Executive Master of Business Administration - MBA

Part Time
September 2018
£7,900 for UK/EU Part Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

Accelerate your career and build your development towards higher positions of responsibility with our Executive MBA course. It will provide a thorough look at different aspects of management, decision-making, strategy and organisational improvement. It is delivered on a part-time basis so that you can continue with your career as you add to your knowledge, competence and credibility.

This is a chance for you to self- manage your learning, developing your leadership abilities by drawing on your real-life knowledge and skills. You will gain invaluable business insight, combined with consultancy, which are key points when it comes to rising up the career ladder.

Throughout the programme, what you study will mirror the challenges today’s businesses face, helping you deliver appropriate and modern solutions for your organisations.

There are also plenty of networking opportunities available with course colleagues, allowing you to keep in contact with the postgraduate community created in the Business School.

We ensure the course is flexible enough to substantially fit around work. Modules are a mixture of classroom and blended online learning, and client-based consultancy, with the whole course being practice-based. Classroom attendance is scheduled for a Friday and Saturday once a month, allowing it to better fit with work and personal commitments.

Why Choose Us?

  • Undertake your studies in a state-of-the-art new campus in Birmingham City Centre.
  • This programme is designed for managers returning to education. It has exit routes at the Certificate and Diploma stages.
  • You will collaboratively conduct a consultancy project with a live customer.
  • The part-time block and blended delivery of the course ensures you can substantially work in your own time, without sacrificing too much work and personal commitments.
  • The course is also a means to progress to doctoral study. Both PhD and DBA courses are offered by Birmingham City Business School.

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This course is not open to International students
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Entry Requirements

UK students

An honours degree or equivalent qualification.

If you do not have a degree you could still be considered through our APEL procedure which looks for evidence of being able to benefit from, and succeed on the programme through your management experience.

You should also occupy (or have occupied) a position of management responsibility for a minimum of two years.

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MBA Sep 2018 PT 2 Years £7,900

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

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Stage 1: PG Certificate in Management

The course starts with an induction, which will prepare you for what is ahead in the programme and help to clarify administrative issues. Following an induction, the three stages of the programme progressively build towards the integration and application of the knowledge and skills in the later modules. 

The PG Certificate stage covers the functional areas of management and the skills required in today’s dynamic business world. These are the basis of progression into the next two stages.

Marketing Management
20 credits

In this module, you will:

  • Investigate the marketing environment and review the nature, scope, role and key factors influencing the market prospects. 
  • Examine the issues, problems and practices involved when approaching markets and evaluate strategic options in the design and implementation of marketing programmes.
  • Using a range of theoretical perspectives, critically evaluate the importance of the various elements of the marketing mix and marketing strategies adopted by domestic and/or international businesses.
  • Synthesise the critical aspects of marketing to identify, produce and inform arguments, plans and selling issues in the marketplace.
Financial Performance Management
20 credits

In this module, you will:

  • Evaluate the different competing financial objectives of the firm and the agency problem between shareholders and managers in publicly listed companies
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse financial data, conduct cost-benefit analysis and financial planning for effective business decisions using spreadsheet software package
  • Critically evaluate investment projects using appropriate investment appraisal techniques to assess suitability and viability of the projects consistent with the overall strategy and business model(s) of the firm
  • Critically appraise the major issues of capital management, relative advantages and disadvantages from the various perspectives of the stakeholders of the firm
Organisations and People Management
20 credits

In this module, you will:

  • Critically review contemporary issues, challenges and complexities of managing organisations in a diverse environment
  • Critically assess HR policies, procedures, and processes, and evaluate their nature, purpose, effectiveness and implementation to support strategic objectives
  • Critically evaluate contemporary HR and employment related issues such as  legal, cultural and organisational frameworks in which domestic or international organisations operate
  • Critically reflect on the skills and knowledge acquired as an aspiring manager in the contemporary management or HR function and reflect on the experience of working within a diverse work team

Stage 2: PG Diploma in Management Studies

The modules here focus on strategic issues, investigating management, thought, and how to lead and manage change. This builds on the first stage and takes you to the position of being able to complete the final stage for your MBA.

