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MSc Supply Chain Management is delivered in conjunction with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Aston University. Read more
MSc Supply Chain Management is delivered in conjunction with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Aston University. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and applied perspectives of supply chain management and logistics, along with specific areas of supply chain management by studying specialist modules. These areas include: relationships, partnering, ERP, simulation, purchasing, contracts, planning and optimisation.

This programme requires you to study nine taught modules, plus the completion of a major project with a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. Each taught module involves up to 22 teaching hours including tutorials, case studies and guest lectures. The programme runs from October to September with examinations and assessments held in December, March/April and June. The major project occupies the final six months, being submitted in September.

Subject guide and modules

Modules
-BNM802 Simulation for Managerial Decision Making *
-BNM810 Operations Management *
-BNM830 Managing Multi-organisational Enterprises and Enterprise Systems *
-EM4001 Strategic Finance
-EM4002 Strategic Management
-EM4003 Project Management
-EM4019 Research Methods
-EM4030 Supply Management
-EM4031 Logistics and Transportation
-EM4020 Major Project

Modules are complemented with a substantial piece of independent research leading to a 60 credit dissertation. Students are allowed to decide on the particular topic for their dissertation. The dissertation allows students the opportunity for extended application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught part of the course.

* Module delivered by Aston Business School

Learning, teaching and assessment

Assessment methods are designed to meet the particular requirements of each module. These methods vary from 100% examination to 100% continuous assessment. Currently the balance for the taught element of the Programme is approximately 65% examination and 35% continuous assessment. The major project accounts for 60 of the 180 credits required for successful completion of the degree.

Professional accreditation

MSc Supply Chain Management is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On successful completion of the degree, you will also be awarded a CMI Diploma in Management.

Career opportunities

This programme is suitable if you are seeking a career in the supply chain management sector, particularly if you aspire to senior management positions.

Our International Alumni Ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

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This course is for pharmacy graduates who gained their degree outside the UK. It enables pharmacists to convert their existing pharmaceutical qualification so it is recognised in Great Britain. Read more
This course is for pharmacy graduates who gained their degree outside the UK. It enables pharmacists to convert their existing pharmaceutical qualification so it is recognised in Great Britain.

Course outline

Successful completion of the course will allow you to undertake a pre-registration placement, before applying to register as a Pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council. You will also gain an Aston University Diploma. Aston University is not responsible for the provision of a pre-registration training place nor preparation for professional qualifying examinations.

The programme focuses upon new developments in key pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice together with the study of health service delivery and pharmacy law and ethics within the UK.

Modules
-Professional Critical Skills
-Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics
-Practical Therapeutics
-Pharmaceutical Technology
-Pharmaceutics in Practice
-Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Practice

Learning, teaching & assessment

The following study methods are used throughout the programme:
-Lectures
-Group tutorials
-Practicals
-Web-based learning
-Clinical teaching sessions

A wide range of assessment methods are used including:
-Examination
-Web based clinical assignments
-Clinical case studies
-Clinical case presentation
-Portfolio development
-Practical dispensing examination

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Career prospects

The course is designed for those who wish to practice as a Pharmacist in Great Britain. The programme has an excellent track record of students obtaining and successfully completing the pre-registration training.

DBS, Fitness to Practise & Visa Information

Students enrolling onto certain programmes within the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check. Also in line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes in the School of Life and Health Science are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

For more information on the DBS:
http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/lhs/fitness-to-practice-information/

For more information on Visas:
http://www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/iss/support-for-international-students/work/work-after-study/pre-registration-employment/

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With businesses worldwide understanding the importance of bringing their organisations in line with the broader expectations of society, this programme taught in a world class business school environment will equip you for the future of sustainable business. Read more
With businesses worldwide understanding the importance of bringing their organisations in line with the broader expectations of society, this programme taught in a world class business school environment will equip you for the future of sustainable business.

