Online MBA

Advance your career with the world’s first and only AMBA-accredited 100% Online MBA.

Designed for enterprising business professionals with at least three years of management experience, this course 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, this course provides postgraduate students with both flexibility and critical business skills.

“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, the University of Birmingham.

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.


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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 full pricing 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.

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.

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Why study this course

  • Birmingham Business School holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • The Online MBA is the world’s first and only 100% Online MBA to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • The University of Birmingham was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in 2016 by both The Times and The Sunday Times.
  • Birmingham Business School’s MBA portfolio ranked in the top 15 MBAs in the UK (2016) by the Economist.
  • Birmingham Business School is the UK’s oldest business school, bringing more than 100 years of innovative teaching and research.
  • The University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities.
  • The University of Birmingham is also a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities.

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.

Modules

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, students have the opportunity to choose their modules from a list of electives. This allows them to focus on the core principles of business and build specialist knowledge tailored to their career in areas stuch 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:

Year one core modules:

Year two module choices:

* These elective modules are repeated to allow more flexibility.

Year three dissertation (60 credits)

The 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 employers to support time for study or financial assistance.

Fees and funding

For instant access to pricing information, please fill out our form.

Scholarships

Scholarships may be available. Please see our postgraduate funding database for further information on the opportunities which may be available to you.

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.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The UK government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate degrees. Masters students are able to received up to £10,000 for taught masters degrees – and this includes students who wish to study online. Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process can be found on the gov.uk website.

Entry requirements

In order to be accepted onto the Online MBA course, you must possess:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate dimploma from a UK university or equivalent.
  • 3.5 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.

How to apply

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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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, 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
  • Social interaction: connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital resources: rely on support for any of your admissions, enrolment, technology or career needs

“Our Online MBA students are not lonely long-distance learners. They are actively working with faculty and collaborating with classmates.”
Dr  Michael Shulver, Director of Online Content for the Online MBA and Online MSc International Business.

In every module, there are four live lecture sessions, (known as connect sessions). These lectures are interactive sessions that run on Saturdays for 2 hours and 15 minutes (with a break halfway through). In each session, students have the opportunity to present their work and 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.

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.

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.

Career opportunities

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 course you would 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 during your time with us. 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 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 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.

References:
*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: <http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2015/09/graduate-employment-award-18-09-15.aspx> [Accessed 22.12.16]

Student testimonials

Kathirvel Balakrishnan"It did not take much time to conclude that the University of Birmingham was the right choice for me due to the reputation of it's academics, world rankings and research achievements. I was confident I would gain all the necessary support during my transition and transformation into the world of business. Originally, I applied for the Online MSc International Business, but the Admissions Team recommended I applied for the Online MBA based on my professional experience and skillset. I believe this is the right course considering my career as it complements IT skills with improved business acumen."

Kathirvel Balakrishnan, Solution Architect, the National Grid


Florence Britton"Studying online gives me the benefit of developing my career without having to leave my responsibilities of managing my own company. It has helped me as a person and it has helped my business. For every module I have studied, I have done something to improve my business. For example, when we completed the strategy module I re-developed my company's strategy. The Online MBA has given me a chance to turbocharge my career and manage my company more efficiently and effectively using the techniques acquired." 

Florence Britton, Director at Rainbow Care Solutions


Patrick Gettleman"Getting an MBA has been on my mind for the past 10 years. I have always viewed the world as 'the more education you have then more opportunities that are available'.  The advancement in online learning helped open up the door for me to accomplish my long held goal of getting an MBA. The online courses have advanced greatly in both their curriculum and acceptance in the marketplace. With my job and career path I travel for work almost on a weekly basis and could not be successful with a part time course in person. I would simply miss too many classes. Online was the only option that would work for me outside of quitting my job to become a full time student."

Patrick Gettleman, Global Procurement Manager, Leading Technology Company


Dzmitry Artsiomenka"I hope that studying for an MBA will open up new horizons for my career. I chose to study online as I travel a lot for work. Therefore, distance learning became the only option for me. I speak from experience: I initially began my MBA on campus in Singapore, but had to tranfer to online due to my job commitments."

Dzmitry Artsiomenka, Managing Director, BPC


Jane Mutanmangira"I chose to study an Online MBA because I wanted to expand my knowledge and improve my managerial skills. I decided to study with the University of Birmingham, primarily because their degrees are so internationally recognised. However, it has also given me good exposure to different cultures and allowed me to study and wok at the same time. It's great, particularly for women who can work their way to powerful positions in the global working world, which is traditionally much more male dominated. Now the sky is the limit, go ahead and study all you can because the world out there is waiting for you."

Jane Mutanmangira, Managing Director, a Luxury Transport Company


Andrew Lavin"I chose the University of Birmingham mainly because I had already experienced the world class teaching from my previous degree. I chose online mainly due to my travel commitments: I spend a large proportion of time on aeroplanes and in hotels for work, so it gives me adequate time to complete both reading and assignments. I chose to study online mainly due to my travel commitments: I spend a large proportion of time on aeroplanes and in hotels for work, so it gives me adequate time to complete both reading and assignments. I would recommend an Online MBA to anyone who does not have the time to commit to a residential type course as it gives you much better flexibility."

Andrew Lavin, Global Head of Asset and Fleet Management, Agrekko


Ceridwen Scerri“An Online MBA is a win-win scenario for busy professionals like myself. I can keep my job while studying in my own time and at my own pace. When choosing a University I had three criteria. The first was communication, met through weekly synchronous sessions. The second was the University’s ranking and recognition: Birmingham is a Russell Group University and ensures a high level of education and recognition. I was also interested in how easy it was for me to gain access to the University’s resources.  [Studying online] provides you with the thrilling experience of connecting globally through your computer. During my first online session, I was amazed when the class went live with students from America, Australia, Africa and Asia."

Ceridwen Scerri, Research Analyst, European Affairs at the Government of Malta