Executive MBA

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Executive MBA at Aston University

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Course overview

  • Course level
    Postgraduate, MBA / DBA
  • Course type
  • Duration
    24 months
  • School

Entry requirements

  • For direct enrolment:
    GCSE English and Maths Level 2 plus - A good UK honours degree, or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or a degree-level professional qualification.
  • Further requirements:
    At least three years’ relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your programme.
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Key Dates

  • Start Date(s)
    April, September, January
  • April 2020 Start - Apply by 9 April
    Application deadline 9 April 2020. If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation for your application. If the deadline has passed, we may still be able to consider you, so please contact us.
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Aston Business School is one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation

Your Personal Development Programme

Gain consultancy skills on live business projects as part of a dissertation

Course summary

Combine study with a full-time career with the flexibility of the Aston Executive MBA. You'll learn over a longer period through online materials and workshops, as well as weekend residentials here at Aston Business School.  This gives you the opportunity to apply your new skills and theoretical knowledge straight away.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For direct enrolment onto the Aston MBA programme, you will need English and Mathematics GCSE Level 2 or quivalent, plus one* of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree, or
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or
  • A degree-level professional qualification.


  • 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. 

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.

Course outline

The Aston Executive part-time MBA is the next chapter in your career. Whether your ambition is to lead in international organisations or start something closer to home, the course will hone your strategic thinking and capabilities, preparing you for a career at the forefront of business.

The best leaders have mastered the art of decision making and action based on critical thinking.  The Aston Executive MBA will teach you how to reflect on your career, perceive emerging opportunities, and develop a growth mindset.  You will become enterprising in everything you do.

The Aston Executive part-time MBA offers you the flexibility to learn over a longer period of time than our full-time programme, and is specifically designed for people who want to combine a full-time career with study.  This gives you the opportunity to enrich your learning through discussion of current business issues and apply your new skills and knowledge straight away in your professional practice.

Fees and funding

Aston Executive Part-Time MBA fees - September 2020

- Students from the UK and EU countries: £18,000
- Students from non-EU countries: £18,000

Employer funding

If you plan for your employer to fund your Executive MBA, you may be more suited to the Executive Apprenticeship MBA. Your employer will fund your MBA using their Apprenticeship Levy Allowance.

Payment of tuition fees

You can pay your fees in full at the beginning of the programme, or choose to pay in three termly instalments of 50% (term 1), 25% (term 2), and 25% (term 3). Please note your fees will vary depending on which scholarships you have been awarded.

Find out what’s included in your fees:

MBA deposit payment

When you accept your place onto the Aston MBA you will be required to pay a £2,000 deposit. This sum will be deducted from your total tuition fee amount upon enrolment.


Home and EU students are eligible for a Postgraduate Loan, giving you up to £10,000 towards your course fees.

Professional accreditations

Aston Business School is one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

Subject guide and modules

The Aston Executive MBA is made up of six core modules, two elective modules, and a business project taught over a 24 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 Organisational 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. 

  • 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
    This module aims to provide an understanding of the role of operations management and how it contributes to the development and implementation of business competitiveness and efficiency.

  • The Aston Edge
    The Aston Edge programme is delivered alongside the core curriculum and is our way of providing you with professional self-development skills to equip you with the skills and experience needed to succeed in today's global business environment.  You'll learn leadership, team working, confidence, presentation skills, and much more through a programme of workshops and business simulations.

Business Project

The course concludes with a major business project that gives you the opportunity to design your own learning experience to fit your own area of interest. This project acts as a springboard for your future career and as such, you can complete it in a number of ways:

  • consultancy project on behalf of a client or your organisation
  • business plan for your own business
  • industry/themed research project.

Project type is subject to availability.

The Aston Edge

More than an MBA

Sharpen your thinking with a personal development programme designed and delivered by professors and practitioners in behavioural science. The Aston Edge is our way of training you for the more elusive, social and personal side of business. Human psychology is slippery, so the Edge is designed to help your strategies stick when handling a complex range of stakeholders and business projects. Find out more

Your future

We’ll teach you the ropes so you can make it to the top. Our comprehensive career management programme is designed to boost your employability and help you take the next step, whether that’s in a new role, a change of career or launching a start-up. 

Find out more about careers support

Aston MBA Alumni

Whilst investment banking and management consultancy have long been regarded as typical MBA careers, the list of companies who now hire MBA graduates is extensive. Roles that our recent MBA Graduates have gone into include:

  • International Marketing Manager with a manufacturing company
  • Product manager with a healthcare manufacturer
  • Senior Consultant in strategic finance with a consultancy
  • Financial Accountant with a bank
  • Head of Strategy and Planning with an electronics manufacturer
  • Business Process Consultant with an IT company
  • Chief Financial Officer with a steel manufacturer

Find out how the Executive MBA supported Agata Dmoch Rybak's career development.

Agata Dmoch Rybak
Group Legal Counsel, Wroclaw Lower Silesian District, Poland
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