Master of Business Administration (Online) - MBA

Attendance:
Distance Learning
Starting:
May 2018, September 2018, January 2019
Campus:
Online Learning
Fees:
£850 per 20-credit module for UK/EU Distance Learning 2018 entry (view all fees)

Our new Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) course will help you to develop your career as a business manager.

The course has three specific pathways. The generic pathway allows you to learn every aspect of modern business administration, with transferable skills you can take to any given sector.

  • MBA
  • MBA (Healthcare Management)
  • MBA (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

If you are looking to further your career in areas of Healthcare Management or Environmental and Sustainability Management, then our two specialist pathways will allow you to do this. You'll be given valuable insight and specific skills into these two huge sectors of global business.

What's covered in the course?

Our course provides the opportunity to combine the theory and practice of management, healthcare management, and environmental sustainability in an interactive online environment where you will be studying with other students from internationally diverse background and also have the support and guidance of specialists in the various fields of study.

The programmes of study will provide you with the skills employers really value, so it is the perfect option if you want to change career directions or aim to move up the corporate ladder. You’ll be encouraged to question, analyse and challenge the assumptions that are made about modern organisations and provide innovative solutions to the problems that are encountered in the rapidly changing world of business. We’ll nurture your skills by helping you devise contemporary and forward-thinking strategies and day-to-day tactics that’ll help organisations thrive in a range of business settings.

The Online Master of Business Administration and the two specialist pathways will run on a part-time and full-time basis. There will be initially three entry points per calendar year, so we have flexibility in terms of delivery and also starting point.

Why Choose Us?

  • The University is embarking upon an exciting new phase of our portfolio development with a range of innovative online programmes that enable students to gain internationally recognised qualifications without the added expense or disruption of international on campus study – you can in essence ‘earn and learn’.
  • We have a strong ‘practice based’ focus to our academic portfolio and this will allow you to apply the theory to real world situations and bring your experiences to the class as live discussion topics
  • 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.
  • Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
  • You’ll work alongside students from around the globe, creating a diverse, exciting atmosphere and a range of ideas.

This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

UK students

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.

An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution.

A graduate level professional qualification in an appropriate field of study.

A pre-masters programme.

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.

References

Applicants should provide two academic references in support of their application and may be subject to interview.

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
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Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Environmental Management and Sustainability MBA May 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Sep 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Jan 2019 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Generic MBA May 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Sep 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Jan 2019 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Healthcare Management MBA May 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Sep 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Jan 2019 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
DL 25 Months £850 per 20-credit module

International Students

Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Environmental Management and Sustainability MBA May 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Sep 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Jan 2019 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Generic MBA May 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Sep 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Jan 2019 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Healthcare Management MBA May 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Sep 2018 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module
Jan 2019 DL 15 Months £850 per 20-credit module

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.

Personal statement

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:

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

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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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This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

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 £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage one

This online course is unique in offering three pathways: MBA, MBA (Healthcare Management) and MBA (Environmental Management and Sustainability).

MBA

Business and Economic Environment
20 credits
Developing Management Skills
20 credits
Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

MBA (Healthcare Management)

Health and Healthcare Management
20 credits
Developing Management Skills
20 credits
Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

MBA (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Environmental Management – International Issues
20 credits
Developing Management Skills
20 credits
Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

Stage two

MBA

Managing, Leading and Developing People
20 credits
Managing Financial Performance
20 credits
Managing Marketing Promotion and Sales
20 credits

MBA (Healthcare Management)

Performance Management in Healthcare
20 credits
Managing Financial Performance
20 credits
Managing Marketing Promotion and Sales
20 credits

MBA (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Society, Economics and Environment
20 credits
Managing Financial Performance
20 credits
Managing Marketing Promotion and Sales
20 credits

Stage three

MBA

Strategic Management in an International Context
20 credits
Business Processes and Operations Management
20 credits
International Entrepreneurship and Innovation
20 credits

MBA (Healthcare Management)

Sustainable Healthcare Futures
20 credits
Business Processes and Operations Management
20 credits
International Entrepreneurship and Innovation
20 credits

MBA (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Sustainable Environmental Futures
20 credits
Business Processes and Operations Management
20 credits
International Entrepreneurship and Innovation
20 credits

Our programme and the pathways are designed to allow you to study from your home location is perfectly balanced to blend business and management with finance, meaning you learn important skills from both disciplines. The dissertation will also ensure you develop your attributes in research, organisation and time management, three skills that look desirable to every employer.

We allow graduates from diverse disciplines, or those seeking continuing professional development, to gain access to the study of business within a number of specialist areas. 

Our programme has a very flexible approach and you can study up to three modules at any one time on a full-time basis or you can study a module at a time at your own pace within the specified registration period.

Assessment is of a practical nature and will be examination based. There are many opportunities to assess your progress throughout the modules and there is a facility for a practice examination that provides feedback on your performance.

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

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

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

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 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

Our staff

The Programme Director for the MBA, Tony Birch, has worked at senior level within a number of prestigious multinational companies such as Alcan, Alusuisse and IMI.

Tony is currently working on research on the benefits that are derived from team working in manufacturing organisations and is working with another member of the course team, Steve McCabe, on a research project that is looking to encourage ‘greener’ and more environmentally friendly approaches to commuting to work with the Betterpoints organisation.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295