MBA (Full-time)

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Full-Time MBA at Aston University

Discover the main features of studying for the Full-Time MBA at Aston University.

Course overview

  • Course level
    Postgraduate, MBA / DBA
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 year
  • School

Entry requirements

  • One of the following:
    A good UK honours degree, or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or a degree-level professional qualification.
  • As well as:
    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 – academic and professional (two professional references may be accepted from applicants with substantial work experience).
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Why study this course?

One of the world's top MBAs (Tier 1) in CEO Magazine Global MBA Ranking 2020

Aston Business School is part of an elite group of business schools globally with triple accreditation

Ranked 5th in the UK and 20th in Europe in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2019.

Scholarships available

Course summary

The Aston MBA – Learn to Lead.

Ranked as one of the world’s top MBA programmes, the Aston MBA is empowering the next generation of global business leaders and entrepreneurs.

At the cutting-edge of innovation, we offer a highly practical, experiential approach to learning. You’ll actively engage with pioneering leadership practice and gain valuable experience working on real-life consultancy projects.

Strategically-focused and flexible, you can tailor the course to your interests and professional aspirations. Whatever your career ambitions, we can help you achieve them.

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

Entry requirements

Start date: September 2020
Duration of programme: 12 months
Study mode: Full-time study
Home/EU- £21,500
International- £25,850
Funding: Scholarships available
Application process: Information about how to apply

Entry requirements:

For direct enrolment onto the Aston MBA programme, you will need 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.

Why choose us

We’re part of an elite group of business schools. Thanks to our triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, we’re among the top 1% of business schools in the world. Studying at Aston Business School can help to enhance your career prospects, boost your earning potential and set you on the pathway for a successful, rewarding career.

Our reputation for student satisfaction and teaching quality is unrivalled. We’ve received a Gold Award, the high possible accolade, from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). TEF stated that our students achieved ‘consistently outstanding outcomes’.

Attracting students from all over the world, this course is a great opportunity to learn in a diverse environment. You’ll build an international network of contacts and appreciate various approaches to people management in a multicultural context.

Recent graduates have gone onto to secure roles with prestigious international organisations, including Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Standard Chartered Bank and Amcor. Whilst others have set up successful businesses of their own across a range of industries.

This is why our international students chose to study the Aston MBA.


Fees, scholarships and funding

Aston Full-time MBA fees - September 2020

  • Students from the UK and EU countries: £21,500

  • Students from non-EU countries: £25,850

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.


These can be applied for during application, or when an offer for a place has been made by us and accepted by you.


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

Professional accreditations

We are one of just 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS, the leading accreditation bodies for business schools in the UK, USA and Europe.

Course outline

What’s covered on the course?

Discover cutting-edge leadership concepts and frameworks and put these principles into practice with applied exercises and real-life business projects. In doing so, you’ll develop your ability to inspire and lead enterprises and be a force for positive change within organisations.

Covering a broad range of business topics, this course will equip you with an extensive understanding of how businesses operate in today’s fiercely competitive global commercial environment.

Thanks to our practical and holistic approach to teaching, you’ll get the chance to solve real-life business challenges through various live consultancy projects. You’ll draw on your learnings from commercial disciplines, including strategy, operations management, marketing as well as finance, which will give you a well-rounded knowledge of business.

We’ll help you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and master the arts of critical analysis and strategic thinking. This will allow you to perceive opportunities and overcome complex commercial challenges.

The Aston Edge – our personal leadership development programme will build your self-confidence, develop essentials soft skills and help you create your career development plan, which can ensure you achieve your professional goals.
You can study your MBA your way. With a wide range of optional module and our innovative self-defined study component, this flexible MBA programme can be tailored to you and your career aspirations.

You’ll be taught by a highly-regarded teaching faculty, which is made up of leading academics and experienced professionals. Our teaching philosophy is based on putting business principles into practice, meaning you’ll learn through a series of applied, task-based activities.

All this combined creates for a rewarding learning experience which will transform you and your career. We’ll help you to fulfil your potential and realise your career ambitions.

What makes The Aston MBA experience so unique?

These five core values underpin the entire Aston MBA programme and ensure your development is central to everything we do:

1. Powerful Personal Development – enhancing leadership capabilities and developing an entrepreneurial mindset to empower confident, responsible business leaders of the future.

