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MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business

Entrepreneurship and International Business Aston University
Aston has been the greatest experience of my life. The cultural diversity has given the best learning environment for my future success." 

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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.  

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Develop analytical and strategic skills to set up and manage new enterprises
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Gain a deeper knowledge of the global business environment
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Study abroad and internship opportunities
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Get consultancy experience on a live business dissertation project

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:
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business

  • Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies
  • Strategic Management

  • International Entrepreneurship 
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules:

Select 3 optional modules (one from Block A and two more, either both from block A or both from block B, or one from each), subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations:

Group A

  • 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
Group B
  • International Finance
  • Strategic Business Sustainability 
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring 
  • Operations Management
  • Management Consulting

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skillset. 

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals.

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.

Course director

Dr Emma Folmer

Emma joined Aston Buisness 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.

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.

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham. 

As an Aston student, you get the best of both worlds: a green, well-equipped, friendly campus in the centre of a vibrant city. Find out more about Aston campus here.

Only a 10 minute walk from campus, Birmingham is a city with many sides. Find out what living in Birmingham is like here.

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 programme: Full-time - 12 months

Start date:
September

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

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

Application & contact: 

Aston Business School Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

Interested? I'd love to hear from you.

Dr Emma Folmer
Dr Emma Folmer

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