Business and Management MSc (Online)

Build industry-based skills needed for success with our flexible distance learning MSc Business & Management programme. The course will introduce essential management principles and techniques that are broadly applicable in a range of professions and environments. It’s designed for working professionals from all disciplines and industries, learn theory and gain confidence as a leader.


Location: Delivered via online teaching

Course type
Online / distance learning

Course format


Within 2 years 

UCAS code(s)


Start date

Explore Business and Management at Aston University

A postgraduate degree is a great way to improve your career prospects. As well as opening doors, it builds on your experience, develops your skills, and gives you a competitive edge in a crowded job market.

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Register your interest

To register your interest or ask any questions about the course, email our Enquiries Team.

Application deadline: 18th December 2023

Course outline and modules

This completely online course is suitable for graduates of all disciplines and will equip you with a wide range of business skills demanded by employers worldwide – at a time that suits you. The part-time, flexible structure of the course allows you to complete your studies alongside your normal professional commitments. 

You will develop managerial thinking by delving into the principles, concepts and practices of successful management in national and global contexts. The course will encourage you to practice strategic decision making, you will develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global business environment that influence business decisions and behaviour. You will also gain the confidence and experience needed to practically apply all of your knowledge in the working environment.


Core modules

You will complete 90 credit hours of core modules and 60 credit hours of dissertation. A sample of modules are listed below. For a complete list, please contact us. 

Marketing (15 credits)

This module will develop the skills and competencies necessary to critically analyse organisational marketing options.

Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)

This is an introduction to human behaviour in organisations. Further, it aims to discuss organisational processes from the context of individuals and organisations, and from different theoretical perspectives.

Strategic Management (15 credits)

This module is an introduction to the main concepts and thought processes in strategic management and to enable you to analyse complex situations and make appropriate strategic recommendations.

Research Methods for Business Students (15 credits)

The module aims to develop the skills of defining a management or leadership topic of relevance and interest and selecting appropriate methodologies in order to address identified research questions.

Optional modules

This programme offers the most module flexibility. A sample of optional modules are listed below. For a complete list, please contact us. You will complete 30 credit hours of optional modules. Available options are subject to change and may include the following: 

Entrepreneurial Strategies (15 credits)

This module aims to equip you with the analytical and strategic skills necessary to start a successful small business. It also aims to contribute to an 'entrepreneurial culture' amongst Aston postgraduates and encourage you to consider entrepreneurship as an alternative to employment.

International Business (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide a systematic understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global business environment that influence business decisions and behaviour.

Effective Management Consultancy (15 credits)

This module will help you to understand different approaches to consulting projects. You will explore what is good and what is bad consulting practise. It will also prepare you to carry out successful consulting projects within organisations, either as an external consultant or as a line manager given a one-off problem-solving task.

International Marketing Management (15 credits)

The module aims to provide awareness of the range of issues that, within an international context, constitute a holistic approach to the design and management of operations systems taking into considerations their social and environmental impacts.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

•   A good UK honour degree (minimum lower second class) or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

•    Official academic transcript(s) of your grades to date. Maths and English required at a high school level as minimum

•    Two written recommendations, preferably at least one academic referee

International students

•    An official academic transcript, with an official English translation

Language Requirements

International students must meet English language requirements outlined below or an equivalent English language qualification recognised by Aston University:

•    TOEFL: A minimum score of 93
•    IELTS: An overall minimum score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each individual IELTS skill



Fees and scholarships

(2023/2024): £9,500

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. 


You may be eligible for postgraduate funding through many channels including loans, studentships, bursaries, grants or assistance from your employer. View more information on student financing.

Aston University Alumni Scholarship 

Cost shouldn't limit your career aspirations, which is why we are delighted to offer all Aston University graduates (including exchange students) a 20% loyalty scholarship in standard taught MA, MSc and Full-time MBA course fees. Students who have completed their first degree at Aston University will receive an automatic scholarship when applying for their course. 

Find out more information and how to apply.