Online learning: tap into a world of opportunity
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The days of the lonely long-distance learner are over. Our current students studying 100% online share their ideas, interact with faculty and truly engage with the digital learning environment. Filter by subject to find students studying near you and navigate the map to gain a global perspective of our international community.Explore our student network
"At the beginning of my distance MBA studies, I was worried about the retention of my learning verses the traditional classroom scenario. After I did my very first assignment, I realized the implication of the study. Attending class sessions, researching and learning cases based on real companies became part... Read More »
Paula Soderberg, Module Tutor (Online MBA), University of Birmingham
"I enjoy the thrill of being able to transform obstacles into opportunities. The Online Masters of Public Administration is helping me to identify gaps and resolve problems faster and more effectively. It is helping me view local government through wider lenses and a future towards e-governments, greater... Read More »
Ana Soochit, Local Economic Development Officer, Chaguanas Borough in Trinidad
Description: Listen to Senior Teaching Fellow, Helen Dawson, discuss the different types of leaders using a case study of reconfiguration in Lincolnshire. Find out what kind of leadership style suits you and learn what it would be like to study online.
Watch online Online public administration case study tutorial – Leadership and Lincolnshire reconfiguration
Description: Join Senior Teaching Fellow, Helen Dawson, to discuss the implications and questions which surround the decision to commercialise public services using the case study ‘Carillion’ as an example. Hear how this forms part of the Online Masters of Public Administration and learn what it would be like to study online.
Watch online Online public administration case study tutorial – commercialising public services
How does it feel to study 100% online?
Recent graduates share their experience of online study. Find out what it’s really like to study 100% online at the University of Birmingham.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] GAYAN SIRIMANNE: I felt at ease for the first time when I logged in.
HELENA FEIBERT: It's very exciting and it totally lived up to my expectations.
COLIN FAGAN: It felt very, very good. It was a wonderful experience.
GAYAN SIRIMANNE: I could manage my own time with family responsibilities around it as well.
HELENA FEIBERT: The flexibility allowed me to keep a full-time job while I was studying here at the University of Birmingham.
COLIN FAGAN: Getting new ideas, getting new information.
GAYAN SIRIMANNE: Enlightening.
HELENA FEIBERT: Demanding, and engaging, and towards me I think towards the lecturers.
COLIN FAGAN: Interaction between the various communities, and various people across the world.
HELENA FEIBERT: It was how the lectures and professors utilised all the video material in the online courses.
GAYAN SIRIMANNE: I've worked with quite a lot of other MBA students from across the globe. This gave me the opportunity to make professional networks.
COLIN FAGAN: Well I really feel better about myself.
HELENA FEIBERT: When I first started at the university, I got a new job at Pandora. And since I finished I was offered a lead role in my current company, so that is great.
HELENA FEIBERT: They shouldn't think it's easier just because it's online.
COLIN FAGAN: You have to recognise that it is a self-discipline.
HELENA FEIBERT: It is an excellent feeling that all those years work has finally panned out.
GAYAN SIRIMANNE: Great sense of achievement.
COLIN FAGAN: Excited to be walking and collecting my degree.
GAYAN SIRIMANNE: Basically I'm over the moon, I would say.
Enrich your learning experience with an online programme
Streamline your studies, connect with lecturers and collaborate with peers; find out how online learning with the University of Birmingham can empower you to greater things.
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00:02 Enrich your learning experience
00:04 with an online programme
00:07 “Online courses have advanced greatly in both their curriculum and acceptance in the marketplace.” – Patrick Gettleman, Global Procurement Manager, United Kingdom
00:14 Streamline your study
00:17 Streamline your study – Course overview
00:20 To do list
00:23 See your tasks at a glance
00:25 Learn anywhere, any time
00:32 “The killer feature for me was the flexibility of the programme” – Vanna Camille Curi – Programme Coordinator, USA
00:37 Plan your workload
00:42 “I can study in my own time and at my own pace. The fact that the resources are all online also means I can study on the move.” – Ceridwen Scerri, Research Analyst, Malta
00:50 Interact with your lecturer
00:56 Link instantly with classmates
01:03 “Studying online ensures an internationally composed classroom. It adds substance and inspiration from different people and cultures.” – Helena Feibert, IT Consultant, Denmark
01:09 Learn through collaboration
01:22 Chart your success
01:30 “I now have the confidence and knowledge to engage and challenge thinking in many areas of business.” – Andrew Lavin, Global Head of Asset & Fleet Management, United Arab Emirates
01:35 Get tailored student support
01:40 Get tailored student support
Assignment and submission queries
Information on university policies and procedures
Managing conflicting commitments
Any other non-academic support
01:45 Access to technical support
Virtual learning environment queries
24 hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
01:52 “The University of Birmingham was the right choice for me due to the reputation of its academics, world rankings and research achievements.” – Kathirvel Balakrishnan, Solution Architect, United Kingdom
02:00 Online courses now available
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Masters of Public Administration (MBA)
Masters of Science in International Business (MSc IB)
02:03 Be empowered to greater things
02:06 Study online with the University of Birmingham