MBA International Business

Start date
September; the 21-month route MBA starts in January
Duration
12 months, 21 months or 24 months
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
Fees
For 2021/22:
£30,450 (UK and International students)
My Birmingham MBA Experience

On the MBA course you will work closely with businesses in the UK and overseas, experiencing a wide range of business dynamics at all levels. Our approach is to constantly apply theory to practice, enabling you to immediately apply your learning in the real world and make a lasting impact on your industry.

Why study this course?

Access the latest research – as a researchled business school, we give our students access to the latest trends, data and knowledge within the global banking and finance industry.

A life-time of career coaching – from the moment you join us you will have a mentor and career coach available to guide you through your career in international banking and finance.

Accredited business school – We hold the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Study online

If you are interested in undertaking our Online MBA, you can learn more here. Our Online MBA is the first and only distance learning MBA in the world to be accredited by AMBA.

The best thing about the MBA course is that I had the opportunity to immerse myself within a high-calibre international student cohort at the centre of a research-led business school and was thus able to increase my global awareness.

James O'Toole, MBA International Business

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Modules

Compulsory modules

The following must be taken:

Optional modules

Students must also undertake one of the following:


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 choices.

Fees

View The Birmingham MBA Fees.

To learn more about fees 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.

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


We can confirm that EU students who are already studying at the University of Birmingham or who intend to start their studies in 2018 or 2019 will continue to be charged the UK fee rate applicable at the time (may be subject to annual increases for inflation) for the duration of their course. The Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan will also be available to eligible EU students for the duration of their course. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

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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Our Standard Requirements

12 month route

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

  • A good Honours degree, demonstrated numeracy, and adequate preparation in Economics and Accounting
  • A minimum of three years full-time work experience with evidence of extensive managerial experience or professional responsibility
  • 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

  • A good Honours degree (or equivalent),or equivalent professional qualification
  • A minimum of three years’ full-time work experience with evidence of extensive managerial experience or professional responsibility
  • 6.0 IELTS with no less than 5.5 in any band; TOEFL 80 IBT overall with no less than 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing; Pearson 51 in all four main skills.

12, 21 and 24 month routes

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)

Tier 3

21 month route: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band)

IELTS tier 2

24 month route: 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

During your time on this MBA in International Business, you will take twelve modules and submit a research or company-based project. 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.

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 MBA in International Business, and put it into practice for your future career development.

Those taking the Global Banking and Finance programme take the core MBA modules plus other specialist modules for their particular programme.

Learn from business leaders

This MBA in International Business delivers 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.

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.

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.

From the start of your MBA, you can receive bespoke advice from our career consultants. Through one-to-one coaching, our industry experienced consultants will work with you to clarify your aspirations and support you in your future career, jointly developing a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level and to open doors to a range of potential employers.

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 aspirations.

Some examples of the activities that you can undertake include online MBA profile building, industry specific networking events, Distinguished Leaders alumni seminars, mock assessment centre experience and video recorded interview practice.

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 Consultant offers individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Employer and Alumni engagement

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

End of Study Consultancy Projects

As you near the end of your studies, you will have the opportunity to apply for a three month work-based project starting in September.  Projects will vary, but are likely to be with UK based companies who are seeking additional support with a particular aspect of their business. In previous years, this has included projects within IT, Marketing and Finance. This real life business experience will enhance your CV, providing you with evidence of consultancy skills and an entrepreneurial mind set.

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

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 upon graduation – 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 as well as through the Careers Network vacancy database .

Using Careers Network

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by the central careers 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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