Contemporary Strategic Management and Globalisation
20 credits

In this module, you will:

  • Evaluate and appraise the global business context and appreciate the dynamic nature of doing business in today’s globalised market environment
  • Understand the importance of adapting leadership and strategic management to meet organisational and regional expectations when doing business abroad
  • Critically analyse contemporary theories in management and formulate a range of different approaches aimed at maintaining effective strategic management in response to prevailing global business considerations
  • Demonstrate acquired skills in global awareness, communication, and strategic management while recommending solutions for organisations seeking to pursue international strategies
Strategic Leadership and Transformation
20 credits

In this module, you will:

  • Critically examine and assess the contribution of leadership and management theory to strategic leadership styles, practice and appraise a range of tools, models and theoretical concepts concerned the process of managing change
  • Critically evaluate organisations ethical and value-based approaches to leadership and apply different aspects of strategic leadership and management practice to demonstrate how these impact on organisational effectiveness within a global context
  • Reflect on and critically evaluate change/transformation processes in organisations that takes into account organisational dynamics, culture and human (emotional) dimensions in attempts to transforming and managing change and how leadership strategies have impacted on organisational direction
  • Recommend and justify appropriate change models/strategies including the leadership strategy and style to manage change and reactions to change, including resistance management in the real world and arrive at solutions to overcome these issues
Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity
20 credits

In this module, you will:

  • Critically Review literature, theories, models and concepts and how they have informed contributed towards your choice of business and the development of the business plan
  • Demonstrate the skills of conducting feasibility study, data collection, analysis and synthesis necessary for the formation of defendable business plan with evidence of primary and/or secondary research
  • Create a coherent and realistic business plan that integrates the key functional areas of organisations and demonstrates creativity, innovation and underpinned by entrepreneurship theories, models and concepts

Stage 3: MBA

This final stage in the progressive programme is focused on demonstrating application of your knowledge and skills. 

Consultancy Project
20 credits

You will be required to spend a week on location as part of this module.

In this module, you will:

  • Critically review appropriate methodological issues, academic models and theory and their practical applicability to the business/organisational arena in order to produce a ‘fit for purpose’ consultancy presentation and report
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant management issues and the implications/potential impact of derived/proposed recommendations
  • Initiate, negotiate and agree a project’s terms of reference with the various stakeholders involved, evaluating the opportunities, costs and risks involved
  • Successfully present and support a business consultancy ‘report’ and orally present and support a final presentation of the consultancy project findings to the client and supervisors
Strategic Management Project
40 credits

In this module, you will:

  • Formulate a management project with clearly defined aims and objectives
  • Critically evaluate the literature related to the chosen management topic
  • Demonstrate the ability to devise, select and apply a methodology appropriate to the chosen project
  • Demonstrate the skills of research, analysis and synthesis necessary for the formation of defensible conclusions and appropriate recommendations

How You Learn

Modules are a mixture of classroom and blended online learning with the whole course being practice-based. Classroom attendance is scheduled for a Friday and Saturday once a month, allowing it to better fit with work and personal commitments.

In addition to the classroom and blended learning, you will need to devote your own study time when this works for you or in conjunction with small groups of colleagues for some modules.

Student Quotes

Here are just a few quotes from successful graduates of our Executive MBA course.

“The Executive MBA experience at Birmingham City University has helped me better frame what I know, and understand more of what others know. It continues to help me make better decisions and choices as a result of seeing things from new and different perspectives. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and it was worth the commitment.”

Colette Simonczyk MBA
Tenant Services Manager, The Wrekin Housing Trust

“The Executive MBA programme at Birmingham City University has provided me with an extremely powerful platform to achieve my career aspirations. The hard work and effort I exerted into the programme has paid dividends in my professional career, and the letters ‘MBA’ confirm significant meaning in business management world-wide.”

