MBA Engineering Leadership Online

Start date
March, July, October
24 months
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught

Total tuition: £24,284/£1,868 per module.


The Online MBA Engineering Leadership programme: Shaping tomorrow's responsible business pioneers.

Elevate your career and unlock your full potential with our MBA in Engineering Leadership.

In today's rapidly evolving landscape, successful leaders must do more than simply drive profits. They must lead with integrity, empathy, and a commitment to sustainability. Our MBA in Engineering Leadership empowers you to harness your engineering expertise and integrate it with responsible business practices, setting you apart as a leader who can make a lasting impact on both your organisation and society.

Our practice-based philosophy which underpins the programme design will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills required by employers to be successful within the business management environment including:

  • Entrepreneurial thinking
  • Systems thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • And self-reflection leading to self-awareness.

As a graduate of our MBA in Engineering Leadership programme, you will be in high demand across a diverse range of industries. From leading tech companies to sustainable energy enterprises, you will have the skills and mindset to shape responsible businesses that contribute positively to society. Step into a rewarding career where you can make a real difference while enjoying continued personal and professional growth.

The programme is part of a range of MBAs run through the Birmingham Business School, the UK’s oldest business school. As well as being acclaimed internationally, it appears regularly in global league tables and holds the rare ‘gold standard’ triple-crown accreditation. In the Financial Times 2023, it has been ranked in the top 100 for full time MBAs. The School is committed to promoting curiosity and thought leadership for responsible business; two core principles running throughout the Online MBA. 

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Did you know?

If you are fairly new to the principles of business, or if you are looking to enhance the earlier stages of your career, we offer an AMBA-accredited 100% Online MSc International Management too.

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Whether considering the University, Business School or the course itself, for the University of Birmingham’s Online MBA, it’s tick, tick, tick!”

Harriet Jeckells, Online MBA graduate, University of Birmingham



The Online MBA is a 180 credit full masters programme. It will offer you the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and competencies that can adapt to very different contexts to allow you to lead the response to global challenges. 

Core modules

Each module is worth 10 credits unless specified otherwise.

  • Purposeful Leader (20 credits)
  • Understanding the Economy
  • Accounting, Accountability and Decision-Making
  • Strategy in a Complex and Uncertain World
  • Managerial Finance
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Operations
  • Global Perspectives on Responsible Business
  • People Management and Organisations
  • Safety Critical Systems 
  • 4th Industrial Revolution, AI and Data 
  • Engineering Sustainability 

Choose one of the following modules

Each is worth 40 credits.

  • MBA Company Project 
  • Entrepreneurial Project (You must previously have taken the Entrepreneurship and Innovation module)
  • Research Project: Dissertation  

Optional modules

You may choose one of these optional modules, each is worth 10 credits.

  • Crisis and Resilience Management
  • Private Equity and Financing Start-Ups
  • Leading Clinicians
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Fintech, Digital Finance and Blockchain
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Change Management
  • International Business in A Complex Environment
  • Digital Marketing
  • Corporate Communication and Reputation Management 
  • Project Management
  • Digital Healthcare
  • Governance, policy and regulation in health organisations
  • Cooperative Strategy and Systems Thinking
  • Services Marketing

Instead of an optional module, you may choose to replace it with an immersive module. This module require a week-long commitment and is only delivered fully in person in the location of delivery, which may vary from year to year. 

Choose from one of these immersive module. Each is worth 10 credits.

  • The future for Southeast Asia Economies: regionalisation and de-globalisation  
  • International Business Experience: Doing Business in Mexico 
  • Global Marketing Consultancy: International Residential  

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

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The full cost of this programme is £24,284* GBP. This can be paid in full or in instalments of £1,868 GBP per module.

10% Early Bird Discount

We are excited to be offering a 10% early bird discount from your first module for the October 2023 intake. To be eligible for the early bird discount, you will need to have accepted an unconditional offer and be registered for your programme by 23:59 GMT, 1st September 2023. This discount applies only to the Online MBA, Online MBA Clinical Leadership, Online Master’s in Public Administration, Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law, & Online MSc in International Management

*Early Bird Terms and conditions: Offer may be subject to change. To be eligible for the offer you must have accepted an unconditional and registered for your programme before 1st September 2023. Offer applies to the first module studied in October only.

*Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.

For more information and to speak to a Recruitment Coordinator, fill out our form.

Scholarships, funding and loans

International students can occasionally gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or via your home government. It’s good to do your research to find opportunities which you could be eligible for.

The UK government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate degrees. UK and EU students (with settled or pre-settled status) are now able to receive up to £12,167 (for 2023/24 entry) for taught masters degrees – and this includes students who wish to study online. See detailed criteria and information regarding the application process.

Find out more about the wide range of scholarship and funding opportunities available at the University of Birmingham.

