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University of Birmingham named in 2020 Global MBA Rankings

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Designed for enterprising business professionals with at least three years of management experience, the attractiveness of studying an MBA online only continues to grow. Most recently, our online degree has been named as one of the best in its class worldwide; the latest QS Global Online MBA rankings have placed the University of Birmingham 17th in the world1.

Professor Cathy Cassell, Dean of the Business School comments, “We are delighted that the excellent quality of our Distance Learning MBA has been recognised by the School’s position in these rankings. It is a testament not only to the commitment and quality of our faculty, but also to the engagement and dynamism of our MBA cohort.”

The QS ranking is the latest in a string of accolades for the MBA course. Birmingham Business School, along with just a handful of the worlds business schools, holds the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

In addition, the 2018 Global MBA Rankings by CEO Magazine listed the University of Birmingham Online MBA 29th in the world – amongst one of only three UK-based universities to appear in the top 30.

With an aim to identify schools which combine quality with ROI², CEO Magazine used fact-based criteria to assess all universities offering Online MBAs. Considering factors such as the learning environment, faculty, delivery methods and international diversity, these results constitute a global performance and quality benchmark.

Studying at a university that has one of the best online MBA rankings is important to many students. “Just as important as what you learn is where you learn it and how that will look on your CV” says Harriet Jeckells, Marketing Director at Wiley. “Studying my MBA at a Russell Group University was one of my key requirements. Further still the Online MBA itself is accredited too. This is particularly impressive as not many online courses can boast accreditation.”

Our global distance MBA was also the first 100% Online MBA in the world to receive formal accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in 2016.

An Online MBA with the tools to propel career growth

With its power to generate educational opportunity irrespective of geography or time-zone, online education has enabled busy professionals the world over to develop their career skills and expertise at a time, place and pace that suits them.

Recommended read: Why is it important to choose an AMBA MBA?

With an emphasis on teaching that is designed to be as relevant as possible to actual business environments, the Online MBA allows you to apply your learning in real-time.

“The Online MBA has given me a chance to turbocharge my career and manage my company more efficiently and effectively using the techniques acquired,” says Florence Britton, Online MBA Graduate.

Birmingham Business School is dedicated to developing the next generation of global business leaders. If you are looking to take your career further, our Online MBA could help you to achieve it. Find out more by filling out our request for information form or calling our Admissions Team today.


  1. UNKNOWN (2020) University of Birmingham Online MBA ranked 17th in the world according to QS World University rankings. University of Birmingham [online] Available at: [Accessed 22.04.2020]
  2. UNKNOWN (2018) Online MBA Rankings. CEO Magazine [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 15.06.2018]

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