MSc Business & Management

Business & Management Aston University
I was able to take advantage of workshops to build core skills in team working, presentations, influencing, leadership. Aston makes you well rounded, not just academic.” 

Gracious Eyisi

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent 

This course is suitable for graduates of all disciplines including both business and non-business subject areas. By the end of the course you'll be equipped with the knowledge to interpret financial statements, develop marketing and pricing strategies and understand the strategy and innovation process. Graduates of this course have the knowledge and skills to be recruited by compaines such as Tesco, Unilever and Deloitte in positions across the world.

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Learn the key skills international employers want
Suitable for graduates of all disciplines

MSc Business & Management will enable you to develop a wide range of business skills demanded by graduate employers worldwide. These include interpreting financial statements, developing marketing and pricing strategies, and understanding strategy and innovation processes. Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds including both business and non-business subject areas.

This course will provide you with a comprehensive focus on key areas of business education. The wide range of elective modules available will enable you to develop skills across a wide range of business functions including marketing, HR, finance and operations.

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Core Modules

  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management
  • People & World Organisations
  • Operations Management
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (select two modules from one of the following groups):

Group A

  • Economic Environment of Business
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business strategy
  • Management of Innovation

Group B

  • International Finance
  • Business Finance

Group C

  • Marketing Channels & Strategic Sales Force Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • International Marketing Management

Group D 

  • International Operations
  • Managing Multi-Organisational Enterprises & Enterprise Systems
  • Quality Management
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring

Group E

  • Employee Relations in Context
  • Learning & Talent Development

Group F     

  • Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
  • Strategic Business Sustainability 
  • CSR, Sustainable Development & Public Policy

Group G

  • Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance 
  • Intellectual Property Strategy & Management     

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation. You should ensure that your choice of elective modules is consistent with your intended dissertation topic area.

Personal development

You will acquire key skills in the following areas: giving presentations, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills.

Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers. These include:
  • Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
  • Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
  • Improving business performance and employee well-being through influencing organisational behaviour
  • Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies
  • Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
  • Knowledge of strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis; ‘make or buy’ decisions; diversification and corporate parenting
  • Understanding innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
  • Assessing the macroeconomic business environment (including economic policy and forecasts) and the microeconomic environment (including demand, competition) and their implications for business performance
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through research dissertation.

The wide range of elective modules available on this course enables you to develop skills across a range of business functions including marketing, HR, finance and operations.

Course director

Uwe Napiersky
Uwe is a lecturer in work and organisational psychology at Aston Business School. Before joining Aston, he gained 20 years’ professional experience in the corporate world (German Steel Industry) and in different international consultancies. His roles in consultancies included country manager, senior consultant, learning architect and client director. He has worked for blue-chip companies across the globe in all sectors and at different management levels in Europe, South East Asia, China, USA and South America. His research specialisms include management diagnostics and development and self-leadership strategies for high performers. 

More than a masters

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.

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This course will prepare you for a wide range of professional and management careers across sectors including accountancy, marketing, operations, HR and strategic management. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Brand Activation Executive – Unilever (United Arab Emirates)
  • Communications and Training Executive – Tesco (UK)
  • Management Consultant – Deloitte (India)
  • Senior Business Analyst – Lloyds TSB (UK)
  • Strategic Project Leader – Rolls-Royce (UK).

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of course: Full-time - 12 months
Start date:

UK/EU:          £11,200 
International:  £17,650 

Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here  

Interested? We'd love to hear from you. 

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