim for senior academic or professional roles—such as director, department head, academic dean, or vice chancellor—or one of many roles in government or for commercial partners, whilst potentially mixing with those same roles within their cohort.

This programme has been developed by researchers from the Education Equity Initiative - led by Professor Chris Millward, who has spent 20 years in the UK Government working on higher education policy.

Professor Millward’s team have a wide and diverse experience in research and practice -collaborating across disciplines to develop this interdisciplinary programme. The team has drawn upon data science and design thinking, as well as education studies, to look at higher education policy and practice from a range of disciplinary lenses and global perspectives.

Online MSc Mental Health brings together disciplines ranging from psychology, neuroscience, sociology and social policy to medicine, philosophy, and education. The curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of the field and, as the only distance learning interdisciplinary MSc in Mental Health in the UK, offers a unique opportunity to develop a holistic view of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and research in mental health.

The programme is led by industry specialist Dr Roxana Baiasu, Assistant Professor, Institute for Mental Health, School of Psychology. A teaching and research expert with over 20 years of experience in UK Higher Education, Dr Baiasu also has nine years of experience in Distance Learning and online teaching at the University of Oxford.

Online MBA Engineering Leadership is aimed at those looking to move into senior leadership positions within engineering settings. The programme combines core modules from the Online MBA with three additional engineering focused modules; Safety Critical Systems; Engineering Sustainability; and 4th Industrial Revolution, AI and Data.

Online MBA Engineering Leadership students will not only acquire the skills needed to excel within the engineering sector, but also broaden their business skill set through core MBA modules including Sustainable Operations, Marketing, Managerial Finance and Accounting, Accountability and Decision-Making.