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Applying for an MBA - Q and A

Applying for a place on an MBA course is very competitive, so it is important that you make your application stand out from all the other applicants – but how?

We spoke to Victoria Harold, the MBA Recruitment and Admissions Officer at Birmingham University, to find out just what it is that you need to do...

Please could you describe the MBA application process at Birmingham?

In order to apply to the Birmingham MBA, apply online at to submit your application. We request that applicants supply their undergraduate transcript, two references, a Personal Statement and CV as at this stage these are all the documents we need.

We don’t always interview, but sometimes if we’re unsure about certain details in an application we will contact the candidate to discuss this further with them, either over Skype or telephone. Should we make an offer, we then request originals or certified copies of those documents already submitted, and any other documentation necessary ie. English proficiency test results, etc.

Are there different types of MBA course applicants can apply for?

At Birmingham we offer three distinct pathways: International Business, Global Banking and Finance, and Strategy and Procurement Management. We also offer longer duration programmes, where applicants can start on the Graduate Diploma and then progress on to the MBA (as long as they meet our MBA requirements).

How many new MBA students do you take each year, and what percentage of total applicants a year make it on to the course?

We had 50 new students start on our 12-month programmes in September 2012.

What qualities/skills do you look for in an MBA applicant?

We look for five years work experience with evidence of managerial skills in an applicant’s background. It is also key that applicants have a clear sense of how they want to use the MBA to progress in their career, and concrete aspirations to match.

Why should prospective MBA students choose Birmingham?

We offer four major projects here on the Birmingham MBA which allow our students four distinct opportunities to gain practical experience whilst on the programme. We also have an incredibly diverse group of students – 26 nationalities are represented on our MBA full-time course alone, so establishing your global networks with the Birmingham MBA starts as soon as you set foot in the classroom. As a student here you would benefit from the knowledge and expertise of industry leaders and academics, whilst being based in the oldest School of Commerce in the country.  


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