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Online MBA - MBA

The MBA can transform your professional career and develop your leadership potential. The MBA has been designed to reflect the increasing emphasis on management skills and abilities arising from today's market developments and explores the complexity and diversity of business in an increasingly interconnected and multi-cultural world.  

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Distance Learning
  • Location Online Learning
  • School Birmingham City Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences


The MBA can transform your professional career and develop your leadership potential.

The MBA has been designed to reflect the increasing emphasis on management skills and abilities arising from today's market developments and explores the complexity and diversity of business in an increasingly interconnected and multi-cultural world.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

You will be expected to develop critical analytical skills in assessing the current and developing environment for business; identify new business opportunities and analysing markets; deal with complex issues systematically and creatively; and communicate clearly to a range of audiences.  

You will continue to work full-time in a business while learning and applying theory to practice to enhance your career development prospects. The MBA covers a blend of fundamental and in-depth senior management skills across leadership and management, and is designed for proactive career focused individuals who can progressively apply their learning, demonstrating impact, by producing a portfolio of evidence meeting the knowledge, skills and behaviors required of a senior leader.  

Why Choose Us?

  • Our flexible online delivery means that you can study with us full-time or part-time, and at a time that suits you, from almost anywhere in the world. See ‘course in depth’ to find out more.
  • You'll get an opportunity to reflect upon and assess your learning throughout the course using the journal function in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
  • Our module structure encourages critical thinking by studying ‘real world’ scenarios, be they on-going or complete. Linking these examples back to your own business will allow you to see new solutions and opportunities you may not have previously envisioned. 
  • The course provides an innovative student experience with a professional user interface.
  • You have the option to take the course over two years, meaning that you can study for an MBA and advance your opportunities without interrupting your career.
  • This distance MBA course gives you the opportunity to study alongside professionals from around the world, giving you otherwise unavailable insight into a diverse range of international businesses and how they operate.

Entry Requirements

We require one of the following:

Essential Requirements

An honours degree of a British University or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)

An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)

A pre-masters programme approved by Birmingham City University

A pre-masters programme with a minimum of 55% average

*Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional information for EU/International students

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: MBA

Starting: Jan 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £8,800 per year
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • £4,400 per year

Award: MBA

Starting: Jan 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £8,800 per year
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • £4,400 per year

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.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.


You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites and available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

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.

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.

Course in Depth


In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling  180 credits):

This module emphasises the acquisition of the key personal and professional skills essential for an on-going and effective career in business and organisational management in any sector of economic activity. These will include the skills expected by employers in key areas such as self-awareness and improvement, effective business communication, group work and team building, intercultural awareness, negotiation skills, business networking and working with technology. How we manage our own personal competences and their development will be a key determinant of how effective we will be in managing and leading others in any organisation.

Collaborative Relationships and Organisational Behaviour 20 credits

This module explores in greater depth the practical implications of the human resource management policies. People are the key resource for almost all organisations, with the recruitment, selection, development, retention and reward of employees a key determinant of managerial and organisational ‘success’. All managers will benefit from an awareness of the potential impacts of contemporary HR policies on their staff. Indeed an essential part of the process of management is coordinating the activities of people and guiding their efforts towards the goals and objectives of the organisation. 

All managers, but especially those with budget responsibilities, need to understand the key principles of financial accounting, management accounting and finance. They should also be aware as to how these principles are commonly applied to their own functional responsibilities and the acknowledged limitations of their use in analysis and interpretation. Such financial ‘literacy’ in the construction and interpretation of the various balance sheets is a key attribute for successful management across a wide range of activities and sectors as it underpins and guides the investment and financing decisions of managers. An ability to manage financial performance helps all managers become more confident when participating in decision making and in the assessment of projected financial outcomes.

The module reviews the strategic approaches available to all organisations, whatever their size or sector of activity. Strategic intent offer the organisations the long-term direction. By the way of this module, an attempt is made to define, understand and apply three elements of the strategy, namely the ‘long term’, ‘direction’ and ‘organisation’ in both national and international contexts. The ‘long term’ is usually defined in terms of actions spanned across several years and up to even a decade in the future.  ‘Direction’ involves issues such as transfers between sectors of economic activity, e.g. print to electronic media within publishing. ‘Organisation’ can include many types, a small and medium sized enterprise, a multinational, not-for-profit enterprise or a public sector organisation. 

The module is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding on how organisations might deal with various aspects of innovation and how the development of a robust strategy for innovation can lead to sustainable competitive advantage. A key thrust of this programme of study is that achieving a sustainable competitive strategy, particularly in the context of disruptive change, is dependent upon organisations fostering a culture of innovation and creativity. The module is designed to allow aspiring managers to improve innovation capacity in their current and future careers. It will help managers to develop an understanding of how context influences performance and how organisations must change and learn as their context changes. It will identify the role that innovation and creativity plays in organisational learning and development.

The module explores the diverse range of activities that comprise the marketing management role, both nationally and internationally in scope. The success of new products may often depend less on the intrinsic characteristics of the product than on the marketing decisions you or your colleagues make, especially given the increasing importance of reaching new markets beyond national borders The module evaluates a wide range of marketing approaches and techniques to reach global markets, including the use of social media, with extensive case study analysis. The module will help you develop and implement marketing plans and strategies both in domestic and international markets. Whilst widely seen as part of the marketing function, attention will also be paid to the analysis and evaluation of promotion and sales techniques and strategies.

This Strategic Management Project module is the culmination of the programme of study and a work-based project. The work-based project must be current and part of your job role. The work-based project provides you with the opportunity to develop project management skills during your employment and to also carry out an independent research that looks to link theory to practice. The module requires you to create a report that includes a critique of the literature, a discussion of the methodologies, a synthesis of primary data, and an analysis of the outcomes.


This course is delivered fully online, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. Each 20-credit module is studied over ten weeks. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle.

You can choose to study with us full-time over one year or part-time over two years. As a guide, you should be allowing around 16 hours a week for part-time study, on average, as a combination of directed study (engaging with the online materials) and personal study.

Please see our Online Learning FAQs for more information on what to expect when studying with us.


You will be assessed throughout your course, with assignments set at the end of each module. Assessment will be primarily by coursework, e.g. essays, research papers, reports, presentations, reflective journals, portfolios or posters. However, some modules may also have online exams.



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.

Business Advice Centre

The Business Advice Centre (BAC) is the Business School's hub that offers a range of support services to you throughout each stage of your student learning experience.

We have a range of support solutions for students as well as opportunities to enhance your employability and entrepreneurial qualities.

Whether you are considering starting your business, connecting with real companies or enhancing your graduate opportunities, the Business Advice Centre can help you.

Find out more

International Students

Welcome to the Birmingham City Business School, home to students from over 70 countries all around the world!

Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s largest, most established and most respected business schools. Our programmes are practice based and many have an international focus, which means your course will be entirely relevant to today’s business world. Almost all of our courses, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, are open to international students.

We also have links with universities across the world, including Europe, the USA, China, India and Malaysia.

International Services

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Facilities and Staff

Our Online MBA course is delivered through the Moodle online learning resource, with online study materials to guide you through the appropriate topics, as well as providing links to other resources. You will also need textbooks, and a full reading list is provided with each module syllabus.

Although it is taught by distance learning, you will still have regular contact with your module tutor by email or telephone. You also have access to all the facilities at our City Centre Campus.