Online MBA

The Online MBA from Birmingham Business School is designed for enterprising business professionals with at least three years of experience who are ready to enhance their practical knowledge for the next step in their careers. By pairing informed, contemporary content with an interactive online learning platform, this course provides postgraduate students with both flexibility and critical business skills.

Further outlining our commitment to offering world-class and sustainable courses to our students, Birmingham Business School holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System.

With its practical learning and flexible delivery, this MBA is designed for the 21st century. Ranked a top 12 MBA in the UK (2013) by the Economist, it is a world-class solution from an academic institution recently named University of the Year in both The Times and The Sunday Times.

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The Birmingham Business School Online MBA is for those who are already working in business and want to strengthen their understanding in a world-class environment that can directly benefit their career. The online format meets the needs of busy professionals who are balancing work and personal commitments alongside their studies.

As a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities, the University of Birmingham produces some of the best research the country has to offer, and our curriculum is built from this. Benefit from a syllabus based on the latest insights and issues in business and globalisation. With the flexibility of online learning, postgraduate students in this online MBA learn to develop sustainable business strategies in an efficient two and a half year course.

Learn more about what it is like to study on an online programme.

To ensure students strengthen their understanding of the fundamentals of business, core modules are offered one at a time. In this way, students can focus clearly and build relevant, real-world experience in each of the principles of business before applying them through elective modules of their choice.

Advance your career at a world-class university with an internationally recognised MBA from Birmingham Business School, where we put business in context, people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

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Why study this course

  • Further your ability to overcome complex problems in global business
  • Develop critical managerial skills and master practical applications
  • Enhance the people management skills necessary for more effective leadership
  • Challenge critical thinking on business issues within global society
  • Understand business management and its application in professional life
  • Gain international perspectives of organisations and management theory

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The Birmingham Business School Online MBA is a 30-month, 180-credit course that has 12 taught modules and a research-based dissertation. Year one focuses on six compulsory core modules, these are:

During year two students choose six electives. We offer repeats of three of these electives to allow more flexibility in scheduling. Elective modules choices are:

When the taught modules have been completed, a dissertation is submitted 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.

The curriculum currently includes an on-campus residential for all students. This is compulsory for students in the UK and EU and highly recommended for students from other parts of the world.

Fees and funding

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

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. As part of the UK’s Chancellor’s 2014 Autumn Statement, the government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate Masters degrees as part of the 2015 Spending Review.

The government-backed student loans will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.  Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process is expected in early 2016.  For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page

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

Entry requirements

In order to be accepted onto this programme, you must hold:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university (or equivalent 3.0 GPA)
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • A minimum of three years’ professional management experience

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply. It is preferred that international students hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate (6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band).

How to apply

Clicking on the Apply Now button will direct you to an application form specifically designed for the course you wish to apply. Applying is a very straight-forward. Simply create an account and submit your application and supporting documentation online.

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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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The University of Birmingham’s virtual learning platform presents postgraduate Online MBA students with a superior environment for their online 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 with faculty and peers around the world to provide a more dynamic, global 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: Access content any time and from any device
  • InteractiveAssignments:Actively participate in learning exercises
  • Real-Life Case Studies: Gain skills you can apply immediately
  • Social Interaction:Connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital Resources: Rely on support for any of your admissions, enrolment, technology or career needs

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At the University of Birmingham, we understand how important it is to focus on your professional future during your time with us.

Between 2007 and 2017, senior level and managerial positions within professional business occupations are estimated to increase by more than 15%.* Gain the global business understanding you need to compete for positions like these with an online MBA from Birmingham Business School. It’s a bold step towards becoming a highly qualified candidate here in the UK and with companies hiring abroad.

From the very start of your Online MBA course, you will have access to bespoke advice from our employment consultants. Through one-to-one coaching on Skype or other communication tools, they will work with you to clarify your aspirations and support you in your future career. Together, you can develop a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level and to open doors to a wide range of potential employers domestically and globally.

For your success in business

Our in-house Careers in Business team and experienced consultants provide specialist careers support services for the exclusive use of Birmingham Business School postgraduate students. Their role is to support your professional development in a variety of ways including personal advice and guidance, access to online career development resources, mock telephone or Skype interviews, guidance on managing social media such as LinkedIn and more.

We aim to enable and inspire students to maximise their potential, grow intellectually and gain the skills, understanding and attributes that are highly sought after by employers, giving you excellent future prospects in a competitive employment market.

We support all of our students as they strive to meet and exceed their career goals. Students can access our careers service any time after they enrol to study at Birmingham Business School and on completion of the MBA.

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*UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Working Futures 2007–2017, Evidence Report 2. R Wilson, K Homenidou, L Gambin, ISBN 978-1-906597-04-7. UK Commission for Employment and Skills, 2008.