Aston Business School

Aston University

International Business

This stimulating course will equip you with a detailed knowledge and deep understanding of today's global commercial environment. It will explore how business is conducted across borders, examine various business functions and their role in international commerce, whilst looking at strategic management and economics in an international business context. You'll also develop key transferable skills which, when combined with your well-rounded business education, will enable you to embark upon a variety of different career paths and help prepare you for management positions in global companies. The programme will provide you a comprehensive understanding of international business, whilst developing your ability to think strategically and deliver successful international business strategy. We look at theories, concepts and frameworks associated with competitive and corporate strategy. You'll discover how analysis of the external environment and companies' strengths and weaknesses can be used to guide strategic decision making. We use a series of case studies to develop practical skills in assessing strategic opportunities and potential threats. We also study the economic environment which international businesses operate in. We cover the key theories of economics in an international business context and look at the impact economic shocks or events can have on companies and their overseas activities. You'll learn how to assess the economic climate by using key economic indicators and tools. We're recognised as a world-class university for teaching, research excellence and the employability of our graduates. The UK Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) presented us with its highest accolade - a Gold Award, for consistently outstanding outcomes. Whilst we've been ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK and top 50 in the world for international outlook. We attract students from all over the world, which allows you to mix and work with people from diverse backgrounds. This will help you to develop your communication, teamwork and managerial skills in a multicultural environment. These competences are highly regarded by graduate employers and international firms. Our reputation with employers is unparalleled. We boast exceptional levels of graduate employability thanks to our commitment to providing students with the skills and know-how needed for a variety of graduate roles. Our students have been successful in gaining employment with prestigious global companies, including IBM, Ernst & Young and Tesco. They go onto fulfil a wide range of roles, from jobs in international marketing to financial analyst positions. Recent graduates have also gone onto to set up their own businesses, work for policy makers and embark on careers in further education. So, whatever roles you decide to pursue, we can help you secure your dream career move! The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation. You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme.  Postgraduate Live Chat Wednesday 6 February 2019, 14:00 - 15:00 Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 30 January 2019, 14:00 - 18:00

Entry requirements

MSc: 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. Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the 4 IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of the Professional Development Programme (PDP). There will be no extra cost to the student. Applicants with extensive work experience: We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications, but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

Course modules

Core modules International Business Advanced Topics in International Business Strategic Management Economic Environment of Business Professional Development Programme (PDP) Ethics in Academic Practice MSc Dissertation Elective modules: Choose four modules (subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some combinations): Intellectual Property Strategy and Management Business Finance International Finance Accounting for Non-Financial Managers Strategic Business Sustainability People and World Organisations Marketing Management International Marketing Management Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring Operations Management CSR, Sustainable Development and Public Policy Entrepreneurial Strategies International Business Strategy Entrepreneurial and Innovation in Emerging Economies

Assessment methods

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 19,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 10,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site B4 7ET West Midlands

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