MSc Strategy and International Business

This programme as a unique combination of strategy and international business and provides a solid foundation for international management. The programme aims to give students the knowledge and skills required to analyse company’s strategic situations. 

Why choose this course?

  • Provides a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of strategy and international business issues
  • Opportunity to complete a consultancy based dissertation
  • Participate in our international study exchange programme
  • Highly ranked International Business Programme in the FT Masters in Management
  • Excellent employment opportunities, Aston Business School is ranked in the top 10 in world for careers (FT Masters in Management 2013)

The MSc in Strategy and International Business provides a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of strategy and international business issues in both developed and developing countries and in private and public sectors.

The strategy component of the degree aims to give students the knowledge and skills required to analyse companies’ strategic situations and to solve complex strategic problems.  The international business component of the degree aims to develop the knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing internationalisation strategies and operations as well as skills entailed in international and cross-cultural management.

International exchange opportunities

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 further enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Core Modules

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

The programme then concludes with a 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 programme: Full-time - 12 months

Start date: September


UK/EU:          £10,900 (2015 fee)
International:  £16,800 (2015 fee)

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The 10 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 a dissertation.

Personal Development

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

Course director

Dr Efstathios Tapinos 
Dr E. Tapinos is a Lecturer in Strategic Management, teaching Strategy related modules at the UG and PG programme.  His research focuses on the Strategy Development Process and the use of Strategy Tools.  He specialises in Performance Measurement/Management (-Balanced Scorecard) and Strategic Foresight (-Scenario Planning).

Teaching staff   

The unique combination of strategy and international business in this programme provides a solid foundation for a career in international management, or as a consultant in either the private or public sector. 

It would also provide an excellent foundation for a doctoral degree in either strategy or international business.

Students are expected to gain employment in the following areas:

  • Management positions in the private and public sector, UK and internationally
  • Consulting companies, UK and internationally
  • Government bodies, as part of the Government Economic Services (e.g. Treasury, Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Regulatory bodies, etc.)
  • Pursue a PhD degree in Strategy or International Business
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:

  • A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students 

  • 24 hours access

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

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

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

Dimitrios Konstantinidis

Dimitrios Konstantinidis

Looking at what Aston was offering with its Strategy and International Business course I realised that it addressed all of the main topics where I wanted to grow and it gave me flexibility in terms of focus areas of particular interest to me like strategy and strategy development.

Career and personal development

Career and personal development

Funding your study

Funding your study

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research