Course outline

MSc Strategic Sustainable Business is a business degree with a difference. With businesses worldwide understanding the importance of bringing their organisations in line with the broader expectations of society, this programme taught in a world class business school environment will equip you for the future of sustainable business.

This programme has been designed to allow you to explore the challenges and opportunities that environmental and social sustainability issues create for organisations at a strategic level. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach, enabling you to explore sustainability, carbon management and social responsibility in a strategic business context.

We use academic and practical activities together with a variety of philosophical and grounded perspectives to give you a detailed knowledge and understanding of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

For more information on the full time version of this course, see here: http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/abs/abs/msc-strategic-sustainable-business/

For more information on the Postgraduate Certificate portion of this course, see here: http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/abs/abs/postgraduate-certificate-in-strategic-sustainable-business/

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance
-Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-Strategy, Change & Leadership
-Green Information and Operations Management
-Public Policy CSR & Sustainable Development
-Technology, Business & Sustainability
-Ethics in Academic Practice

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Part-time / Distance learning
Part-time distance learning will allow you the flexibility to take control of your own learning and balance study with professional and personal obligations.

Applying yourself to two modules per term, combined with the final dissertation, will allow you to complete the course in the recommended two year period. However you are able to spread your study over a maximum of five years, affording you the opportunity to study at a slower pace or take breaks where necessary.

The programme is designed to cater for distance learners and is supported online with a sophisticated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with each module being designed specifically to cater for the needs of online distance learners.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for roles in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not-for-profit and charitable sectors. Recent graduate positions include:
-Senior Director, Sustainability, Kelloggs
-Senior Consultant for UNICEF, Asia and Pacific Regions (for CSR)
-Assistant Manager, Sustainability, Armstrong Fluid Technology
-Associate in Sustainability Services, KPMG Consulting
-Environmental and Social Consultant, Deloitte (France)
-Freelance Sustainability and Communications Consultant, UK

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

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MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis has been designed to give you an expert understanding of how information systems support businesses and their operations. Read more
MSc Information Systems & Business Analysis has been designed to give you an expert understanding of how information systems support businesses and their operations. Through our specialist career pathway, the programme will give you in-depth knowledge and experience to prepare you for a range of careers in information systems consultancy, business analysis and management.

You will gain the technical, organisational and people skills needed to develop business systems and manage information systems projects in practice. A core workshop module gives you the opportunity to act as a consultant, creating a fully working information system within a realistic but supportive environment.

Subject guide and modules

Core modules:
-Foundation in Business Systems
-Developing Business Systems Workshop
-Managing Projects
-Learning, Skills and Career Development
-Applied Research Methods
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules*:
-Data Mining & Business Intelligence
-Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
-Enterprise Resource Planning
-Operations Management
-Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases
-Strategic Global Outsourcing & Offshoring

*Please note: All pathways may not run, depending on numbers.

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a range of specialist careers in consultancy, management and business analysis. It is also a suitable first step if you want to pursue a research or academic career. Recent graduate positions include:
-Analyst – Cap Gemini
-Business Analyst – Scope International (India)
-Information Systems Graduate Trainee – British Gas
-Junior Consultant – Roland Berger (Nigeria)
-Project Manager – Jaguar Land Rover

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

Personal development

The MSc in Information Systems and Business Analysis is designed to develop the key knowledge and competencies which are valued by international employers in related professions. These include:
-Analytical and problem solving skills
-Dealing with clients and managing relationships
-Delivering projects which meet business requirements
-Time management and organisational skills
-Interpersonal and communication skills
-Ability to be effective in an international team-working environment

In addition to the specialist modules, you will follow an integrated Learning, Skills and Career Development module which provides you with the tools and skills for linking your learning on the programme to your employability, career planning and continuing personal development.

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The Aston Executive Part-time MBA offers you the flexibility to learn over a longer period of time than our Full-time programme and is specifically designed for people who want to combine a full-time career with study. Read more
The Aston Executive Part-time MBA offers you the flexibility to learn over a longer period of time than our Full-time programme and is specifically designed for people who want to combine a full-time career with study. This gives you the opportunity to enrich your learning through discussion of current business issues and apply your new skills and knowledge straight away in your professional practice.

