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MBA Full-time

Start date
September
Duration
12 months
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
Fees
For 2024 - 2025:
£35,850 (UK and International students)

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.

With Responsible Business themes embedded throughout the programme, The Birmingham MBA is a post-experience master that challenges you to self-reflect and develop your own approach to building business practices for a better world.

A global experience

The Birmingham MBA gives you a platform for international exposure and an opportunity to expand your global network.

You will join a cohort from around the world that is diverse in backgrounds, mindsets and experiences. You will engage in activities with global firms like IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Mondelez, KPMG, Santander and HSBC. Birmingham MBA students can also choose to travel internationally to participate in ‘immersive modules’.

Throughout your MBA, you can connect and learn directly from our alumni at top international companies. When you graduate, you will become part of the same alumni network, who can offer you further advice, support and expertise.

Join the Deloitte Consultancy Challenge

The Birmingham MBA takes your journey beyond the classroom and into the realm of impactful, real-world business challenges with The Deloitte Consultancy Challenge.

The challenge is a hands-on experience giving Birmingham MBA students the chance to collaborate with industry leaders on real-world business scenarios.

Birmingham Business School has been awarded a prestigious Global AMBA Award for our partnership with Deloitte which has been ongoing for more than a decade.

Learn more about our partnership with Deloitte

Birmingham MBA scholarships

Birmingham Business School awards scholarships to MBA candidates who showcase exceptional potential in driving positive change and innovation. 

Find out more about Birmingham MBA scholarships

Our 'Triple-crown' accreditation

Birmingham Business School, along with just a handful of the world’s business schools, holds the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Triple accreditation logos

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

Modules

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 Strategy pathway 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: 

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.

Fees

Fees for 2024 - 2025

£35,850 (UK and International students)

Scholarships

MBA scholarships may be available.

How To Apply

30 June 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.

Before you submit your application, you should have the following supporting documents:

  • Evidence of your academic and/or professional qualifications
  • An up-to-date copy of your resume or CV
  • One academic reference, and one work related reference (if you don't have an academic reference, we will accept two work references)
  • Your personal statement, including why you wish to apply to the MBA course, why you have chosen to apply to the Birmingham MBA in particular, highlights of your career to date, examples of managerial responsibility, and your career aspirations for the future (maximum 2 pages)

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.