Aston University

Aston University

Strategy and International Business

A unique combination of strategy, management consulting and international business, our MSc Strategy and International Business can kick-start your career. The course will equip you with the skills to analyse companies' strategic situations and develop practical strategic solutions for complex commercial problems. You'll learn the vital role middle managers play in implementing strategy and how you can make strategy work in practice. This cutting-edge programme will give you a detailed understanding of strategy and its application in a wide variety of business settings. It will enable you to become strategically minded. You'll learn to evaluate organisations' positions within their competitive environments and then develop viable strategic options. By the end of this course, you'll have a well-rounded business knowledge as well as the strategic skills to pursue a wide range of career options in strategy development, management consulting or a managerial role in a variety of business functions. You will gain a detailed understanding of strategy by studying three modules focused on this fascinating area of business. The modules cover the fundamentals, advanced-level strategy and how strategy works in an international business context. In the first term, we'll introduce you to key theories, concepts and frameworks related to corporate strategy. You'll learn how to analyse the external environment as well as companies' internal capabilities and understand how these skills can be used to shape strategic decision making. In the second term, you'll gain knowledge of advanced-level strategy and how this works in real-life business situations. We explore specialist topics, such as scenario planning, the art of strategic decision-making and the key role middle managers play in making strategy happen. We use a series of case studies to introduce you to strategic dilemmas across a range of industries. You'll develop practical skills in assessing strategic opportunities and crafting viable strategic plans. What makes this course unique is the opportunity to study strategy development and implementation from a management consultancy perspective. You'll also have the chance to work on a real-life strategy problem in a consultative capacity. You can help an organisation to address a strategic problem and in doing so gain valuable practical experience, which will enhance your CV and help you when applying for graduate roles. There's the chance to tailor the programme to your interests or future career plans. You'll select four modules from a wide variety of business topics, including marketing, finance and entrepreneurship. This allows you to enhance your understanding of several business functions and helps you to develop a broad range of transferable business skills. We're tripled accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, making us just one of 1% of business schools in the world to hold this. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) presented us with its highest accolade - a Gold Award, for consistently outstanding outcomes. We're also in the top 20 universities in the UK and top 50 in the world for international outlook. 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. Study abroad and internship opportunities available. 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) or 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 and a completed application form. For International Students: An official academic transcript, with official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English also need to satisfy our English language requirements.

Course modules

Core modules: Strategic Management Advanced Topics in Strategy International Business Strategy International Business Ethics in Academic Practice Professional Development Programme (PDP) Elective modules: Management Consulting Intellectual Property Strategy and Management Business Finance International Finance Strategic Business Sustainability People and World Organisations Marketing Management International Marketing Management Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring Entrepreneurial Strategies Management of Innovation Advanced Topics in International Business Economic Environment of Business

Assessment methods

There's a range of teaching methods used on the course. This will allow you to explore, test and apply strategy in a way that suits you and ensures you get the most out of your studies. Lectures will teach you key strategic concepts and frameworks, providing you with a fundamental understanding of the topics. We welcome a series of guest speakers from industry throughout the course. These are either business leaders or specialists in strategic management. They will share their expertise and experiences, which will help to enhance your understanding of strategy in practise. You'll also have the chance to apply the techniques you've learnt through a variety of real-life case studies. Through workshops and seminars, you'll take part in class discussions and group work. This will enhance your communication, teamwork and management skills. These are key competences for your professional career. We use a mix of assessment methods. There are exams, coursework, group work and presentations designed to test your understanding of key topics. Your lecturers will ensure you're well-prepared for assignments and provide additional support you may need.

Qualifications

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

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Admissions (Central)
Telephone number: 
01212043200