Study programme

-The Aston MBA is completed over a 30 month period
-Comprises 6 core modules, 1 elective module and a business project
-Dedicated MBA career support with advice, workshops and industry speakers
-Globally ranked programme from an elite triple-accredited business school.
-Students attend a series of on-campus lectures, seminars and workshops
-Regular skills workshops run by our dedicated MBA Careers Advisor
-Opportunity of an industry project

You can transfer to the Full-Time or Online learning routes any time during the year, if your visa, employment status or personal commitments change.,Modules are assessed through a series of individual assignments in which you will analyse complex business situations and make recommendations. You will also sit exams on campus at the end of each term. The programme culminates with a major project, which enables you to showcase your management ability in a real business situation.

A flexible programme with options to study on or off campus, supported by online study materials, the Aston Edge personal and professional development programme and study weekends at Aston.

Modules & Structure

Each MBA student completes six core modules and one elective modules and a business project.

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, innovation and enterprise
-Leading complex businesses
-Focusing on customers and positioning products
-Measuring and enhancing financial performance
-Designing and managing operations, systems and processes
-Managing a socially responsible organisation

Elective Modules
-Strategic Human Resource Management in a Global Context
-E-Business Strategy
-Strategic Global Outsourcing
-Technology-Led Service Strategies
-International Business
-International Finance
-International Marketing Management
-Risk Management
-Advanced Strategy

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A professional doctorate that enables eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge, critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline through taught and research elements. Read more
A professional doctorate that enables eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge, critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline through taught and research elements.

Course outline

The Doctor of Optometry/ Doctor of Ophthalmic Science (previously known as the Aston “Ophthalmic Doctorate”) is a unique qualification - a professional doctorate - that enables eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge, and critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline through taught and research elements.

Taught modules are 20 credits each, nominally equivalent to 200 hours of student learning. Modules consist of remote access lectures with electronic formative assessments and a module coursework assignment such as reflective case records, or an essay/literature review related to the module. There are two study periods per year to complete taught modules; 1st October -31st January and 1st March - 30th June. Module results are ratified at Examination Boards held shortly after the end of each study period.

The research project is the major component of the doctorate, supervised by members of the Optometry Subject Group academic staff. Students will develop their research proposals based upon their own clinical interests, or may opt to select a project nominated by an Aston academic. Because this is a distance-learning programme, the research is not normally carried out on the University campus, and it is essential that the student has access to the facilities and resources needed to carry out the research, usually in the student's place of work.

The research stage requires a significant long-term commitment, as it is equivalent to around 2 years of full-time work (i.e. 4 years part-time). Candidates ultimately submit a thesis which is examined in a viva voce examination.

The Doctor of Optometry programme is aimed at practising optometrists, who will complete case records where required for taught module coursework, and will undertake a practice- based research project. The Doctor of Ophthalmic Science programme is for eye care professionals who may not be practising optometrists, e.g. medics/ orthoptists/ product designers; these students may complete scientific essays to fulfil the coursework requirements, and undertake a non-clinical research project.

This degree is only available as part-time distance learning, so it is vital that the student has access to a good broadband internet connection.

Flexible credit accumulation

New students initially register as LHS postgraduate students within a framework of flexible credit accumulation (FCA). Within this framework it is possible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Optometry (60 taught credits); Postgraduate Diploma in Optometry (120 taught credits); M.Sc. in Optometry/ Ophthalmic Science (180 credits: 120 taught, 60 dissertation) or the Doctor of Optometry (DOptom)/ Doctor of Ophthalmic Science (DOphSc).

As part of the flexible programme, UK optometrists may complete the theoretical element of the GOC-approved Independent Prescribing for Optometrists. Further information is available here: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lhs/cpd/courses/optometry/independent-prescribing-for-optometrists/

The MSc requires the completion of 6 taught modules (120 credits) and a 60 credit narrative research review (dissertation).

