This course and the information on this page is indicative based on the 2019/20 academic year. The final details for this course starting in 2020/21 may be subject to change and will be confirmed by the end of September 2019.
Want to study an MBA in Birmingham? Our International MBA will give you a global view of international management.
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 course 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 course 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 course, 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 course, you have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while you study.
Our next Open Day for this course will take place on 29 June 2019. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.
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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 £10,906 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 degrees may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A professional qualification 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.
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.
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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.
Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.
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|MBA||Sep 2020||FT||12 months (16 months with internship)||£15,400 per year||Register your interest|
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|MBA||Feb 2021||FT||15 Months||£15,400 per year||Register your interest|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 140 credits):
Strategic Human Resources Management
This module will look at people, organisations and culture from a number of perspectives or views, and will require students to apply a number of theories, models and concepts. The module creates the space for students to ‘try out’ a number of concepts, in the relatively safe environment of the University.
Global Marketing Management
The module enables you to develop a thorough understanding of international Marketing theories and concepts. Students will be able to develop and apply global marketing strategies in the complex global environment. In addition, this module explores and evaluates the application of strategic marketing planning, implementation and controlling of international marketing strategies. Understanding the theory and application of international marketing in a diverse cultural context is central to marketing in the era of globalisation and regional integration.
Managing Financial Performance
This module aims to develop your understanding of the main financial objective of the firm i.e. wealth maximisation and how it is achieved through alignment of financial decisions under constraints from within and outside the organisation. The module covers topics such as financial statements analysis, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, time value money, investment appraisal, working capital management, sources of capital and choice of capital structure.
International Operations and Project Management
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the intricacies of managing processes and projects in a global environment and how that can shape the competitive strategy of an organisation. The module commences with an examination of modern business drivers of competitive advantages through effective management of business operations and projects.
Strategic Leadership and Organisational Transformation
This module is about leadership at strategic level and the role of transformational leaders as catalysts for change in their organisations and whole industries. The module therefore focuses on two but clearly intertwined elements of strategic leadership and organisational transformation.
Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity
This module will provide insight into the nature and scope of entrepreneurship and innovation by critically analysing its role economic growth and the well-being of society. The module has been designed to allow you to explore this subject in detail including how new ventures are created.
Contemporary Strategic Management in Global Contexts
The aim of this module is to introduce you to key strategic issues in management in a global context. This is done by practitioner analysis of the impact of globalisation on management today and the relevance of core theories in management and global business.
Through a project based learning approach, this module seeks to bridge the gap between theories and the decision making process of solving real, complex business problems in a global setting.
Integrated Pre-Masters (18 months course only)
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:
Dissertation (includes Research Methods)
The Dissertation provides the practical and theoretical focus for the MBA and is the culmination of the programme of study that requires you to undertake a piece of independent research that links theory to practice. This module enables you to build on and develop their professional management skills such as project management, problem solving, critical analysis and synthesis of data to produce appropriate research outcomes.
Management Project (including Research Methods)
This Internship Management Project module is the culmination of the programme of study that requires the student to undertake an internship for a period of 8 weeks. The internship provides the student with the opportunity to experience ‘real world’ employment and to also carry out independent research that looks to link theory to practice.
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.
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.
As part of this programme, you have the option to do an internship and in the end write an internship management project instead of a dissertation. The internship which you can do in the UK or any other country of your choice (including your home country) will last between 3-4 months. An internship placement gives you the opportunity to apply theory to practice whilst gaining invaluable practical experience working on a live company project. Such an experience will provide you with a competitive advantage in the labour market by allowing you to gain critical management experience.
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.
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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.
Our alumni have gone on to hold such role as:
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.
"The global business environment is rapidly changing and a different business and market reality is emerging. As a student of today and manager or entrepreneur of tomorrow, you need to adapt and adopt flexible patterns of thinking and behaviour to succeed as global manager and entrepreneur regardless of the country, industry or environment.
Our international MBA has been designed with this in mind - to help you develop expertise in strategy, marketing, leadership and managing people, finance, global business management, operations and project management, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills to start and manage your own business to mention a few."
Dr Tom Domboka, Course Leader
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.