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World First As Birmingham’s 100%-Online MSc International Business Gets AMBA Accreditation

The school’s suite of MBA programs was also awarded a further five years of AMBA accreditation—a mark of quality for prospective students


By  Thomas Nugent

Fri Dec 21 2018

Birmingham Business School’s 100% Online MSc International Business has been awarded accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), marking another world first for the school.

Following in the footsteps of the school’s 100% Online MBA program—which became the first of its kind in the world to receive accreditation from AMBA—the program is also the first of its kind to be recognized as such.

Roshan Boojihawon, program director for the Online MSc, explains that a similar level of care, rigor, and scrutiny applied when assessing MBA programs was applied to the Online MSc International Business.

“It concluded that the program is effective in delivering a wholly-online experience that combines both quality and flexibility, to enhance a student’s ability to perform at the highest level in global business,” he adds.

“To me, this makes the University of Birmingham a leading provider and institution of choice when it comes to study business at postgraduate level.”

That was exactly what Helena Feibert (pictured below, right), a graduate from the program who hails from Denmark, was after when pursuing postgraduate management education.

“I was looking around at different universities providing distance learning or providing learning in the vicinity of where I live,” she explains. “It had to have some accreditations, [and] it had to be a ranked university.


“Once I had decided on an online MSc, I had a look at some universities in Denmark, Sweden, and in the UK, and I thought the match for Birmingham was great. It was exactly what I wanted to study and the parameters around it fit my work schedule really well.”

Helena recalls group work pushed her into an environment where she learned from an array of people from a multitude of cultures.

“You have to be able to embrace those differences,” she asserts. “But also embrace differences among personalities. How many people plan, and how many want to meet last minute?”

Her advice for future candidates on the program is to know what you’re getting into; you must remain dedicated.

There will be surprises, she says. There are going to be long nights, and tough study sessions, but if you know that before you walk through the door you’re sure to thrive.

'Tis the season to be jolly

Birmingham Business School was celebrating festive cheer all round, as the school’s suite of MBA programs was also awarded a further five-year accreditation—the maximum accreditation period that can be awarded by AMBA, a leading authoritative body in business education.  


AMBA accreditation is awarded to the best international programs and is acknowledged as one of the highest achievement in postgraduate business education. The latest accreditation for Birmingham Business School consolidates its place among the group of business schools globally who hold ‘triple-crown’ accreditation—recognition from AMBA, AACSB, and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Professor Catherine Cassell (pictured), dean of the business school, says that it highlights Birmingham Business School as a standout candidate in an increasingly competitive MBA market. 

“This reflects our ongoing investment in all areas of the program in recent years, and our continued approach to improving and tailoring our programs to meet the needs of the ever-changing global business environment,” she adds.

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