You'll gain insight and exposure to employers and the opportunity to gain professional expperience
The Aston Global Advantage is our professional development programme and an integrated module that runs throughout our MSc courses within Aston Business School. The programme will equip you with transferable skills and relevant experiences for the workplace, giving you a competitive edge in the job market, or for when starting a business. Flexible and personalised, this programme can be tailored to your career aspirations, development needs, or existing professional experience. Whatever career path you wish to follow, this programme lets you take control of your future.
As an Aston Business School student, you can tackle real-life business projects, gain valuable professional experience and develop your skills and commercial understanding, thanks to a wide range of practical business initiatives.
You’ll have opportunities to take part in consultancy projects for small businesses, receive support to start your own venture, help young, aspiring entrepreneurs as well as many other exciting and rewarding programmes.
The following courses from the School of Informatics and Digital Engineering offer a professional practice route:
The difference between the standard courses and the professional practice course is that it features a professional placement.
Taking the Professional Practice route allows you to extend the duration of your Masters to 22 months and gain valuable working experience to support your career aspirations. The placement commences after completion of your MSc dissertation and can be paid work, study abroad exchanges or unpaid research projects or even a mix of these options. You will return to Aston the following May for an intensive period on campus to draw all your learning together and finalise the assessments.
Although you are responsible for finding your placement, you will have access to the support of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities, including by providing CV and application preparation, and practice interviews. In addition, you will participate in a programme of activities within the School designed to develop your personal and professional skills such as industry seminars and networking activities.
Opportunities for one-to-one coaching and mentoring will also support your learning journey and help you become more work-ready.
Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students to gain professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support.
A report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in 2020 found that postgraduate students earn on average 18% more than first-degree holders six months after graduation.
If you’re looking to start your own business or develop a new venture idea, you can benefit from our on-campus start-up support programme.