Business and Management MSc

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Course options
    Internship / overseas study
  • School

Entry requirements

  • One of the following:
    A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) or equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
  • 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.
  • Full entry requirements
    See entry requirements below for full details
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Course summary

Enhance your employability and set yourself up for a rewarding career with our MSc Business and Management. You’ll study a broad range of business topics, giving you an extensive understanding of how companies operate and providing you with valuable management skills and techniques.

We can help you become a business leader of the future!

The course concludes with a Business Project; a substantial piece of work designed to provide you with an opportunity to analyse a business problem and practically apply the knowledge and skills developed during the course.

You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme. 

This course can also be studied online.

Entry requirements

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 our professional development programme, The Aston Global Advantage. There will be no extra cost to the student.
  • For students who do not meet our minimum academic and English language requirements for this course, we offer an alternative pathway to an Aston Master’s with Kaplan International College, London.
  • For more information about qualifications, view our Aston in your country webpage.

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.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Why choose us?

We’re part of an elite group of business schools thanks to our triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. We can help to enhance your career prospects, boost your earning potential and set you on the pathway for a successful, rewarding career.

We boast a strong reputation and an impressive track-record for student satisfaction, teaching quality and employability. Our recent graduates have gone onto to secure roles with prestigious international organisations, including Deloitte, Rolls Royce and Lloyds TSB.

Attracting students from all over the world, this course is a great opportunity to mix with people from different cultures and with diverse backgrounds. You’ll enhance your communication, teamwork and management skills, all whilst building a network of international contacts. It will also help you to appreciate the various approaches to people management in a multicultural context.

Our courses offer a range of opportunities to gain practical experience through things such as, consultancy projects and entrepreneurial opportunities. Find out more here. 


Fees and scholarships


January Start 2020

UK/EU:          £ 10,400
International:  £18,450

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU:           £10,550
International:  £18,850 

Find out about our scholarships here.  

Course outline

Suitable for graduates of all disciplines, this dynamic programme is a fantastic platform to launch your career. You’ll benefit from a detailed insight into many areas of business, from strategy to operations and from marketing to people management. You’ll also gain key leadership and management skills. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped to go into a variety of roles for a range of organisations, including international companies and those operating in the third sector.

The course will provide you with a clear understanding of modern business practices. It will develop your analytical and critical-thinking skills, allowing you to solve complex commercial problems and identify and deliver successful business strategy. This will enable you to hit the ground running in graduate roles.

We’ll teach you the fundamental principles as well as the latest concepts in management. As well as this theoretical background, our emphasis on applied learning will help you to develop your leadership skills in practise. You’ll enhance your soft skills, enabling you to effectively interact with other people in professional situations. These are key competences employers look for when recruiting talented graduates.

With a wide selection of optional modules, this course provides you with opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your interests or professional ambitions. You’ll be able to gain advanced-level understanding of subject areas, including finance, marketing, human resource and entrepreneurship. Whatever career path you’re looking to take, we can help you get on the right track.

We use a variety of teaching methods to enable you to get the most from the course. There’s practical activities, including simulation exercises, reflective case studies, collaborative group work, thought-provoking class discussion as well as inspiring lectures and tutorials. This allows you to explore, test and apply what you’ve learnt and gives you a deeper understanding of your subject.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules

  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers 
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Marketing Management 
  • Strategic Management
  • People and World Organisations
  • Operations Management
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
  • The Aston Global Advantage
  • Business Project or Dissertation 

Optional Modules

Tailor the course to suit you. You can select two modules from one of the following groups:

Group A

  • Economic Environment of Business
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business Strategy
  • Management of Innovation

Group B

  • International Finance (Only offered to students starting in September) 
  • Business Finance (Only offered to students starting in September)

Group C

  • Marketing Channels and Strategic Sales Force Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • International Marketing Management

Group D

  • International Operations
  • Managing Multi-Organisational Enterprises and Enterprise Systems
  • Quality Management
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring

Group E

  • Employee Relations in Context
  • Learning and Talent Development

Group F    

  • Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
  • Strategic Business Sustainability
  • CSR, Sustainable Development and Public Policy

Group G

  • Corporate Governance Regulation and Compliance
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Management    
Learning, teaching and assessment

Thanks to our expertise and experience in education and effective teaching methods, we’ve developed an innovative approach for this course.

As well as learning key theories and concepts, you’ll learn in a practical way to enhance your understanding of this subject area. There’s a variety of hands-on activities where you can apply what you’ve learnt to solve commercial problems, including case studies, business simulations and skills workshops. We also draw on technology to help us to engage with students through gamification and augmented reality. This applied approach will help to improve your understanding and enhance your employability.

Our online learning platform will support you with your studies. It has all the digital resources you need when revising, including lecture slides, access e-books and online journals, as well as video recordings of teaching sessions. Your lecturers will also be on hand to offer one-to-one support with any topics you have difficulty with.

We use a mix of assessment methods. There’s exams, coursework, group work and presentations designed to test your understanding of key topics.

Classroom activities

Operations Management simulation game – This exciting and challenging computer simulation game puts you in the role of an operations manager for a clothing manufacturing company. In stages you’ll take control of various parts of the business, including managing the production process, ordering stock, handling shipping, hiring and allocation of staff and bidding for contracts. In the final phase of the game, you’ll have control over all areas of operations and you’ll compete against other students to maximise the profitability of your company. Do you have what it takes your run a successful business?

