YOUR           FUTURE
UNIVERSITY          SINCE 1966
    to Aston University
    A stimulating and enjoyable place
    to study. We pride ourselves on
    providing a modern, supportive
    and multicultural environment
    and we are committed to giving
    you the opportunity to achieve
    your full potential.

    Professor Alec Cameron,
    Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

        Got a question?
    T   +44 (0)121 204 4910   E   ask@aston.ac.uk

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                                                                                    06	Discover Aston University - 5 star rated
                                                                                    08   Discover our credentials
                                                                                    10   Discover our UK location
                                                                                    12   Discover Birmingham
                                                                                    14   Discover our campus
                                                                                    16   Discover our accommodation
                                                                                    18   Discover your career
                                                                                    20   Welcoming international students
                                                                                    24   Aston Business School
                                                                                    40   School of Engineering & Applied Science
                                                                                    50   School of Life & Health Sciences
                                                                                    60   School of Languages & Social Sciences
                                                                                    68   Make your move and choose the Aston Masters
                                                                                    70   A-Z Index of programmes

    As a postgraduate student at Aston University you will be
                                                                Aston      School of              School of                 School of
    part of a multicultural, international campus community     Business   Engineering &          Life & Health             Languages &
    where you can benefit from high quality teaching and work   School     Applied Science        Sciences                  Social Sciences
    with researchers who are making a real impact on society.   Page 24    Page 40                Page 50                   Page 60

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          Aston University has been awarded five star           Teaching                                Facilities
          status by global education ranking specialists        You will be taught by both              Our modern facilities include our
          QS. The five star rating recognises excellence        academic experts and practitioners      Library open seven days a week,
          in teaching, employability, innovation, facilities,   who bring a wealth of real world        lecture theatres, classrooms
          inclusiveness, and internationalisation.              experience into the classroom.          and labs. The Hub is our one
                                                                There is an emphasis on learning        stop student support centre. We
                                                                by doing, to ensure that you gain       have extensive IT facilities, many
                                                                practical experience by applying        with 24 hour access, and Wi-Fi
                                                                theory to real life contexts. In 2017   available across campus.
                                                                Aston University was awarded
                                                                Gold status in the Teaching
                                                                Excellence Framework (TEF).
                                                                                                        A diverse group of students from
                                                                                                        over 130 different countries live
                                                                Employability                           and study on our green and fully
                                                                Studying industry-relevant              accessible campus, which is
                                                                courses as part of an international     at the heart of Birmingham city
                                                                student body means you can              centre. We offer a wide range
                                                                develop the knowledge and skills        of scholarships to enable the
                                                                demanded by global and local            brightest and the best to study
                                                                employers. You have access to           with us.
                                                                high quality and personalised
                                                                careers advice and guidance, and
                                                                more than 200 employers who
                                                                come onto campus every year.            You will have the opportunity
                                                                                                        to gain international experience
                                                                                                        by undertaking a period of
                                                                Innovation                              study abroad or an overseas
                                                                Aston has been at the forefront of      exchange. We have over 100
                                                                innovation for many years, having       different partner universities in 40
                                                                pioneered the undergraduate             different countries.
                                                                placement year. We have
                                                                integrated work experience and
                                                                professional skills development
                                                                into many of our postgraduate
                                                                programmes. If you would like
                                                                to start your own business you
                                                                can access our intensive start-up
                                                                support programme for student
                                                                and graduate entrepreneurs.

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    Founded in 1895 and a University since                                                     School of Engineering              Aston Business School               School of Life and Health
    1966, Aston is a long established research-                                                and Applied Science
                                                                                                                                  Among the top 1% of business

    led University known for its world-class
                                                                                               Our MSc Engineering                schools worldwide with triple       Aston University’s School
                                                                                               Management is ranked 2nd in        accreditation from AMBA, AACSB      of Pharmacy was honoured

    teaching quality and strong links to                                                       the UK and 5th in Europe by
                                                                                               Eduniversal European Rankings
                                                                                                                                  and EQUIS.                          with a Regius Professorship
                                                                                                                                                                      - one of just 12 universities
    industry, government and commerce.
                                                                                                                                  We were one of the first UK
                                                                                               2018.                                                                  with reputations for research
                                                                                                                                  business schools to be awarded
                                                                                                                                                                      excellence to receive the
                                                                                               We hold the Athena Swann           the Small Business Charter in
                                                                                                                                                                      prestigious award as part of

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                                                                                               Silver Award in recognition of     recognition of our ongoing work
                                                                                                                                                                      celebrations for HM the Queen’s
                                                                                                                                  to support small businesses,
                                                                                               advancement and promotion of
                                                                                                                                                                      90th birthday in 2017.
                                                                                               gender equality in SET subjects.   the local economy and student
    Top                     Top                                  in the UK                     We deliver two unique two-year
                                                                                               Erasmus Mundus Joint Master        Our Masters degrees provide
    Aston Business          Top 20 in the                 17th in the UK and                   Degree programmes in photonics     students with an opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                      Aston Medical School
    School is among         UK for Student                44th in World for                    and 5G wireless technologies       undertake an internship or period
                                                                                               and photonic integration for       of study abroad.
    the top 1% of           Experience                    International Outlook                communication, sensing and
                                                                                                                                                                      Aston Medical School opened for
    business schools        (The Times and Sunday Times   (Times Higher World Rankings 2018)   switching.
                                                                                                                                  Our MSc Investment Analysis is      postgraduate research students
                                                                                                                                                                      in October 2015 with the first
                                                                                                                                  ranked in the global top 60 by
    worldwide with triple   Good University Guide 2018)
                                                                                                                                  the FT Masters in Finance 2018.     MBChB undergraduate cohort
    accreditation                                                                                                                 Students learn by doing in our      starting in September 2018.
                                                                                                                                  dedicated Reuters Trading Room.

                                                                                                                                                                      School of Languages and
                                                                                                                                                                      Social Sciences
                                                                                                                                                                      One of only two universities in the
                                                                                                                                                                      UK to offer a Masters in Forensic

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                         OUR UK LOCATION
                                                                                   Birmingham International Airport
                                                                                   is a 10-minute train journey to M6 (J6)   Our campus
                                                                                   and from the city centre.
                                                                                                                             1	Aston University Main        10	Five-a-side sports pitch        14 Sack of Potatoes pub
                                                                                                                                Building and reception       11 Sports pitch                     15 Gosta Green pub

                                                                                                                             2	Aston Business School        12	European Bioenergy              16	Aston University nursery
                                                                              ay                                             3 Library                           Research Institute (EBRI)           and pre-school
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                                                                       pre         London                                    4 Students’ Union               13 Shops on campus                      Student accommodation
                                                      A38                                                                    5 Aston Brain Centre                - Tesco Express
                                                                                                                             6 Vision Sciences                   - Costa Coffee
                                                                                   Birmingham City Centre                    7 Aston Medical School              - Ryman Stationery
                                                                                                                             8	Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock          - Greggs
                                                 3                                                                              Sports Centre and pool           - Wok & Go
                                                                                                                             9	Martin Luther King Multi-
                                                                                                                                Faith Centre
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Aston University

