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Course content

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).

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.

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

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