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Course content

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.

Visit the Business & Management - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!






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