     01       02     03   04   With our campus based in the cosmopolitan
                               city centre of Birmingham it’s just a 10 minute
                               walk to reach all the facilities you would expect
                               in a modern city such as excellent rail, bus and
                               metro links, world class shopping centres and
                               entertainment venues. As the UK’s second largest
                               city, Birmingham is culturally diverse and rich in
                               history, so you will be sure to find something to
                               suit your tastes and interests.
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                               	Being at the centre of the UK means travelling to and
                                 from Birmingham is easy. Our international airport
                                 serves over 100 direct routes, our motorway system                                          Aston University is proud
                                 links us to the north and south of the country with
                                 ease and we have three train stations in the city centre
                                                                                                                               to be the Official UK
                                 including Birmingham New Street from which you can                                         University Partner of Aston
                                 travel to London in less than 90 minutes.
                                                                                                                                Villa Football Club
                               	From street food at the award winning Digbeth Dining
                                 Club to fine dining at Michelin starred restaurants,
                                 and cuisine from across the globe, Birmingham is fast
     09       10     11   12     becoming a food tourist hotspot.                                                           1    Digbeth street art

                                                                                            City locations shown opposite
                                                                                                                            2    Grand Central
                               	You’ll find everything you need from high-street chains,                                   3    Bullring shopping centre
                                 designer shops, independent and vintage boutiques,                                         4    Brindley Place
                                 as well as a large variety of food stores, markets and                                     5    Town Hall Birmingham
                                 international grocers.                                                                     6    Library of Birmingham
                                                                                                                            7    The Mailbox shopping centre
                               	There’s a wide range of museums, galleries and                                             8    Birmingham city centre
                                 heritage sites to enjoy all year round.                                                    9    Chinese quarter
                                                                                                                            10   Cadbury World
                               	Over 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces offer                                            11   Edgbaston cricket ground
                                 plenty of places to relax or play sport outdoors.                                          12   Birmingham canal network

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        OUR CAMPUS

     As an Aston student you get the best of both
     worlds: a green, well-equipped, friendly
     campus in the centre of a vibrant city. With
     our entire social, support and academic
     facilities based on campus you’ll never have
     far to go.

     With modern on campus accommodation and the
     city of Birmingham on your doorstep there are a
     wide range of housing options to suit all tastes and
     Campus facilities include:
      	Library: open seven days a week, (24 hour
        opening during exam periods)
      	Health and welfare services including dental,
        optician and counselling services
      	The Martin Luther King multi-faith centre
      	24 hour on-site security
      	Sports centre with sports halls, a 110-station
        gym and swimming pool
      	Extensive IT facilities, some with 24 hour access
      	General store, bookshop, computer shop,
        supermarket and 24 hour cash points
      	Wifi internet access available across campus.
     Those studying via distance learning will have access
     to our Virtual Learning Environment, extensive digital
     library catalogue and study support via email, phone
     and Skype*.
     *Communication channels vary for individual services

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DISCOVER                                               Accommodation is on

                                                            Aston’s city centre campus
                                                            and everything is within
                                                            walking distance.
                                                            Rooms on campus have either
                                                            been built within the last four
                                                            years, or have recently been
                                                            refurbished. All accommodation
                               Facilities                   is ensuite and has access to
                                                            high speed internet.
                               Bedroom complete
                               with study space             We guarantee a room offer
                                                            to all international applicants
                               All utility bills included
                                                            who accept their offer and
                               Free high speed              pay their deposit before the
                               internet                     accommodation deadline.
                                                            Details of the accommodation
                               Ensuite shower               offer and deadline will be
                               facilities                   available in your offer letter and
                                                            on our website.
                               Onsite safety
                                                            For further information, including
                               Laundry                      rents, see:

                         in the UK
                         for student
                         2017 University Compare Rankings

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                                                                                                  Amrit Grewal
                                                                                                  MSc Communication Systems and
                                                                                                  Wireless Networking

                                                                                                  Associate Engineer
                                                                                                  Rolls Royce

                                                                                                  Aston has strong industrial links and
                                                                                                  this was particularly attractive to gain
                                                                                                  real experience whilst simultaneously
                                                                                                  studying. Another aspect that Aston
     You will have opportunities to develop skills    High quality careers guidance, education    provided was the guest lectures and
     and experiences to match your career             and information services are delivered      events which we were encouraged to
                                                      through individual appointments, group      attend and participate in. I felt these
     ambitions. Studying industry-relevant courses                                                were invaluable as they introduced real
                                                      sessions and online tutorials. We bring
     as part of an international student body means                                               world problems and developments
                                                      students and employers together for on-
     you can develop the knowledge and skills         campus employer presentations, interviews   occurring within my field.”
     demanded by global and local employers.          and recruitment fairs.

     Over 200 employers come
     onto campus each year to
     meet our students, including….
     3M // Accenture // Aldi // Armed Forces // AXA // BAE Systems //
     Balfour Beatty // Barclays // Bentley // BMW // Boots // BT //
     Capgemini // Caterpillar // Co-op // Corus // Deloitte // E.ON //
     Ernst & Young // ExonMobil // Fujitsu // GlaxoSmithKline //
     Harrods // HP // HM Revenue and Customs // HSBC // IBM //
     Intel // Jaguar Land Rover // Mondelez // KPMG // L’Oreal //
     Lloyds Banking Group // Marks & Spencer // Microsoft // Morgan
     Stanley // NHS // PriceWaterhouseCoopers // P&G // Rolls-Royce //
     Sainsbury’s // Santander // Tesco // Unilever // Vision Express

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     Aston has long been a popular destination for international
     students. You will learn in a friendly and diverse community
     in the centre of Birmingham, a vibrant and multicultural city.
     Birmingham has a rich international heritage and we welcome
     people from all countries to be part of our city.                Birmingham is home to 187 different nationalities
                                                                      and celebrates a wide range of major festivals from
                                                                      Vaisakhi to Eid to Chinese New Year. Aston is a
                                                                      welcoming and safe place to live and study, and we
                                                                      are proud that our university is open to students
                                                                      from around the world.

                                                                      Campus community                  Accommodation                        Welfare and support
                                                                      Aston has a diverse student       Accommodation on campus              The University’s extensive
                                                                      population of over 10,000         means easy access to facilities      welfare and support services
                                                                      full-time students from over      and no travel costs. All rooms       for all students are accessible
                                                                      130 countries. Most of our        are single occupancy, ensuite        through The Hub, which is
                                                                      international students choose     and self-catering. We are            centrally located in the front of
                                                                      to live on campus so that         sensitive to individual student      our main building. From here
                                                                      they can benefit from living      needs and our Residence              you can access the following
                                                                      and studying in a campus          Tutors will support you if you       support services:
                                                                      environment right in the city     need any help.
                                                                                                                                                 Advice Zone
                                                                      centre of Birmingham.
                                                                                                        We guarantee a room offer
                                                                                                        to all international applicants          Counselling Service
                                                                      There are a number of
                                                                      international student societies   who accept their offer and               Disability Team
                                                                      at Aston, including the African   pay their deposit before the
                                                                      Caribbean Society, Asian          accommodation deadline.               	International Student
                                                                      Society, Sikh Society, Chinese    Details of the accommodation            Advisers (for free advice on
                                                                      Student Scholar Association       offer and deadline will be              a range of issues including
                                                                      and the Hong Kong Society.        available in your offer letter and      immigration and visa
                                                                                                        on our website.                         renewal).
                                                                                                                                             Additional support is also
                                                                                                                                             offered via:
                                                                                                                                               Students’ Union Advice
                                                                                                                                               and Representation
                                                                                                                                               Martin Luther King Multi-
                                                                                                                                               Faith Centre