Completion of the DOptom/ DOphSc requires 180 taught module credits and successful completion of a substantial personal research project, with submission of a thesis/ portfolio of work and a viva voce examination with an internal and external examiner. Up to 60 credits may be awarded in respect of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), whether experiential or certificated (e.g. previous completion of the Aston MOptom). To progress to full doctoral registration requires a minimum of 120 taught module credits including the compulsory 20 credit Research Methods module, an approved project proposal, and successful completion of the qualifying report stage, assessed by viva voce examination with an internal examiner. The report and the viva voce examination will be used to assess suitability for progression to the full doctoral project.

Timescales for study

Taught credits are valid for 5 years, so students studying for an MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate must complete their studies within 5 years of enrolment on the programme.

Students undertaking the DOptom/DOphSc. programme must complete their taught module requirement and complete the research stage within 6 years of registration. Note that in accordance with University Regulations for part-time research students, the earliest date for completion of the doctoral programme (i.e. submission of thesis/ portfolio) is 4 years following registration.

Subject guide and modules

Taught modules include:
-Accommodation and Presbyopia (OP4AAP)
-Advanced Contact Lenses (OP4ACL)
-Advanced Visual Science (OP4AVS)
-General Ocular Therapeutics (OP4GOT)
-Glaucoma (OP4GL1)
-Investigative Ophthalmic Science (OP4IOS)
-Myopia (OP4MY1)
-Nutrition and the Eye (OP4NE1)
-Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (OP4OT1)
-Prescribing for disorders of the eye (OP4OT2)
-Refractive Surgery (OP4RS1)
-Research Methods (OP4RM1)
-Research Review (Dissertation modules OP4OPR and OP40SR)
-Retinal and Macular Disorders (OP4RMD)
-Visual Impairment (OP4VI1)

Learning, teaching & assessment

For taught modules, online lectures, available on our virtual environment whenever you chose to view them are accompanied by short tests throughout the module. Each module includes a substantial piece of coursework, e.g. a scientific literature review or portfolio of case records. The pass mark for all forms of taught module assessment is 50%.

For the main element of the doctorate, the research project, candidates submit a report and undergo a qualifying report stage within one year of becoming research active. Once this stage has been passed, candidates continue their research, culminating in the submission of a thesis (up to 80, 000 words) which is examined in a viva examination by experts in the chosen field. The degree of Doctor of Optometry or Doctor of Ophthalmic Science is awarded to candidates who successfully defend their thesis.

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The Online MBA allows you to fit your MBA studies around other work and life commitments. All elements of the programme can be completed in your own time, using virtual classroom materials along with the flexibility of studying on campus. Read more
The Online MBA allows you to fit your MBA studies around other work and life commitments. All elements of the programme can be completed in your own time, using virtual classroom materials along with the flexibility of studying on campus. Coursework is submitted online and exams can be taken anywhere in the world providing students have suitable access to the internet.

Study programme

The extensive yet flexible workload of the Online MBA is completed within a diverse global community. You will engage in group activities and produce complex pieces of work to challenging timelines. This not only drives your learning but develops your professional skills through the duration of the course turning you into a top level MBA graduate.

-The Aston Online MBA can be completed within 30 months
-Each Online MBA student completes six core modules and one elective module
-Most students take two modules per term for six terms (3 terms per year)
-Followed by a six month business project that can be completed within your current employment
-You will receive the full Aston MBA Award, not an online version.
-You can study at a time convenient to you, worldwide
-Most of the materials you will need to study will be distributed via our virtual learning environment and will include multimedia lectures, webinars, and discussion forums
-Coursework is submitted electronically and where possible we arrange examinations in your country of study.
-In order to study online you will need to have access to a minimum level of IT.

With over 20 years of supporting MBA students learning off-campus we understand how important this support is for Online students. We are committed to providing you with the individual support that you need through email, phone and our online Virtual Learning Environment*.

