Taught course

Global Banking and Finance MBA

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Business School

Entry requirements

Prospective applicants are required to have as a minimum a second-class degree in a relevant discipline, at least three years of working experience in banking or finance at a supervisory level and strong English language ability. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to the one-year MBA (GBF) programme have the option of applying for the 24-month programme. For those with appropriate quantitative skills, it is possible to enter the first year of the 24-month programme in January (see MBA (full-time) for full details).

Months of entry


Course content

This MBA programme has been specifically designed for graduates who aspire to develop careers in global banking and finance. The programme aims to improve management and technical skills by focusing on key areas such as international banking, banking and finance regulation and supervision, risk and asset and liability management, strategic management of financial institutions, financial markets, and private equity and venture capital finance.
Many of our graduates are working at senior positions in banks and financial institutions, and in the investment industry worldwide. The programme is delivered by University faculty and industry practitioners to cater to the current and future needs of global financial services industry. MBA (GBF) attracts highly qualified and experienced students from a variety of cultures and nationalities and is highly rated by students wanting to specialise in banking and finance. The programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and (EQUIS) European Quality Improvement System.
Programme content
The programme includes core modules and optional modules. Apart from the taught element of the programme, students have the opportunity to attend talks delivered by practising managers and senior executives from some of the world's leading banks and finance houses. Students will have opportunities to interact, discuss their career-related issues and gain valuable insights into the working of these prestigious institutions.
A compulsory requirement of the programme will provide students with the opportunity to conduct a supervised in-depth study of a specific topic relevant to their area of interest, leading to the writing of a dissertation. As part of their induction, all students attend a personal development course at the University's outdoor pursuits centre at Coniston in the picturesque Lake District.

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12, 21 or 24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005