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     English language entry             aim to enable our applicants        	expressing your ideas      Aston Welcome Week                 	Assist you with practical   Scholarships
     requirements                       to reach our required levels          and opinions in seminar                                         arrangements such as
                                        of English and help them to           discussions                Aston University holds an            shopping for food and       Aston offers a large number
     To be accepted onto our            become more confident about                                      International Orientation Week,                                  of scholarships to support
                                                                            	developing your                                                 other necessities such as
     programmes, you must be            studying in English in the UK.                                   followed by a Freshers’ Week                                     academically talented
                                                                              presentation skills                                             opening a bank account
     able to satisfy the University’s                                                                    for all new students, designed                                   international students. If
     English language requirements.     You can gain the relevant                                        to help you settle in and adjust   	Introduce you to the        you meet our criteria you
                                        language and academic skills        	improving your
     The level required will depend                                           pronunciation of English   to student life.                     services provided by the    will be encouraged to apply
     on the programme you are           necessary for success on your                                                                         Students’ Union including   for a scholarship. If you are
     applying for.                      future course by attending one      	developing your            Second and final year students       clubs and societies,        offered a scholarship you
                                        of our pre-sessional English          grammatical accuracy and   called ‘Aston Aunties’ will help     student sports clubs and    must accept your place to
     We strive to make your             courses. The length of course         range of structures        you throughout these two             sports provision            secure your award.
     application process as easy        required will be detailed in your                                weeks. The Aunties provide a
     as possible, however in all        offer letter.                       	extending your general,    friendly face and help guide       	Introduce you to the
     cases we reserve the right to                                            academic and subject-      you around campus, show              academic system at Aston
     request an English language        30, 18, 12, 6 and 4 week              specific vocabulary        you the sights and answer any        University, study methods
     qualification and / or conduct     programmes are available                                         questions.                           and approaches to
                                        before the beginning of your        	developing your research
     an interview.                                                                                                                            learning
                                        course.                               skills                     Welcome Week will also:
                                                                                                                                            	Introduce you to cross
                                        During your pre-sessional           For more information on      	Help you adapt to a new            cultural communication
     Pre-sessional Programmes           programme you will focus on:        our pre-sessional English      culture, language, food,           and basic presentation
     in English for Academic                                                programme please visit our     the British climate and
                                        	developing your academic                                                                            skills through workshops
     Purposes                                                               website.                       your surroundings at Aston
                                          writing skills                                                                                      and group interaction.
     For applicants whose English                                                                          University
     falls short of our minimum entry   	practising effective reading                                   	Introduce you to the
     requirements we provide a            strategies                                                       University and its services
     range of pre-sessional English     	understanding academic
     Language programmes which                                                                           	Help you meet other
                                          lectures and taking notes                                        international students

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                                                                                                                          For full details of entry
                                                                                                                          requirements for each
                                                                                                                          course please visit the
                                                                                                                          course page on our website:

                             Aston Business School is                      Our postgraduate portfolio               Professional Development
                             among Europe’s largest                        has been designed in close               Programme
                             business schools, with                        partnership with business
                                                                           and industry, giving you an              The Professional Development
                             approximately 3,000                           ideal platform from which to             Programme (PDP) is an integrated
                             students. It has been                         build your future career. Our            module which runs throughout
                             conducting pioneering                         course structures enable you             all MSc programmes at Aston
                             research into modern                          to gain the skillsets needed to          Business School. Focusing on
                                                                           succeed in today’s competitive           professional development and
                             business and management
                                                                           workplace, such as negotiation,          employability, this module gives
                             issues for over 60 years,                                                              you the opportunity to identify,
                                                                           communication, leadership,
                             making it one of the longest                                                           develop and apply the key skills
                                                                           teamwork and innovative thinking.
                             established, research-based                   It is skills such as these that keep     you will gain throughout the
                             business schools in the UK.                   our graduates highly sought after        year. As you work through this
                                                                           by some of the world’s leading           compulsory module you will:
                             Aston Business School is one of
                             just 1% of business schools in                organisations.                              Build a skills portfolio which
                             the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS                                                            allows you to showcase
                                                                           To put these skills into practice
                             and AMBA accreditations - three                                                           the competencies you have
                                                                           we believe that our students
                             of the most recognised and                                                                acquired during your studies,
                                                                           deserve the very best of
                             prestigious accreditation bodies                                                          competencies that are highly
                                                                           opportunities to experience the
                             in the world.                                                                             desirable to employers
                                                                           real business environment, with
                                                                           live projects and internships to
                                                                           prepare you for the real world.            Take part in a range of skills
                                                                                                                       workshops and simulations
                                                                           Aston Law School is part of Aston
                                                                           Business School. We are proud              Have the opportunity to
                                                                           to launch for 2019 our new LLM              complete an integrated work
                                                                           International Commercial Law                internship of up to 12 months
                                                                           programme. See page 37 for                  or complete a study abroad
                                                                           details.                                    opportunity with one of over
                                                                                                                       50 international partner
                                                                                                                       institutions worldwide. Aston
                                                                                                                       University participates in the
                                                                                                                       Erasmus Programme which
                                                                                                                       provides opportunities for
                                                                                                                       students to apply for funding
                                                                                                                       to support work and study