How To Apply

Click on the ‘Apply now’ button and create an account. You will be directed to an application specifically designed for the Online MBA. Submit your application and supporting documentation online. Your supporting documents include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé: Demonstrate your academic and work experience, in addition ot any other skills that may support your application. This will help our recruitment team ensure that you have the right experience for the programme.
  • Statement of purpose: Draw attention to your skills, experience and goals, and to explain why you wish to apply for this programme. This should be no longer than one page of text.
  • One references: Send details of your references either as a letter of recommendation or a recorded transcript by email or by post to our recruitment team. These must be signed, on letterheaded paper, or supplied with your referee’s business card.
  • Transcripts: To verify your education, we ask you to submit your previous academic transcripts, either in notarized form or sent directly from your previous institution.
  • Evidence of language (if applicable): If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate which meets the entry criteria – as detailed in our standard entry requirements section.

If you would like any feedback or advice about your application, our recruitment team would be happy to help. You can fill out a request for information or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

Further information on how to apply online can be found on our Postgraduate pages.

Our Standard Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Online MBA, you will need to possess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. You will also need to have a minimum of three years’ professional experience at a management level. Select your country from the drop down below for details on equivalent qualification levels.

Standard English language requirements also apply. If English is not your first language, you must also have an up-to-date English language test certificate. We accept an Academic IELTS certificate with a grade of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any band. Other forms of English language certificates are accepted. Please discuss this with a recruitment coordinator.

Speak to a recruitment coordinator to find out more.

International Requirements

What is it like to study for an MBA online?

Distance learning involves a whole lot more than just putting campus programmes online. The 100% Online University of Birmingham MBA has been purpose-built from the ground up to harness the full power of the technologies available, involving everything from cloud-powered collaboration to interactive live lectures. The format is ideally suited to working professionals who are balancing their careers and personal commitments alongside their studies.

Learning for future leaders

Online Master in Business Administration students have access to a cutting-edge digital platform throughout their studies. We have moved beyond the traditional classroom structure, taking full advantage of digital media with modules that draw on interactivity, active student participation and social connectivity to provide a more dynamic learning experience.

Rather than simply reading lecture transcripts and sending in assignments, the University of Birmingham’s online students engage with the curriculum directly using:

  • Video lectures: accessing content at any time and from any device
  • Interactive assignments: actively participating in learning exercises
  • Real-life case studies: gain skills you can apply to your organisation immediately
  • Peer interaction: connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital resources: rely on support for any of your admissions, enrolment, technology or career needs

Module structure

In every module, there live lecture sessions, (known as connect sessions). These are mandatory sessions which are held every other Saturday throughout your studies. You will be allocated a time for these sessions that fits best with your time zone. In each session you will have the opportunity to present your work and/or discuss case study exercises.

  • Be taught by our internationally respected course leaders.
  • Communicate and network with fellow students in forums and via instant chat.
  • Undertake assignments (reports, essays, presentations, quizzes, group work), with deadlines structured at reasonable intervals to help guide you through your student journey.

Case study example

Gain an authentic feel for studying the online MBA courses through our business case study webinar, hosted by Senior Teaching Fellow Andrew Parker, which explores the service delivery challenges that arose out of the launch of the Starbucks mobile app.


View a full transcript of the above video

Career opportunities: Online Master in Business Administraiton

Thrive in a global business environment

Drawing on insights and expertise from our partnerships with leading international businesses, Birmingham Business School is a gateway to a number of new MBA career paths or perfect training for progression within your current company.

This exposure to world-class teaching and research informs your understanding and capacity to advance sustainable, responsible business strategies in an increasingly competitive global business market.

Build your future

As well as providing one-to-one MBA careers advice, we offer contemporary industry insights through online lectures from distinguished business leaders, and optional on-campus workshops. These unique learning experiences not only equip you with the necessary business knowledge, they challenge you to thrive.

Since the programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), you can be confident that employers will recognise your qualification as the gold standard certificate for business excellence.

Become more employable

We want to ensure that you can progress in this competitive environment and have designed our course content with a practical approach and contemporary subject matter. It is this experience that will give you a commanding position when it comes to taking advantage of the career opportunities available.

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During your studies, you should expect to:

  • Apply your specialist subject knowledge in practice
  • Draw on critical awareness of business and leadership strategies
  • Explain theoretical and contemporary business issues
  • Expand your horizons to understand global business
  • Tailor management methods and techniques to business cases

Why choose the University of Birmingham for your MBA?

  • Bespoke in-house MBA careers advice from professionally qualified consultants at Birmingham Business School
  • 4th most targeted university of top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2022)
  • Birmingham Business School thrives on strong industry links with its global partners and takes pride in the services they offer to business
  • Russell Group graduates earn 40% more than non-Russell Group graduates.
    Reference: BRITTON, J. (2017) The degrees that make you rich… and the ones that don’t. BBC News [online] [Accessed 21.02.2020]

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