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Executive MBA (Part-time)

Flexible MBA tailored for working professionals wishing to combine a full-time career with study

  • World-ranked MBA - challenging you to improve performance  
  • Immediate impact - giving you the skills to succeed
  • Access to expertise - learn from world-class academics and industry experts

The Aston Executive MBA (Part-time) is an innovative programme for working professionals who are aiming to fast-track their career but demand greater flexibility to fit in with their busy careers.


The Executive MBA (Part-time) offers students the flexibility to learn over a longer period of time and has been specifically designed for those who wish to combine a full-time career with study. This allows students to use current business issues to enrich their learning as well as using new skills and knowledge to enhance professional practice.

 

Programme details

  • Comprises 10 core modules, 2 elective modules and a business project
  • The taught part of the programme can be completed within 21 months
  • Followed by a 6-month business project completed within your current employment
  • Most Part-time students study 2 modules per term for six terms (3 terms per year)
  • Includes the Mindful Global Manager self-development module
  • Dedicated MBA career support with advice, workshops and industry speakers
  • Globally ranked programme from an elite triple-accredited business school.

Study mode

  • Each module involves 3 hours study on campus each week in the evening
  • Students studying the usual two modules per term will therefore be on campus twice a week and would also need to do 6-10 hours of private study weekly
  • In addition there are regular skills workshops to attend, run by our dedicated MBA Careers Advisor.

Modules and business project

Each Executive MBA (Part-time) student completes ten core modules and two elective modules, the Mindful Global Manager self-development module and a business project.

Modules & Business Project

Each Executive MBA (Part-time) student completes ten core modules and two elective modules, the Mindful Global Manager self-development module and a business project.

Core Modules

Our core modules cover ten key business disciplines that will shape you in becoming an effective leader. Each module has been created to enhance your understanding of the strategic and functional areas of management, organisations and entrepreneurship in a global business context. You will develop practical knowledge and skills in fundamental business topics that you can apply directly and immediately to any work environment. The core modules are:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Business Finance
  • Accounting for Business
  • Business, Ethics and Responsibility
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Economics and Strategy
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Management

View core module summaries

Elective Modules

For a Specialist MBA, you choose two elective modules and complete a business project from the same subject stream:

MBA e-Business
Knowledge Management
Electronic Business

MBA Finance
International Finance
Business Performance, Planning & Control

MBA International Business (Any two modules from)
International Business
International Marketing Management
International Finance

MBA Marketing
Marketing Strategy
International Marketing Management

MBA Leading People for Competitive Advantage
Strategic HRM in a Global Context
Creative Decisions for Effective Change

MBA Strategic Management (Any two modules from)
International Business
Topics in Advanced Strategy
Marketing Strategy

View elective module summaries

Mindful Global Manager

Mindful Global Manager (MGM) is the personalised development component of the Aston MBA through which we monitor and support your growth on the programme. It has been expertly designed to develop the self-awareness, critical thinking and intercultural skills necessary for aspiring senior managers to perform effectively. We provide you with the tools that will support your professional development for the duration of your career and make you employable, both now and in the long-term.

You will focus on three key areas:

Developing self-awareness
We help you to:

  • reflect upon the knowledge and competencies developed on your MBA programme
  • become more aware of your specific professional development needs
  • take control of your own personal development
  • maximise your performance throughout your entire career

Gaining a global perspective
We help you to:

  • sharpen your awareness of different working cultures
  • develop your intercultural readiness
  • understand how and when culture impacts on effectiveness in the workplace
  • enhance your global employability and mobility

Developing skills in five core areas
We help you with:

  • communication and presentation skills
  • decision-making and problem solving
  • time and priority management
  • creative thinking
  • coaching and developing others

You will learn through a combination of instruction, peer-feedback and self-reflection. At the end of the module, you will be assessed on your ability to guide your professional development, reflect critically on your and others’ development, and recognise the main enablers of and barriers to personal and organisational success. 