2. Cutting-edge Teaching – delivering innovative and experiential teaching methods in order to provide a rich, empowering learning experience.

3. Engaging, Flexible Curriculum – powerful course content that reflects the modern global business environment and which can be tailored to your interests and career aspirations.

4. Diverse, Supportive Environment – a friendly and diverse learning environment, where inclusion and collaboration are valued.

5. Lasting Thought Leadership – recognising and addressing the latest trends and issues, thereby enabling you to have a meaningful impact in global business and leadership for years to come.


Course content

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.

Leading Enterprises
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:
• Blockchain
• 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 

Learning teaching and assessment

The Aston MBA is delivered using a range of innovative and practical teaching practices. You will learn through participation, with your contact time consisting of active, task-based learning. From guest lectures from top executives to practical activities, business simulation exercises to real-life consultancy projects, this hands-on experience ensures a rich and rewarding learning experience.

A key feature of The Aston MBA is the focus on teamwork and effective collaboration. You’ll work as part of a group throughout the year on a number of projects. We work with each group, offering specialist coaching and support to help you improve and become a high performing team. These group projects replicate the real-life working environments, providing suitable experience and helping to develop your teamwork skills.

We use a range of authentic assessment methods to help to prepare you for tasks you may encounter in the workplace. You’ll undertake practical business activities, including business simulation exercises, compiling project plans and presenting recommendations for consulting projects, pitching for funding from investors and reviewing performance and positioning of organisations. You’ll also carry out a practical, in-depth business project for your final assessment. The Aston Edge and Personal Leadership Focus modules require personal, critical reflection exercises, which can be hugely rewarding and help to develop your self-awareness.

Teaching staff

Find out more about our expert teaching staff who help to deliver the MBA programme. Click on the name below to view their biography:

Matt Davies, Senior Teaching Fellow
Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud, Senior Teaching Fellow
Dr Angela Marqui, Teaching Fellow
Professor Ben Clegg, Professor of Operations Management
Dr Uwe Napiersky, Senior Lecturer
Kirit Vaidya, Senior Lecturer
Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor Tim Baines, Director of Advanced Services Group

Subject guide and modules

The Aston Full-Time MBA is made up of nine core modules, one elective module, a business project and The Aston Edge professional development programme. The course is taught over a 12 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 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. This module is split into two parts, the first half focuses on understanding strategies whilst the second half looks and entrepreneurship and innovation.

Leading Strategically: Implementing Change
This module is split into two parts, part one is about implementing change at an individual and organisational level. Your strategic management and leadership capabilities will be honed using state of the art simulation tools. The second part focuses on shaping complex organisations where you will develop the core competencies required to be a successful international manager.

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
We’ll introduce you to new techniques for achieving operational efficiency and teach you how to put them into practice with visits to local organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury.

Managing Socially Responsible Organisations
You’ll develop a broad knowledge of topics such as globalisation, cultural differences, global brands, fair trade, social responsibility and philanthropy from a business perspective.

Developing an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Mindset
This module explores how entrepreneurship and innovation create value. Entrepreneurship is the process through which knowledge and creativity shape new ways of delivering these products and services either through new organisations or by revitalisation or reformation of existing ones.

Leading Strategically: Shaping Complex Organisations
This module focuses on critical contemporary aspects of leadership and organisational behavior challenges in complex organisations. The course aims to develop your knowledge and skills in selected areas like authentic leadership, servant leadership, team coaching, health and well-being, communication and organisational awareness.

Research Methods for Business
This module is closely linked to the MBA Project. It introduces the nature of practically oriented business research, especially as it applies to the types of MBA projects which can be undertaken, including, consultancy, business plans and a specialist topic. The issues considered are the formulation of proposals, the appropriate use of research methodologies, collection and treatment of qualitative and quantitative data, and the nature and depth of analysis required. Along with the MBA Project, this module aims to develop the essential management ability to commission and produce high quality analysis and reports for making strategic decisions.

Elective Modules

  • E-Business Strategy
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing Management
  • Advanced Strategy

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
  • internship (UK or overseas) and extended organisation-based project.

*Project type subject to availability.

The Aston Edge

A personal leadership development programme which runs throughout the MBA course, The Aston Edge is designed to develop leadership capabilities as well as key soft skills that are highly sought-after by employers.

