International MBA - MBA

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2016, January 2017
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: City Centre

Our International Master of Business Administration (MBA) course is perfect if you aspire to become successful in the field of business and management.

If you don’t possess any previous work experience, the course has been designed to help with your future employability and career development by providing many opportunities to develop your business and management skills and to experience ‘real world’ commercial settings as an integral part of your studies.

The broad nature of the course, as well as support from our expert team of lecturers, has seen our graduates move on to work with established companies including Rolls Royce and HSBC.

What's covered in the course?

The course will develop your practical competencies, such as your networking, communication and research skills.

We emphasise a practical approach, drawing on many case studies so you can examine the real-life situations international businesses face and the decisions you will have to make when working in a managerial position. We also focus on international business perspectives, recognising the changing international business environment and the need for future marketing managers to have the skills and knowledge to succeed.

Businesses are always looking to improve and stay relevant, so our course will teach you to critically examine and analyse the modern business world. You’ll study the impact of managers and leaders’ actions and how they affect business development.

You will learn crucial topics such as the role of culture within business, looking at how culture affects the strategies you make. You’ll also gain an understanding of advanced business theories, concepts and methods, critically evaluating their utility in practice.

The International MBA is challenging but will ensure you have the skills needed to appeal to employers. In the past, our successful graduates have progressed onto jobs as commercial directors and managers with the British Refugee Council and Prestige Systems.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will study as part of an international community, developing a truly global perspective on the relationship between accountancy, finance and business.
  • With our accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected schools.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to build a strong grounding in the international business language.
  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • You will gain the skills needed to succeed in the world of management, as well as a host of transferrable skills that employers really value.
  • You will work in our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which is a hub for our students, boasting state-of-the-art facilities.

This course is open to International students

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New £10,906 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,906 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

UK students

No prior work experience is required to be eligible for entry to this MBA International programme.

You will need to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows:

One of the following:

An honours degree of a British University or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2). For the 18-month version, a third-class honours or ordinary degree

An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2). For the 18-month version, a third-class honours or ordinary degree

A graduate level professional qualification in an appropriate field of study

A pre-masters programme approved by Birmingham City University.

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

International students must be able to furnish satisfactory evidence of a level of attainment in English Language commensurate with study at Master’s level in the University.

In most cases, this will be a minimum TOEFL score of 57.5 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 average (minimum of 5.5 in each band).

In addition, a GMAT score of at least 500 is preferable, but is not an admissions requirement.


Applicants should provide two academic references in support of their application to the Master of Business Administration International course and may be subject to interview.

International Students

Entry requirements here

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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Direct entry

Direct entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration stage of the programme may be available if you hold a relevant PG Certificate in Management from a UK University or overseas equivalent. These will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: MBA

Starting: Sep 2016

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 12 months
  • Full Time
  • 18 months

Award: MBA

Starting: Jan 2017

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 15 months

Award: MBA

Starting: Sep 2016

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 12 months
  • Full Time
  • 18 months

Award: MBA

Starting: Jan 2017

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 15 months

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF 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 up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

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:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

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.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

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.

Relevant academic or work experience

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


Additional costs

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.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Financial Support

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 £10,906 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage one

Operations and Process Management
Managing People in Organisations
Marketing Management
Managing Financial Performance

Stage two

International Business
Innovation and Change Management
Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
Thinking and Managing Strategically

Stage three

International Marketing
Research Dissertation or Internship Management Project

Assessment will take various forms including coursework assignments, reports, presentations and examinations. You will also have the opportunity to do a research project, where you can work with a leading management company, or conduct a thorough dissertation on an area of business management you enjoy. An alternative to the research project is to undertake an internship where you will be able to gain invaluable work experience whilst gathering information to allow for the completion of a management report.

Student stories

Tina Swani

Even while she was studying a Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA at Birmingham City Business School, Tina Swani knew that she wanted to work in an environment where people matter and where she could apply the principles of business. She is now the CEO of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice which, since its launch in 1979, has cared for tens of thousands of people with conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

Gurmeet Chhiber

I am a mature student and applied to study full-time though clearing. Originally from India, I now live in Handsworth where I’ve enjoyed getting to know different people in a multi-cultured city.

Further Study

Further study opportunities include MPhil, DBA and PhD programmes.

Student stories Ibiboba Oyibo

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.

MBA Employability 350x263 - Business men and women sat around a table Enhance your managerial career

Unlike undergraduate degrees, which are designed to get students into industry, our MBA degrees are aimed at existing industry professionals looking to climb further up the career ladder.

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 MBA degrees 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 an MBA degree from Birmingham City Business School could help improve your career prospects, contact Tony Birch


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

Graduate Jobs

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:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

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.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our masters of business administration international course is most popular with international students from:

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

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.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Thomas Domboka Profile Picture July 2016

Dr Thomas Domboka

Programme Director, International MBA

Tom comes from a strong entrepreneurial and management background with experience in starting new businesses, having worked with a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas. He is now the Director for the International MBA programme. 

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