Master of Business Administration 

University of Birmingham

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Postgraduate/Masters, Single Major

Awarded by
Awarded by

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Part-time, 2 years

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Application has closed (Jul 2023 intake)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*


* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline



Awarded and developed by: Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Stay ahead with MBA from top global business school

Having an advanced degree in business and management is not enough to help you stay ahead in today’s competitive global environment.

Ensure that you earn your stripes from a top business school with an established international reputation.

The Birmingham MBA has been in Singapore since 1993. It is designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational relevance that are valued by employers, and has fundamentally the same syllabus as the corresponding programme offered on the university’s home campus in the UK, customised with the use of more Asian cases and institutional material.

  • Employer Relevance: Possible interaction between the coursework and your workplace. We tailor assignments to be relevant to you and your employer.

Why a Master’s from University of Birmingham?

  • Flexible part-time format to meet a wide variety of study needs
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management
  • Established international reputation of the University and the Business School
  • Research-led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus with focus on the issues of globalisation
  • Dedicated academics and administrative staff who provide continuous support for your studies
  • Join the alumni community of more than 300,000 graduates. From television and sport to research and government, the University has outstanding alumni across all sectors.


Learning Outcomes

You will:

  1. Widen your perspectives on global business and management
  2. Tailor the programme to match your needs and interest with electives
  3. Evaluate and critique global business practices to determine better practices for real business application
  4. Discover opportunities and trends for innovation
  5. Devise and implement appropriate strategies for organisations

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Graduates may take a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus in their careers. While some will accelerate their careers with existing employers, others can create potential for change.

Major directions include jobs in

  • Banking
  • Business analysis and development
  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Human resource management
  • Management and strategic consulting
  • Marketing

Graduates may further their studies in the PhD and doctoral programmes in universities around the world upon completion of this programme.

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Why study at SIM x University of Birmingham

SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore. 
University of Birmingham ranked 84th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2024).
Top 5 frequently targeted university among UK’s top employers for graduate employment (The Graduate Market in 2022, High Fliers Research). 
Fully taught by Birmingham academics 
Learn more about University of Birmingham

Intake Dates

Jul 2023 intake


10 Jul 2023 to 31 Jun 2025


Application has closed for Jul 2023 Intake

Dates are subject to change by the University.

Nov 2024 intake*


*Programme will be refreshed. New intake commences in Nov 2024. 


To be announced. 

Dates are subject to change by the University.

The programme is designed to be completed in two years. Participants may take up to four years to complete the programme.

There will not be any refund or recourse should participants fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.



  • Comprises 12 taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits).
  • Fully taught by Birmingham academics from the UK home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs to the Singapore programme.
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 12.3KB)
  • Average teacher-participant ratio: 1:25
  • Exemptions: Nil
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 participants
    If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, applicants will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.

Taught Modules

  • Delivered through classroom learning with innovative and creative teaching methods including action learning/research, formal and live case studies, computer simulation, group activities, etc. 
  • The modules will expose you to both operational and strategic aspects of management discipline.
  • Class duration: Typically taught over a week in the weekday evenings and on weekends for 3 and 8 hours respectively. Classes generally held on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete up to six modules in an academic year. Modules are offered in Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, & Nov.
  • Course materials: Available online with textbooks. Textbooks are provided in either electronic or hardcopy version at the discretion of the University. Participants are expected to have their laptops for classes.

Typical Weekly Schedule

  • Mon – Fri: 7:00pm to 10:15pm (include 15 minutes break interval)
    Sat – Sun: 9:00am to 5:30pm (include 1 hour lunch break)


  • There will be workshops, consultation sessions and assigned supervisors to guide participants on dissertation.

Assessment & Attendance

  • Attendance requirement – 100%
  • Typically, participants will need to complete each module’s assessments and/or exams before proceeding to the next module.
  • Assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Taught Modules

  • Taught modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both.
  • Assessments are normally held in Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep & Nov. Exams will be held on SIM’s campus unless otherwise stated.
  • Re-assessment will be advised by the University for participants who did not fulfil the passing requirement of any taught modules.


  • Participants will need to complete a 10,000 – 12,000 word dissertation often in the form of an in-company project.

*Coursework can take a variety of forms including essays, practical assignments, presentations and reports etc. Some coursework may be group-based.

Requirements to Graduate

  • Obtain a total of 180 credits to attain the Master of Business Administration awarded by the University of Birmingham.
  • A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM’s campus. Alternatively, graduates can choose to attend the ceremony in July or December in the UK.
  • The awarded degree and degree certificate is the same as that awarded in the UK.


  • Accounting and Finance (10 credits)
  • International Business (10 credits)
  • Marketing (10 credits)
  • Operations Management (10 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (10 credits)
  • Strategy (10 credits)
  • MBA Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Advanced Leadership (10 credits)
  • Business and Society (10 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (10 credits)
  • Directing Strategy (10 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (10 credits)
  • Implementing Strategies and Managing Change (10 credits)
  • Management of Change (10 credits)
  • Marketing Strategy (10 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Service Operations Management (10 credits)

View list of modules and descriptions (PDF 486 KB)

Notes: The modules listed here and on the University’s website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices. 


Admission Criteria

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director of MBA programme. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme.

Applicants with a work permit or employment pass can be considered for admission into this part-time programme.

Accepted Entry Qualifications

  • A good honours degree (or equivalent) with at least five years of work experience with evidence of extensive management experience or professional responsibility; or three years exceptional work experience.

Mature candidate route: 
  • At least 30 years old, with at least ten years of work experience and an acceptable qualification below bachelor's degree.

Applicants with equivalent professional qualifications can be considered.
All other qualifications and experience will be assessed on individual merits.

English Language Requirements

  • A minimum of C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • TOEFL iBT: 88 (with 20 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): a minimum of 59 in all four skills; or
  • Equivalent

Fees and Financial Aid

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees 

Fees are valid for intakes from November 2024.

Total: S$43,934.40*, payable on a modular basis

Per module exam re-sit fee: S$540*

Dissertation re-submission fee: S$540*

*Fees are inclusive of 8% GST, and will be subject to revised GST of  9% on 1 Jan 2024. The fees above include textbooks. 

Mandatory One-time Fee

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Practitioners, Professionals from both local & overseas are welcome to apply


All international applicants will have to travel to Singapore to attend face-to-face sessions. Entry into Singapore should comply with the prevailing Public Health as well as Entry Requirements.
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