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Combine study with a full-time career with the flexibility of the Aston Executive MBA. Read more

Combine study with a full-time career with the flexibility of the Aston Executive MBA. You'll learn over a longer period through online materials and workshops, as well as weekend residentials here at Aston Business School. This gives you the opportunity to apply your new skills and theoretical knowledge straight away.

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.

The Aston Executive MBA offers you the flexibility to learn over a longer period of time than the Aston Full Time MBA programme and is specifically designed if you 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.

Modules

You’ll study six core modules, two elective modules, and a business project taught over a 30 month period. 

Core modules 

  • Crafting Organisational Strategy 
  • Leading Complex Organisations .
  • Creating and Delivering Customer Value 
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance 
  • Designing and Managing Operations, Systems and Processes
  • The Aston Edge. The Aston Edge programme is delivered alongside the core curriculum and is our way of providing you with professional self-development skills to equip you with the skills and experience needed to succeed in today's global business environment. You'll learn leadership, team working, confidence, presentation skills, and much more through a programme of workshops and business simulations.

Elective Modules

You will select one elective module to deepen your knowledge of a key business area further. Below is a list of the types of modules that may be available for you to choose from:

  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business
  • Business Finance
  • International Marketing Management
  • International Operations
  • Global Business Ethics
  • Benefiting from Business Systems

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 way such as a consultancy project on behalf of a client or your organisation, a business plan for your own business, or an industry/themed research project. These projects are subject to availability.



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The Aston Executive DBA is a part-time distance learning doctoral programme designed so that senior professionals can advance their learning whilst still working in their existing roles. The Aston Executive DBA goes beyond theory. You will discover how to turn complex ideas into actions and become recognised as thought leaders in their field. Read more

The Aston Executive DBA is a part-time distance learning doctoral programme designed so that senior professionals can advance their learning whilst still working in their existing roles. The Aston Executive DBA goes beyond theory. You will discover how to turn complex ideas into actions and become recognised as thought leaders in their field.

You will benefit from: 

  • A unique research experience that can transform your career, organisation and development as an individual.
  • A widely respected qualification that clearly demonstrates your credibility, insight and ability to innovate.
  • Networking opportunities through a global cadre of highly experienced fellow Executive DBA participants to exchange ideas and experiences.

Programme Structure 

  • Year 1 (up to two maximum): Research Methods Course and Qualifying Report
  • Years 2-4 (up to six years maximum): Individual research project and submission of thesis/portfolio.

The Research Methods Course

All doctoral students undertake the taught Research Methods Course (RMC) as the foundation of their development as a professional researcher and this is undertaken in the first year of study (or the first two years in some circumstances).

The RMC is intended to provide you with all the skills that you require both to successfully complete your Executive Doctorate and to develop you as a "researching professional". The RMC is taught by expert staff in management research and is designed to lead to the development of your final research proposal and qualifying report, which is the conclusion of the RMC.

The programme begins with a week-long residential module taught together with full-time research students. On-campus attendance is compulsory. For Executive Doctorate participants the three subsequent research methods modules are delivered online via Aston University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Blackboard. DBA participants are welcome to attend workshops on campus should the days and times these are arranged be convenient to them.

Each of the Research Method Course modules is assessed through assignments that require students to link the concepts from that module to their own research project.

The RMC is designed to lead to the development of a Qualifying Report, a written document approximately 6,000 words in length which forms the basis for the final thesis. The Qualifying Report is has to be successfully completed before the student proceeds onto the next stage of the research project. 

Final Thesis 

The Aston Executive DBA is a part-time distance learning doctoral programme designed so that senior professionals can advance their learning whilst still working in their existing roles. The Aston Executive DBA goes beyond theory. You will discover how to turn complex ideas into actions and become recognised as thought leaders in their field.

You will benefit from: 

·        A unique research experience that can transform your career, organisation and development as an individual.

·        A widely respected qualification that clearly demonstrates your credibility, insight and ability to innovate.

·        Networking opportunities through a global cadre of highly experienced fellow Executive DBA participants to exchange ideas and experiences.

Programme Structure 

Year 1 (up to two maximum): Research Methods Course and Qualifying Report

Years 2-4 (up to six years maximum): Individual research project and submission of thesis/portfolio.

The Research Methods Course

All doctoral students undertake the taught Research Methods Course (RMC) as the foundation of their development as a professional researcher and this is undertaken in the first year of study (or the first two years in some circumstances).