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Executive DBA                                              PhD
                                                                                Programme overview                                         Programme overview
                                                                                The Aston AMBA-accredited Executive DBA is the             Our PhD programme is designed to train Doctoral
                                                                                highest level of business qualification available. It      students who aspire to become future academics or
                                                                                offers a distinctive opportunity to work with world-       professional industry researchers.
                                                                                leading academics to advance research to continually       Research strengths
                                                                                progress thought on how to develop effective               Our research strengths are embedded in our
                                                                                organisations. To succeed, participants must show          academic departments:
                                                                                that they can transform practice with the knowledge        >	Accounting
                                                                                they have created. Participants discover how to turn       >	Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship
                                                                                complex ideas into actions and become recognised           >	Law
                                                                                as thought leaders in their field.                         >	Marketing and Strategy
                                                                                DBA topics and supervision                                 >	Operations and Information Management
                                                                                When you apply for a DBA you will need to have             >	Work and Organisational Psychology
                                                                                an idea of the kind of research project you’d like to
                                                                                embark upon. With your application, you will need          You are strongly recommended to explore these
                                                                                to submit a research proposal to demonstrate how           Academic Department web pages before applying.
                                                                                you plan to take your topic further. Your supervisor       Please also visit our PhD web pages for any potential
                                                                                will have an excellent research track record directly      PhD funding opportunities.
                                                                                related to your DBA topic. This is a rare facility that    Programme content (including any
     Study abroad opportunities             Partner institutions include:       can only be undertaken by an institution with our          research methods courses)
                                                                                research breadth. We will only take you on as a DBA
     We have long-established                BI Norwegian Business
                                            	                                                                                             In year one you will undertake four ESRC approved
                                                                                if you can be supervised by a member of the School
     partnership agreements with               School, Oslo                                                                                taught Research Methods modules designed to
                                                                                who is a world-class researcher in their chosen field.
     many business and management                                                                                                          provide you with the necessary skills to successfully
     schools across the world, who
                                            	Católica Porto Business School,   Programme structure                                        complete your PhD and to develop as a well-rounded
                                              Lisbon                                                                                       researcher. In year 2 you will typically concentrate on
     offer the same high standards                                              The Executive DBA is a part-time distance learning
     of teaching quality. These             	The Chinese University of         course which can be completed in four years. Actual        obtaining ethical approval for your research, before
     agreements provide you with               Hong Kong                        completion may vary depending on circumstances.            focusing on data collection and analysis. Year 3 is
     the option to spend some of                                                >	Year 1 (up to two maximum): Research Methods            typically a writing up year, where you will spend most
     your study time with one of our         KEDGE Business School,
                                            	                                                                                             of your time developing your thesis.
                                                                                   Course and Qualifying Report
                                               Bordeaux, Marseille, Paris
     partner institutions to gain further                                       >	Years 2-4 (up to six years maximum): Individual         Research environment
     academic credentials in addition        Korea University Business
                                            	                                     research project and submission of thesis/
                                                                                                                                           We have an exciting and vibrant research environment
     to your Aston degree course.              School, Seoul                       portfolio
                                                                                                                                           that enables you to engage in various research events
     You can study during Term 3,            National Chengchi University,
                                            	                                                                                             and seminars. There is also a dedicated research
     at a Summer School, during the            Taiwan                                  Additional entry requirements                       society which organises social and academic events.
     Autumn Semester.                                                                  For direct enrolment onto the Executive DBA         Academic departments also run research seminars
                                            	 anyang Technological                   you must have: an MBA, MSc or an MA degree          where students are encouraged to present their
     All programmes are taught in              University, Singapore                                                                       research and get feedback from colleagues. In
                                                                                       in business or management (or an equivalent
     English and are tuition-free: they                                                professional qualification) and a minimum of five   addition, our Summer School in Advanced Research
     are based on reciprocal exchange        Q ueensland University of
                                                                                       years’ experience in a senior role. Additionally,   Methods offers additional training opportunities.
     agreements and although you will          Technology, Brisbane
                                                                                       you should demonstrate appropriate links to
     need to take care of your travel        University of Florida,
                                            	                                         the practice that your proposed research refers
     and living expenses, you will not         Gainesville                             to. There are additional entry requirements for            Additional entry requirements
     need to pay any tuition fees to the                                               students whose first language is not English.              Undergraduate degree - 2:1 or above
     partner institutions.                   University of Mannheim
                                            	                                                                                                    Postgraduate degree - 65% in both taught and
                                                                                                                                                  dissertation elements. Two academic references.
                                            	The University of Sao Paulo,
                                                                                                                                                  TOEFL - 101 (Reading 23, Writing 28, Listening
                                              Brazil                                                                                              23, Speaking 23). IELTS - 6.5 (Reading and
                                                                                                                                                  Writing 6.5, Listening and Speaking 6.0).

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The Aston MBA
     The Aston MBA is an extensive programme which immerses you into the principles of strategic thinking                                The Aston Edge
     in a business context and prepares you for a career at the forefront of business.
                                                                                                                                         The Aston Edge is a personal leadership development
     Select from one of Aston’s five MBA programmes to suit your professional commitments. You’ll                                        programme which runs throughout the MBA core
     experience a dynamic, real-life, learning development experience, allowing you to accelerate your                                   curriculum to develop your professional skills to help you      Aston is part of an
     career with a positive, dynamic, and forward-thinking strategic mindset.                                                            to become a better performer, achieve your goals, and           elite group of Business
                                                                                                                                         equip you with the skills to respond to the big challenges      Schools worldwide with
          Mode                               Duration        Attendance                                 Start date                       that lie ahead in your future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         triple accreditation from
          Full Time                          12 months       On campus                                  September                        You will develop key skills such as negotiating, managing       AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA
                                                                                                                                         staff expertise, acting with confidence, to lead, inspire and
          Executive 30 months                                Online study combined with intensive       September, January,              influence. You’ll develop a leadership and entrepreneurial
          		                                                 study weekends on campus                   April, July                      mindset in everything you do.
          Executive        30 months                         Online study combined with intensive       September, January,
          Apprenticeship*		                                  study weekends on campus                   April, July                      The Aston Edge is delivered through a series of dynamic,
                                                                                                                                         engaging leadership workshops and seminars with high
          Online 24 months 100% Online                                                                  September, November, 		          profile key speakers and guests to drive your strategic
          			                                                                                           January, March, May, July        thinking and respond to real world business challenges.
     * There are currently two Executive Apprenticeship options:
     > The Executive Apprenticeship MBA                                                                                                  For more information visit www.aston.ac.uk/mba
     > The Executive Apprenticeship Management of Manufacturing MBA

     Entry requirements                                                  More than an MBA
     To be eligible to study the Aston MBA (all routes), you will        >	Business principles into practice: You will learn
     need:                                                                 by putting business principles into practice, solving
     >	A good UK honours degree                                           real-world business challenges. You will engage in live
     >	An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston                  consultancy projects, engaging with high level brands,
         University                                                        workshops, speaker sessions, and live projects. Your
     >	A degree-level professional qualification
     >	At least three years’ relevant work experience post-
                                                                           final module is a flexible self-directed activity which you
                                                                           will negotiate with your programme director.
                                                                                                                                                  Basel Hammoda
         graduation                                                      >	Assessment: You will be assessed by simulated and                      Course             Destination
                                                                            live project activity as you demonstrate your innovative              Full Time MBA     Techology Manager at Capgemini
     We accept applications from candidates with extensive                  and strategic thinking. Your final module is a flexible
     work experience who have not completed a graduate                      module with a key leadership focus, negotiated by you.                Aston shaped my personal and
     qualification. You will initially be enrolled as a Certificate      > The Aston Edge: You will develop key professional                     professional profile. Thanks to the
     student and attend all the same classes as MBA students.               development skills through The Aston Edge, our                        connections of the Business School I was
     Provided you pass your first six modules, you will transfer            personal leadership development programme which                       invited to the House of Lords to consult
     to the MBA at no additional cost. There are additional                 runs throughout the MBA.                                              on a draft agenda while I was studying.
     entry requirements for international students. Please               >	Networking: A range of events and activities will                     The Aston MBA has many merits. To
     see our website www.aston.ac.uk/mba for full entry                     enable you to grow your networks to build professional                name a few, the cultural diversity was
     requirements.                                                          business relationships.                                               amazing, the dedicated study areas, the
                                                                         >	Mentor support: To support your learning you will                     hundreds of real-life case studies
     Join the ranks                                                         have the opportunity to be partnered with an Aston                    we worked on and the very
                                                                            MBA graduate mentor for study support – a key                         friendly and approachable
     Aston Business School is consistently recognised by the                sounding board for your studies.
     world’s most prominent rankings as being at the forefront                                                                                    academic staff, which you
                                                                         >	Career support: Receive comprehensive career                          will never find anywhere
     of business education:                                                 management support from Aston’s dedicated MBA
     >	Triple accredited - Aston is part of an elite group of                                                                                    else in the UK.”
                                                                            careers consultant.
         Business Schools worldwide with triple accreditation
         from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.                                     Core content                   Optional content
     >	The Aston MBA is one of the world’s top MBAs (Tier 1)            >	Strategic management        >	E-business Strategy
         in CEO Magazine Global MBA Ranking 2018.                        >	Leadership                  >	International Business
     >	Our Online MBA is ranked in the top 10 in the world              >	Marketing                   >	International Finance
         by CEO Magazine and top 20 in the world by QS                   >	Accounting                  >	International Marketing
         Distance Online MBA Rankings 2018.                              >	Operations Management          Management
                                                                         >	Entrepreneurship            >	Advanced Strategy

