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Online MBA - MBA

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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

This course is:

Open to International Students

Overview

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 behaviours 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.

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Next Event: 29 June 2024

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Entry Requirements

We require one of the following:

Essential Requirements
Essential

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
Essential

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
IELTS

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

Please select your student status to view fees and apply
  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MBA

Starting: Oct 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £10,500 in 2024/25
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • Show fees
  • £1167 per 20 credits
  • Year 1 - 80 credits
  • Year 2 - 100 credits

Fees for Distance Learning students

This course can be studied on a Distance Learning study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year.

Award: MBA

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £10,500 in 2024/25
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • Show fees
  • £1167 per 20 credits
  • Year 1 - 80 credits
  • Year 2 - 100 credits

Fees for Distance Learning students

This course can be studied on a Distance Learning study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year.

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MBA

Starting: Oct 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £10,500 in 2024/25
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • Show fees
  • £1167 per 20 credits
  • Year 1 - 80 credits
  • Year 2 - 100 credits

Fees for Distance Learning students

This course can be studied on a Distance Learning study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year.

Award: MBA

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £10,500 in 2024/25
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • Show fees
  • £1167 per 20 credits
  • Year 1 - 80 credits
  • Year 2 - 100 credits

Fees for Distance Learning students

This course can be studied on a Distance Learning study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year.

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.

Printing

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.

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

You’ll need to submit a personal statement as part of your application for this course. This will need to highlight your passion for postgraduate study – and your chosen course – as well as your personal skills and experience, academic success, and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Not sure what to include? We’re here to help – take a look at our top tips for writing personal statements and download our free postgraduate personal statement guide for further advice and examples from real students.

Course in Depth

Modules

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

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Delivery

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.

Assessment

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.

Employability

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 are designed with industry experts to equip you with in-demand skills and 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, leadership skills, and your ability to instigate and manage change successfully.

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.

International

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 & 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 via virtual sessions, email or telephone to support students with the learning materials or coursework. You also have access to all the facilities at our City Centre Campus.