MGM is facilitated by Dr Uwe Napiersky, an Aston faculty member and highly-experienced business psychologist and specialising in leadership development programmes within a global context. Before arriving at Aston, Uwe worked as a consultant for Fortune 100 companies across the globe in all sectors and across all management levels. He brings those 20 years of unique insights to the MGM.

View further details of the MGM module

Business Project

As one of the most important pieces of work that you will complete during your Aston MBA, the project will place you as a consultant within an organisation for 8-12 weeks, with the aim of producing a consultancy report that successfully solves your client’s real-world business problems.

You will apply management theories and frameworks to challenging organisational issues, using your skills to define, analyse and resolve problems.

The role is unpaid and, although we will support you in sourcing your project, you will need to contact and obtain agreement from the organisation you choose to work with.

View examples of recent MBA business projects

Study hours
Each module involves three hours of study each week on campus in the evening. Students studying the usual two modules per term will therefore be on campus twice a week and would also need to do 6-10 hours of private study weekly. In addition there are regular skills workshops to attend, run by our dedicated MBA Careers Advisor.

Aston Executive MBA (Part-time) fees - January, April and October 2014 intakes

January, April 2014 Intakes        

  • Students from EU countries (including the UK) - £18,000 
  • Students from non-EU countries - £18,000.

October 2014 Intake         

  • Students from EU countries (including the UK) - £19,500 
  • Students from non-EU countries - £19,500.

Payment of tuition fees 

You can pay your fees in full at the beginning of the programme, or choose to pay in six instalments over six terms/two years. No further fees are charged if your programme takes longer than two years to complete. Please note your fees will vary depending on which scholarships or bursaries you have been awarded.
Find out what’s included in your fees   

MBA deposit payment

When you accept your place onto the Aston MBA you will be required to pay a £1,000 deposit. This sum will be deducted from your total tuition fee amount upon enrolment.
Find out about deposit refunds

Scholarships

We offer funding support to suitable candidates through a range of scholarships. These can be applied for during application, or when an offer for a place has been made by us and accepted by you.


Start date: October 2014
Duration of programme: 27 months
Study mode: Flexible part-time study
Intake: 50
Fee:  £18,000
Funding: Scholarships available
Application process: Information on how to apply & FAQ

Entry requirements:
For direct enrolment onto the Aston Executive MBA (Part-time) programme, you will need one of the following

  • A good UK honours degree, or
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or
  • A degree-level professional qualification.

Plus

  • At least three years’ relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your programme
  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English) 
  • Two references – preferably one from an academic referee, the other from your current or previous employer (Two professional references may be accepted from applicants with substantial work experience).
English Language Requirements 2013/14

Applicants whose primary language is not English, or whose previous education was conducted in another language, must submit evidence of satisfactory completion of a standardised English test. The minimum acceptable test scores are: TOEFL 105 with a minimum of 22 in any section (Internet-based exam); or IELTS with a 7 overall band score, and no less than 6 in any section.

Students with lower English scores may still be accepted for the Online MBA on condition that they successfully complete a pre-sessional English course at Aston University. Please contact us for further details.

Notes
Admission outside of these guidelines is possible for exceptional students. If you have extensive work experience but no graduate qualifications, you may be enrolled as a Diploma student and attend all the same sessions as Online MBA students. If your first set of results is acceptable, you may transfer and continue as an Online MBA student at no extra cost. 

We take a holistic approach in evaluating applications. If you would like to get a better idea before applying, you are welcome to contact one of our MBA advisers for an informal discussion.

Certificate Option
You may also study any four modules from those offered within the MBA degree to be awarded a Certificate – these can be studied either on a part-time or full-time basis with other MBA students.

Individual Module Option
If you wish to experience an MBA module prior to full enrolment, or if you would like to take a particular module out of interest or for work purposes, you may also study individual modules of your choice.

Please contact us to explore your Diploma, Certificate and individual module study options.

Any Questions?
contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3100
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 3224
email: mba@aston.ac.uk

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Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
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