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Realise your ambitions

Designed for determined, forward-thinking professionals with at least three years of management experience, our fully-accredited online MBA course will help propel you to greater success, whether you are looking to progress in your current role or head up your own business.

The Online MBA from the University of Birmingham is run by the globally recognised Birmingham Business School. We are the UK’s oldest and most established business school, and the only university to be accredited by the AMBA for a 100% online MBA. We are also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), which gives Birmingham triple-crown accreditation, confirming our elite position alongside just a handful of the world’s business schools.

Named 2016’s University of the Year for Graduate Employment2, we clearly understand the value of career development. From the outset, we will give you access to employment advice and one-to-one coaching to confirm your goals, helping you advance your career further.

“I would recommend an online MBA to anyone who does not have the time to commit to a residential type course as it gives you much better flexibility. I chose to study online mainly due to my travel commitments: I spend a large proportion of time on aeroplanes and in hotels for work, so it gives me adequate time to complete both reading and assignments.”

Andrew Lavin, Global Head of Asset and Fleet Management, Aggreko

From the UK, now living in the UAE

Programme Structure

Birmingham Business Schools online MBA is a 30-month, 180-credit course (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Year one core modules

  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • International Business
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy

Year two core modules

  • Economics and Economic Policy for Business or Service Operations Management
  • Critical Integration in Management or Marketing Strategy
  • Economics and Economic Policy for Business or Management of Change
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Corporate Finance
  • Critical Integration in Management or Advanced Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Business in Society

Year three dissertation

  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent 3.0 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • A minimum of 3 years of managerial experience
International students: With the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 18525 National

*Prices are subject to change each academic year.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.