Applying for an MSc

Application Procedure

To apply for any of the programmes, please complete our online application form. Please only apply for one MSc programme within Aston Business School, you may list a second choice of course in your personal statement.

With the application you need to include:

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date.  International students need to ensure they provide an official English translation

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee. Further information about references.

  • International students who have not completed their full degree in a native English speaking country will also need to satisfy our English language requirements with one of the following:

    • IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading)

    • PEARSON score of 61 overall (with a minimum score of 61 in writing and speaking and 53 in listening and reading).

    • Scores for these qualifications are valid for two years from the date of the exam.

Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

We cannot begin to assess your application unless you include an official academic transcript of your university grades so far.  IELTS/TOEFL scores can be sent at a later date.

When to apply

Applications for full-time entry in September are normally required by July, but will be accepted later subject to places being available.  However, we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment, as the more popular programmes get full very quickly.  International applicants should ensure that they apply with sufficient time to complete visa applications should they be made an offer.

Receiving the decision on your application

When we make a decision on your application you will receive an email from us communicating one of the following:

  • That we have given you a conditional offer
  • That we have given you a firm offer
  • That we are unable to offer you a place.

Frequently asked questions about applying for an MSc programme

How many intakes are there? 
There is one intake for the MSc programmes in September.

Do you offer any programmes on a part-time basis?
Yes we offer MSc Human Resource Management & Business, MSc Organisational Behaviour, MSc Organisational Psychology & Business and MSc Work Psychology & Business  on a part-time basis. You may be able to study other MSc programmes part-time but please contact us first to discuss this.

Can I send my application form without references? 
Yes, but we cannot make a decision without your references, therefore please send them to us as soon as you can.

Can I send copies of my degree/diploma certificates and transcripts with my application instead of the originals? 
Yes, but you will be required to show original copies of all degree/diploma certificates and transcripts when you join Aston Business School. If you have studied outside of the UK, transcripts must be translated into English and must be certified by the awarding institution.

I have been told I have a conditional offer – what does this mean? 
This means that you have been offered a place at the Business School subject to some conditions e.g. obtaining your degree or meeting our English language requirements. Once you have confirmed you have met these conditions, the Business School will change its offer to Unconditional.

How long will you hold my offer for? 
We will only hold your offer until the date specified in your offer letter (this is usually six weeks).

Do I have to pay a deposit? 
Yes, a deposit of £1,000 is payable on accepting your offer. This amount will be deducted from the total tuition fees. 

What happens to my deposit if I do not meet the conditions?
If you attempt to meet the conditions stated in your offer letter but do not meet them, Aston Business School will refund your deposit minus a £100 administrative fee. If you make no attempt to meet the conditions your deposit is not refundable. 
Please see here for information on our refund policy.

How can I find out the status of my application?
It usually takes 3 to 4 weeks for us to make a decision regarding your application. If you have not heard from us after 4 weeks, you can contact the Postgraduate Admissions team to find out the status of your application. Please remember to state your full name, date of birth, the programme you applied for and application number (if known).