*Via pre-arrangement with the MBA student support team. Limitations apply

Modules are assessed through individual and group assignments in which you will analyse complex businesses and through examinations to test your ability to apply your analysis. Some modules may be assessed entirely by coursework. Where there are written exams, they will normally be online. The Aston Edge will be assessed through a portfolio of achievements and skills you will compile during the programme. The programme culminates with a major project which enables you to showcase your management ability in a real business situation.

Modules & structure

Each Online MBA student completes 6 core modules and 1 elective module as well as a business project towards the end of the programme.

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, innovation and enterprise
-Leading complex businesses
-Focusing on customers and positioning products
-Measuring and enhancing financial performance
-Designing and managing operations, systems and processes
-Managing a socially responsible organisation

Elective Modules
-Strategic Human Resource Management in a Global Context
-E-Business Strategy
-Strategic Global Outsourcing
-Technology-Led Service Strategies
-International Business
-International Finance
-International Marketing Management
-Risk Management
-Advanced Strategy

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MSc Business & Management will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers worldwide. Read more
MSc Business & Management will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers worldwide. These include interpreting financial statements, developing marketing and pricing strategies, and understanding strategy and innovation processes. Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds including both business and non-business subject areas.

This programme will provide you with a comprehensive focus on key areas of business education. The wide range of elective modules available will enable you to develop skills across a wide range of business functions including marketing, HR, finance and operations.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-Applied Research Methods
-Marketing Management
-Strategic Management
-People & World Organisations
-Operations Management
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (select two modules from one of the following groups):
Group A
-Economic Environment of Business
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-International Business strategy
-Management of Innovation

Group B
-International Finance
-Business Finance

Group C
-Marketing Channels & Strategic Sales Force Management
-Digital Marketing
-International Marketing Management

Group D
-International Operations
-Managing Multi-Organisational Enterprises & Enterprise Systems
-Quality Management
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring

Group E
-Employee Relations in Context
-Learning & Talent Development

Group F
-Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-CSR, Sustainable Development & Public Policy

Group G
-Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance
-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation. You should ensure that your choice of elective modules is consistent with your intended dissertation topic area.

Personal development
You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills.

Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers. These include:
-Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
-Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
-Improving business performance and employee well-being through influencing organisational behaviour
-Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies
-Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
-Knowledge of strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis; ‘make or buy’ decisions; diversification and corporate parenting
-Understanding innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
-Assessing the macroeconomic business environment (including economic policy and forecasts) and the microeconomic environment (including demand, competition) and their implications for business performance
-Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
-Analytical skills developed through research dissertation

The wide range of elective modules available on this programme enables you to develop skills across a range of business functions including marketing, HR, Finance and Operations.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a wide range of professional and management careers across sectors including accountancy, marketing, operations, HR and strategic management. Recent graduate positions include:
-Brand Activation Executive – Unilever (United Arab Emirates)
-Communications and Training Executive – Tesco (UK)
-Management Consultant – Deloitte (India)
-Senior Business Analyst – Lloyds TSB (UK)
-Strategic Project Leader – Rolls-Royce (UK)

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

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MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. Read more
MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. You will develop knowledge of the special requirements for conducting business activities across national boundaries, relevant theories and their application in business. You will also have the opportunity to study at one of our European partner institutions and visit international companies through our integrated Study Abroad programme.

You will develop expertise in core areas of international business, strategic management and business economics. The wide range of elective modules will enable you to develop skills in a specific business function linked to international business (finance, marketing or operations management) or pursue related areas such as entrepreneurship and business sustainability.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-International Business
-Advanced Topics in International Business
-Strategic Management
-Economic Environment of Business
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules - Choose four modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations:
-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Business Finance
-International Finance
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-People & World Organisations
-Marketing Management
-International Marketing Management
-International Operations
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
-Operations Management
-CSR, Sustainable Development & Public Policy
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-International Business strategy
-Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers in businesses and organisations engaged in international activities, including consultancy, business analysis, marketing, business development, sales management, finance and purchasing. Recent graduate positions include:
-Assistant Advisor – Ernst & Young (Zimbabwe)
-Marketing Specialist – Bosch (China)
-Relationship Marketing Professional – IBM (India)
-Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Trainee Buyer – Tesco (UK)

