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Here's 5 Reasons Why You Should Study An Online MBA In 2018

Online MBAs offer opportunities for women in business, career progression, and flexible learning


Wed Feb 28 2018

A labyrinth of opportunity is opening up for students in search of an MBA, but who struggle to find the time amid family and work commitments—distance learning manages to conjure up more hours in the day.

Online MBAs, like the one offered by Birmingham Business School, are propping up the world over, offering opportunities for women in business, quickfire career wins, and flexible, distance learning.  

The program at Birmingham Business School is the first of its kind in the world to receive accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) too, as students receive an identical education to those learning on campus.

Learning through fortnightly live sessions, connecting with tutors, lecturers, and groups of students in an interactive, online learning environment, students glean knowledge they can translate directly back into their working life—time, location, and travel to and from campus are no longer an issue.

Here are 5 reasons you should study an Online MBA in 2018:

1.Opportunities for women in business

For women, the question of whether to pursue an education and a career, or stay at home and raise a family, is being made obsolete by the ability to combine studying and family life, prospering in the process.

“The future for women in business is bright now that we’re able to study and work at the same time,” says Jane Mutamangira, a mother, managing director of a luxury taxi firm in Zimbabwe, and current student studying the Online MBA from Birmingham Business School.

“I have a family consisting of small children,” she continues, “so I decided to do an online degree because of its flexibility—I chose Birmingham because of how internationally-recognized the school is.”

2. Quickfire career wins

Kathirvel Balakrishnan, a current Online MBA student at Birmingham Business School, has seen quickfire, tangible career gains as a lead data architect at a British multinational electricity and gas utility company—he’s been able to apply the knowledge from the classroom straight into his quotidian life.

“At senior level, IT is not like it was before. It is a must to understand other areas such as finance and accounting, global operations, sales and marketing strategies, and people management,” he explains.

“I am able to articulate the issues, problems, and messages in a clear and concise manner now. I understand business much better and am now able to provide evidence-based responses to teams more often—which helps for completing a thorough analysis of items at work.”

3. Entrepreneurs Need Not Fret

Launching a new company can be hectic. All the hours required to get the idea from inception to growth can create a maelstrom of stress.

On top of that, the cultivators of tech startups are often skilled technically—with degrees in engineering, bioscience, or other related fields—but they lack the nous when it comes to business practices.

The Online MBA at Birmingham Business School could quell those issues, allowing startup, tech-savvy businessfolk the chance to combine launching their company with a growing understanding of how to ensure the business consistently scales up, affording them the time to dedicate to their business while they learn.

4. Flexible learning, guaranteed!

“The great thing about Birmingham’s Online MBA is that it is truly an online course,” says Harriet Jeckells, another Online MBA candidate at Birmingham Business School. “Although advertised as ‘online’, most other universities require that you attend campus either regularly or at some point during the degree.”

The Birmingham Online MBA is entirely online, 100%, guaranteed, with no need to travel to campus at any point during the degree.

That means you save on air travel, the logistics of missing work while away, and leaving family behind while you jet off for lectures and seminars abroad—you can learn from anywhere, at any time, on any device!

5. Don’t miss work (or your family)!

Balancing work and family life is a task in itself—throw in an MBA and it’s like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube, blind, with your hands tied behind your back.

And then there’s the perennial question MBAs ask themselves before embarking on a program: how do I justify taking one or two years out of industry to focus on studying?

With the Online MBA at Birmingham Business School, all that trouble is removed, as you juggle work and study and family life, all with the knowledge that you don’t have to sacrifice the time you dedicate to any of them. 

Student Reviews

Birmingham Business School - University of Birmingham




On Campus

An amazing experience

Great, knowledgeable faculty with a beautiful campus. Lots of societies and clubs to choose from in accordance with your interest. One can also discover scholarship opportunities here. The course is perfectly designed and the career services at the uni are very helpful




On Campus

The beautiful campus and teaching expertise.