The RMC is intended to provide you with all the skills that you require both to successfully complete your Executive Doctorate and to develop you as a "researching professional". The RMC is taught by expert staff in management research and is designed to lead to the development of your final research proposal and qualifying report, which is the conclusion of the RMC.

 

The programme begins with a week-long residential module taught together with full-time research students. On-campus attendance is compulsory. For Executive Doctorate participants the three subsequent research methods modules are delivered online via Aston University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Blackboard. DBA participants are welcome to attend workshops on campus should the days and times these are arranged be convenient to them.

Each of the Research Method Course modules is assessed through assignments that require students to link the concepts from that module to their own research project.

The RMC is designed to lead to the development of a Qualifying Report, a written document approximately 6,000 words in length which forms the basis for the final thesis. The Qualifying Report is examined by viva voce and has to be successfully completed before the student proceeds onto the next stage of the research project. 

Final Thesis 

The research project culminates in the submission of a final thesis of up to 80,000 words in length. The thesis must be successfully defended by viva voce before the degree can be awarded.  

The research project culminates in the submission of a final thesis of up to 80,000 words in length. The thesis must be successfully defended by viva voce before the degree can be awarded.  



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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.

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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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This course is an international pre-master’s course if you are looking to study a postgraduate degree at Aston Business School but do not meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course of choice. Read more

This course is an international pre-master’s course if you are looking to study a postgraduate degree at Aston Business School but do not meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course of choice.

By successfully completing this course, you will achieve the required level of academic English Language and academic skills to apply for a masters degree course at Aston Business School.

This course includes a range of modules to improve your academic English, as well as providing a good knowledge of key concepts and theories of strategic management. You will also develop inter-cultural awareness and competence within culturally diverse contexts.

You will also develop skills in delivering presentations, team working, research, academic writing, and IT skills.

Is this course right for you? If one or more of the following applies this could be the course for you:

  • your current level of qualification does not meet the required level for direct entry to an Aston Business School postgraduate degree programme;
  • you want to study a postgraduate qualification in a different subject to your degree;
  • you want to build confidence and improve subject knowledge before starting a postgraduate degree programme;
  • and you need to improve your academic English and/or study skills. (If this is the only factor that applies, find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes).

This course is divided into two types of award, the Graduate Diploma which runs across three terms commencing in September (one academic year), and the Graduate Certificate which runs across two terms (six months) commencing in January.

Modules

Graduate Diploma modules

  • Academic Skills
  • Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • International Business Environment

Core Modules - Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate

  • Applications of English in Academic and Professional Contexts
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Business Policy

Both programmes are completed with a dissertation/research project.

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. This includes an open book exam, essays, reports, and presentations (both individually and as a group).



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Whether your ambition is to lead in international organisations or start something closer to home, the Aston MBA will hone your strategic thinking and capabilities, preparing you for a career at the forefront of business. Read more

Whether your ambition is to lead in international organisations or start something closer to home, the Aston MBA 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. The 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 you’ll 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.       

Modules

You’ll study 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

  • Crafting Strategy 
  • Leading Strategically: Implementing Change 
  • Creating and Delivering Customer Value 
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance 
  • Designing and Managing Operations, Systems and Processes 
  • Managing Socially Responsible Organisations 
  • Developing an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Mindset 
  • Leading Strategically: Shaping Complex Organisations 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

This 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 such as, a consultancy project on behalf of a client or your organisation, a business plan for your own business, an industry/themed research project or an internship (UK or Overseas) and extended organisation-based project. These projects are subject to availability.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.



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Aston University has more than 20 years’ experience assisting off-campus students. This programme is designed for busy professionals and is 100 per cent online, so you can study at a time that is convenient for you. Read more

Aston University has more than 20 years’ experience assisting off-campus students. This programme is designed for busy professionals and is 100 per cent online, so you can study at a time that is convenient for you.

Enter a global network, and build connections between peers, instructors and potential employers. Learners can continue on with their professional lives. At the same time, learners will be enriching their knowledge with Aston’s online MBA programme and approach to potential advancement in their careers.

Our graduates have gone on to senior positions in national and international firms, including Hyundai Motor Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, LG Electronics, and Samsung.

The Aston Edge

The Aston Edge is part of the online MBA programme, developed to work in tandem with the core curriculum. You will build a portfolio and gain critical skills such as innovation, managing organisational change, solving complex problems and adapting to multiple work environments.

Multiple Pathways

Choose a particular pathway from a number of options to tailor your degree to your professional needs. Pathways include: International Business, Finance, Governance and Ethics, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy.