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas:
-Giving presentations
-Team working
-Report writing
-Negotiation
-IT skills

Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers. These include:
-Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
-Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
-Econometric modelling of stochastic trends and performance forecasting
-International HRM including: cross-cultural communication; diversity management; and HR issues in expatriation/repatriation, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures
-Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies; international promotion strategies and distribution channels
-Internationalisation of production and trade, including: the international product life cycle; forms of international business activity; national competitive strategies; and economic integration
-International sectors, emerging and transition economies, cultural differences, international business strategies and strategic alliances
-Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
-Strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis, ‘make or buy’ decisions; implementing and managing strategic change in an international environment
-Innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
-Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
-Analytical skills developed through research dissertation

The wide range of elective modules available on this programme enables you to develop skills across a range of business functions including: marketing; HR; finance, investment and business law; operations; and international markets and investments.

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MSc Strategic Marketing Management features core marketing modules, a selection of specialist marketing modules and a choice of optional modules enabling greater appreciation of other related business functions. Read more
MSc Strategic Marketing Management features core marketing modules, a selection of specialist marketing modules and a choice of optional modules enabling greater appreciation of other related business functions. Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds including business and non-business specific specialisms.

Subject guide and modules

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of marketing processes and procedures, including marketing research, marketing planning and strategy, marketing communications and brand portfolio building. In addition, the modules we teach will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers.

Core Modules:
-Marketing Management
-Analysis for Dissertation Research
-Marketing Research
-Marketing Strategy
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (Choose four)**:
-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-Marketing Channels & Strategic Sales Force Management
-Integrated Marketing Communications
-Consumer Behaviour
-Strategic Brand Management
-Services Marketing
-International Marketing Management
-Digital Marketing
-Strategic Management

**No more than 2 elective modules can be studied in any term and no more than two from Accounting for Non-Financial Manager, Strategic Business Sustainability, Intellectual Property Strategy & Management and Strategic Management.

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

A wide range of general and specialist roles including product and brand management, market research, market planning and product development, marketing communications/ promotions, media relations and direct marketing. Recent graduate positions include:
-Assistant Marketing Manager – Hyundai
-Brand Manager – Pepsico International (Cyprus)
-Global Communication Executive – Merlin Entertainments (Austria)
-Graduate Trainee Marketing Insight Programme – Tesco (UK)
-Marketing Product Manager – L’Oréal

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MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. Read more
MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. With the increasing globalisation of business and the revolution in information and communications technologies, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension of strategy.

Most, if not all, companies require internationalisation strategies, be they simple export or franchising arrangements, or complex and risky international joint ventures and/or foreign direct investment. These activities all require an understanding of the international business environment, which you will gain by studying this programme.

The strategy component of this degree will give you the knowledge and skills required to analyse companies’ strategic situations and to solve complex strategic problems. The international business component of the degree will develop your ability to assess and develop internationalisation strategies and operations, as well as your skills in international and cross-cultural management.

International exchange opportunities
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will further enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-International Business Strategy
-International Business
-Strategic Management
-Advanced Topics in Strategy
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (Choose four optional modules from the list that follows, subject to pre-requisites:*):
*Students who select Business Finance must also select International Finance
**Students who select Marketing Management must also select International Marketing Management
***Management Consultancy as Practice is core for students undertaking client/consultancy based dissertations

-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Business Finance*
-International Finance*
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-People & World Organisations
-Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
-Marketing Management**
-International Marketing Management**
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-Management of Innovation
-Advanced Topics in International Business
-Economic Environment of Business
-Management Consulting***

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also complete a year-long dissertation project, in collaboration with your selected supervisor, an expert in your chosen field. You can choose to undertake a specialist topic dissertation or a consultancy-based project. Both options can be based either in qualitative or quantitative data and primary or secondary (desk-based) data.

