It was natural that I would apply for the Birmingham MBA course as I’d applied and been accepted to study their for my Electronics Degree and I had a bit of a soft spot for the place having lived in Birmingham for many years.
I’ve tried to give as much detail as possible about the process of applying and interviewing at Birmingham Business School including any offers of any places to study that I received as well as supporting scholarships to help fund the MBA without undermining the admissions process.
Over time I’ll add any links to entry requirements, reviews, scholarships and details of their full time MBA to this page.
Like Aston the application process is similar to the forms used when applying for certain jobs, taking into account both your academic history as well as work experience and its all done online like all the others. What was noticeable and similar to WBS was there wasn’t the same opportunity to be so reflective or retrospective and individualise further in the application, so you have to rely on your application cover letter and other content to support your case.
The process for me began by asking questions to UoB Business School about scholarship and I received a response by email from Birmingham’s MBA Recruitment and Admissions Officer Victoria Malin who asked me to send my CV in the first instance to ensure I was eligible to apply for the course.
Victoria’s replay was encouraging;
I note you have extensive leadership experience and in addition to your academic background you would be eligible to apply to either of our full time or part time MBA routes.
Submitted My Birmingham MBA Application – 15/03/17
Whilst these forms can be quite long, the beauty about online submissions is that you can save your progress and return at a later date to add more to your application which I did often and to ask any questions that might be relevant along the way, so don’t feel you have to do this in one go, especially when you have other things going on in your life.
Interview Scheduled For The Birmingham MBA – 12/04/17
Unlike Aston it took some time for Birmingham to process my application as they’re a bigger school and receive higher numbers of applications. Eventually I received an email from Victoria (after some follow up communication) and later Jenny Brookes the External Relations Administrator to arrange a Skype interview which was scheduled with Gloria Barber the Postgraduate Employer Liaison Manager who has extensive experience in recruitment.
This was the last email in the exchange finally confirming the date and time for the interview with Gloria.
After the arrangements had been finalised the Skype call commenced;
Whilst Gloria was unable to give me an instant indication unlike my interview at Aston, she did respond to some qualifying questions that gave me a rough leaning and we both agreed to arrange for an exchange of information which suggested a high probability of a positive response, however until it was reviewed by the programme Director I wouldn’t know for sure.
Received A Study Offer For The Birmingham MBA – 12/04/17
Attended MBA Open Event At Birmingham Business School And Met Full Time Course Director – 25/04/17
During this evening event I got a change to meet other members of the potential cohort as well as MBA course staff. Gloria gave me a tour of the business school and there was a lot of buzz as the current cohort were working on projects. I got the chance to ask a few questions of a current student and met with Dr Paul Lewis, the full-time course director to discuss my application and potential scholarship. It turns out that Birmingham have lower levels of scholarships to offer students so it has to be a far more selective process and they can only make awards once they have finalised their cohort. After doing some research I did find out that there are a number of Birmingham MBA scholarship available here, however what I didn’t realise was that all scholarships would be allocated by April 2017 which is too late for my application.