PG Diploma Business Administration

Start date
March 2024
2 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
The Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

Gain the knowledge, skills and mindset to be a responsible, dynamic leader.

Elevate your career with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Birmingham Business School. This programme is funded via the Apprenticeship Levy meaning it will be paid for through your employer. Find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy 

Flexible around your work, this programme blends practical learning and responsible business to equip you with the most up-to-date skills and expertise to develop your own approach to building business practices for a better world. 

From March to September 2024, each module will be delivered as an intensive four-day block, spread over a long weekend (Friday to Monday). From September 2024, modules will be run in a hybrid format with a blend of online learning and residential weekends.

Why study this course?

  • Projects are matched to your organisation, so you can apply your new skills directly to your work 
  • Flexible study, typically completed in two years, extending to four years 
  • Engage with Executive MBA students from a variety of backgrounds 
  • Levy-funding compliant with guidance from our Apprenticeships team 
  • The option to gain a full Masters qualification by completing a dissertation 


You must also choose two of the following modules:


  • Digital Marketing 
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Change Management
  • Fintech, Digital Finance and Blockchain 


  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Change Management
  • Fintech, Digital Finance and Blockchain
  • International Business in A Complex Environment
  • Digital Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • International Business in A Complex Environment
  • Change Management
  • Fintech, Digital Finance and Blockchain
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Private Equity and Financing Start-Ups
  • Project Management
  • Services Marketing
  • Cooperative Strategy and Systems Thinking

Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


The Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

Find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy

How To Apply

You will need to apply for the Apprenticeship through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

For all enquiries relating to this Apprenticeship programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Team:


Our Standard Requirements

  • A good Honours degree (or equivalent), or equivalent professional qualification 
  • Five years of work experience with evidence of extensive managerial experience or professional responsibility. Three years exceptional work experience meeting these criteria will also be considered 
  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band); TOEFL IBT 88 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all four skills)

Please note we will also consider candidates without a first degree or professional qualification but with at least ten years’ work experience including significant managerial responsibility. 

International Requirements

Key dates of on-campus activity*

Induction Day – 21 March 2024

Residential weekends

22-25 March 2024
Corporate Communication (optional elective subject to availability)

10-13 May 2024
Operations Management

12-15 July 2024

30 November - 2 December 2024
Managerial Finance

1-3 February 2025
Strategy in a Complex and Uncertain World 

10-13 May 2025 
Crisis and Resilience Management

28-30 June 2025 
Understanding the Economy

*Please note these dates/modules are provisional and therefore subject to change.

Become a responsible business leader, feel confident you’ll succeed and be fully prepared to accelerate your career in global business. Our support and expertise will open up new opportunities, getting you ready for the world.

Lifelong careers support

From day one of your MBA, you can tap into the expertise of our career consultants. Whatever your short or long-term goals, our careers support will put you in the best position to achieve them. In fact, we’re one of the few business schools who offer lifelong support throughout your career.

University-wide, our careers and employability team offers internships, careers fairs, support, access to bursaries and events with top UK employers, plus activities for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

An international experience

At Birmingham Business School, your experience will be truly multicultural. You’ll join a melting pot of diverse students on our campuses in Birmingham, Dubai and Singapore. Our MBAs include activities with global firms like IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Mondelez, KPMG, Santander and HSBC. All creating an experience of rich global learning, international relationships and perspectives.

Global alumni network

Throughout your MBA, you’ll have many opportunities to learn directly from our alumni at top international companies. When you graduate, you’ll become part of the same alumni network, who can offer you further advice, support and expertise.

Skills development

Our Skills Development Consultant offers personal coaching to help you develop the soft skills of a top business leader. You could grow as a team leader and player, become a better communicator, a great negotiator or the kind of presenter who inspires an auditorium. From interview practice to industry networking events, we’ll help you develop the skills you need to achieve your professional career goals.