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Online MBA

Start date
March, June, October
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught

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Looking to progress in your current role or head up your own business? Learn how to advance your career with the world’s first AMBA-accredited 100% Online MBA.

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Designed for enterprising business professionals with at least three years of management experience, the Online Master of Business Administration enables students to enhance their strategic and managerial business skills to take the next step in their careers.

By pairing informed, contemporary content with an interactive online learning platform, the Online MBA provides postgraduate students with both flexibility and critical business skills.

Flexibility to learn alongside work

Studying for an MBA online provides postgraduate students with the flexibility to learn alongside work, empowering them to apply the latest business knowledge and theory to their roles immediately:

  • 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

Find out more about our Online MBA

If you are fairly new to the principles of business, or are looking to enhance the early stages of your career you may be interested in our Online MSc International Business.

Frequently asked questions

What is an Online MBA?

With no need to attend campus, an Online MBA is delivered and studied 100% online. Students access the programme via an immersive digital platform, available 24 hours a day from almost anywhere in the world.

The programme curriculum is brought to life through an engaging mix of live video lectures, interactive projects, digital resources and online collaboration with fellow learners, professors and tutors.

Offering impressive learning flexibility, an Online MBA is ideal for ambitious professionals who travel for work, cannot attend campus or are looking to balance work and study to apply their learnings in real-time.

Why choose the Online MBA from the University of Birmingham?

As the world’s first 100% Online MBA to be officially accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Online MBA from the University of Birmingham offers a flexible yet effective route to professional development.

Like its campus-based equivalent, the Online MBA is delivered by Birmingham Business School, which holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Online MBA students are taught by the same expert course leaders and the curriculum meets the same challenging academic framework.

Professionals who choose the University of Birmingham’s Online MBA benefit from the highest standards of postgraduate business education, in a format they can adapt to their personal circumstances.

Is an Online MBA worth it?

The Online MBA will earn you exactly the same qualification as you would receive from the campus-based MBA; there is no difference in terms of academic standing or credibility.

An Online MBA is both an investment and a challenge. The main benefit is the added flexibility which online study brings. You can apply learning directly to your role in real-time, helping you to accelerate your career from nearly anywhere in the world.

Yet, it’s not just about the core educational experience - it is about the extra-curricular side too; the networks that you build and the experiences you gain. Combine this with the additional support - from Student Services and technological support to our dedicated Careers in Business team – and we have re-defined the Distance Learning MBA to meet the needs of a 21st Century market.

How much does the Online MBA cost?

For instant access to Online MBA pricing information, please fill out our form or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

What is AMBA accreditation?

AMBA is the Association of MBAs; the independent authority on postgraduate management education. Accreditation from AMBA is the global standard for all MBA programmes, and is currently held by only 2% of the world’s business schools, including Birmingham Business School.

In 2016, the Online MBA was the first of its kind to gain formal AMBA accreditation. 

Where can I study an Online MBA with the University of Birmingham?

Current Online MBA students are studying remotely all over the world, including Malta, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria and the UK. You can study from almost anywhere - all you need is an internet connection and your laptop or computer.

Do I need a GMAT?

No, we do not require you to have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test to apply for our Online MBA.

This is not a campus-based course that we’ve just put online; we’ve built this from the ground up, taking on board the current online environment and latest technology that we have available.

Ian Myatt, Director of Educational Enterprise, University of Birmingham


The Online MBA runs six modules a year, each module lasts approximately eight weeks and is worth 10 credits. Students enrol onto these modules one at a time and in a linear structure to ensure they grasp the fundamentals of business in manageable sections.

In the second year of the Online MBA, students have the opportunity to choose their modules from a list of options. This allows them to focus on the core principles of business and build specialist knowledge tailored to their career in areas such as marketing, economics, entrepreneurship and change management.

Benefit from a syllabus based on the latest insights and issues in business and globalisation on a course which has been carefully designed for the 21st century career professional:

Online MBA year one core modules:

Online MBA year two module choices:

*These elective modules are repeated to allow more flexibility.

Online MBA year three core module:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation is submitted to fulfil the requirements for the award of the Master of Business Administration 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 employers to support time for study or financial assistance.


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International students can often 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.

