The international business environment is rapidly changing and a different market reality is emerging. As a student of today and manager of the future, you need to adapt and adopt flexible patterns of thinking and behaviour to succeed as global manager of tomorrow.
The International Masters in Business Administration (IMBA) has been designed with this in mind, as it explores in detail the nature and implications of the changes in the business environment and provides you with the skills and mindset that will allow you to operate effectively within such an unstable and unpredictable environment. You’ll also be taught to successfully lead the organisations of the future, regardless of sector or country.
The programme is designed to meet the needs of contemporary international businesses and blends academic excellence and professional skills, equipping you with marketable skills to operate and excel at strategic level across different sectors and in different countries. The course has a strong emphasis on employability and enhancing employability skills, and will help you develop general communication and inter-personal skills.
You will emerge from our International MBA with well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, creative problem solving, an entrepreneurial mindset and highly effective communication and research skills - all of which are demanded by employers around the world.
Should you wish to start your own business, you will have the opportunity to explore and test your ideas in a supportive environment. The programme has been designed to provide graduates with expertise in strategy, marketing, leadership, finance, global human resource management, international business, entrepreneurship, operations and project management, and research skills.
You become part of the international community while on the programme, as you will study with students from different parts of the globe. Through our links with industry, the learning experience takes you from the classroom to the factory floor, through sponsored study/field trips to companies in the region, and with our organised internship programme, you have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while you study.
Our next Open Day for this course will take place in 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.
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This course differs in content from the International MBA course taught with our partners at the NEXT Campus in Sri Lanka. Full details.
*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016
Didn't make it to an Open Day? You still have the opportunity to come and see what our postgraduate courses have to offer. If you would like to enquire about campus tour availability, just drop us an email.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.
While work experience would be an added advantage, no prior work experience is required to be eligible for entry into the MBA International programme.
You will need to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows:
|One of the following:|
A minimum 2.2 Honours degree from a British university or equivalent overseas institution in any subject. Third Class Honours or Ordinary degree may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A professional qualifications at graduate level in an appropriate field of study.
A pre-masters programme approved by Birmingham City University.
In recognition that you may already have a relevant professional qualification, Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be accepted for entry on to the course. Exemptions to individual modules and / or stages may also be given on a case by case basis. In some cases, students may be admitted into the next level such as Postgraduate Diploma.
Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
If you are a mature student but do not fulfil the standard entry requirements outlined above, your application will also be considered.
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
Applicants should provide one academic reference in support of their application to the Master of Business Administration International course and may be subject to interview.
|MBA||Sep 2017||FT||12 months||£9,900 per year|
|MBA||Sep 2017||FT||18 Months||£9,900|
|MBA||Jan 2018||FT||15 Months||£9,900|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|MBA||Sep 2017||FT||12 months||£14,500 per year|
|MBA||Sep 2017||FT||18 Months||£14,500|
|MBA||Jan 2018||FT||15 Months||£14,500|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?
Managing Organisations and People
Global Marketing Management
Managing Financial Performance
International Operations and Project Management
Strategic Leadership and Organisational Transformation
Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity
Contemporary Strategic Management in Global Contexts
Research Methods and Dissertation or Research Methods and Internship Management Project
Each module is delivered weekly over a period of 12 weeks. Each weekly session typically consists of a one-hour knowledge cast session led by the tutor, a one-hour seminar session, where the topic will be explored in-depth, and two hours of various other activities such as group activities and/or workshop sessions, directed self-study and presentations.
You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will be able to review and discuss your progress and offer advice throughout your studies.
We use audio visual materials in a range of ways to bring the curriculum to life. Learning and assessment reflect an action learning approach focused on team work, case studies, simulated real-business projects, all of which are underpinned by analysis, evaluation and synthesis. With our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), you are able to access lecture notes and other resources from anywhere and anytime via Moodle.
Each learning outcome is only assessed once and a variety of assessment methods are used throughout the MBA. These include coursework, portfolios, group work, presentations, projects and exams. In addition to summative assessments, we use a variety of ways throughout each semester to provide formative assessments, all meant to support your development and prepare you for formal assessment.
The International Master of Business Administration course at Birmingham City University gave me a far-reaching view of how the business world works in a variety of settings. The comprehensive modules give students wide-ranging breadth across numerous functions.
Our on-site visits to several companies gave students hands-on experience in real-world situations. Working in teams with students from a variety of international backgrounds gave me an extremely valuable understanding about the benefits of working on teams comprised of members with varying circumstances and experiences. The International MBA program at BCU gave me a new perspective on the business world that I have been able to successfully utilize in my professional endeavours since completing the program.
There are opportunities for you to further your studies through our research degrees, such as a PhD or the DBA professional doctorate.
Started in 2014
Before coming to Birmingham from Nigeria, Ibiboba had no notion of what to expect. All she knew was that it was a famous place, maybe because of Aston Villa Football Club.
*DLHE Survey 2015/16
Unlike undergraduate degrees, which are designed to get students into industry, our International MBA is aimed at both existing industry professionals looking to climb further up the career ladder and aspiring managers with little or no experience.
Companies around the world are now looking for a different kind of manager. They need people with different skillsets that can look at situations and opportunities in unique ways. Our International MBA will give you the tools to stand out from the rest.
Upon completion, you will be able to effect positive change, both in your own professional practice, and within your organisation. On a personal level, you’ll be able to utilise new skills and methods to improve your efficiency, your critical engagement, and your ability to instigate change.
Successful improvements in your personal professional practice will then benefit your organisation. The MBA degree alone can open doors, but the possibilities opened to you by utilising your skills to improve your organisation are even more impressive.
Already a managing director, in charge of your own company? The MBA degree can still benefit you internally and externally. The knowledge and skills you will pick up over the course of your degree can allow you to become an industry leader, growing your company’s reputation through innovation. The accompanying benefits of this could help cement your company’s industry position for years to come.
If you want to learn more about how the International MBA degree from Birmingham City Business School could help improve your career prospects, contact Tom Domboka.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
We equip our students with contemporary, cutting-edge knowledge and skills, so they can enter managerial positions comfortably and professionally. Past graduates have moved on to work with established companies including Service Birmingham Ltd, UN Ltd and Sandwell Council, working as housing managers and operations managers.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.
The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.
Having graduated from the University of Manchester in 1984 with a degree in management, Dr McCabe spent time in industry as a management trainee before commencing an EPSRC research-sponsored MSc in Management at Birmingham University in 1988.
Since 1989 he has been employed at Birmingham City University as a management lecturer (teaching general and human resources, as well as strategy and operations but with a special emphasis on TQM, improvement techniques and benchmarking).
As well as teaching, Steven is an active researcher and completed a Ph.D on a part-time basis at the University of Birmingham which explored the use of quality management techniques. He has written extensively on the subject of management and quality and has produced numerous papers, chapters for books and three books (see publications tab). He is currently working with Professor John Sparrow on a HEIF project (‘Development of value-adding business support need diagnostic: Timeliness and focus of business/management business development support’) which is exploring the way in which small and medium-sized businesses make key decisions about future direction (strategy). In particular the research aims to identify the nature of factors that contribute to what are known as ‘tipping points’.