International MBA

Want to study an MBA in Birmingham? Our International MBA will give you a global view of international management.

The international business environment is rapidly changing, and a different market reality is emerging. As a student of today and manager of the future, you need to adapt and adopt flexible patterns of thinking and behaviour to succeed as global manager of tomorrow.

The International Masters in Business Administration (IMBA) has been designed with this in mind, as it explores in detail the nature and implications of the changes in the business environment and provides you with the skills and mindset that will allow you to operate effectively within such an unstable and unpredictable environment. You’ll also be taught to successfully lead the organisations of the future, regardless of sector or country.

What’s covered in the course?

The course is designed to meet the needs of contemporary international businesses and blends academic excellence and professional skills, equipping you with marketable skills to operate and excel at strategic level across different sectors and in different countries. The course has a strong emphasis on employability and enhancing employability skills and will help you develop general communication and inter-personal skills.

You will emerge from our International MBA with well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, creative problem solving, an entrepreneurial mindset and highly effective communication and research skills – all of which are demanded by employers around the world.

Should you wish to start your own business, you will have the opportunity to explore and test your ideas in a supportive environment. The course has been designed to provide graduates with expertise in strategy, marketing, leadership, finance, global human resource management, international business, entrepreneurship, operations and project management, and research skills.

You become part of the international community while on the course, as you will study with students from different parts of the globe. Through our links with industry, the learning experience takes you from the classroom to the factory floor, through sponsored study/field trips to companies in the region, and with our organised internship course, you have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while you study.

how to apply


In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 140 credits):

  • Strategic Human Resources Management – 20 credits

This module will look at people, organisations and culture from a number of perspectives or views, and will require students to apply a number of theories, models and concepts. The module creates the space for students to ‘try out’ a number of concepts, in the relatively safe environment of the University.

  • Global Marketing Management – 20 credits

The module enables you to develop a thorough understanding of international Marketing theories and concepts. Students will be able to develop and apply global marketing strategies in the complex global environment. In addition, this module explores and evaluates the application of strategic marketing planning, implementation and controlling of international marketing strategies. Understanding the theory and application of international marketing in a diverse cultural context is central to marketing in the era of globalisation and regional integration.

  • Managing Financial Performance – 20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of the main financial objective of the firm i.e. wealth maximisation and how it is achieved through alignment of financial decisions under constraints from within and outside the organisation. The module covers topics such as financial statements analysis, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, time value money, investment appraisal, working capital management, sources of capital and choice of capital structure.

  • Global Operations Management – 20 credits
  • Strategic Leadership and Organisational Transformation – 20 credits

This module is about leadership at strategic level and the role of transformational leaders as catalysts for change in their organisations and whole industries. The module therefore focuses on two but clearly intertwined elements of strategic leadership and organisational transformation.

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation – 20 credits
  • Contemporary Management and Strategy – 20 credits
  • Integrated Pre-Masters (18 months course only) – 0 credits

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

  • Dissertation with Research Methods – 40 credits

The Dissertation provides the practical and theoretical focus for the MBA and is the culmination of the programme of study that requires you to undertake a piece of independent research that links theory to practice. This module enables you to build on and develop their professional management skills such as project management, problem solving, critical analysis and synthesis of data to produce appropriate research outcomes.

  • Management Project with Research Methods – 40 credits

This Internship Management Project module is the culmination of the programme of study that requires the student to undertake an internship for a period of 8 weeks. The internship provides the student with the opportunity to experience ‘real world’ employment and to also carry out independent research that looks to link theory to practice.

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

  • We are happy to consider students with a Bachelor Degree from a recognised university with minimum grade B- / 2.6 / 65%.
  • Some postgraduate courses require a subject specific undergraduate degree to qualify for entry. Please contact the team for further information.

Special requirements

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences (BLSS)

All Business School undergraduate Year 1 courses require Mathematics minimum of Grade C at O Level or the equivalent.

International qualifications

If you live in the Middle East and study an international qualification such as a Bachelors Degree, A Levels, IB or CBSE, you can see our international entry requirements here:

If your education system is not listed here, please visit the country page for your education system. For any other questions please contact:

English language requirements

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Course Fee: AED 45,000 per year (Including tax)

Scholarships Available

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