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 the Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP).
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 Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) 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 Professional Development Programme (PDP) offers you three streams to choose from as part of this programme (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.
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 Development (PDP) 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.
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.