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MSc Business & Management


Course Description

The MSc in Business & Management is appropriate for graduates whose undergraduate degree is from a non-business subject area. This programme provides a comprehensive focus of key areas of business education and will therefore complement a first degree for students of engineering, the sciences and humanities.

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.

Core Modules

• Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
• Applied Research Methods
• Marketing Management
• Strategic Management
• People & World Organisations
• Operations Management

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
• Public Policy For Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development

Group G
• Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance
• Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
• Law of Securities, Banking & Financial Regulation

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

The ten 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 the programme. Students should ensure that their choice of elective modules is consistent with their intended dissertation topic area.

Personal development

Students 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 students to develop skills across a range of business functions including marketing, HR, Finance and Operations.

Course director

Chris Owen BEng MBA CEng MIET
Chris Owen is a Teaching Fellow in Aston Business School specialising in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Before joining Aston, he was a Senior Consultant in PwC Consulting in the Operations Competency. Over seven years with PwC Chris worked on a number of assignments with clients across a variety of sectors including Banking, Aerospace, Industrial Products, Construction, Public Sector (Home Affairs and Education), Utilities and Food Distribution. Chris has international experience having worked in Germany, Italy, the US and China. Chris has research interests in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Modelling and Simulation.

Career opportunities

This programme prepares students for a wide range of professional and management careers across business functions and sectors including accountancy, marketing, operations, HR and strategic management.

Examples of jobs taken up by our recent graduates include:

• Management Consultant - Deloitte
• Financial Analyst - PwC
• Business Analyst - BT
• Marketing Specialist - Starbucks
• Junior Consultant - Ernst & Young
• Business Analyst - Accenture
• Account Development Manager - Coors Brewery
• Production Analyst – Nike.

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

(Student Profile)

Thu Phuong Dang

2517.jpg "The support and teaching at Aston University strive students to achieve the ultimate best. Aston Business School has ve excellent facilities and a world class reputation. I chose MSc Business and Management as it was designed for graduates whose undergraduate degree is from a non-business subject area."


(Scholarship)

Aston Academic Excellence Award Management - No. of awards TBC

Our MSc scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with one of our MSc programmes. For 2015/16 we have a variety of scholarship awards available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 - £3,500

Eligibility

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the Aston MSc scholarships must meet the following criteria:Have been offered a place on one of our MSc courses
Be a self-funded student

Application Procedure

Applicants must download and complete the scholarship application form which can be found on the webiste. The completed form must then be emailed to . Please note that all forms must be completed in full those recived with missing information will not be assessed.

Applicants make only one general scholarship application for all of the above scholarships and are not required to specify which scholarship they wish to be considered for. This decision will be made by the scholarship panel.

Please note that all scholarships are specific to the degree programme and point of entry indicated in any scholarship offer confirmation and are not transferable.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/postgraduate/mscscholarships/?utm_source=FindaMasters&utm_medium=WebListing&utm_campaign=ScholAAEAM


(Scholarship)

Aston Excellence Scholarships (All MSc Programmes) - No. of awards TBC

Our MSc scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with one of our MSc programmes. For 2015/16 we have a variety of scholarship awards available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 - £1,500

Eligibility

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the Aston MSc scholarships must meet the following criteria:Have been offered a place on one of our MSc courses
Be a self-funded student

Application Procedure

Applicants must download and complete the scholarship application form which can be found on the website. The completed form must then be emailed to . Please note that all forms must be completed in full those recived with missing information will not be assessed.

Applicants make only one general scholarship application for all of the above scholarships and are not required to specify which scholarship they wish to be considered for. This decision will be made by the scholarship panel.

Please note that all scholarships are specific to the degree programme and point of entry indicated in any scholarship offer confirmation and are not transferable.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/postgraduate/mscscholarships/?utm_source=FindaMasters&utm_medium=WebListing&utm_campaign=ScholAES



Entry Requirements

One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls short of these requirements.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £9,350 (2015 fee) International: £16,800 (2015 fee)


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