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Online MBA

Programme overview

Make an impact at the highest level

Centred on the challenges of responsible business and ranked 17th in the world (QS 2020), the world’s first 100% Online Masters in Business Administration (MBA) to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) will enhance your ability to perform at the highest level in global business management.

Centred on the challenges of responsible business and ranked 17th in the world (QS 2020), the world’s first 100% Online Masters in Business Administration (MBA) to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) will enhance your ability to perform at the highest level in global business management.

Quick facts

67%

international – students studying overseas in more than 70 different countries1

£21,600

total programme fee. This can be paid in full or in instalments of £1,660 every 8 weeks2

AMBA

first 100% Online MBA to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)

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Advance your career at a gold standard institution

Designed for ambitious professionals with at least three years of management experience, the Online MBA will enhance your understanding of business theory, practice and leadership.

The programme is part of a range of MBAs run through the Birmingham Business School, the UK’s oldest business school. As well as being acclaimed internationally, it appears regularly in global league tables and holds the rare ‘gold standard’ triple-crown accreditation. The School is committed to promoting curiosity and thought leadership for responsible business; two core principles running throughout the Online MBA.

Thanks to the highly transferable, practical and contemporary programme content, you will graduate with the real-life skills and confidence you need to step into a senior leadership role and make a greater impact in the world of business.

“I would recommend an Online MBA to anyone who does not have the time to commit to a residential type course. The online MBA gives you much better flexibility and potentially suits people who favour a coursework-based approach where you can practice the theories and models, rather than an exam-based approach.”
– Andrew Lavin, Online MBA graduate, United Arab Emirates

Career outlook

Thriving on its connections and partnerships with companies from Aldi to HSBC, the Birmingham Business School opens up countless opportunities to advance in today’s highly competitive business market. Our lecturers and speakers are key to unlocking the latest business insights, which you apply in your own career.

As well as being invited to online industry guest lectures, you’ll have the option to visit campus to take part in workshops such as our annual Deloitte Consultancy Challenge.

To help you make the most of the available business management opportunities, we offer one-to-one employment advice to support your goals and further advance your career.

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Business case study

In a webinar hosted by the University of Birmingham and Senior Teaching Fellow, Andrew Parker, gain an authentic feel for studying the MBA online.

Watch our business case study which explores the service delivery challenges that arose out of the launch of the Starbucks mobile app.

Admissions requirements

To apply for the Online MBA from the Birmingham Business School, you will need:

* Exceptions to the listed admissions requirements will be assessed on an individual basis.

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Tuition details

The estimated total cost of this programme is £21,600. You can pay in full or in instalments of £1,660 on a module by module basis. All costs are listed to help you make an informed decision.

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Curriculum: lead by real-world example

The accredited Online MBA degree will provide you with key insights into the latest business principles and approaches through practical experience, exploring all the core areas of business from marketing and strategy to operations management and accounting.

Building upon the core theories of the first term, the second term offers a choice of elective modules, such as Critical Integration in Management and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This, along with the dissertation in the final term, allows you to tailor and align your studies with your interests and career objectives.

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“The great thing about Birmingham’s Online MBA is that it is truly an online course. Although advertised as “online”, most other universities require that you attend campus either regularly or at some point during the degree. Birmingham gets the balance right through fortnightly synchronous seminar sessions, weekly discussion activities and regular groupwork, which means that there is plenty of interaction and networking among peers.”
– Harriet Jeckells, Online MBA graduate, United Kingdom

Programme outcomes

You will complete this programme ready to:

Immersive online experience

As well as providing the highest levels of convenience and flexibility that 100% online learning offers, the programme is full of interactive elements, like video lectures and group activities, which bring the content to life.

Rather than trying to replicate a campus-based setting online, we’ve built this programme from the ground up, drawing on the latest technology to create a truly unique and immersive student experience.

The online learning environment is not only a window to programme materials and live lectures, it’s an opportunity to connect directly with your lecturers and other professionals like yourself.

Experience online

Faculty expertise

Taught by the same leading lecturers and experts as its campus-based equivalent, this programme exposes you to diverse experiences, helping you to develop a deeper understanding of modern business.

The programme is led by Dr Solon Magrizos, whose main research interests include issues related to ethical companies and ethical consumers and more specifically, the broader issues around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) implementation, its link to the firms’ business benefits and the perceptions and reactions of consumers to firms’ CSR initiatives.

For each module you will have a dedicated module convener and seminar tutor, and will be in contact with them on a weekly basis as they guide you through the programme content, discussion activities and assignments.

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Frequently asked questions

You may have some questions about the programme, the university or the online environment. It’s always the way when starting something new. Don’t worry; we’re here to answer them.

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

An Online MBA is both an investment and a challenge. The value of an online MBA vs campus MBA is hard to fully quantify. Research by GMAC (2018) suggests that 79% of MBA alumni thought their degree was personally, professionally and financially rewarding. The findings did not find many differences between the modality of studies.

There are three intakes per year. You can choose to join our programmes in spring, summer or autumn.

Though the schedule varies by programme, most online classes, or synchronised tutorials, normally take place once every two weeks. These are often run multiple times during the day, so you can join at a time that suits you. You’ll receive a timetable of your synchronous session after you enroll.

Through our online learning environment, Canvas, you can contact your peers and tutors, use discussion forums, connect to live lectures and take part in group work. It’s a highly interactive environment, designed to make you feel part of a community.

Some students also choose to use Skype, WhatsApp or Google Hangout whilst studying, in addition to Canvas.

As well as learning from leading lecturers and industry speakers, you’ll have access to community boards, instant messaging services, live discussions and one-to-one support from a Student Services Coordinator. We also offer 24/7 technical support should you encounter any difficulties accessing the online platform.

Our online learning environment includes videos and interactive activities for you to learn from. You can also access the university’s online library, which includes e-textbooks, journal articles and specialist industry reports.

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  1. Updated 11th February 2020. Country names categorised using information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/country-names/country-names-the-permanent-committee-on-geographical-names-for-british-official-use [Accessed 11.02.2020]
  2. Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.