Loans for postgraduates

Various funding sources are available to support your studies, suitable to the different needs of postgraduates. These include private bank loans that are specifically tailored to postgraduate study.

Find out more about postgraduate loans

We can confirm that EU students who are already studying at the University of Birmingham or who intend to start their studies in 2018 or 2019 will continue to be charged the UK fee rate applicable at the time (may be subject to annual increases for inflation) for the duration of their course. The Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan will also be available to eligible EU students for the duration of their course. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

How To Apply

There is support and guidance available for those who want to apply for the Online MBA. You can fill out a request for information or call a member of our Admissions Team (+44 (0)800 032 7101), who would be happy to help guide you through the application process.

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 accepted onto the Online MBA, you must possess:

  • 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 experience at management level

For international students, standard English language requirements apply. You must have an IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Although we would recommend including it in your Online MBA application, you do not need to have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to apply.

International Requirements


Online MBA curriculum

Studying Birmingham Business School’s Online MBA takes approximately 2.5 years to complete. It is a 180-credit course (which includes a 60-credit dissertation). For more information, please fill out our form or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

The Online MBA is specifically designed for those who are already working in business and want to strengthen their understanding in a world-class environment. The online format meets the needs of busy professionals who are balancing work and personal commitments alongside their studies. The programme curriculum is accessible from any connected device, making it well-suited to those who travel for work or live too far from a university to attend campus. 

If you are fairly new to the principles of business, or are looking to enhance the early stages of your career you may be interested in our Online MSc International Business.

Find out more about our Online MBA

Learning and teaching 100% online at Birmingham Business School

Online MBA students have access to a cutting-edge digital platform throughout 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 to provide a more dynamic learning experience.

Rather than simply reading lecture transcripts and sending in assignments, Online MBA 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
  • Social interaction: connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital resources: rely on support for any of your admissions, enrolment, technology or career needs

“From global networking to a dedicated careers team, pastoral support to lively debate and discussion, students have what they need to take their next steps in business, all delivered via a vibrant, always-accessible virtual learning environment.”
Dr Dan Chicksand, Programme Director, Online MBA.

Access the same benefits as campus students

In every module, there are four live lecture sessions, (known as connect sessions). These lectures are interactive synchronous sessions that run on Saturdays for 2 hours and 15 minutes (with a break half-way through). You will be allocated a time for these sessions which fits best with your time zone and in each session, you will have the opportunity to present your work and/or discuss case study exercises.

Online MBA students benefit from the same expert teaching as campus students:

  • You’ll be taught by our internationally respected course leaders.
  • Communicating and networking with fellow students in forums and via instant chat will be a regular feature to enhance your learning experience.
  • Undertaking assignments (reports, essays, presentations, quizzes, group work), with deadlines structured at reasonable intervals will help guide you through your student journey.


Career opportunities

Between 2014 and 2024, senior level and managerial positions within professional business occupations are estimated to increase by approximately 15%*. Gain the global business understanding you need to compete for these positions by studying for an Online MBA.

As 2016’s University of the Year for Graduate employment**, we understand the value of career development and from the outset we support all students as they strive to meet and exceed their career goals.

To help students remain competitive in the job market, from the very start of your Online Master of Business Administration you will have access to bespoke advice from our employment consultants. They offer one-to-one coaching on Skype or other communication tools and can work with you to clarify your aspirations, supporting you in your future career. You could even develop an employment strategy to help open doors to a wide range of potential employers (both domestically and globally).

We understand how important it is to focus on your professional future. 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.

Take advantage of career opportunities

We want to ensure that you can progress in this competitive environment and have designed our Online MBA content with a practical approach and contemporary subject matter. It is this real life experience that will give you a commanding position when it comes to taking advantage of the career opportunities available. During your studies, you should expect to:

  • 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 a global society
  • Understand business management and its’ application in professional life
  • Gain international perspectives of organisations and management theory

Find out more about our Online MBA.

If you are fairly new to the principles of business, or are looking to enhance the early stages of your career you may be interested in our Online MSc International Business.

*WILSON, R. et. al (2008) UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Working Futures 2007–2017, Evidence Report 2.

**WALKER, D. (2015) Birmingham announced as University of the Year for Graduate Employment [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 22.12.16]

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