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Online MBA

Start date
March, June, October
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
£22,225 - £1,710 per module

Centred on the challenges of responsible business, the Online MBA will enhance your ability to perform at the highest level in global business management.

Advance your career at a gold standard institution.

Designed for ambitious professionals with at least three years of management experience, the Online MBA will enhance your understanding of business theory, practice and leadership. 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. The School is committed to promoting curiosity and thought leadership for responsible business; two core principles running throughout the Online MBA.

Thanks to the highly transferable, practical and contemporary programme content, you will graduate with the real-life skills and confidence you need to step into a senior leadership role and make a greater impact in the world of business.

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Your programme of study

The accredited Online MBA degree will provide you with key insights into the latest business principles and approaches through practical experience, exploring all the core areas of business from marketing and strategy to operations management and accounting.

Building upon the core theories of the first term, the second term offers a choice of elective modules, such as Critical Integration in Management and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This, along with the dissertation in the final term, allows you to tailor and align your studies with your interests and career objectives.

For those individuals working within healthcare management, our Online MBA Clinical Leadership offers further career specialisation, with niche modules designed to develop students’ ability to manage and lead clinicians – while also covering modules from the traditional MBA pathway.

Programme outcomes include:

  • 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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Want to know more?

Why study an Online MBA - is it worth it? Where will you be studying? What kind of support will you receive? Find out the answers to these questions by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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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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The Online MBA is a 180 credit full masters programe. As a student on the programme, you would study six 10 credit modules in year one, followed by six 10 credit modules in year two. Each module lasts approximately eight weeks. Students enrol onto these modules one at a time and in a linear structure to ensure they grasp the fundamentals in manageable sections.

Year one core modules:

Online MBA year two module choices:

*These elective modules are repeated to allow more flexibility.

To fulifil the requirements of the masters degree, students then have the opportunity to complete a dissertation at the end of year two. This is a research project which can be tailored to a specific area of interest, or to your own work environment. The dissertation is equal to 60 credits of study.

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The full cost of this programme is £22,225* GBP. This can be paid in full or in instalments of £1,710 GBP every 8 weeks.

*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.


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.

Find out more about funding options.

Postgraduate loans for masters students

The UK government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate degrees. Students are now able to receive up to £10,906 for taught masters degrees – and this includes students who wish to study online. Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process can be found here.

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.
  • Two 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.

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

In order to be eligible for the Online MBA, you will need to posess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate dimploma 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.

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International Requirements

An immersive online learning experience

Rather than trying to replicate a campus-based setting online, we’ve built this programme from the ground up, drawing on the latest technology to create a truly unique and immersive student experience. The online learning environment is not only a window to programme materials and live lectures, it’s an opportunity to connect directly with your lecturers and other professionals like yourself. 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

Programme structure

The Online MBA is a 180 credit full masters programme which takes approximately two and a half years to complete. You will take six 10 credit core modules in your first year, followed by a selection of six 10 credit elective modules in your second year, with each module lasting approximately 8 weeks in total. This allows you to build specialist knowledge tailored to your career. You will complete all taught studies before you begin your dissertation. This is a 60 credit research project that will take approximately 6 months to complete.

For each module you will have a dedicated module convener and seminar tutor, and will be in contact with them on a weekly basis as they guide you through the programme content, discussion activities and assignments. Live lectures occur every two weeks in seminars that are time-zone tailored. Engage with a maximum of 25 peers per session to gain global insights and varied perspectives.

Case study example

Gain an authentic feel for studying the MBA online 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 here

Thrive in a global business environment

Drawing on its connections and partnerships with companies from Aldi to HSBC, the Birmingham Business School opens up countless opportunities to advance in today’s highly competitive business market. Our lecturers and speakers are key to unlocking the latest business insights, which you apply in your own career.

As well as being invited to online industry guest lectures, you’ll have the option to visit campus to take part in workshops such as our annual Deloitte Consultancy Challenge. To help you make the most of the available business management opportunities, we offer one-to-one employment advice to support your goals and further advance your career.

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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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.

Career support

Your relationship with the University of Birmingham will continue long after your graduation. To make the most of your future career prospects, we will help you gain the skills, knowledge and attributes that employers are looking for.

One-to-one support
Access one-to-one careers advice and support via the University of Birmingham Careers Network for up to two years after you graduate.

Extensive network
Join an alumni network of over 300,000 students worldwide.

Entrepreneur assistance
Seek support via the B Start-up programme if you are an entrepreneur looking to start your own business

Online community
Connect with your peers and lecturers and keep our thriving online community alive.


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