Master of Business Administration


Programme Overview

Developed, fully taught and awarded by Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

The University, founded in 1900, is one of the largest in the UK. It is a major centre of research and academic study, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among staff and alumni. 

The University is ranked 82nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016/17), and the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The two-year programme is offered through Birmingham Business School, one of the oldest in England and offers a wide variety of programmes.

Reasons to choose Birmingham MBA in Singapore

This MBA is for you if you

  • Have a good degree in business or management subjects
  • Have three years of post-qualification managerial/ supervisory experience
  • Have other qualifications and experience that can be assessed on individual merits


Awarded by:

Course Start Date & End Date

Four intakes a year in Jan, Mar, Jul, & Sep.

January 2018 Intake

08 Jan 2018 – 30 Dec 2020

Note: Date & period is subject to change by the University


Total: S$32,528.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and textbooks (valid for January 2018 intake).



Jeremy K H Gwee

The most suitable choice for working adults like me was SIM’s MBA programme.


Application Closing Date for January 2018 Intake:

09 December 2017


Events & Programme Briefings

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Birmingham MBA Programme in Singapore

The MBA programme has run continuously in Singapore for more than 20 years. It is designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational relevance that are valued by employers. It has fundamentally the same syllabus as the corresponding programme offered on the university’s home campus in the UK.

Career Prospects

Graduates may take major steps towards developing an international or strategic focus in their career, or accelerate their career path with their existing employer, or 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

Opportunity for Further Study

Graduates may further their studies in the PhD and doctoral programmes in universities around the world. 


Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics

Mode of Delivery

Students have to complete 12 taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits).

Taught Modules

The modules in Singapore, each are taught over a week in the weekday evenings and on weekends for 3 and 8 hours respectively on SIM’s campus.

Through innovative and creative teaching methods, the modules will expose you to both operational and strategic aspects of management disciplines. They can include action learning/research, formal and live case studies, computer simulation, group activities, etc.

Participants can complete up to six modules in an academic year. Modules will be offered in Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, & Nov.

All course materials are available online. Participants are expected to bring their notebooks to access materials during class.

Typical Weekly Schedule

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

*include 15 minutes break interval


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


Core Modules (Compulsory) 

  • 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)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

Electives (Choose 6)  

  • 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) 

The choice of modules is subject to change and will follow changes according to the programme in the UK.

Module Synopses from September 2016 (including dissertation)

Duration & Candidature Period

The programme is designed to be completed within 24 months. Participants may take up to 48 months to complete the programme.

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

Minimum Class Size

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. 

Entry Requirements

 Academic Qualification Requirement

  • A good degree (UK 2:1 equivalent) in a relevant Business/ Management discipline with at least three years of post-qualification managerial/ supervisory work experience; or
  • a good degree or equivalent with at least five years of relevant post-qualification work experience; or
  • applicants with equivalent professional qualifications will be considered. 
  • All other qualifications and experience will be assessed on individual merits.

 English Proficiency Requirement

  • 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.

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.

Course Fee

Total: S$32,528.00

Per module payable before start date: S$2,710.66

Per module repeat fee: S$2,710.66

Per module exam re-sit fee: S$535.00

Dissertation re-submission fee: S$535.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and textbooks (valid for January 2018 intake).

Exemption Eligibility



Participants will need to complete each module fully before proceeding to the next one.  

Assessments & Exams

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 in SIM HQ. 

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


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

Note: The assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Attendance Requirement


Award & Graduation

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.