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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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“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
Your programme of study
Exploring all the core areas of business, from marketing and strategy to operations management and accounting, this 180-credit programme is split between twelve modules, plus a final dissertation. Spanning 2.5 years, you’ll have time to delve deeply into the module content and reflect on everything you’ve learnt and apply it directly to your career.
In your first year, the focus of the programme is centred around core module content. In your second year, you will be able to build upon theories and practices by choosing from a selection of elective modules (such as Critical Integration in Management and Entrepreneurship and Innovation). This, along with your dissertation in the final six month, will allow you to tailor and align your studies with your interests and career objectives.
To assess your understanding, you will be asked to complete a range of coursework-based assignments, including written reports, essays and group presentations.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Is an Online MBA worth it?
An Online MBA is both an investment and a challenge. The value of an online MBA vs campus MBA is hard to fully quantify. Research by GMAC (2018) suggests that 79% of MBA alumni thought their degree was personally, professionally and financially rewarding. The findings did not find many differences between the modality of studies.
What support will I have while studying the Online MBA?
You will learn from leading academics and industry figures, have access to community boards and instant messaging services, regular live discussions and support from a dedicated Student Services Coordinator – all to help guide you through your student journey. There is also access to 24/7 technical support, should you have any issues in accessing the virtual learning environment.
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Where can I study an Online MBA?
The fully online nature of this MBA means you don’t need to ever visit Birmingham to study. Providing that you have an internet connection and a suitable computer, you can complete the course from nearly anywhere in the world. That said, as a University of Birmingham student, you will have full access to the campus, should you ever find yourself nearby.
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Why study an MBA online?
Studying online allows you to further your career without having to take a break from working. If you’re already working full-time and are in a senior position, you’ll have the chance to apply what you learn almost immediately, adding to the value that an online MBA brings. Studying this way also allows you to obtain your qualification from a highly respected university without needing to relocate or travel.
Find out more about the online student experience.
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