The University of Birmingham recognised for excellence in experiential online study

Since launching three career-focused 100% online postgraduate degrees in August 2015, we’ve continued to enhance the student learning experience, which has amounted to numerous highlights:

1) A pioneering accreditation

In June 2016, our Online MBA became the first completely online degree of its type to be formally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) - one of the foremost authorities on postgraduate management education.

Previously, AMBA had only ever awarded accreditation to programmes which included an element of residential learning. Our flexible Online MBA does not require students to spend any time on campus, and instead delivers live ‘connect’ sessions and other immersive, interactive elements to those studying across the globe at times to suit them.

“AMBA accreditation is awarded to the best programmes internationally and denotes the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. Students, business schools, graduates and employers all recognise it as a gold standard,” (Association of MBAs¹).

2) Recognition for our teaching methods

High standards of achievement is something that applies to the quality of our teaching too – most recently, the University of Birmingham achieved ‘Gold standard’ in the 2016-17 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Taking into account factors such as learning environment and student outcomes, the TEF award aims to identify universities that deliver outstanding education:

"Research-intensive universities such as Birmingham deliver an outstanding student experience in which excellent teaching is enhanced by world-class research and facilities. We put students at the heart of what we do and I am pleased that this has been recognised once again” (Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham).

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3) Graduates with great employability

Thanks to the emphasis we place on real-world experiential learning, many students have been able to apply their new techniques and skills directly to their job roles - even before finishing their degree. Helena Feibert is a great example of this. She is studying our Online MSc International Business and within just four months of starting the course, she had secured her dream job at international jewellery brand, Pandora. Helena is now able to use the knowledge she is acquiring and directly apply it to her role.

We’ve been officially recognised too:

  • 2015 – 2016’s University of the Year for Graduate Employment².
  • 2016 – the third best UK university for producing CEOs³.
  • 2017 – sixth most frequently targeted university for graduate recruits⁴.

See our infographic for more ways online study at the University of Birmingham can help you to realise your professional goals.

As we head into 2018 and beyond, we’ll continue to harness inventive teaching methods to keep our online courses at the forefront of the field and as effective as possible for online students in the future. If you’re looking to learn more about our online programmes and how to apply, please fill out the request information form and a member of our team will be in touch.


¹Association of MBAs (2017) The Value of Accreditation [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 09.08.2017]

² WALKER, D. (2015) Birmingham announced as University of the Year for Graduate Employment. University of Birmingham [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 10.10.2017]

³ MOSHINSKY, B. (2016) The 9 British universities that produce the most CEOs. The Independent [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 10.10.2017]

⁴ UNKNOWN (2017) The University of Birmingham is among the six UK universities most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers looking for graduate recruits, according to new report. University of Birmingham [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 10.10.2017]

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