MSc Strategy & International Business

Aston University MSc Strategy & International Business

I felt like I travelled the world by being at Aston. I got to learn about different cultures and new ways of working with people." 

James Kuhora
Branch operations at 
NIC Bank

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2.2 minimum)

MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. Our graduates go on to work at companies including Deutsche Bank, Deloitte and Jaguar Land Rover.

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Expand your business strategy knowledge with an international context
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Get consultancy experience on a live business dissertation project

MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. With the increasing globalisation of business and the revolution in information and communications technologies, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension of strategy.

Most, if not all, companies require internationalisation strategies, be they simple export or franchising arrangements, or complex and risky international joint ventures and/or foreign direct investment. These activities all require an understanding of the international business environment, which you will gain by studying this course.

The strategy component of this degree will give you the knowledge and skills required to analyse companies’ strategic situations and to solve complex strategic problems. The international business component of the degree will develop your ability to assess and develop internationalisation strategies and operations, as well as your skills in international and cross-cultural management.

Core Modules

  • International Business Strategy
  • International Business

  • Strategic Management

  • Advanced Topics in Strategy
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (Choose four optional modules from the list that follows, subject to pre-requisites:*):

*Students who select Business Finance must also select International Finance
**Students who select Marketing Management must also select International Marketing Management
***Management Consultancy as Practice is core for students undertaking client/consultancy based dissertations

  • Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
  • Business Finance*
  • International Finance*
  • Strategic Business Sustainability 
  • People & World Organisations
  • Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
  • Marketing Management**
  • International Marketing Management**
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring 
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Management of Innovation
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 

  • Economic Environment of Business
  • Management Consulting***
The course then concludes with a dissertation project.


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also complete a year-long dissertation project, in collaboration with your selected supervisor, an expert in your chosen field. You can choose to undertake a specialist topic dissertation or a consultancy-based project. Both options can be based either in qualitative or quantitative data and primary or secondary (desk-based) data.

Personal Development

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

Course director

Dr Efstathios Tapinos
Efstathios is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, teaching strategy related modules on Undergraduate, Postgraduate, MBA and Executive Development courses. His research is focused on the process and practice of strategy development. He is also a member of the team delivering the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.

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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The unique combination of strategy and international business in this course will provide you with a solid foundation for a career in a managerial position or as a consultant in any sector. It is also a suitable first step should you wish to pursue a research or academic career in strategy or international business. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Business Development Consultant – Boilerhouse Media (UK)
  • Business Process Analyst – Jaguar Land Rover
  • Consultant – Deloitte (Spain)
  • Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
  • Transformation Consultant – Cap Gemini Consulting (Germany). 

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: September


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

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

Dr Efstathios Tapinos
Dr Efstathios Tapinos

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