Personal Development
You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.

Career opportunities

The unique combination of strategy and international business in this programme will provide you with a solid foundation for a career in a managerial position or as a consultant in any sector. It is also a suitable first step should you wish to pursue a research or academic career in strategy or international business. Recent graduate positions include:
-Business Development Consultant – Boilerhouse Media (UK)
-Business Process Analyst – Jaguar Land Rover
-Consultant – Deloitte (Spain)
-Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Transformation Consultant – Cap Gemini Consulting (Germany).

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MSc Business Analytics has been designed to help you gain the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a career in business analytics. Read more
MSc Business Analytics has been designed to help you gain the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a career in business analytics. Big data and business analytics are areas where employers are finding increasing difficulty in recruiting graduates with the right qualifications and skills. There is a growing demand for such roles but also a significant gap between current graduates’ analytical skills and employers’ needs. By completing this programme, you will improve your employability opportunities by gaining the expertise needed to analyse big data, improve decision-making and help companies gain a competitive advantage.

This programme will equip you with the quantitative skills needed to understand and engage with complex data as well as the analytical tools to drive business advantage. You will deepen your knowledge of business analytics, web analytics, data mining and management consultancy with a view to using that knowledge to improve the decision-making process in business.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-Descriptive Analytics
-Decision Models
-Performance Analytics
-Effective Management Consultancy
-Data Mining and Web Analytics
-Applied Research
-Business Analytics in Practice
-Gamification in Business Decisions
-Professional Development Programme.

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation. You should ensure that your choice of elective modules is consistent with your intended dissertation topic area.

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a range of specialist careers as a consultant, data analyst, manager or business analyst. Modern businesses in the UK and worldwide have a great need for professionals with analytical planning and big data analysis skills.

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

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Photonics enables the majority of world-wide communications, almost all data on the Internet exists in optical form at some point during the transmission. Read more
Photonics enables the majority of world-wide communications, almost all data on the Internet exists in optical form at some point during the transmission. Photonics also has many other applications in medicine, sensing biology and chemistry. On this course you will combine taught material which is specifically relevant to your research topic with advanced knowledge obtained from working in a world leading research environment. The course enhances employability in many industries including communications, civil engineering and bio-technology.

This programme trains aspiring academic and industrial research scientists. The programme consists of a training aspect of taught components (equivalent to 3 modules approximately during the first 3 months) and a significant interdisciplinary research project.

Research topics are chosen by students from a list of topics mirroring the computational expertise of the Mathematics group and the newly founded Systems Analytics Research Institute at Aston, with Computationally oriented projects in for example, biology, optimization, pattern analysis and physics as well as finance. The projects are supervised by academics from the Mathematics group and the Systems Analytics Research Institute at Aston.

The MSc integrates a taught component of three modules over approximately three months (30 credits) with a substantial individual research project lasting nine months (150 credits)

Core modules:
-Computational Mathematics (10 Credits)
-Research skills and Professional Development (10 Credits)
-Specialist/Technical Research Skills (10 Credits)

Exemption from these modules may be arranged through APL or APEL, provided this is done prior to enrolment.

Personal Development

Students will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in collaboration with industry and through this learn about the application context of technology and the interaction between research and business.

Facilities & Equipment

Students will get access to appropriate computational and experimental facilities.

Aston University offers Wi-Fi connection, modern lecture/tutorial rooms, computer labs, lounge area, good learning resources and publications are available in the library and many electronically.

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A distance-learning course run by Aston University. Recent legislation has extended independent prescribing rights to optometrists, subject to the satisfactory completion of a General Optical Council (GOC) accredited training course. Read more
A distance-learning course run by Aston University.

