Overview

This programme provides a thorough grounding in functional issues in management and is a qualification in its own right. It also empowers those who seek to gain entry to our MSc and MBA programmes. The student group consists of those studying the GDBA as a standalone qualification, as well as those undertaking both the first year of the MBA 24/21 month programmes, and the first year of the MSc 24 month programmes.

Key features of the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) include:

  • A flexible Diploma route to MBA and MSc programmes
  • An essential and recognised qualification in business
  • Students take 12 modules over one academic year
  • English language support is provided throughout the programme
  • Students experience a wide range of teaching and learning methods
  • The GDBA enhances employment opportunities for participants

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Course Details

This programme provides a thorough grounding in functional issues in management and is a qualification in its own right. It also empowers those who seek to gain entry to our MSc and MBA programmes.

We aim to expose you to a wide range of management disciplines that develop your abilities to:

  • Synthesise diverse theoretical issues
  • Analyse complex business situations from theoretical and practical perspectives
  • Understand team dynamics
  • Build confidence in articulating and presenting solutions to a critical audience

Programme content

We employ many teaching and assessment methods on this programme that reflect the standards required by our MBA and MSc programmes. For international students, we offer to continue English language support to enhance your learning experience.

The programme offers 12 taught modules including:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Global Business and Business Policy

Students on this programme have gained employment in both private and public sector organisations, and it has launched many successful careers. It offers opportunities for higher study to those candidates whose experience, qualifications or language ability may be insufficient for direct entry to our Master's programmes.

Key features

  • A flexible entry route to our MSc and MBA programmes
  • An essential and recognised qualification in business
  • Students take 12 modules over one academic year
  • English language support is provided throughout the programme
  • Students experience a wide range of UK teaching and learning methods
  • The GDBA enhances employment opportunities for participants

Components of full-time MBA (Preliminary Year) and Graduate Diploma

Semester 1

  • Financial Accounting (10 credits)
  • Quantitative Management Techniques (10 credits)
  • The Global Business Environment (10 credits)
  • Cases in Global Business (10 credits)
  • Operations Management (DBA) (10 credits)
  • Strategic Purchasing and Supply Management (10 credits)

Semester 2

  • Managerial Accounting (10 credits)
  • Marketing Concepts (10 credits)
  • Cases in Marketing (10 credits)
  • Business Policy & Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
  • Organisation Behaviour (10 credits)
  • Financial Analysis for Managers (10 credits)

For those taking the Preliminary Year who have an appropriate grounding in Accounting and Economics, Semester 1 modules may not be required, and entry permitted directly to Semester 2.

Entry Requirements

A degree or diploma from an approved university, or equivalent qualification. Post-graduation work experience is desirable but not mandatory.

Learn more about entry requirements

International students We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band); TOEFL IBT 82 (19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 51 (in all four skills).

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

Learning and Teaching

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines.
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations, and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem-solving and interpersonal skills
Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated October 31, 2018
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7,140 GBP
UK/EU students, £15,210 international
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