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Online MBA: career outlook

MBA careers: thrive in a global business environment

Drawing on insights and expertise from our partnerships with leading international businesses, Birmingham Business School is a gateway to a number of new MBA career paths or perfect training for progression within your current company.

This exposure to world-class teaching and research informs your understanding and capacity to advance sustainable, responsible business strategies in an increasingly competitive global business market.

As well as providing one-to-one MBA careers advice, we offer contemporary industry insights through online lectures from distinguished business leaders, and optional on-campus workshops. These unique learning experiences not only equip you with the necessary business knowledge, they challenge you to thrive.

Since the programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), you can be confident that employers will recognise your qualification as the gold standard certificate for business excellence.

Executive Director:


Responsible for managing and overseeing a company’s day-to-day activities, Executive Directors are involved in the design, development and implementation of strategy to ensure their company operates effectively and efficiently. The director is also responsible for reporting to the company’s chairman of the board.3

Chief Financial Officer:


Overseeing the financial operations of an organization, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) provide critical leadership for finance departments to ensure that they are running efficiently and adhere to legal requirements and company policies. They are committed to maintaining a favourable company image while saving the business money.4

Additional roles include:

  • Director, partner or CEO
  • Managing director, vice president or executive director
  • Head of department
  • Chief financial officer or director of finance
  • Regional service manager or global lead
  • Business co-founder

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Programme outcomes

When you complete this programme, you will be able to:

Career support

Your relationship with the University of Birmingham will continue long after your graduation. To make the most of your future career prospects, we will help you gain the skills, knowledge and attributes that employers are looking for.

One-to-one support

Access one-to-one careers advice and support via the University of Birmingham Careers Network for up to two years after you graduate.

Extensive network

Join an alumni network of over 300,000 students worldwide.

Entrepreneur assistance

Seek support via the B Start-up programme if you are an entrepreneur looking to start your own business

Online community

Connect with your peers and lecturers and keep our thriving online community alive.


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  3. UNKNOWN (2020) Average Executive Director Salary in the United Kingdom. Payscale [online] Available at <> [Accessed 11.02.2020]
  4. UNKNOWN (2020) Average Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Salary in the United Kingdom. Payscale [online] Available at <> [Accessed 11.02.2020]