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MSc Strategy & International Business

MSc Strategy & International Business

Having the opportunity to choose a number of optional modules, really helped me to tailor my education to my specific interests"

Thais Richard
Graduate Programme
Unilever


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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26th in the world and 4th in the UK in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2017
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Expand your business strategy knowledge with an international context
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Study abroad and internship opportunities
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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: September

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 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
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules

  • Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Strategic Business Sustainability 
  • People & World Organisations
  • 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.

Assessment 

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

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

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). 

Thais Richard
MSc Strategy and International Business

Watch the whole interview to find out more about her experiences on this course

Fees

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

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


Dr Efstathios Tapinos
Dr Efstathios Tapinos

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