                                                                         Your final module is a professional flexible module with a
                                                                         leadership focus – self-defined and negotiated by you.
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MSc Accounting and                                         MSc Business Analytics                                     MSc Business Economics                                       MSc Business and
     Finance                                                    Programme overview                                         and Finance                                                  Management
                                                                                                                                                                                          Online also available
                                                                Modern businesses in the UK and worldwide have a
     Programme overview                                         great need for professionals with analytical planning      Programme overview
     Designed for graduates from any discipline, this           and big data analysis skills. This course will equip you   You will gain detailed knowledge of economics                Programme overview
     programme provides a solid understanding of                with the quantitative skills needed to understand and      and finance subjects and develop familiarity with            You’ll acquire the business skills sought after by
     accounting and finance principles and their joint          engage with complex data, as well as the analytical        key theories that aid in understanding real world            graduate employers worldwide, including interpreting
     role. You will learn how organisations use financial       tools to drive business advantage. You will deepen         issues. You will gain a wide range of practical and          financial statements, developing marketing and
     information for decision-making, performance               your knowledge of business analytics, web analytics,       transferable skills, including quantitative methods,         pricing strategies and understanding strategy and
     evaluation and financial reporting purposes in different   data mining and management.                                which are in high demand by employers.                       innovation processes. This course is suitable for
     contexts including businesses and public sector                                                                                                                                    graduates of all disciplines, giving you a broad
                                                                Core modules                                               Core modules
     organisations.                                                                                                                                                                     knowledge of business management.
                                                                >	Descriptive Analytics                                   >	Advanced Quantitative Methods
     Core modules                                               >	Effective Management Consultancy                        >	Economics of Governance and Organisations                 Core modules
     > Financial Accounting and Reporting                       >	Decision Models                                         >	International Finance                                     >	Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
     > Management Accounting                                    >	Performance Analytics                                   >	Macroeconomics                                            >	Applied Research Methods
     > Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting               >	Data Mining and Web Analytics                           >	Quantitative Methods for Finance                          >	Marketing Management
     > Strategic Management Accounting                          >	Software Analytics                                      >	Ethics in Academic Practice                               >	Strategic Management
     > Sustainability Accounting and Accountability             >	Ethics in Academic Practice                             >	Professional Development Programme (PDP)                  >	People and World Organisations
     > Business Finance                                                                                                    > MSc Dissertation                                           >	Operations Management
                                                                Elective modules
     > Financial Analysis                                                                                                                                                               >	Professional Development Programme
                                                                >	Business Analytics in Practice                          Elective modules
     > Ethics in Academic Practice                                                                                                                                                      >	Ethics in Academic Practice
     > Professional Development Programme (PDP)                 >	Digital Marketing                                       >	Entrepreneurial Strategies                                >	Professional Development Programme (PDP)
     > MSc A&F Project or MSc A&F Dissertation                  >	Financial Econometrics                                  >	Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging
                                                                >	Big Data for Decision Making                               Economies                                                 Elective modules
     Elective modules                                           >	Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases                     >	International Business                                    You will choose a particular pathway from a number
     >	Fundamentals of Audit and Taxation                      >	Simulation for Managerial Decision Making               > Investment Banking                                         of options including International Business, Finance,
     >	Islamic Accounting and Finance                          >	Services Innovation                                     >	Strategic Management                                      Governance, Marketing and Organisational Behaviour.
     >	Corporate Governance, Regulation and                    >	Business and Risk Context                               >	Valuation of Investments
        Compliance                                                                                                         >	Business Finance
     >	International Finance                                                                                                                                                                  Why choose this course?
                                                                        Why choose this course?                                                                                                Optional modules enable you to tailor the course
     >	Research Design, Practice and Ethics
                                                                        There is a high employer demand for                                                                                    to shape your needs. The skills you gain on a
                                                                                                                                   Why choose this course?
     Professional accreditation                                         graduates of this course. You will improve your            You will learn from leading academics who are at
                                                                                                                                                                                               business and management masters will allow
     MSc in Accounting and Finance is accredited by                     employability potential by gaining the expertise                                                                       you to start contributing to your employer’s
                                                                                                                                   the forefront of their research area and regularly
                                                                        needed to analyse big data, improve decision-                                                                          organisation immediately.
     the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants                                                                            interact with policymakers and businesses to
     (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management                   making and help companies gain a competitive               advise them on key decision making matters.
                                                                        advantage.                                                                                                             Career prospects
     Accountants (CIMA). Successful completion of this
                                                                                                                                                                                               Our graduates have secured employment in a
     course leads to exemptions from these professional                                                                            Additional entry requirements
                                                                        Additional entry requirements                                                                                          wide range of roles such as Brand Activation
     accounting bodies. You will still need to secure                                                                              Some fundamental knowledge of economics
                                                                        You must be able to demonstrate strong                                                                                 Executives; Communications and Training
     professional training and complete further exams in                                                                           (successfully completed 10 ECTS credits, the
                                                                        quantitative skills.                                                                                                   Executives; Management Consultants and
                                                                                                                                   equivalent of two standard undergraduate
     order to become fully qualified in accountancy, but                                                                                                                                       Senior Business Analysts. This has involved
     these exemptions demonstrate to future employers                   Career prospects                                                                                                       working for organisations including Unilever
     your commitment and potential to complete sector                                                                                                                                          (United Arab Emirates); Tesco (UK); Deloitte
                                                                        This course will prepare you for a range of                Career prospects                                            (India) and Lloyds TSB (UK.).
     qualifications.                                                    specialist careers in data analytics, such as a            This course will prepare you for a career in the
                                                                        consultant, data analyst, manager or business              financial sector, for example as an economic or
                                                                        analyst.                                                   financial analyst.
            Why choose this course?
            Employment prospects are good and with
            global markets continuing to be in financial
            turmoil organisations need to be able to report
            accurately, analyse and understand the financial
            situation at all times.

