Learning & teaching
You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.
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.
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.
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.