MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business

Entrepreneurship and International Business
Aston accommodated my need for flexibility and helped me to grow my business by enhancing my professional network" 

Anthony Catt
Managing Director 
Oxygen Startups

Entry requirements

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

MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business is the ideal course for students who are thinking about running their own business. We have graduates who are running their own businesses in sectors including marketing, energy, manufacturing and insurance services.
35th in Europe and 5th in the UK in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2017.
Develop analytical and strategic skills to set up and manage new enterprises
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Get consultancy experience on a live business dissertation project

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:

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business focuses on the development of entrepreneurial skills. Combined with an understanding of the international business environment, these skills are increasingly important for a career in the modern business environment. Entrepreneurial and innovation driven firms from mature and emerging economies are increasingly taking advantage of global markets and seeking to improve their international strategies and operations.

You will develop an understanding of the global business environment and the factors that should inform both entrepreneurial business decisions and business organisation conducive to experimentation and change. You will also gain the analytical and strategic skills needed to set up and manage new enterprises in the national and international contexts and the knowledge required for developing innovation-based business strategies.

Core Modules:
  • Business Venturing
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business

  • Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies
  • International Entrepreneurship 
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules:

  • Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
  • Business Finance
  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • People & World Organisations
  • Marketing Management
  • International Marketing Management 
  • Management of Innovation
  • Economic Environment of Business
  • International Finance
  • Strategic Business Sustainability 
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring 
  • Operations Management
  • Management Consulting

The course then concludes with a dissertation project. 

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. In addition, you will prepare a dissertation which will either be a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture or an investigation with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Personal Development

This course will enable you to acquire skills that deepen your understanding of the global business environment and the factors that inform entrepreneurial business decisions. 
You will gain the knowledge required for developing innovation-based business strategies, and develop the analytical and strategic skills needed to set up and manage new enterprises in national and international contexts.

Course director

Dr Emma Folmer 
Emma joined Aston Business School in July 2014, having spent the previous year as a lecturer at the department of Geography and Planning at the University of Amsterdam. The main courses Emma has lectured in have been Introduction to Urban Planning, Research methods, and introduction to Economic Geography. She completed her PhD in May 2014 at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research was in the field of economic geography and the research focused on entrepreneurship and small business dynamics in urban residential neighbourhoods in the Netherlands.

More than a masters

The 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.

You'll choose between a 12 month or 18 month masters and have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

Learn more

This degree is suitable should you wish to set up your own business or further develop an existing entrepreneurial business, particularly in the context of international opportunities and threats. It is also a suitable first step if you plan to pursue a research or academic career in entrepreneurship or international business.

Recent graduates have set up their own businesses in a variety of sectors including:

  • Marketing
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance Services.  

UK/EU:          £ 10,280
International:  £18,050

Scholarships for 2018/9 entry will be open soon. Find out more here 


You will need to decide whether you would like to take the 12 month or 18 month route before you apply. Find out more about the two study routes.

Apply: 12 month route
Apply: 18 month

Interested? I'd love to hear from you.

Dr Emma Folmer
Dr Emma Folmer

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