            Career prospects
            Our graduates have secured employment in
            a wider range of roles such as Accountants,
            Analysts and Risk Consultants. This has involved
            working for organisations including EY (China);
            Deutsche Bank (London) and KPMG (Russia
            and CIS).

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MSc Business Psychology                                      MSc Entrepreneurship                                        MSc Enterprise                                                MSc Finance
     Programme overview                                           Programme overview                                          Development                                                   Programme overview
     This course is an ideal introduction to human                Learn to think like an entrepreneur, and develop an
                                                                                                                              Programme overview                                            This course will develop your knowledge and
     behaviour in the workplace. Gain an understanding            understanding of the global business environment.                                                                         understanding of financial markets and how they
     of what makes individuals thrive at work, learn how          Enterprise skills are highly valuable outside of new        This is an innovative, dynamic and flexible part
                                                                                                                                                                                            impact on decision-making. Studying MSc Finance
     to improve organisational performance, and how to            venture start-ups, as employers are increasingly            time course, ideal if you want to develop your
                                                                                                                                                                                            at Aston provides you with access to the most
     make the workplace a happier environment.                    looking to hire employees with an entrepreneurial           management, entrepreneurship, and innovation skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                            innovative tools available, including a dedicated
                                                                  mindset. You’ll gain analytical and strategic skills to     There are no lectures or exams; this programme puts
     Core modules                                                                                                             application and experience at its core. Throughout the
                                                                                                                                                                                            trading room facility and market trading simulations,
                                                                  enable you to set up and manage new enterprises                                                                           to give you the experience and confidence you
       Organisation Behaviour: Theory and Practice                within a national and international context, and the        two years you will undertake live business challenges
                                                                                                                                                                                            need to succeed in the finance industry. This course
       Learning and Talent Development                            knowledge required for developing innovation-based          in a team, putting entrepreneurship and management
                                                                                                                                                                                            will develop your knowledge of finance theory with
       Assessment, Performance and Reward                         business strategies.                                        principles into practice. You will learn how to generate
                                                                                                                                                                                            practical applications and research tools. During
       Organisational Behaviour                                                                                               ideas, develop new product/service ideas and bring
       Strategy, Change and Leadership
     >	                                                          Core modules                                                them to market. Most importantly, you will learn
                                                                                                                                                                                            the summer term you will also have the opportunity
                                                                    International Entrepreneurship                                                                                          to attend a workshop designed to help students
       Research Methods                                                                                                       the importance of building your enterprise around
                                                                    Business Venturing                                                                                                      taking the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level I
       Dissertation                                                                                                           customer value.
                                                                    Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging                                                                             examination.
       Professional Development Programme (PDP)                                                                               Core modules
     Elective modules                                               Economies                                                                                                               Core modules
                                                                    Ethics in Academic Practice                               >	Enterprise Creation
                                                                                                                                                                                            >   Advanced Corporate Finance
     Choose two:                                                  >	
                                                                    International Business                                    >	Creating and Leading High Performance Teams
     >	Employee Relations in Context                                                                                                                                                       >   Derivatives
                                                                    Entrepreneurial Strategies                                >	Applied Research
     >	Careers and Counselling                                                                                                                                                             >   Fixed Income Securities
                                                                    Professional Development Programme (PDP)                  >	Innovation and Entrepreneurship
     >	Employee Relations and Counselling                                                                                                                                                  >   Quantitative Methods for Finance
                                                                    MSc Dissertation
                                                                  >	                                                         >	Enterprise Management and Growth
     >	Strategic and International Human Resource                                                                                                                                          >   Financial Econometrics
                                                                                                                              >	Leading High Performance Teams
        Management                                                Optional modules                                            >	Corporate Social Responsibility Challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                            >   Finance Theory
     >	Marketing Management                                      >	
                                                                    Strategic Business Sustainability                                                                                       >   Trading in Securities Markets
     >	Operations Management                                     >	
                                                                    International Marketing Management                                                                                      >   Ethics in Academic Practice
     >	Strategic Management                                      >	
                                                                    Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring                       Why choose this course?                               Elective modules
     >	Management of Innovation                                  >	
                                                                    Operations Management                                             If you like learning through application and
                                                                                                                                      practice, this is the course for you. You will        > Trading Techniques
     >	Economic Environment of Business                            Strategic Management
                                                                                                                                      learn how to set up and manage a business by          > International Finance
     Professional accreditation                                   >	
                                                                    Management Consulting                                             actually setting up and managing a business.          > Investment Banking
     MSc Business Psychology is accredited by the                 >	
                                                                    Intellectual Property Strategy and Management                     There will be no exam stress to distract you.
     Association for Business Psychology and students             >	
                                                                    Business Finance                                                  All of your assessment will be authentic
     on this course are eligible for student membership           >	
                                                                    Accounting for Non-financial Managers                             and developmental. You will be assessed                      Why choose this course?
     while they study. The programme is NOT accredited            >	
                                                                    People and World Organisations                                    through business/product proposals, personal                 Our facilities allow you to experience real
                                                                    Marketing Management                                              reflections, marketing plans and real life market            life situations with access to a dedicated
     by the BPS and graduates would not be eligible
                                                                    Management of Innovation                                          research, all of which are crucial skills for the            Trading Room facility and asset market trading
     for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner                                                                                 modern professional. The programme is part                   simulations.
     psychologist.                                                >	
                                                                    Economic Environment of Business
                                                                                                                                      time, allowing you the time and flexibility to
                                                                                                                                      structure it around your personal and work                   Additional entry requirements
                                                                                                                                      commitments. This is one of the only courses of              You must demonstrate a good level of
            Why choose this course?                                       Why choose this course?                                     its type in the country. It is different – are you?
                                                                          Get consultancy experience on a live business                                                                            quantitative and analytical skills gained from a
            Develop a career either as a general manager                                                                                                                                           degree in finance or economics (we will also
            or as an organisational consultant, or take a first           dissertation project. Access BSEEN (Birmingham
                                                                                                                                      Career prospects                                             consider an upper second class degree in
            step towards an academic or research-based                    Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network):
                                                                                                                                      This programme would be ideal for anyone                     mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering
            career.                                                       a business incubator located on campus, offering
                                                                                                                                      wishing to set up their own business or social               or the sciences).
                                                                          tailored business support, workshops and
                                                                                                                                      enterprise. It also provides an excellent route to
            Additional Entry Requirements                                 enterprise events throughout the academic year.
                                                                                                                                      management and leadership.                                   Career prospects
            Applicants should ideally have an undergraduate                                                                                                                                        Our graduates have secured employment
            degree which contains psychology, social                      Career prospects
                                                                          This course will prepare you to be an                                                                                    in a wide range of roles such as Analysts,
            sciences or business related subjects.                                                                                                                                                 Consultants and Investment Risk Officers. This
                                                                          entrepreneurial employee in today’s dynamic
                                                                          corporate environment. Recent graduates                                                                                  has involved working for organisations including
            Career prospects                                                                                                                                                                       Goldman Sachs (UK), EY (France) and BNP
                                                                          have set up their own businesses in a variety
            Our graduates have secured employment in a                                                                                                                                             Paribas (Luxembourg).
                                                                          of sectors including: Marketing, Energy,
            wide range of roles such as Administrative and
                                                                          Manufacturing and Insurance Services.
            Diplomatic Officers, Business Development
            Managers, Human Resource Advisors and
            Human Resource Partners. This has involved
            working for organisations including the Ministry
            of Human Resources (Malaysia), Prodos Ltd
            (Nigeria), Transport for London (UK) and Ford
            Motor Company.

