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Mini MBA - Management

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: November 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (Various)
  • Location: City Centre

Looking to quickly improve your understanding of business environments and challenges to help enhance your own or your organisation’s competitive advantage? Our online Mini MBA - Management allows you to upgrade your knowledge at your own pace.

Grounded in our long-established capability as a practice and practitioner based business school, our Mini MBA - Management short course gives you the opportunity to reinforce and progress your ability to make informed business decisions, allowing you to lead with greater confidence and influence in your career and your sector.

The course gives you an international perspective on the best business practices in operation today.

What's covered in the course?

The core modules cover fundamental disciplines of business and management in a multi-disciplinary context, so you can take the knowledge you learn in them and apply it directly to your business, no matter the sector you operate in. There are also option modules that deal more specifically with finance and marketing, giving you greater insight into these specialist areas.

So that you can carry on with your career whilst undertaking the course, modules will be released sequentially over a five-week period. You can choose to do a module a week, finishing the course in five weeks and earning your completion certificate. But you have as long as five months, allowing you to learn at your own pace. All activity is online and self/directed study.

Why Choose Us?

  • Online study allows you to study from anywhere in the world. This means you can earn significant CPD (Continuous Professional Development) hours and develop your ‘value added’ proposition without having to move - virus or no virus.
  • You’ll be supported by a team of expert academic staff with extensive professional experience.
  • You’ll develop/reinforce the power of inquiry, logical thought and independent judgement within a context of practical and theoretical application.
  • Examine issues from a range of perspectives to come to a greater understanding of the complex and challenging nature of management.
  • Challenge and question preconceptions and understand complex challenges, and international nature, of management practice.
  • Develop the analytical and communication skills required in order to progress in your professional activities.
  • Develop appropriate skills in investigation and management practice.

Please note that the Mini MBA – Management course provides a route to personal development and continuous professional development. It is appropriate for those not wishing to, or in a position to, undertake a full MBA or similar full academic qualification. A completion certificate is normally issued which also confirms the learning hours for CPD purposes. This however is not a full MBA and does not result in the award of an academic qualification, or any formal academic credits.

This course is not open to International students
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  • International students


Starting: Nov 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Various
  • TBC

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

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.

Please note that the course will run subject to meeting minimum application numbers.


Fees are currently set to £2,000 (+VAT).


Please note that available modules are subject to change based on market conditions and feedback.

This is an introductory and varied module, which will help to set your expectations during the course. It will focus in introducing some key areas such as managing your studies, managing in organisations, personal management skills, teamwork, planning and decision making.

The aim of this module is to introduce you to key issues in management of operations and process. This is done by looking at the impact of management today in these areas and the relevance of core theories in operations and process management. This therefore seeks to bridge the gap between some key theories and solving practical problems.

This module will look at people, leadership and culture from a number of perspectives, and will apply a number of theories, models and concepts. There will also be interest in the strategic aspect of managing people in organisations.

This module aims to develop your understanding of some of the main financial objectives of the firm. The module covers topics such as understanding financial statements, budgeting and cost-benefit analysis.

Students will choose one of the two below modules for their final module.

The module enables you to develop an understanding of some key marketing theories and concepts. In addition, this module looks at issues such as strategic marketing planning and implementation.

This module aims to consider alignment of financial decisions under constraints from within and outside the organisation. The module covers topics such as time value money, investment appraisal, working capital management and sources of capital.

Modules are released sequentially over a five-week period.

  • The maximum completion period for the course is five months
  • The minimum completion period for the course is five weeks
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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

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Balvinder Plaha

Senior Lecturer, Program Leader for Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and MSc Insurance and Risk Management

Balvinder Plaha joined Birmingham City University in 2015 and currently teaches the finance and corporate governance modules on the MSc Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management and risk response and risk leadership on the MSc Risk Management course.

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Michalis Kourtidis

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Michalis Kourtidis initially studied Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the University of Ioannina, Greece and is fascinated by the diverse ways human behaviour is influenced by internal and external factors of self and society.

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Stephen Wilson

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Stephen Wilson has been an Associate Professor at BCU for 11 years.

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Dr Juanling Huang

Senior Lecturer in Business Logistics

Dr Juanling Huang has industrial experience in logistics and international freight forwarding companies in the UK, Hong Kong and China. Her research areas include implementation of strategy, innovation and change; implementation of ERP systems in SMEs; and customer relationship management in HEIs and business communities.

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