Delivered through a series of dynamic, engaging leadership workshops and seminars with high profile guest speakers, this module will help you approach and overcome real-world business challenges. You’ll also gain exposure to ground-breaking faculty work in the areas of leadership, ethics, enterprise and innovation.

The workshops will be held on a variety of thought-provoking topics, such as:

• Becoming an architect of leading strategic change
• Emotional intelligence and intercultural awareness
• Managing conflict
• Leading in volatility, uncertainty and ambiguity
• Managing innovation and entrepreneurship

The Aston Edge also helps you to achieve your career aspirations. Our MBA careers consultant will support you in creating a personal and career development plan. This will be used to identify a series of development activities for you to undertake, allowing you to take control and enhance your career prospects.

Links to industry

Here at Aston, we benefit from strong relationships across the business community, from start-ups to leading international firms, across many sectors.

We’ve worked closely with our partners to help shape our MBA programme. This has helped us to ensure that you’re well prepared for the challenges of modern-day business. It also gives employers confidence that they can recruit highly skilled graduate who can become future leaders in business.

Our graduates have secured roles high profile roles with leading international firms across a variety of sectors, including investment banking, management consultancy, manufacturing and rail transport. Recent graduates have been successful in securing positions with blue-chip companies, such as Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Standard Chartered Bank and Amcor. Thanks to our Aston Alumni network, you’ll have the chance to connect with these former graduates in a range of professions.

Our MBA stories

 We have creative, enthusiastic knowledgeable and well connected alumni from all over – find out more about what they doing now

Read our MBA stories here: 

Ryan Chin 

Parveen Rai

Ravi Ranjan

Daniella Genas

Lishini Karunatillaka

Our 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:

  • Wealth Advisory Associate with Morgan Stanley, USA

  • Investment Banking Analyst with PrimeStreet Advisory, Thailand
  • Corporate HR Director with Amcor, Switzerland

  • Tax Manager with KPMG, Saudia Arabia

  • Credit Analyst with Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria

  • Head of Employee engagement with Chiltern Railways, London

  • Business Analyst with CNSI, India

Study abroad opportunities

We offer a range of study opportunities on offer, from where you study additional content through a summer programme or a semester abroad, to our premium offer of double degrees where you can receive an additional masters degree when you graduate.

Aston Business School partners with high ranking Business Schools all over the world. Each school shares Aston’s philosophy for employability and courses that reflect the needs of industry. 

Discover the opportunities

European residential

Every year we take our Full-Time MBA cohort for a one week residential to a partner school in Europe. During the trip you will have the chance to explore the history and the culture of the city, attend lectures at the partner institution, network with your fellow MBAs and visit local multi-national organisations to gain real business insight.

Learn more

Trips and visits

You’ll do much of your learning out of the classroom. At Aston we take students to visit companies and gain first-hand insights in a business setting.

Thanks to our close partnerships across the business community, our MBAs have had the opportunity to spend time with prestigious companies, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Amazon and Aston Villa Football Club, as well as a number of small to medium-sized enterprises in order to appreciate the challenges faced by smaller firms.

You’ll also benefit from inspiring guest lectures from top executives and experts across various business sectors. They will impart valuable insights from industry, helping to enhance your commercial understanding. These are also a fantastic opportunity to network and make new professional contacts.

What's it like to study at Aston ?

The best thing about Aston is the teaching and the staff.

What's it like to study at Aston?

What I have enjoyed the most about Aston is the teaching modules focusing on strategic thinking and developing an innovative entrepreneurial mindset. With a strong passion to never stop growing myself, I am positively confident that the MBA program provided by Aston Business School will expand my horizon.

Waranya Chaijaraspong
What's it like to study at Aston?

I enjoyed student life in Birmingham with plenty of entertainment, particularly the cinema, pubs and the shopping malls like the Bull Ring.

Wellington Chiwara
Scrutiny Panel Member, Accord Group, Birmingham
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What's it like to study at Aston?

I enjoy the course modules which are very interesting and can be applied to the real world. The entrepreneurial aspect of the course allows me to learn how to create a business model.

Atthawit Sitapan
What’s it like to study at Aston University?

The course was inspirational and life changing.

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