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MSc Global Operations                                        MSc Human Resource                                       MSc Information Systems                                   MSc International
     and Service Management                                       Management                                               and Business Analysis                                     Accounting and Finance
                                                                  (Full-time and Part-time)                                                                                            Online also available
     Programme overview                                                                                                    Programme overview
     This course will provide you with a key knowledge            Programme overview                                       Ranked 3rd in the UK by Eduniversal Best Masters          Programme overview
     of advanced operations management at a global                Learn the complex yet subtle art of managing people      2017 this specialist course prepares you for a range      You will learn how to critically understand accounting within
     level. You will develop knowledge of the latest global,      in organisations, and develop skills for analysis and    of careers in information systems consultancy,            international business. You will build on the accounting
     economic, environmental and social challenges and            in-depth policy formation as well as the broader         business analysis and management. You’ll gain the         and finance knowledge gained during your undergraduate
     strategic management operations, and become                  discipline of management. This course is fully           technical skills to develop and manage systems            degree to take on a senior management role within a
     critically aware of key issues such as sustainability,       accredited by the largest internationally recognised     alongside a practical understanding of project            global organisation. You will focus on the application
     globalisation, digitisation, advanced manufacturing          HR professional body, the Chartered Institute of         management and consultancy.                               of knowledge to real world situations. This course
     services, and the impact of emerging technologies.           Personnel and Development (CIPD), and will provide       Core modules                                              has a strong international orientation and includes the
     You will learn how to apply theories and techniques          you with the ideal qualification for developing your                                                               opportunity to work abroad as part of your degree.
     of operations management in diverse socio-                   career in HR.                                            >	Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases
     economic contexts, industrial sectors, and cultural                                                                   > Foundation in Business Systems                          Core modules
                                                                  Core modules                                             > Developing Business Systems Workshop                    > International Business Finance
                                                                  > Organisational Behaviour                               > Managing Projects                                       > Strategic Management Accounting
     Core modules                                                 > Strategy, Change and Leadership                        > Learning, Skills and Career Development                 > International Business
     > International Operations Strategy                          > Strategic and International HRM                        > Applied Research Methods                                >	Sustainability Accounting and Accountability
     >	Managing Multi-organisational Enterprises and            > Assessment, Performance and Reward                     > Ethics in Academic Practice                             >	International Context of Corporate Reporting
         Enterprise Systems                                       > Learning and Talent Development                        >	Professional Development Programme (PDP)               >	International Taxation and Accounting
     >	Managing Projects                                         > Employee Relations in Context                                                                                    >	Ethics in Academic Practice
                                                                                                                           Elective modules                                          >	Professional Development Programme (PDP)
     >	Management of Innovation                                  > Employment Law
     >	Operations Management                                     >	Research Methods                                      >	Data Mining and Business Intelligence                  >	MSc Project or Dissertation
                                                                                                                           >	Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
     >	Applied Research Methods                                  >	Managing and Interpreting Financial Information
                                                                                                                           >	Enterprise Resource Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                     Optional modules
     >	Dissertation                                              >	Ethics in Academic Practice
                                                                                                                           >	Operations Management                                  >	Current Issues in Global Audit and Assurance
     Elective modules                                             >	Professional Development Programme (PDP)
                                                                                                                           >	Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring            >	Risk Management
     (choose two from optional modules below)                     Professional accreditation                                                                                         >	Islamic Accounting and Finance
     >	Enterprise Resource Planning                              This course is fully accredited by the Chartered                                                                   >	Corporate Governance, Regulation and Compliance
     >	Big Data                                                  Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).                  Why choose this course?                            >	Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
     >	Service Operations Management                                                                                             Information systems are the foundation of          >	Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies
                                                                                                                                  business and their operations and this course      >	Data Mining and Business Intelligence
     >	Sustainable Operations Management
                                                                          Why choose this course?                                 will give you the technical, organisational and    > International Business Strategy
     >	Industrial Service Innovation                                                                                             people skills that international employers want
     >	Simulation for Managerial Decision Making                         This course enables you to gain Associate                                                                  > Performance Audit
                                                                          membership of the CIPD after successfully               across a range of sectors.                         > Research Design, Practice and Ethics
                                                                          completing the course. If there is sufficient
                                                                          demand from students you may also be offered            Career prospects                                   Professional accreditation
             Why choose this course?                                                                                              This course will prepare you for a range of
             You will learn from leading academics who are at
                                                                          a chance to undertake Occupational Test User                                                               This course is a fantastic step towards becoming a
                                                                          (OTU) training and gain a certificate which             specialist careers in consultancy, management      qualified accountant. Several modules are accredited by
             the forefront of their research area and regularly
                                                                          is an accredited qualification by the British           and business analysis, and is also a suitable      the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
             interact with policymakers and businesses to
                                                                          Psychological Society (BPS) in psychological            first step if you want to pursue a research or     and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
             advise them on key decision making matters.
                                                                          testing. There will, however, be an additional          academic career. Our graduates have secured        (CIMA). This means you will benefit from exemptions, which
                                                                          cost for this qualification.                            employment in a wide range of roles such
             Career prospects                                                                                                     as Business Analysts, Information Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                     reduces the amount of ACCA or CIMA professional training
             This course will prepare you for a career in                                                                                                                            and exams you’ll need to take to become a fully qualified
             global operations and service management.
                                                                          Career prospects                                        Graduate Trainees and Junior Consultants. This
                                                                                                                                                                                     accountant once in employment.
                                                                          Our graduates have secured employment in                has involved working for organisations including
                                                                          a wide range of roles such as HR Executives,            Scope International (India), British Gas and
                                                                          HR Assistant Managers, Regional HR Business             Roland Berger (Nigeria).
                                                                                                                                                                                            Why choose this course?
                                                                          Partners and Personnel Managers. This has                                                                         This course will enhance your global career
                                                                          involved working for organisations including                                                                      prospects and provide you with an advanced
                                                                          KPMG (India), Lloyds Banking Group (UK),                                                                          knowledge of accounting and finance.
                                                                          Amazon Logistics (UK) and Tesco (UK).
                                                                                                                                                                                            Additional entry requirements
                                                                                                                                                                                            First degree in Accounting, Finance or relevant subject.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Career prospects
                                                                                                                                                                                            Our graduates have secured employment in
                                                                                                                                                                                            a wide range of roles such as Tax Associates,
                                                                                                                                                                                            Trainee Accountants and Accounting Analysts. For
                                                                                                                                                                                            organisations including Pricewaterhouse Coopers,
                                                                                                                                                                                            Capitax Financial Ltd and IBM.