Accounting for Non-Financial Managers business simulation – This team-based competitive business simulation allows you to practice the application of accounting concepts. You’ll also gain experience of interpreting and analysing financial information. The exercise includes tasks such as, assessing financial statements, preparing budget and applying financial concepts to support management decision-making. The winning team will be the one who has created the most value for their business.

People in World Organisations video pitch - As part of your assessment, you’ll work with a small group of fellow students to deliver a short video presentation. You’ll be pitching a plan to the director of a company with the aim of improving employee motivation. You need to identify the causes of this lack of engagement and enthusiasm in the workplace. Then building on different motivational framework you’re taught, you will develop an intervention plan to help the organisation.

The Aston Global Advantage

More than a masters

The Aston Global Advantage 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
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.
Student experience and employability

Overseas opportunities

We benefit from an extensive network of partner institutions, including some of the highest ranked business schools in the world, such as Kedge Business School in France.


We believe that a work placement taken as part of your masters programme can be hugely beneficial to your career prospects. It will enhance your CV and give you a competitive advantage when applying for graduate roles.

As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. You can spend from one month to 12 months with a company of your choice, in the UK or overseas. You’ll apply what you’ve learnt on a daily basis and gain valuable professional experience.

Our students have been successful in gaining work placements in a wide variety of business sectors, both in the UK and internationally. 

You’ll also have the unique opportunity to support start-up businesses and local SMEs with real-life business projects through our Aston Business Clinic. You can work to solve strategic problems for companies, making a real impact on these growing businesses whilst adding key achievements to your CV.

Our careers team will be on hand to help you find work placements and graduate positions. The team can also lend their expertise to assist you with your CV and interview technique.

Trips and visits

Our MSc Business and Management students recently had the chance to visit Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa Football Club. This social event was a great success as students got to know one another, learn more about British culture and its passion for football. There’s also been group narrow boat tours of Birmingham’s famous canal network. This is a fantastic chance to learn about the industrial heritage of the city and see some its top tourist attractions.

Your module leaders will also organise a series of guest lectures for you. A range of experienced professionals, from business consultants to CEOs will give you with an insight into various areas within the field of business and management. This will give you a real-world, practical understanding of how business works, and the challenges they face. It’s also a great opportunity to network and make professional contacts.


Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.   

What our graduates say

Khaled Ahmed
MSc Business and Management

Watch the whole interview to find out more about his experiences on this course.

January Start 2020/21

Students starting their studies in January 2020 will study a 12 month programme, but with a different structure to the September 2019 starters.

January to April 2020

You will study the first set of core taught modules from January to April 2020.  In total, over your full degree, there are 8 taught modules plus a business project or dissertation.  In January to April you will study 4 or 5 of these taught modules, depending on the options that you choose.

You will also participate in workshops that form part of our professional development programme, The Aston Global Advantage.

You will benefit from engaging with students who are studying the same degree programme who started their study in September as this will give you the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with a wider group of students.  You will also be matched to a current student from your chosen degree subject prior to starting your studies to ensure you are fully prepared for your studies.

April to September 2020

You will continue to study the professional development module. In addition, you will be able to start work on your dissertation.

You do not have to complete your dissertation during this time, but you are encouraged to start initial planning and data collection.

The Aston Global Advantage, professional development programme offers you three streams to choose from. (You will select one stream):

  • Work experience: If you select to gain work experience you will need to have your proposed work experience approved before proceeding. We will support you in finding work experience, and we do source a number of projects for students to undertake, however we do not find work placements for students.
  • Business simulation: This will involve attending a series of on-campus seminars and activities over a five-week period during May/June 2020.
  • PIPE Club - Support in setting up your own business: This will involve attending a series of on-campus seminars and activities over a five-week period during May/June 2020.

Please note

Due to the timing of the second set of taught modules it is not possible for January Start students to study abroad as part of the professional devleopment module. However, it might be possible to join a summer school at one of our partner institutions, further details will be given to you when you join us.

If you want to study abroad this will be possible at the end of your degree, therefore starting in January 2021.

There are a limited number of partner institutions with whom you could study a double degree, with the degree with our partner running from January 2021 to December 2021. Further details will be available when you join us.

Business Project/Dissertation

The business project/dissertation is a major piece of work, with the exact requirements varying according to your degree programme. Your programme director will explain the requirements for your degree to you.

You will be assigned a supervisor to support you in your studies. You will be able to start work on your dissertation between the two groups of taught modules, and you will have the option to submit your dissertation at three points in the programme (specific dates to be confirmed):

Early September 2020 (which would allow you to graduate in April 2021 if you pass all modules).

December 2020 (which would allow you to graduate in April 2021 if you pass all modules).

March 2021 (which would allow you to graduate in July 2021 if you pass all modules).


September 2020 to January 2021

The remaining taught modules will be undertaken from September through to the end of December, with examinations taking place in early January 2021.





"I met with a diverse group of individuals from all around the world. I felt right at home at Aston University and miss the experience to this day."

Ajmere Panesar 
Pricing Associate, Merck Serono
"Aston has helped me to expand the scope of my business expertise and provided me with an environment for personal growth. I believe that my Aston experience has absolutely helped to prepare me for my future career."

Fang-Hsing Miao

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