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Online MBA

Ranked 13th in the world1, this 100% Online, AMBA-accredited Masters in Business Administration (MBA) will enhance your ability to perform at the highest level in global business management.

13th best
online MBA in the world1

67% of students
overseas across more than
70 different countries2

First 100%
online MBA to be
accredited by AMBA

A Russell Group
university member

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Take the lead in business

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 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.

If you're working in a healthcare role and are committed to leading the innovative clinical management systems of the future, why not consider our Online MBA Clinical Leadership - a specialised, online MBA pathway that will empower you to manage and lead clinicians, understand and influence policy, and achieve strategic level changes within health services.

Career opportunities

Thriving on its international business partnerships, Birmingham Business School unlocks several opportunities to advance in today’s dynamic business environment. As well as being invited to online industry guest lectures, you’ll have the option to participate in campus-based workshops, such as the annual Deloitte Consultancy Challenge.

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

If you are fairly new to the principles of business you may be interested in our Online MSc International Management.

The great thing about the 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’s Online MBA on the other hand is 100% online, no ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ or ‘maybes’. They get the balance right through fortnightly live seminar sessions, weekly discussion activities and regular group work, which means that there is plenty of interaction and networking amongst peers.

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Why choose online?

As well as providing the flexibility to study around your existing commitments, our 100% online MBA gives you access to the same world-renowned lecturers and guest speakers as the campus-based equivalent, but with the added benefit of video and real-world case studies to truly bring the course to life.

Featuring group discussions, synchronous sessions and other shared activities, there are also plenty of opportunities to interact with lecturers and students. These exchanges are key to developing a deeper understanding of the principles of modern business and the basis of lasting business networks.

Programme curriculum

Exploring the core areas of business, from marketing and strategy to operations management and accounting, the programme will equip you with a practical understanding of the latest business principles and approaches.

Building upon this groundwork of the first term, the second term offers a choice of elective modules. These modules and the final dissertation give you the opportunity to tailor your studies in line with your interests and career goals.

Key programme outcomes:
  • Hone your own leadership practice
  • Implement successful business strategies
  • Tackle the challenges of international business and internationalisation
  • Apply an integrated understanding of marketing, operations, HRM and accounting and finance
  • Exercise strong leadership in a host of organisational contexts, in the UK and overseas

1UNKNOWN (2021) QS 2021 Global Online MBA rankings
2Updated 11th February 2020. Country names categorised using information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [online] Available at: [Accessed 11.02.2020]


2.5 years

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Entry requirements:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent 3.0 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • A minimum of three years’ managerial experience

International students:

With the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

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