More than a masters
The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout all MSc programmes at Aston Business School. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.
As you work through the compulsory module you will:
- build a skills portfolio which allows you to showcase the competencies you have acquired during your studies, competencies that are highly desirable to employers worldwide
- take part in a range of skills workshops and simulations
- have the opportunity to complete an integrated work internship or complete a study abroad opportunity with one of over 50 international partner institutions worldwide.
You will automatically be enrolled onto the 12 month route, with the opportunity to extend your course to up to 24 months to include extended work or study
Once you have decided on your route, the programme will be delivered in the following phases:
The Professional Development Programme (BPG125)
Part 1) September
Part 1 of the PDP takes place during induction with an introduction to some of the skills you will have to use throughout the year and beyond, such as:
- Presentation skills
- Effective Team working
- Leadership and lntercultural competencies.
Students in assigned teams work on a group project which culminates in a presentation in front of a panel.
Part 2 October to April
Part 2 of the PDP is essentially formed by the taught part of your MSc degree course. Many of the skills introduced during induction as forming an essential part of the students' toolkit, are brought to the fore and developed during the academic work which takes place in Terms 1 and 2, including:
- Critical analysis
- Report writing
- Case study analysis
- Time management
This will be framed by an extensive Career Management programme, Self-Leadership and Reflective Practice workshops integrated throughout all three academic terms.
Part 3 June to September (and up to the following September if undertaking an extended work or study placement)
Part 3 takes place at the end of the taught part of your MSc and provides the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to fit your needs. You must complete one of the following streams:
STREAM ONE: Integrated Study Abroad
This offers the option to make use of our extensive academic exchange opportunities to study at one of our partner institutions located all over the world and experience a new cultural and educational model as well as enhancing your global professional profile. Opportunities range from a four week summer school to a full semester to a double degree where you spend an additional year with the partner school and obtain a second qualification.
STREAM TWO: Work-based experience
Undertake a consultancy project or an internship (from four weeks full time and up to a year) in the UK or overseas. Students on a Tier 4 visa will be sponsored by the University while they undertake the work placement in the UK. Internships may be paid or unpaid. If you wish to undertake an internship of up to a year after the end of your academic programme, the University will sponsor the extension of your Tier 4 visa.
STREAM THREE: Business Simulations
This gives the opportunity to work in a cross-functional team and gain practical experience in business problem solving using fact based analytical decision making processes. This will help to develop capabilities in identifying and analysing key environmental and organisational variables that may influence business performance. There are currently three simulations available, depending on your degree programme:
- Global Challenge
- Accounting and Finance in Action
- Portfolio Trader
STREAM FOUR: Product Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
If you have always wanted to start your own business this is the stream for you. Working in a team of fellow entrepreneurial students you will create a business of your choice. Over a three week period you will explore the principles of entrepreneurship and receive input from a range of academic staff, teaching you the different components of creating a business and putting together a business plan.
Terms and Conditions apply. Please see website for details.