MSc Business and Management

This programme prepares students for a wide range of professional and management careers across business functions and sectors. The programme is appropriate for undergraduates whose degree is not from a business subject. 

Why choose this course?

  • A broad based programme providing a foundation in business and management
  • Provides the flexibility to specialise in an area of choice
  • Designed for graduates whose undergraduate degree is from a non-business subject area

The MSc in Business & Management is appropriate for graduates whose undergraduate degree is from a non-business subject area.  This programme provides a comprehensive focus of key areas of business education and will therefore complement a first degree for students of engineering, the sciences and humanities.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.  

Core Modules:

Optional Modules (select two modules from one of the following groups):

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D 

Group E

Group F     

Group G

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.

The ten taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.  The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of the programme.  Students should ensure that their choice of elective modules is consistent with their intended dissertation topic area.

Personal development

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

Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers.  These include:
  • Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
  • Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
  • Improving business performance and employee well-being through influencing organisational behaviour
  • Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies
  • Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
  • Knowledge of strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis; ‘make or buy’ decisions; diversification and corporate parenting
  • Understanding innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
  • Assessing the macroeconomic business environment (including economic policy and forecasts) and the microeconomic environment (including demand, competition) and their implications for business performance
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through research dissertation.

The wide range of elective modules available on this programme enables students to develop skills across a range of business functions including marketing, HR, Finance and Operations.

Course director

Uwe Napiersky

Uwe is a lecturer and the new course director for MSc Business & Management at Aston Business School. Before joining Aston, he gained 20 years professional experience in the corporate world (German Steel Industry) and in different international consultancies. His roles in consultancies were e.g. Country Manager, Senior Consultant, Learning Architect, Client Director. He has worked for blue-chip companies across the globe in all sectors and at different management levels; e.g. in Europe, SE Asia, China, USA and South America. His research specialisms include management diagnostics & development and self-leadership strategies for high performers.    

This programme prepares students for a wide range of professional and management careers across business functions and sectors including accountancy, marketing, operations, HR and strategic management.

Examples of jobs taken up by our recent graduates include:

  • Management Consultant - Deloitte
  • Financial Analyst - PwC 
  • Business Analyst - BT
  • Marketing Specialist - Starbucks 
  • Junior Consultant - Ernst & Young 
  • Business Analyst - Accenture 
  • Account Development Manager - Coors Brewery 
  • Production Analyst – Nike.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.  

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

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:          £9,350 (2015 fee) 
International:  £16,800 (2015 fee) 

Scholarships for 2015/6 entry are now closed.  

Contact details:

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