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.
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.
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.