Programme Structure

All MSc students undertake the taught Research Methods Course (RMC) as the foundation of their development as a professional researcher. This is intended to provide research students with the skills they require both to successfully complete their MSc degree and also to develop themselves as an 'Academic Researcher'. Additionally to the Research Methods Course, MSc Students will be expected to complete one postgraduate taught Module.

Successful completion of the Research Methods Course and the postgraduate module is a prerequisite to progress onto the Research Project.  The research project will culminate in the final dissertation and will be examined by viva voce.

Full-time students take the Research Methods Course, and the postgraduate taught module, in the first two terms of the academic year. They will then undertake their research project and present their Dissertation in the last term of their academic year. Part-time students have a maximum of two years to complete the Research Methods Course. Students will be able to chose which year they wish to take the additional postgraduate Taught Module, however, the final Dissertation has to be submitted by the end of year two at the latest.


Full-time (1 year)
Terms 1 & 2: Research Methods Course & one Post Graduate Taught Module
Term 3: Research Project and Dissertation (minimum 20,000 words)

Part-time (2 years)
Year 1: Research Methods Course & one Post Graduate Taught Module
Year 2: Research Project followed by Dissertation (minimum 20,000 words)

Aston Business School’s close links with industry, commerce and public sector in the UK and abroad, produces a real awareness of the relationship between academic and practical approaches to management. They also ensure that the rapidly changing requirements of modern management are immediately integrated into our research. Research initiatives are co-ordinated through Research Groups within the Business School. These are:

The overall objective of Aston Business School’s research is to generate new knowledge and understanding which contributes to enhancing the practices and policies of modern management.

The School’s strengths include applied research, theory generation, and international and comparative research. Its research funding comes from a range of sources including the Research Councils, industry, government and charitable foundations. As a research student you will be part of a vibrant living research culture at Aston. Research students are encouraged to take an active part in the academic and research life of the School through involvement in the research groups and participation in research seminars. International peer reviewed journals are also edited at Aston (e.g. ‘Knowledge Management Research & Practice’, ‘ Journal of Productivity Analysis’, ‘Critical Surveys Sections of Regional Studies’ ) and major research conferences and workshops are often held here (e.g. ‘European Conference on Management of Technology (2006)’, 'International Workshop on Teamworking (2008)', and ‘International Human Resource Management Conference' (2010)).

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research