Matt Fraser MBA
Environmental Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

“Working, whilst studying the Executive MBA at Birmingham City University, allowed me to apply the theories learnt in the classroom to my organisation and gain valuable insight into the company and its workings. Although the commitment required to complete this is challenging it has proved to be an invaluable asset as it has led to my progression in the company. I found the tutors to be professional and constructive, with a wealth of knowledge and practitioner experience which immensely added to the entire experience”

Lee Jesic MBA
Senior Design Engineer, Kuka Systems

"Finding mentors with strong business management experience who could help me understand and practice dynamic management relevant to high performance organisations was a daunting task, especially coming from a disadvantaged background. The Executive MBA at Birmingham City University gave me an outstanding opportunity to learn about and practice advanced competence enabling me to deliver it at higher levels in the extremely demanding world of business leadership and management. Armed with the acquired and practiced learning, I can see the greater contributions I am now making to my organisations and how this is helping me transform my life."

Tichaona Dauramanzi MBA

Further Study

Possibilities for further study with Birmingham City Business School include MPhil, DBA and PhD options.

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Unlike undergraduate degrees, which are designed to get students into industry, our MBA degrees are aimed at existing industry professionals looking to climb further up the career ladder.

Companies around the world are now looking for a different kind of manager. They need people with different skillsets that can look at situations and opportunities in
unique ways. Our MBA degrees will give you the tools to stand out from the rest.

Upon completion, you will be able to effect positive change, both in your own professional practice, and within your organisation. On a personal level, you’ll be able to utilise new skills and methods to improve your efficiency, your critical engagement, and your ability to instigate change.

Successful improvements in your personal professional practice will then benefit your organisation. The MBA degree alone can open doors, but the possibilities opened to you by utilising your skills to improve your organisation are even more impressive.

Already a managing director, in charge of your own company? The MBA degree can still benefit you internally and externally. The knowledge and skills you will pick up over the course of your degree can allow you to become an industry leader, growing your company’s reputation through innovation. The accompanying benefits of this could help cement your company’s industry position for years to come.

If you want to learn more about how an MBA degree from Birmingham City Business School could help improve your career prospects, contact Martin Eley or Tony Birch


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

What our graduates say

“The Executive MBA experience at Birmingham City University has helped me better frame what I know, and understand more of what others know.  It continues to help me make better decisions and choices as a result of seeing things from new and different perspectives. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and it was worth the commitment.”

Colette Simonczyk MBA, Tenant Services Manager, Wrekin Housing Trust.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

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Dr Martin Eley

Associate Professor

Martin’s previous roles include Director of Marketing for Zurich International Solutions Europe and Director of Investment Business for Centrica, Financial Services (British Gas, Goldfish and AA). He has delivered consultancy across multiple sectors where clients have included Aviva Investors (Global), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Ford Europe and many more.

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Anne-Marie McTavish

Head of the Department of Strategy, Management and Marketing

Anne-Marie McTavish is a leading expert in Location Independent Working and Technology Enhanced Flexible Working. She leads the Department of Management, HR and Enterprise within Birmingham City Business School.

Dr Steve McCabe

Director of Research Degrees

Having graduated from the University of Manchester in 1984 with a degree in management, Dr McCabe spent time in industry as a management trainee before commencing an EPSRC research-sponsored MSc in Management at Birmingham University in 1988.

Since 1989 he has been employed at Birmingham City University as a management lecturer (teaching general and human resources, as well as strategy and operations but with a special emphasis on TQM, improvement techniques and benchmarking).

As well as teaching, Steven  is an active researcher and completed a Ph.D on a part-time basis at the University of Birmingham which explored the use of quality management techniques. He has written extensively on the subject of management and quality and has produced numerous papers, chapters for books and three books (see publications tab). He is currently working with Professor John Sparrow on a HEIF project (‘Development of value-adding business support need diagnostic: Timeliness and focus of business/management business development support’) which is exploring the way in which small and medium-sized businesses make key decisions about future direction (strategy). In particular the research aims to identify the nature of factors that contribute to what are known as ‘tipping points’.

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Dr Martyn Brown

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and Coordinating Director of Post Graduate Framework Degrees

Dr Martyn Brown has a background in engineering but also spent four years as a professional musician. He has worked in engineering consultancy and events management in the voluntary sector and has carried out marketing consultancy on the West Bank. He holds an MBA from Aston University and a PhD examining the rise in interest in spirituality in the workplace.