MBA Executive

Start date
Flexible – entry is possible at two points during the year
Duration
2.5–4.5 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
Fees
For 2022/23:
£31,500 - £2,625 per module (UK and international students)
(Fees are liable to increase in subsequent years)
My Birmingham MBA Experience

Flexible and practical, the Executive MBA is designed to fit in with existing career commitments, enabling managers across a range of industries and sectors to want to boost their career prospects.

Each taught module is delivered in an intensive four-day block spread over one long weekend. Modules are offered at six points during the academic year. You can complete the course in a minimum of two-and-a-half-years and a maximum of four-and-a-half years. The programme will equip you to move into more senior management positions, either in your own organisation or moving elsewhere.

Why study this course?

  • The programme will equip you to move into more senior management positions, either in your own organisation or moving elsewhere.
  • We are ranked number one for being targeted by the top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2021)
  • A flexible payment scheme allows you to break down tuition fee payments on a modular basis, meaning you can “pay as you study”.
  • Modular delivery over long weekends (Friday to Monday) limits the impact of study on your work commitments.
  • Birmingham Business School holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Birmingham Business School is the UK’s oldest business school, bringing more than 100 years of innovative teaching and research.
  • The University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities.
  • The University of Birmingham is also a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities.

For me the MBA Executive programme delivers on four levels: value for money, flexibility, focus and the opportunity to develop a strong network of business contacts and friends. The programme fitted perfectly with my busy work and family life.

Mfon Whyte Oton, MBA Executive, Business Development, Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

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Modules

Executive MBA students are permitted to take one of three versions of the following modules depending on their preferred method of delivery or location (Online, at the University of Birmingham campus or via Singapore Institute of Management).

Students are required to choose 6 of the following options to achieve a total of 60 credits. Students are permitted to take one of three versions of the following modules depending on their preferred method of delivery or location (Online, at the University of Birmingham campus or via Singapore Institute of Management)

When the taught modules have been completed, an MBA Dissertation or  a Work Based Project Dissertation must be completed to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree. The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage them to support you with time for study or financial assistance.

Module Dates

Each taught module is delivered in an intensive four day block from Friday to Monday. This minimises disruption to your workplace commitments. Modules are offered at six points during the academic year.

View the Executive MBA module dates for 2021/22

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other changes.

Fees

View more details on The Birmingham MBA Fees.

Scholarships and studentships

We are offering a limited number of scholarship awards to eligible candidates joining our Executive MBA (non-Degree Apprenticeship route) for March 2021. These are partial scholarship awards and will be allocated to candidates based on their MBA application, CV and Personal Statement. Please email mbaadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk for more details.

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

  • Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.


For EU students applying for the 2021/22 academic year

The UK Government is currently working to determine the future fee status for new EU students for the 2021/22 academic year. The Government will provide sufficient notice for prospective EU students on fee arrangements ahead of the 2021/2022 academic year and subsequent years in future. For more information please visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

How To Apply

1 July 2022 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 2022 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2022.

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

In order to be accepted onto the Executive MBA, you must possess:

  • A good Honours degree (or equivalent), or equivalent professional qualification
  • Five years work experience with evidence of extensive managerial experience or professional responsibility. Three years exceptional work experience meeting this criteria will also be considered
  • 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)

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.

 

International Requirements



International Students

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band).


IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

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.

Your Executive MBA programme

You will take twelve taught modules, take part in a Dissertation Skills Workshop and submit a research or company-based project. The Executive MBA programme will equip graduates to move into more senior management positions either in their own organization or elsewhere. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques are rapidly incorporated into our teaching to keep you at the cutting edge of the world of business.

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.

A high-class learning environment

As a Birmingham MBA student, you will have exclusive access to the second floor of our award-winning £10 million postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a Harvard-style lecture theatre, dedicated computer cluster and seminar rooms as well as breakout rooms and communal areas for studying and group work, which looks out over the attractive landscape of the University's Green Heart development.

Learn from business leaders

On the Executive MBA programme we deliver a series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce which provides contemporary ‘real world’ perspectives on the business environment. Often these speakers are Birmingham MBA alumni who can lend their perspective on how the course helped them to develop their career.

As part of the Executive MBA, 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.

The Birmingham MBA Deloitte Consultancy Challenge

The Birmingham MBA Deloitte Consultancy Challenge is a week-long intensive consultancy training programme delivered exclusively to Birmingham Business School by Deloitte for our MBA students. Hear from the Deloitte partners and our students, who talk about the experience.

 

From the start of your MBA, you can request bespoke advice from our career consultants. Through one-to-one coaching, our industry experienced consultants will work with you to clarify your aspirations, helping you to develop a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level in your career.

Group and individual activities to enhance your skills

Throughout your MBA, you will have the opportunity to be involved in group and individual activities aimed at helping you develop the skills and techniques to support you to achieve your career goals. Some examples of the activities that you can undertake include online industry specific networking events, Distinguished Leaders alumni seminars and interview skills practice.

Skills coaching

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

Alumni engagement and professional networks

During your MBA, you will have the opportunity to engage with alumni working at top international companies. Our MBAs have participated in a range of activities with companies such as IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Mondelez, KPMG, Santander and HSBC.

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 or promotions, 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.

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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

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to explore 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 – just sign up to the events to take part.

Keeping you up to date with opportunities

Our Employer Liaison Team undertakes initiatives to attract employment or project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and other career resources such as AMBA and MBA Exchange.

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