MBA Project

The MBA project is the cumulative product of coursework combined with practical application to a number of business scenarios. Multiple project types are available and can potentially be sourced by your current employer. You have four blocks (six months) to complete the major project.



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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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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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The Aston Business School PhD programme has been designed to train researchers who aspire to become future academics or professional industry researchers. Read more

The Aston Business School PhD programme has been designed to train researchers who aspire to become future academics or professional industry researchers. Aston Business School specialises in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Law
  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Operations and Information Management
  • Work and Organisational Psychology

Programme Structure

In the first year of the PhD programme you will undertake the taught Research Methods Course (RMC) as the foundation of your development as a professional researcher. You'll develop the necessary skills to both successfully complete your PhD, and to develop as a well-rounded researcher. You will also be able to take advantage of additional training in specific topics through our Summer School in Advanced Research Methods which helps to develop advanced skills in areas related to your specific topic. 

The RMC course is taught by our expert staff in management research and is designed to lead to the development of a Qualifying Report. The Qualifying Report is a presentation of the research topic of which you would be expected to provide academic motivation for the choice of your specific research question, explain what previous research has informed your approach, what research methodology and techniques you will adopt, and what theoretical and practical contributions your research is expected to make. This Qualifying Report will form the basis of your PhD dissertation.  You will be expected to defend your Qualifying Report through an oral examination processes, examined by two Aston Business School academic examiners, who are selected based on the relevance of their expertise to your research topic. Upon successful completion of this examination which takes place towards the end of the first year of study, you will then be allowed to proceed with your dissertation.

During the second year PhD students typically focus on data collection and analysis, which for some students is associated with travel to research sites where they collect their data. 

Year three is typically a writing up year when you will spend most of your time developing your dissertation and writing academic papers. We encourage all students to target top academic conferences obtain feedback on their research and use this feedback to target academic journals.



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MSc Investment Analysis will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. Read more

MSc Investment Analysis will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career in the financial sector, banking or investment management. There is a strong focus throughout on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed company for your final project.

You will study equity, debt and derivative markets in domestic and international sectors, discovering how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about the key techniques used by financial traders.

At Aston Business School we focus on Learning by Doing. With a dedicated Reuters Trading Room facility, you can get ahead of the competition by practising your trading skills in a life-like environment. It also gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Reuters' database, ThomsonOne.

You will be encouraged to complete the Reuters Certification – an industry recognised professional qualification. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Level one programme.

Our graduates are working across the financial, insurance and corporate sectors in known brands such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young. 

Modules

Core Modules 

  • Valuation of Investments (A)
  • Valuation of Investments (B)
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Trading Techniques
  • Security Analysis
  • Investment Management
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.



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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.

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MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. Read more

MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. This course will prepare you for a graduate role as an auditor, financial accountant, tax accountant, financial analyst, decision analyst, management accountant or financial manager.

This course will allow you to build on the accounting and finance knowledge you have gained during your undergraduate studies and to develop the necessary expertise to take on senior management roles within a global environment.

You will focus on the application of knowledge to a real world global context by studying modules such as International Finance, International Business and International Taxation and Accounting. This course has a strong international orientation and as such introduces you to accounting in a wider global context.

Don’t have a background in accounting and finance or a related subject?  

Take a look at MSc Accounting & Finance where our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms. 

Modules

Core Modules 

  • Business Finance
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
  • The International Context of Corporate Reporting and Assurance
  • Financial Analysis
  • International Taxation and Accounting
  • Professional Development Programme 
  • Ethics in Academic Practice 

The course then concludes with a dissertation project. 

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.



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Studying MSc Finance at Aston provides you with access to the most innovative tools available, including a dedicated Reuters trading room facility and market trading simulations, to give you the experience and confidence you need to success in the Finance industry. . Read more

Studying MSc Finance at Aston provides you with access to the most innovative tools available, including a dedicated Reuters trading room facility and market trading simulations, to give you the experience and confidence you need to success in the Finance industry. 

This course will develop your knowledge of finance theory with practical applications and research tools. As part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to complete the Reuters Certification – an industry-recognised professional qualification. During the summer term you will also have the opportunity of attending preparation and revision classes for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Level one programme.

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of financial markets and how they impact on decision-making finance. You will be provided with a thorough understanding of how and when to apply the relevant mathematical and statistical tools that are appropriate for decision-making. The course also contains a strong quantitative content with practical applications. 

Our graduates go on to work at known brands such as Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.

Core Modules

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance 
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Finance Theory
  • Trading in Securities Markets
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (Choose one): 

  • Trading Techniques
  • International Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

 



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