Full-time MBA

A transformational MBA for managers who want to accelerate their thinking, career and potential

Why choose the Aston MBA?

  • 1st in the UK, and 2nd in the world for immediate return on investment (The Economist, 2014)
  • Innovative programme from elite triple-accredited business school
  • Global network with 12,000 alumni and business partners.


The Aston MBA is an intensive programme that immerses students into the principles of strategic thinking in a business context. Over the course of the year, we develop your management skills to enhance your ability to lead and inspire.

Full-time MBA students become part of a diverse community of global business professionals who learn collaboratively, sharing their considerable work experience and diverse international perspectives to enrich the learning experience.

Programme details

  • The Aston MBA is completed over a 12 month period
  • Comprises 10 core modules, 2 elective modules and a business project
  • Includes the Mindful Global Manager self-development module
  • Dedicated MBA career support with advice, workshops and industry speakers
  • European study visit to develop your network  
  • You may choose to study for either a general MBA, or a specialist MBA
  • Globally ranked programme from an elite triple-accredited business school.   

Study mode

  • Students attend a series of on-campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Regular skills workshops run by our dedicated MBA Careers Advisor
  • Opportunity of an industry project 

Modules and business project

The Full-time MBA programme is taught on-campus over 3 terms and followed up with a business project. The taught part of the MBA takes 9 months, and the project up to 3 months:

  • Term 1 – 4 core modules
  • Term 2 – 4 core modules, plus 1 elective module
  • Term 3 – 2 core modules, plus 1 elective module
  • Business Project – in a suitable area of interest, or chosen subject stream
  • The Mindful Global Manager – self-development module running in Terms 1/2

General and Specialist MBA options

You may choose to study a general MBA, or focus on a particular subject stream to gain a specialist MBA.

To gain a General MBA, students complete:

  • all 10 core modules
  • any 2 elective modules
  • The Mindful Global Manager module 
  • a business project in an area of their interest.

To gain a Specialist MBA, students complete:

  • all 10 core modules
  • 2 elective modules from one subject stream
  • The Mindful Global Manager module
  • a business project in their chosen subject stream.

When it comes to deciding between a general MBA and one which specialises in a certain field, there are a number of considerations. A general MBA is more likely to keep management options open for you, whilst a specialist MBA will potentially make you more attractive to particular management functions of a business. You do not need to decide right away, and we will give you every support in exploring all your available options.

Study Visit

Full-time MBA students visit and study at a top European business school for a week – this is included in the tuition fee. Most recently, our students have visited Bordeaux, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Barcelona and Leuven. We also host MBA students from our international partners, giving you the chance to further develop your global network.

Transfer to other modes of study

You can transfer to the Part-time or Online learning routes any time during the year, if your visa, employment status or personal commitments change

Modules & Business Project

Each MBA 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 manager. 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:

  • 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

Aston Full-time MBA fees - September 2015 intake

  • Students from EU countries (including the UK): £25,250
  • Students from non-EU countries: £25,250

Payment of tuition fees

You can pay your fees in full at the beginning of the programme, or choose to pay in three termly instalments of 50% (term 1), 25% (term 2), and 25% (term 3). Please note your fees will vary depending on which scholarships 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

Bursaries and 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: September 2015
Duration of programme: 12 months
Study mode: Full-time study
Fee:  £25,250
Funding: Scholarships available
Application process: Information on how to apply & FAQ

Entry requirements:

For direct enrolment onto the Aston MBA 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.


  • 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 2015/16 can be found here.

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 MBA students. If your first set of results is acceptable, you may transfer and continue as an 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.

Any Questions?
contact us:

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

MBA Office
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

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