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MSc International                                          International Pre-Masters                                     MSc Investment Analysis                                   LLM International
     Business                                                   Programme overview                                            Programme overview                                        Commercial Law
                                                                This course is for international students who want            Discover how to undertake security valuation and
     Programme overview                                                                                                       portfolio management by studying equity, debt and         Programme overview
                                                                to accomplish a postgraduate degree at Aston
     Today’s business professionals operate in a global         Business School and gain foundational knowledge               derivative markets in domestic and international          This varied and stimulating course is open to
     marketplace with organisations needing to learn            of international business. Successful completion of           sectors, and learn about the key techniques used by       graduates in law and other academic backgrounds.
     important cultural differences if they are going to        this course allows you to apply to study any Aston            financial traders. This course has a strong focus on      If you didn’t study law at undergraduate level, this
     succeed across international borders. This course          Masters programmes. The course programme                      the practical application of finance within a trading     degree will help you gain an understanding of how
     will give you cultural awareness and problem solving       includes a range of modules to improve academic               or corporate setting. Your studies will culminate         law and business intersect within a global context.
     skills. The wide range of elective modules will enable     English as well as providing a base knowledge of              in a financial analyst evaluation of a UK listed          For those with law qualifications, this course gives
     you to develop skills in a specific business function      key concepts and theories of strategic management.            company for your final project. During the summer         you the opportunity to develop advanced legal
     linked to international business or pursue related         Students will also develop intercultural awareness and        term you will also have the opportunity to attend a       knowledge and a broad range of business skills.
     areas such as entrepreneurship and business                competence within culturally diverse contexts.                workshop designed to help students taking the CFA®        Globalisation has made international commercial law
     sustainability.                                                                                                          (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level I examination.        increasingly significant. We examine the basis of the
                                                                Core modules                                                                                                            relationship between law and business within this
     Core modules                                                                                                             Core modules
                                                                The programme is broken down into two types of                                                                          context.
                                                                award, the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate                  >	Valuation of Investments (A)
     >	International Business
                                                                                                                              >	Valuation of Investments (B)                           Core modules
     >	Advanced Topics in International Business               Certificate. The Diploma runs across three terms (one
                                                                academic year) and the Certificate runs across two            >	Quantitative Methods for Finance                       >	Law and Business in a Global Context
     >	Strategic Management
                                                                terms (6 months).                                             >	Trading Techniques                                     >	Dissertation
     >	Economic Environment of Business
     >	Ethics in Academic Practice                             Graduate Diploma modules:
                                                                                                                              >	Security Analysis                                      Elective modules
                                                                                                                              >	Investment Management
     >	Professional Development Programme (PDP)                                                                                                                                        >	Competition Law and Policy
                                                                >   Academic Skills                                           >	Business Finance
     > MSc Dissertation                                                                                                                                                                 >	Banking and Financial Services Regulation
                                                                >   Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary                           >	International Finance
     Elective modules                                           >   Introduction to Intercultural Communication               >	Ethics in Academic Practice                            >	International Insolvency and Restructuring
                                                                >   International Business Environment                        >	Professional Development Programme (PDP)               >	Legal Risk Management
     Choose four modules (subject to pre-requisites and
                                                                                                                              > Investment Analysis Project                             >	Internet Law
     restrictions on some combinations):                        Core modules for the Diploma and                                                                                        >	Corporate Governance Regulation and
     >	Intellectual Property Strategy and Management           Certificate:                                                                                                               Compliance
     >	Business Finance
                                                                >	Applications of English in Academic and                    Professional accreditation:                               >	Intellectual Property Strategy and Management
     >	International Finance
     >	Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
                                                                    Professional Contexts                                     You will have the opportunity to attend preparation       Elective business modules:
                                                                > Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills                     and revision classes for the Chartered Financial
     >	Strategic Business Sustainability                                                                                                                                               >	Employee Relations in Context
                                                                > Business Policy                                             Analyst (CFA) Level One course. You will also have
     >	People and World Organisations                                                                                                                                                  >	Employment Law
                                                                Both programmes are completed with a dissertation/            the opportunity to complete the Bloomsberg Market
     >	Marketing Management                                                                                                                                                            >	Economic Environment of Business
                                                                research project.                                             Concepts Certification - an industry recognised
     >	International Marketing Management                                                                                                                                              >	International Business Strategy
     >	Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring                                                                                                                                     >	Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
     >	Operations Management                                          Why choose this course                                                                                           >	Business Finance
     >	CSR, Sustainable Development and Public Policy                 You should consider this programme if one or                                                                     >	International Finance
                                                                                                                                     Why choose this course?
     >	Entrepreneurial Strategies                                     more of the following apply:                                                                                     >	Global Business Ethics
                                                                                                                                     Practice your skills with a dedicated Bloomberg
     >	International Business Strategy                                >	your current level of qualification does not               Trading Room facility. You can get ahead
     >	Entrepreneurial and Innovation in Emerging                        meet the required level for direct entry to an             of the competition by practising in a life-like
         Economies                                                        Aston Business School postgraduate degree                  environment and gaining hands-on experience               Why choose this course
                                                                          programme;                                                 with Bloomberg’s database.                                The course is delivered in partnership by our
                                                                       >	you want to study a postgraduate                                                                                     Law School and Business School. This means
             Why choose this course?                                      qualification in a different subject to your               Additional entry requirements                             you will get the best of both worlds, benefitting
             Ranked 3rd in the UK in the Eduniversal Best                 degree;                                                    Demonstrable quantitative and analytical skills,          from a first-class law and business education.
             Masters Ranking 2017 and 7th in the UK by The             >	you want to build confidence and improve                   having studied some finance, economics or
             Economist’s Masters Ranking in 2017                          subject knowledge before starting a                        other quantitative modules at undergraduate               Career prospects
                                                                          postgraduate degree programme;                             level.                                                    This course will prepare you for a successful
             Career prospects                                          >	and you need to improve your academic                                                                                career in a range of legal roles, such as a
             Our graduates have secured employment                        English and/or study skills. (If this is the only          Career prospects                                          solicitor, barrister, company secretary, in-house
             as Assistant Advisors, Marketing Specialists,                factor that applies, find out more about our pre-          This course provides you with the knowledge,              counsel or legal advisor. It will also develop
             Relationship Marketing Professionals and Senior              sessional English programmes).                             understanding and skills needed for a career in           your understanding of business and equip you
             Analysts. Employers include Ernst & Young, Bosch                                                                        the financial, insurance and corporate sectors.           with a range of transferable skills to enhance
                                                                       By successfully completing the Aston                                                                                    your employability. Our graduates have been
             (China), IBM (India) and Deutsche Bank (UK).              International Pre-Masters Programme, students                 Recent graduate positions include: Auditor,
                                                                                                                                     PricewaterhouseCoopers (Italy); Financial                 successful in securing positions with prestigious
                                                                       will have a guaranteed pathway to a variety of                                                                          international companies and at leading
                                                                       Aston Business School postgraduate degrees.                   Analyst, Deutsche Bank (UK); Investment
                                                                                                                                     Manager, Bank of China (China), CRM,                      consultancy firms.
                                                                       Career prospects                                              Volkswagen.
                                                                       This programme will prepare you for a Masters
                                                                       degree programme that will give you access to
                                                                       careers across a wide range of sectors, both in
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