MBA (Full-Time) Jan-Start

Course overview

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

Entry requirements

  • 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
    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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Explore the main features of studying for the Full-time MBA at Aston University

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Scholarships available

Course summary

As a full-time MBA student, you will become part of a diverse community of business professionals who learn collaboratively, sharing your considerable work experience and diverse international perspectives to enrich the learning experience.

Scholarships of up to 50% off course fee available for talented applicants.

Entry requirements

Start date: January 2019
Duration of programme: 12 months
Study mode: Full-time study
Fee:  £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.


Course outline

The Aston 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. Your Aston MBA will teach you how to reflect on your own career, perceive emerging opportunities and develop a growth mindset. You will become enterprising in everything you do.

Over the course of the year, we develop your management skills and enhance your ability to lead and inspire. As a full-time MBA student, you will become part of a diverse community of business professionals who learn collaboratively, sharing your considerable work experience and diverse international perspectives to enrich the learning experience.

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.

Learning and assessment

Learning at Aston Business School

This intensive course comprises of on-campus sessions, seminars and workshops. These face-to-face sessions will enhance your understanding of the core frameworks of international business while widening your business networks with the diverse cohort of MBAs.

You will also have access to Blackboard, an interactive online learning platform that creates a virtual learning environment where you can engage with content, participate in live seminars and communicate with your peers. There is also an extensive online library of content to stimulate your thinking.

Learning by doing

At Aston Business School we believe in experiential learning to put theory into practice. The Aston MBA is based on a foundation of learning by doing. We don’t just teach you the theory, we show you how to use it too.

Experiential learning is valuable because:

  • it provides an opportunity for immediate feedback on core concepts
  • it creates long-lasting impact and can change your mindset
  • it helps you develop reflective skills allowing you to learn faster
  • it is a personalised learning experience
  • practical learning stimulates creativity.

Learning by doing can be useful in numerous situations, mainly we use it to help you develop strategy, think creatively, solve problems and for team and leadership development.

At Aston we like to take your learning out of the classroom and into real businesses. Thanks to close partnerships with business, we take MBAs to visit companies such as Aston Villa Football Club, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.

Assessment at Aston Business School

Modules are assessed by individual assignments, written examinations are at the end of each term and there is group work where you will have the opportunity to analyse complicated business problems. 

The course concludes with a major business project that allows you to put your new knowledge into practice. This can be approached in a number of ways including a live consultancy project with a business, a themed research project, producing a business plan for a start-up or writing a report about a company you are working or interning at.

Exchange Programme

You can also choose to study part of your MBA at one of our partner business schools or add further study to your Aston-accredited modules at various summer schools. 

These programmes are all taught in English. As these opportunities are part of our international exchange programme there are no tuition fees.

The Aston Edge

More than a 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

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: 

Depeng Li 

Katie Mitchell 

Pitachak Yoswaranont

Bhakti Nagavekar

Biranchi Kumar

Prasad Hattikudur

Jing Jing Wang

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

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.

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

Fees and scholarships

Aston Full-time MBA fees - January 2019 Start

  • Students from the UK and EU countries: £25,850

  • 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 £1,000 deposit. This sum will be deducted from your total tuition fee amount upon enrolment.


We offer funding support to suitable candidates through a range of scholarships.

Scholarships available for eligible students on application 

Scholarships of £5,000 are available for eligible students on our full-time MBA starting in January. Simply submit your application and you will be automatically assessed for eligibility. 

MBA Global Ambassador Scholarship 

If you are applying for the MBA starting in January 2019 you could be eligible for a tutition fee discount of up to 50%. Find out more. 

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.

MBA Global Ambassador Scholarship

If you are applying for the MBA starting in January 2019 you could be eligible for a tuition fee discount of up to 50%.

What's it like to study at Aston?

Aston taught us to challenge ourselves and try to exceed our most ambitious dreams.

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Technology Manager, Capgemini

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