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Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham is a globally ranked, world-leading top 100 public research and teaching institution. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, the University is characterised by its rich tradition of research and innovation in the interest of furthering knowledge and improving lives around the world.

As one of the first universities in the UK to admit students regardless of religion or personal background, the University of Birmingham is dedicated to equality and diversity. This commitment is reflected in the University’s initiative to improve access to further education globally, leading it to become one of the largest and most distinguished providers of distance learning in the UK.

Flexible online programmes

Top 100 World University1

Russell Group member

Universitas 21 member

#4 in the UK for online learning2

Diverse student body

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At the University of Birmingham, we’ve crafted the online learning experience from the ground up to create something unique, immersive and interactive. All of our online degree offerings use the latest digital techniques and include 24/7 technical support.

The University of Birmingham has developed a range of 100% online programmes designed to deliver top student career outcomes. Our commitment to bring together education and research is clear through our ranking as a top-100 global institution.

Secure your future by choosing from the options below:

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Birmingham opens doors to extensive possibilities for the future of your career. All of our offerings are taught by the same expert faculty members who lead our campus courses.

  • 2 years
  • 100% online
  • 180 credits
  • £24,290 Total

Balance your studies and learn at a place and pace which suits you. This 100% online AMBA-accredited MBA offers you the ultimate flexibility. Complete a general MBA or earn a specialised degree by choosing from three pathways and two specialisations.

Optional MBA pathways:

  • MBA with Marketing
  • MBA with International Business and Strategy
  • MBA with Innovation and Business Transformation

Optional MBA specialisations:

  • MBA with Clinical Leadership
  • MBA with Engineering Leadership
  • 2.5 years
  • 100% online
  • 180 credits
  • £17,030 total

Drive new discoveries for today’s data-driven health and life science industries by learning how to extract meaningful information from complex data sets.

  • 2.5 years
  • 100% online
  • 180 credits
  • £15,730 total

Develop a global mindset and shape your future at the head of big business with this AMBA-accredited online MSc.

  • 2.5 years
  • 100% online
  • 180 credits
  • £17,010 total

Gain interdisciplinary knowledge of mental health research, practice and policy in this comprehensive programme that features an emphasis on youth mental health needs and services.

  • 2.5 years
  • 100% online
  • 180 credits
  • £14,495 total

Shape the future of public services and make an impact in your sphere with the Online Masters of Public Administration (also available as a PGDip, a PGCert, or as standalone microcredentials).

  • 2.5 years
  • 100% online
  • 180 credits
  • £17,010 total

Get to grips with the necessary legal frameworks to respond to the world’s energy issues and the demands of climate change. Build your competencies through interactive discussions and activities around energy regulation, oil and gas law, pollution control and more.

  • 1 year
  • 100% online
  • 60 credits
  • £4,440 total

By bringing together the latest thinking in computing and education, this programme will help you design better learning experiences and seize upon new career opportunities across multiple sectors. Adopt diverse skills in design, technology, social science, data science and more to excel as a learning environment innovator.

  • 1 year
  • 100% online
  • 60 credits
  • £4,440 total

Shape the future of global higher education systems and institutions by earning your credential from a program that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to help you develop expertise in design, data science, equity in education, policy and more.

Complete one module at a time, studying exactly what you need to build necessary expertise for next move in your career.

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £1,250 total

Broaden your knowledge in public service with short courses from a university that’s top-rated in social policy. Study the latest practices, strategies and global perspectives to prepare yourself for the changing demands of 21st-century public service with a short postgraduate microcredential course in public administration.

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £850 total

Exploring instructional and learning design from the perspectives of education, technology, digital development, data science and the social sciences, our online short courses will equip you with the skills you need to advance your career in the ever-expanding online digital learning and education sector.

An online curriculum designed for you

The University of Birmingham is ranked #4 in the UK for online learning2 thanks to our focus on building individualised programmes that utilize the latest in digital technology. Browse our distance learning directory and upcoming MOOCs to find out about other distance learning opportunities.

Global connections

Meet colleagues across the world to share perspectives and ideas that deepen your learning. Birmingham’s online curriculum matches the rigour of our on-campus coursework with the additional perk of connecting with an international cohort representing 50% of the world’s countries.

Experiential learning

Our curricula rises above others and is anything but dry textbook learning. We strive to offer extensive hands-on, research-based learning experiences through real-world case studies, leading industry guest speakers, interactive assignments, discussion forums, simulations, group work activity and live video lectures.

Personalised coursework

All of our postgraduate programmes take the same approach, building your specialist knowledge with theory, practice and application. We want you to be able to make a difference locally, nationally and globally, backed by a personalised postgraduate degree from a prestigious UK university.

Earn a highly recognised credential

Gain global insights, develop big-picture thinking and emerge with an impressive credential for success in the workplace. Employers are keen to hire our graduates, trusting in their preparedness, advanced postgraduate knowledge and the fact that we have eight Nobel Laureates and two prime ministers among our alumni.2

Top 100 university1

#4 in the UK for online learning3

Russell Group university

Universitas 21 member

“Being an online student, I can confidently say that choosing the University of Birmingham for my studies has been one of the best decisions I have made. The University’s world-class reputation and rigorous curriculum have challenged and expanded my knowledge, preparing me to take on real-world business challenges with confidence.”
– Alexander Oketch, Online MBA STudent, Kenya

Excellence in distance learning

The University of Birmingham’s online courses encourage students to elevate their ideas and reshape the world. You’ll have the freedom to study whenever and wherever it works best for you while benefitting from world-class instruction delivered by the same lecturers and faculty experts who teach on campus. Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with convenient modules that prioritize immersive activities and lively discussions. Graduate poised to step into your desired role with new knowledge and skills gained from a research-informed, career-centred programme.

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References

  1. QS Top Universities. “QS World University Rankings 2025.” Retrieved 10 Jun. 2024 from https://topuniversities.com/.
  2. “10 reasons to study at university of Birmingham.” UKUNI. Retrieved on 27 Dec. 2023 from https://www.ukuni.net.
  3. Beckett, Max. “Online Learning Index.” Uswitch. Nov. 2, 2022. Retrieved 27 Dec. 2023 from https://uswitch.com/.