Online MBA 

The innovative Aston Online MBA enables you to study at one of the world’s leading business schools from any location. The online mode enables you to combine study and development of skills and knowledge alongside your career and lifestyle.

Why choose the Online MBA?

  • Your individual growth is at the heart of the Aston Online MBA
  • Studying the Online MBA does not mean that you are on your own
  • A truly flexible course with the opportunity to attend on-campus drop in lectures and study full time for one or more modules
  • Join a community of learning and scholarship
  • Be part of a global network of aspiring business leaders
  • Enjoy complete support with face-to-face one-on-one online tutorials.


The Online MBA allows you to fit your MBA studies around other work and life commitments. All elements of the programme can be completed in your own time, using virtual classroom materials along with the flexibility of studying on campus. Coursework is submitted online and exams can be taken anywhere in the world providing students have suitable access to the internet. 

Choosing the Aston Online MBA means that you become part of an innovative and flexible learning community dedicated to the needs of today’s business executives.

Welcome to a well-supported learning community that is ready whenever you are

Studying online at Aston does not mean that you are on your own. You will follow a carefully structured series of modules, with a comprehensive support network and access to a range of virtual classroom materials and a virtual MBA Lounge, all available online.

Reinforce your learning with annual residential workshops

You will also have the opportunity to attend two residential workshops, in July of each year, enabling you to build relationships with the community of academic staff and fellow students from around the world with whom you have been working remotely throughout the year. The residential takes place at Aston in the first year, and one of our partner institutions in the second.

Round-the-clock facilities for all the help you’ll need

My Aston Portal (MAP) provides you with an online, interactive learning platform that connects you to Aston from wherever you are in the world. MAP allows online group work, so you can benefit from shared knowledge in a global classroom. All administrative documents can be accessed online and you can receive and submit all coursework electronically.

Depending on time commitments and location you can take part in 'drop-in' lectures or complete entire modules as a full time student. All arrangements are made through the dedicated MBA student support team who are here to guide you through this process.  

Become connected, think globally, learn differently  
You become part of a global network of aspiring business leaders, benefiting from virtual connections with your peers and our international network of corporate connections. As an online student you will be able to attend on-campus or in-country Aston Business School events ensuring that you are truly part of the Aston community. 

As an Aston student, you will also have full access to the online materials in our extensive university library.

Learn today, apply tomorrow

Our online programme enables you to combine a full-time career with study, enabling you to develop the knowledge and competencies to advance your business knowledge, entrepreneurship and career. You have the opportunity to study at home, then apply new approaches at work the following day, guided by academics at the forefront of business and managerial research.

The extensive yet flexible workload of the Online MBA is completed within a diverse global community. You will engage in group activities and produce complex pieces of work to challenging timelines. This not only drives your learning but develops your professional skills through the duration of the course turning you into a top level MBA graduate. 

Programme details

  • The Aston Online MBA can be completed within 30 months
  • Each Online MBA student completes six core modules and one elective module
  • Most students take two modules per term for six terms (3 terms per year)
  • Followed by a six month business project that can be completed within your current employment
  • You will receive the full Aston MBA Award, not an online version.

Study mode

  • You can study at a time convenient to you, worldwide
  • Most of the materials you will need to study will be distributed via our virtual learning environment and will include multimedia lectures, webinars, and discussion forums
  • Coursework is submitted electronically and where possible we arrange examinations in your country of study.
  • In order to study online you will need to have access to a minimum level of IT. Please take a look at the Online MBA IT Requirements for more information.


With over 20 years of supporting MBA students learning off-campus we understand how important this support is for Online students. We are committed to providing you with the individual support that you need through email, phone and our online Virtual Learning Environment. 

*Via pre-arrangement with the MBA student support team. Limitations apply


Modules are assessed through individual and group assignments in which you will analyse complex businesses and through examinations to test your ability to apply your analysis. Some modules may be assessed entirely by coursework. Where there are written exams, they will normally be online.

The Aston Edge will be assessed through a portfolio of achievements and skills you will compile during the programme.

The programme culminates with a major project which enables you to showcase your management ability in a real business situation.

Special features

A flexible, self-paced programme with online content supported by live webinars and group activity, the Aston Edge personal and professional development programme and study residentials in the UK and Europe.

Modules & Business Project

Each Online MBA student completes 6 core modules and 1 elective module as well as a business project towards the end of the programme.

Core Modules

Our core modules will equip you with a thorough knowledge of the key business and management issues needed in modern business. The core modules are:

Elective Modules

  • Strategic Human Resource Management in a Global Context
  • E-Business Strategy
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing
  • Technology-Led Service Strategies
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing Management
  • Risk Management
  • Advanced Strategy
MBA online programme


All Online MBA students are invited to attend a one-week residential session in July of each year. Students attend a residential at Aston in their first year, and with a partner institution in their second year. 

This gives you the opportunity to meet academic staff and your peers with whom you have been working remotely throughout the year.

The week’s activities are designed to continue the personal and professional development you will have begun during your online studies.

The week also gives you the opportunity to strengthen the networks that you have been virtually developing with your fellow students and the staff around the world.

During the Aston Residential you will participate in a two day Business Simulation exercise and undertake a three day personal development course as well as attending revision sessions for the modules that you have completed and finally you will sit your exams on the completed modules.

The second residential allows you to focus on specialist topics, such as Corporate Social Responsibility, or deepen your knowledge of doing business in particular markets.

Induction - Two per year

This process is conducted entirely online prior to the start of your course, providing you with a solid foundation for your studies. 

As part of the induction process the various components of your communications system are tested to ensure that all parts are functioning correctly. 

There is also an introductory case study problem for you to solve which leads to a virtual, live, interactive practice tutorial during which you will present your analysis, followed by your conclusion and recommendations.

Aston Online MBA fees


January 2017 intake      

  • Students from EU countries (including the UK) - £19,700
  • Students from non-EU countries - £19,700

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 27 months to complete. 
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 £1000 deposit. This sum will be deducted from your total tuition fee amount upon enrolment at the university

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.
Find out about deposit refunds

Start date: January 2017
Duration of programme: 30 months
Study mode: Study at a time that suits you
Induction: Virtual (online)
Residential: July each year, at Aston in the first year, with a partner institution in the second year.
Intake: 25
Fee:  £19,500 
Application process: Information on how to apply & FAQ

Entry requirements:
For direct enrolment onto the Aston Online 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.

You will need to have access to a minimum level of IT. Please take a look at the Online MBA IT Requirements for more information.


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.

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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