MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business

Key benefits

  • Deepen your understanding of the global business environment and the factors that inform entrepreneurial business decisions
  • Gain the knowledge required for developing innovation based business strategies
  • Develop the analytical and strategic skills needed to set up and manage new enterprises in the national and international contexts
  • Enhance your career with the the opportunity to complete an integrated work internship or study abroad placement with one of our highly ranked international partners. 
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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:

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

Group B

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 Bettina Becker
Bettina joined Aston Business School in January 2014. Her research focus includes innovation and R&D, small businesses & entrepreneurship. She has also worked in research positions at the National Institute of Economic & Social Research (NIESR) in London and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

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.

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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:

UK/EU students:  £11,050        
International students: £17,350 

Scholarships for 2016/7 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

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