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MBA Full-time

Start date
12 months
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
For 2024 - 2025:
£35,850 (UK and International students)
My Birmingham MBA Experience

Explore the world of responsible business on our full-time MBA. Work closely with global businesses and apply theory to practice so you feel prepared to lead with integrity and confidence.

This post-experience master blends practical learning and responsible business. You will be challenged to self-reflect and develop your own approach to building business practices for a better world. This includes exploring your goals and aspirations, with the chance to study four optional, elective modules.

Built on the latest research and trends, the MBA is taught by professionals with wide-ranging industry experience. You will be joining a cohort that’s diverse in backgrounds, mindsets and experiences. You will also have the option to explore global opportunities across our UK, Dubai and Singapore hubs, as well as our partners in Europe and South America. On completion, you will be ready to move up in your career, whatever that might be.

If you are an ambitious changemaker who wants to lead business into a more responsible, purposeful future, this post-experience master is for you.

Join the Deloitte Consultancy Challenge

Every spring term, all our MBA students can apply for this exciting event. Not everyone gets in, so there’s a healthy competition for places. An intensive consultancy training week, it’s exclusive to Birmingham MBA students and delivered by Deloitte, one of the leading names in the finance world.

If you are selected, you will get direct training and feedback from members of the Deloitte team, including a full day spent with two Senior Partners. It’s a rare opportunity that isn’t usually found at other business schools. So if you choose to study with us, don’t miss the chance to apply.

See the challenge in action and hear why our students love it. Watch this video to learn more.

Birmingham Business School Careers

To help you succeed during and after your studies, we provide guidance and support tailored to the world of business. We offer workshops and one-to-one consultations, plus alumni and employer events. We can even help with your internship and job applications.

Course rankings

I was selected as one of the 40 students across the globe to attend a fully sponsored real time business case study in Tokyo.

Darshan Chapla, Alumnus


Core modules:

You must choose ONE of the following. 

You must choose an additional 40 credits in total. When choosing the optional modules, you can also choose a specialism. There are three specialisms you can choose from: Marketing; International Business & Strategy; and Innovation & Business Transformation. These require a specific combination of optional modules. 

Marketing pathway: 

Students who wish to be awarded the Marketing pathway must choose at least two of the following modules (each worth 10 credits): 

Any remaining credits should be chosen from the full list of optional modules below (can include one from the immersive modules, unless global marketing consultancy: international residential has been chosen). 

International Business and Strategy pathway: 

Students who wish to be awarded the International Business and Strategypathway must choose the following module: 

And at least one of the following modules: 

Any remaining credits should be chosen from the full list of optional modules below (you can include one from the immersive modules). 

Innovation and Business Transformation pathway: 

Students who wish to be awarded the Innovation and Business Transformation pathway must choose the following modules: 

And at least one (and no more than one of the immersive modules) of the following modules: 

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

Any remaining credits should be chosen from the full list of optional modules below (which can include one from the immersive modules, unless international business experience: doing business in Mexico, doing business in the middle east, or the future for southeast Asia economies have been chosen). 

Optional modules if no specialism has been chosen: 

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. 

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

Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.

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.


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.

How To Apply

7 May 2024 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 2024 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 30 August 2024.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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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


Develop the skills that elevate your career

On our Full-time MBA, you’ll grow your confidence and learn the latest business thinking:

  • Build personal values and accountability through responsible, purposeful leadership
  • Grow the analytical skills needed for smarter decision-making
  • Carry out research, learning to analyse and integrate complex information
  • Promote an ethical, inclusive, innovative and supportive culture to drive sustainable business improvement
  • Enhance your skills in negotiation, communication, leadership and stakeholder management, with added digital and interpersonal skills
  • Join workshops and our specialist series of seminars focused on Cross-Cultural Managerial skills and Organizational Resilience.
  • Engage in career development workshops led by consultants
  • Our classes and seminars stimulate critical thinking and discussion. All to equip you with vital business skills, such as analysis, negotiation and synthesis. By working on case study assignments in small groups, you’ll also link theory to practical situations, building your interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Tailor modules to your ambitions

As part of your 12 taught modules, you can choose up to three modules from one of our specialist MBA pathways:

Marketing - Digital Marketing, Corporate Communication & Reputation Management, Services Marketing and Global Marketing Consultancy

International Business & Strategy - Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Change Management and Cooperative Strategy & Systems Thinking

Innovation & Business Transformation - Fintech, Digital Finance & Blockchain, Enabling Sustainable Business Transformation (Experiential module), Doing Business in the Middle East: Energy transition and Post-oil Economies (Experiential module), and The Future for Southeast Asia Economies: Regionalisation and De-Globalisation (Experiential module)

Join our diverse international community

As part of our full-time MBA, you’ll get to learn from and network with a range of recognised business leaders through a series of industry seminars designed to give you contemporary, future-proof perspectives. Our speakers are often Birmingham MBA alumni, who’ll share their insights to help you advance in your career.

Become a responsible business leader, feel confident you’ll 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’re one of the few business schools who offer lifelong support throughout your career.

University-wide, our careers and employability team offers 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’ll 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’ll have many opportunities to learn directly from our alumni at top international companies. When you graduate, you’ll 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’ll help you develop the skills you need to achieve your professional career goals.

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