Our course content has been carefully curated to ensure you develop the detailed commercial understanding and management skills needed to be a successful leader in the modern international business environment.
You’ll gain an understanding of the key functions of an organisation, their role and core processes. Through critical analysis, you’ll develop skills and gain experience in evaluating commercial challenges and making appropriate strategic decisions by working as part of a leadership team during an innovative business simulation.
Workshops during the first term cover a wide range of topics across multiple disciplines, with subject content including:
• Analysing and interpreting financial information
• Analysing the internal and external environment
• Business and corporate level strategy
• Supply chain and supplier relationship management
• Responding to ambiguity and crisis.
A series of team coaching sessions also helps to develop your collaborative skills within a working environment.
Leading Teams and Projects
We continue to develop your commercial understanding across a range of key business areas, including strategy, accounting and finance, operations and marketing. Workshops explore advanced and stimulating subject matter, such as:
• Market-led innovation
• Financial decision-making tools
• Scenario planning
• Project management
• Quality management and performance improvement
Using the knowledge and skills you’ve developed, you will tackle a real-life consultancy project as part of a group. This will provide you with valuable experience in undertaking research, analysing problems, identifying potential solutions to commercial challenges and effectively presenting your recommendations in a professional context. Additional coaching support will be given to further develop your teamwork and self-reflection abilities.
Personal Leadership Focus & Elective Modules
These modules give you flexibility and allow you to personalise your study programme to your interests or career aspirations.
The Personal Leadership Focus component enables you to create your own module from a wide range of fascinating, contemporary business topics. You’ll select a number of workshops, learning experiences or dynamic business activities to participate in. These topics may include:
• Servitization in a global/digital marketplace
• The management of innovation
• Big data / data analytics
You can further tailor your MBA programme by choosing from the following elective modules:
• International Business
• International Marketing Management
• Advanced Strategy
• International Finance
Individual Business Project
The Aston MBA concludes with an individual business project. You’ll draw upon all the knowledge and skills you’ve developed throughout the programme to conduct either:
• An applied business research project
• A live consultancy project
• A new venture plan
• A growth plan for an existing organisation.
This element provides another opportunity for you to design your own learning experience. Whichever route you choose, you’ll be guided by an academic supervisor, who will support you throughout your project, as well as an Aston alumni mentor, who will provide practical guidance and advice.
The Aston Edge
Taking place throughout the MBA programme, The Aston Edge focuses on equipping you with the leadership capabilities and soft skills required by successful business leaders.
This module will enable you to become a skilled negotiator, develop your entrepreneurial mindset and empower you to lead, inspire and influence others effectively. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities involved with leading organisations and discover techniques to overcome these challenges.
As well as practical skills workshops, you’ll benefit from guest lectures from top executives, company visits, alumni mentoring and dedicated career guidance.
Find out more about The Aston Edge