Overall the University of birmingham is just an incredible institution. From the array of expertise teachings and how phenomenal the campus is definitely enhances its beauty and is enriched with the amazing resources and incredible people that are always willing to help and make you feel welcomed everywhere you go. I would 100% recommend the University of Birmingham to be one of the best universities out there and through not only the various courses that they offer but all the social societies definitely adds to the fun and great opportunities that it provides




On Campus

Exceptional Support for international Students

Exceptional Support for International Students As an international student, my experience at the University of Birmingham has been nothing short of extraordinary, thanks to the outstanding support provided for international students. I would like to share my thoughts and experiences regarding the exceptional support I've received during my time here. From the moment I arrived on campus, it was evident that UoB prioritizes the well-being and success of its international students. Here are some key aspects of the support I've received: 1. Orientation Programs: The university's comprehensive orientation programs helped me acclimate to campus life, navigate administrative processes, and understand the academic system. I never felt lost or overwhelmed, thanks to the informative sessions and friendly staff. 2. Academic Advising: The academic advisors for international students are incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. They assisted me in creating a personalized academic plan, selecting courses, and understanding degree requirements. Their guidance ensured that I stayed on the right track academically. 3. Language Support: UoB offers exceptional language support services, including English language courses and conversation partners. These resources were invaluable in improving my language skills and building confidence in my communication abilities. 4. Cultural Integration: The university fosters a diverse and inclusive environment, making it easy for international students to feel like part of the community. There are numerous cultural clubs, events, and workshops that allow us to connect with fellow students and celebrate our diverse backgrounds. 5. Mental Health and Counseling Services: Recognizing the challenges that international students may face, the university provides excellent mental health and counseling services. It's comforting to know that support is available when needed, and these services are respectful of cultural differences. 6. Career Services: UoB offers exceptional career services tailored to international students. From resume workshops to job fairs, they've been instrumental in helping me prepare for my career post-graduation. The university's strong network of alumni has also been a valuable resource. 7. Visa and Immigration Assistance: Navigating the complexities of visa and immigration regulations can be daunting, but the university's dedicated staff provided guidance and assistance throughout the process. Their expertise made the experience seamless. 8. Housing Support: Securing suitable housing can be a challenge for international students, but the university offers assistance in finding on-campus housing options with flexible payments. This support ensured that I had a safe and comfortable place to live. 9. Financial Aid and Scholarships: UoB offers various scholarships and financial aid options for international students. Their commitment to making education accessible is commendable, they also provide financial support for graduation through the guild of students.




On Campus

student experience

I highly recommend the University of Birmingham. I think the school environment is very friendly to international students. I was able to get guidance and help from students in the school. I was also able to get support and guidance from the professional team on my career path. I would recommend the University of Birmingham to first-time international students and Masters students.




On Campus

There is always somebody to help!

The university respects the culture and background of their highly diverse student. It carters to everybody's need and puts its student first. It tries to the make the student feel at home and helps them deal with the university life.




On Campus


I love studying Pharmacy at Birmingham and would absolutely recommend it, especially because of the variety in every aspect of the course. Firstly, the variety of people you meet from all areas around the country, and even countless others from outside the country. Each person has a different background and experiences creating a melting pot of personalities to interact with. Next, the lessons - there are numerous types of lessons we encounter on a weekly basis from lectures to dissections to a computer workshops. Additionally, specific to medical degrees, I have 7 placements annually in hospital, community, and GP pharmacies. The only lack of variety in the pharmacy course is the classrooms since there are limited number we can use and the medical school is separate from the main campus. The only part I don't enjoy about pharmacy is the distances and unreliability of public transport in Birmingham. Living in the vale, the university is a long 25-minute walk away and my closest shop is over 10-20 minutes to walk. Although there are closer accommodations, I really love my flat with its modern decor, large room, and social aspect of the shared kitchen.




On Campus

Experience at University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham has been an outstanding university. They have provided complete support during COVID-19. The university is incredible when accessing support with mental health. I currently study criminology at the university of Birmingham. The course has been brilliant, with constant support from lectures and tutors to ensure that you achieve the best grade possible. I could not recommend University of Birmingham more!




On Campus


Great campus for studying with kind and professional staff and the campus is very well connected to the city center. There were so many people who wanted to enroll in the course that they had to queue for a new course for six months in advance. The classes were always crowded, but the professors never let anyone through. I love this uni




On Campus

A very welcoming uni

This university is regarded as one of the best in the world. They provide a welcoming environment that enhances the lives of the students because each one of them has a sense of community and a desire to study.






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