Aston Business School

Aston University

MBA - Master of Business Administration

**The Aston MBA - Learn to Lead**. Ranked as one of the world's top MBA programmes*, The Aston MBA is empowering the next generation of global business leaders and entrepreneurs. At the cutting-edge of innovation, we offer a highly practical, experiential approach to learning. You'll actively engage with pioneering leadership practice and gain valuable experience working on real-life consultancy projects. Strategically-focused and flexible, you can tailor the course to your interests and professional aspirations. Whatever your career ambitions, we can help you achieve them. **What's covered on the course?** Discover cutting-edge leadership concepts and frameworks and put these principles into practice with applied exercises and real-life business projects. In doing so, you'll develop your ability to inspire and lead enterprises and be a force for positive change within organisations. Covering a broad range of business topics, this course will equip you with an extensive understanding of how businesses operate in today's fiercely competitive global commercial environment. Thanks to our practical and holistic approach to teaching, you'll get the chance to solve real-life business challenges through various live consultancy projects. You'll draw on your learnings from commercial disciplines, including strategy, operations management, marketing as well as finance, which will give you a well-rounded knowledge of business. We'll help you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and master the arts of critical analysis and strategic thinking. This will allow you to perceive opportunities and overcome complex commercial challenges. The Aston Edge - our personal leadership development programme will build your self-confidence, develop essentials soft skills and help you create your career development plan, which can ensure you achieve your professional goals. You can study your MBA your way. With a wide range of optional module and our innovative self-defined study component, this flexible MBA programme can be tailored to you and your career aspirations. You'll be taught by a highly-regarded teaching faculty, which is made up of leading academics and experienced professionals. Our teaching philosophy is based on putting business principles into practice, meaning you'll learn through a series of applied, task-based activities. All this combined creates for a rewarding learning experience which will transform you and your career. We'll help you to fulfil your potential and realise your career ambitions. **What makes The Aston MBA experience so unique?** These five core values underpin the entire Aston MBA programme and ensure your development is central to everything we do: **1. Powerful Personal Development -** enhancing leadership capabilities and developing an entrepreneurial mindset to empower confident, responsible business leaders of the future. **2. Cutting-edge Teaching -** delivering innovative and experiential teaching methods in order to provide a rich, empowering learning experience. **3. Engaging, Flexible Curriculum -** powerful course content that reflects the modern global business environment and which can be tailored to your interests and career aspirations. **4. Diverse, Supportive Environment -** a friendly and diverse learning environment, where inclusion and collaboration are valued. **5. Lasting Thought Leadership -** recognising and addressing the latest trends and issues, thereby enabling you to have a meaningful impact in global business and leadership for years to come. Postgraduate Live Chat Wednesday 6 February 2019, 14:00 - 15:00 Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 30 January 2019, 14:00 - 18:00

Entry requirements

MBA: A good UK honours degree, or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or a degree-level professional qualification, plus: At least three years' relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your programme. An official academic transcript of your grades (in English). Two references - preferably one from an academic referee, the other from your current or previous employer (Two professional references may be accepted from applicants with substantial work experience). English language requirements can be found here. Applicants with extensive work experience: We accept applications from candidates with extensive work experience who have not completed a graduate qualification. We take a holistic approach in evaluating applications. If you would like to get a better idea before applying, you are welcome to contact one of our MBA advisers for an informal discussion.

Course modules

The Aston Full-Time MBA is made up of nine core modules, one elective module, a business project and The Aston Edge professional development programme. The course is taught over a 12 month period. Core Modules Our core modules will equip you with a thorough knowledge of the key business and management issues needed in modern business. The core modules are: Crafting Strategy You will learn to link strategy theory and practice to develop your skills as a strategic, innovative and entrepreneurial thinker and doer. You'll also develop your understanding of how to use financial analysis for strategic decision-making. This module is split into two parts, the first half focuses on understanding strategies whilst the second half looks and entrepreneurship and innovation. Leading Strategically: Implementing Change This module is split into two parts, part one is about implementing change at an individual and organisational level. Your strategic management and leadership capabilities will be honed using state of the art simulation tools. The second part focuses on shaping complex organisations where you will develop the core competencies required to be a successful international manager. Creating and Delivering Customer Value You'll learn and put into practice the key concepts and theories in marketing strategy and management, including how to research and understand customer behaviour, innovate for global markets and interpret data to develop marketing strategies. Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance This module will improve your understanding of assessing the financial health of a business. Through a state of the art business simulation, you'll work in teams making financial decisions for your shared business while competing against your peers. This simulation is an engaging way to put theory into practice. Designing and Managing Operations, Systems and Processes We'll introduce you to new techniques for achieving operational efficiency and teach you how to put them into practice with visits to local organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury. Managing Socially Responsible Organisations You'll develop a broad knowledge of topics such as globalisation, cultural differences, global brands, fair trade, social responsibility and philanthropy from a business perspective. Developing an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Mindset This module explores how entrepreneurship and innovation create value. Entrepreneurship is the process through which knowledge and creativity shape new ways of delivering these products and services either through new organisations or by revitalisation or reformation of existing ones. Leading Strategically: Shaping Complex Organisations This module focuses on critical contemporary aspects of leadership and organisational behavior challenges in complex organisations. The course aims to develop your knowledge and skills in selected areas like authentic leadership, servant leadership, team coaching, health and well-being, communication and organisational awareness. Research Methods for Business This module is closely linked to the MBA Project. It introduces the nature of practically oriented business research, especially as it applies to the types of MBA projects which can be undertaken, including, consultancy, business plans and a specialist topic. The issues considered are the formulation of proposals, the appropriate use of research methodologies, collection and treatment of qualitative and quantitative data, and the nature and depth of analysis required. Along with the MBA Project, this module aims to develop the essential management ability to commission and produce high quality analysis and reports for making strategic decisions.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by individual assignments, written examinations are at the end of each term and there is group work where you will have the opportunity to analyse complicated business problems. The course concludes with a major business project that allows you to put your new knowledge into practice. This can be approached in a number of ways including a live consultancy project with a business, a themed research project, producing a business plan for a start-up or writing a report about a company you are working or interning at.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MBA Full-time October 2019 25,850 per Whole course (EU) 12 Months
MBA Full-time October 2019 25,850 per Whole course (International) 12 Months
MBA Full-time October 2019 25,850 per Whole course (England) 12 Months
MBA Full-time October 2019 25,850 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MBA Full-time October 2019 25,850 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 Months
MBA Full-time October 2019 25,850 per Whole course (Wales) 12 Months

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