Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

Start date
September
Duration
One academic year
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

For 2021/22:
£8,280 (UK students)
£19,020 (International students)

 

Providing a thorough grounding in functional issues in management, the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is a qualification in its own right. It also empowers those who seek to gain entry to our MSc and MBA programmes.

This programme provides a thorough grounding in functional issues in management and is a qualification in its own right. It also empowers those who seek to gain entry to our MSc and MBA programmes.

We aim to introduce you to a wide range of management disciplines that develop your abilities to:

  • Synthesise diverse theoretical issues
  • Analyse complex business situations from theoretical and practical perspectives
  • Understand team dynamics
  • Build confidence in articulating and presenting solutions to a critical audience

Why study this course?

  • A flexible Diploma route to MBA and MSc programmes
  • An essential and recognised qualification in business
  • English language support is provided throughout the programme
  • Students experience a wide range of teaching and learning methods
  • The GDBA enhances employment opportunities for participants

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Modules

Components of full-time MBA (Preliminary Year) and Graduate Diploma (all modules are 10 credits):

Fees

For programme fees and information of further costs for our MSc programmes please visit our Fees and Financing page. Alternatively, find information on our MBA costs at our MBA fees page.

Scholarships may be available, find out more about our scholarships by using our PG Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government; find out more.

How To Apply

1 July 2021 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2021 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2021.

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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Our Standard Requirements

  • A 2:2 degree or equivalent from a recognised University.
  • Post-graduation work experience is desirable but not mandatory.

Learn more about entry requirements

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

International Requirements



International Students

English language requirements: 6.0 IELTS with no less than 5.5 in any band.


IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 51 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

Course overview

We employ many teaching and assessment methods on this programme that reflect the standards required by our MBA and MSc programmes. For international students, we offer continuing English language support to enhance your learning experience.

The student group consists of those studying the GDBA as a standalone qualification, as well as those undertaking both the first year of the MBA 24/21 month programmes, and the first year of the MSc 24 month programmes.

The programme offers 12 taught modules including:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Global Business and Business Policy

Students on this programme have gained employment in both private and public sector organisations, and it has launched many successful careers. It offers opportunities for higher study to those candidates whose experience, qualifications or language ability may be insufficient for direct entry to our Masters programmes.  

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.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

Visit the Careers in Business website

Learn more about the service that our Careers in Business team can provide.

Career development advice

Our consultants offer an individual advice service, which includes:

  • Career review and objective setting
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • CV review
  • Application advice
  • Interview and selection advice
  • Working in the UK
  • International work enquiries

Skills coaching

Employers aren’t just looking for great qualifications. They want to see high-quality personal skills too, such as team working, leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills. Our Skills Development Consultants offer individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Keeping you up to date

Our Employer Liaison Team regularly undertakes initiatives to attract employment/ project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards, as well as through the Careers Network vacancy database .

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you upon graduation – just sign up to the events to take part.

Using Careers Network

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by our central career service, Careers Network, such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You should use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search-related activities.

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