Recent legislation has extended independent prescribing rights to optometrists, subject to the satisfactory completion of a General Optical Council (GOC) accredited training course. The restriction to the range of medicines that can be used and conditions that can be treated for IP optometrists is by reference to their competence:

‘Optometrist Independent Prescribers should be able to prescribe any licensed medicine for ocular conditions, affecting the eye and adnexa, within the recognised area of expertise and competence of the optometrist.’

Structure

Aston University is offering a distance learning course in Independent Prescribing for qualified optometrists. The course consists of two 20 credit modules delivered by distance learning using our e-learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is made up of online lectures assessed by unseen online tests and coursework.

The first module is entitled ‘Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ and covers topics including ocular immunology, pharmacology and ocular therapeutic drugs, frameworks of prescribing, prescribing safely and professionally.

The second module, taken after completion of the first module, is entitled ‘Prescribing for disorders of the eye’ and covers topics including evidence based practice and glaucoma in relation to independent prescribing.

A period of Learning in Practice

After successful completion of the two theory based modules and a practical assessment, optometrists are required to undertake practical training in the form of a clinical placement in conjunction with an Independent Prescriber (e.g. an ophthalmologist in a hospital eye department). To achieve Independent Prescriber status the optometrist must gain at least 12 days of clinical training.
For those who are already registered as Additional Supply or Supplementary Prescribers, the placement period required is 7 days.

Teaching methods

Each module consists of around ten ‘lectures’ delivered by distance learning via the Blackboard platform. Most topics are delivered by Powerpoint lectures with speech. Other lectures are delivered in a text-based format.

The first module covers aspects of ocular therapeutics, including the pharmacology and use of ocular therapeutic drugs.

The syllabus for the second module encompasses prescribing for ocular disease. Upon successful completion of the second module’s exam, optometrists will be required to undertake a clinical skills practical assessment at Aston University. The practical element will involve demonstration of slit lamp skills, contact tonometry and slit lamp binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy along with some objective structured clinical exam type questions.

Practice-based learning

Following completion of the two theoretical modules, trainees undertake a period of practice-based training. The aim of this component of the training is to develop competency in the practice of prescribing and to facilitate the integration of prescribing theory and practice with the conditions that the trainee will subsequently manage. This training will typically take place in the Hospital Eye Service under the supervision of a designated ‘mentor’ ophthalmologist. It is the responsibility of the trainee to arrange the clinical practice placement.

For IP the Clinical Placement comprises a minimum of 12 days (24 sessions of not less than 3 hours).

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MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business focuses on the development of entrepreneurial skills. Combined with an understanding of the international business environment, these skills are increasingly important for a career in the modern business environment. Read more
MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business focuses on the development of entrepreneurial skills. Combined with an understanding of the international business environment, these skills are increasingly important for a career in the modern business environment. Entrepreneurial and innovation driven firms from mature and emerging economies are increasingly taking advantage of global markets and seeking to improve their international strategies and operations.

You will develop an understanding of the global business environment and the factors that should inform both entrepreneurial business decisions and business organisation conducive to experimentation and change. You will also gain the analytical and strategic skills needed to set up and manage new enterprises in the national and international contexts and the knowledge required for developing innovation-based business strategies.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-International Business
-Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies
-Strategic Management
-International Entrepreneurship
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules - Select 3 optional modules (one from Block A and two more, either both from block A or both from block B, or one from each), subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations:
Group A
-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Business Finance
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-People & World Organisations
-Marketing Management
-International Marketing Management
-Management of Innovation
-Economic Environment of Business

Group B
-International Finance
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
-Operations Management
-Management Consulting

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. In addition, you will prepare a dissertation which will either be a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture or an investigation with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Career opportunities

This degree is suitable should you wish to set up your own business or further develop an existing entrepreneurial business, particularly in the context of international opportunities and threats. It is also a suitable first step if you plan to pursue a research or academic career in entrepreneurship or international business.

Recent graduates have set up their own businesses in a variety of sectors including:
-Marketing
-Energy
-Manufacturing
-Insurance Services

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