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International MBA

Course Overview

The new internationally focused MBA has been developed with your future employability in mind and is aimed at those graduates who are new to the workplace or who wish to move straight from an undergraduate degree. Graduates with an MBA can expect to earn significantly more per year compared to someone only holding a Bachelor’s degree.

The increased focus on an international perspective recognises the changing international business environment and the need for managers of the future to possess the knowledge and skills to cope with this ‘new global’ market reality. The course is designed for aspiring managers and will allow them to cope effectively within, and lead, the organisations of the future.

This programme combines academic learning with work experience opportunities. You will have the chance to work with companies on specific projects, both in the form of internship placements and as academic projects as part of your studies. For those that opt not to undertake a placement (and subsequent in-company project), you will complete a dissertation or research project, as part of the programme.

Key information

    Course name

    International MBA

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom


    12-18 months

    Tuition fees



    September & January

    Work placement


    Course location


Career opportunities

This course aims to help you gain a management position, rise to a higher position of responsibility within an organisation, start your own business venture and potentially open up more opportunities to develop your career.

Academic entry requirements

An honours degree of a British University or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2) or a graduate level professional qualification in an appropriate field of study or a pre-masters programme approved by Birmingham City University.

For the 18-month version, a third-class honours or ordinary degree. For the 18-month version, a third-class honours or ordinary degree.

No prior work experience is required to be eligible for entry to this MBA International programme.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Progression route

Further academic study of MPhil, DBA, PhD or professional career.


Stage one

  • Operations and Process Management
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Management
  • Managing Financial Performance


Stage two

  • International Business
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
  • Thinking and Managing Strategically


Stage three

  • International Marketing
  • Research Dissertation or Internship Management Project


Assessment methods

Assessment will take various forms including coursework assignments, reports, presentations and examinations. You will also have the opportunity to do a research project, where you can work with a leading management company, or conduct a thorough dissertation on an area of business management you enjoy. An alternative to the research project is to undertake an internship where you will be able to gain invaluable work experience whilst gathering information to allow for the completion of a management report.


Reasons for choosing this course

  • The course will develop your practical competencies, such as your networking, communication and research skills
  • BCU emphasises a practical approach, drawing on many case studies so you can examine the real-life situations international businesses face and the decisions you will have to make when working in a managerial position. BCU also focuses on international business perspectives, recognising the changing international business environment and the need for future marketing managers to have the skills and knowledge to succeed
  • Businesses are always looking to improve and stay relevant, so our course will teach you to critically examine and analyse the modern business world. You’ll study the impact of managers and leaders’ actions and how they affect business development
  • You will learn crucial topics such as the role of culture within business, looking at how culture affects the strategies you make. You’ll also gain an understanding of advanced business theories, concepts and methods, critically evaluating their utility in practice


Main learning outcomes

The International MBA programme is based on the philosophy that management education and development should provide a thorough grounding in the disciplines related to the functional aspects of management.

The international nature of the programme is demonstrated in a number of ways. The modules have been developed with international context throughout to allow the students to explore and investigate the core module content in multicultural and global settings.

Additionally, the programme will use the diverse student backgrounds to encourage cross-learning within the cohorts in terms of business and management practices from around the world. The programme will examine management decision making at a strategic level, stressing the integrative nature of the various factors, which come into play.

The aim is to encourage students to develop their skills and competencies as managers by providing opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills they gain, culminating in an individual, business related research investigation.

The aims of the programmes are to:

  • Provide an intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant learning experience where participants can develop and demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts of business and management and their utility in improving business and management practice
  • Provide participants with knowledge and the development of understanding in the functional areas of management, and their interaction with the contextual forces which impact on organisations
  • Progress participants’ understanding and development towards a strategic view of management emphasising the complexity and dynamics of business and management in the international context
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to focus on particular aspects of business and management relevant to their backgrounds, cultures, interests and career aspirations, culminating in a business research project
  • Facilitate the development and demonstration of participants’ intellectual skills of information processing, analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal, creativity and innovation and the ability to manage and make decisions in situations of ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Deepen understanding and broaden awareness of international cultural issues through working within international student groups
  • Provide aspiring managers with the practical competencies necessary to allow them to cope effectively within, and lead, the organisations of the future
  • Produce managers who are able to improve the quality of management decision-making, leadership and business practice across a range of organisations and in a variety of contexts, including international settings

Students who successfully complete the MBA. in Accountancy and Finance should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced theories, concepts and methods in relation to the functional aspects of business and management within their contextual environments and their application to management practice
  • Examine, evaluate and implement strategic and tactical business decisions in a variety of contexts and within their specialist discipline, whilst appreciating the complexity and dynamics of business and management
  • Choose and apply relevant theories, conceptual models and techniques to the solution of business and management problems and critically evaluate their utility in management practice
  • Exhibit the development and achievement of skills in relation to communication, organisation and working with others from diverse cultures and backgrounds in a professional manner
  • Apply advanced theory to business and management practice and within a specialist discipline
  • Conduct advanced research and enquiry to aid business decision-making
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of business and management theory and how it applies to international settings