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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Aston Business School


Address MBA Office, Aston Business School, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET
Tel. No. +44 (0)121 204 3100
Fax No. +44 (0)121 204 3224
E-mail address
Programme Masters in Business Administration
Type of programme Full-time, Part-time and Distance Learning
Length programme Full-time: 12 months
Part-time/Distance Learning: 30 months
Date of commencement/ Application deadlines Full-time: mid-September
Part-time/Distance Learning: 3 intakes per year – October, January and April
Class size Full-time: 83
Part-time/Distance Learning: 45
Student accommodation On campus accommodation available
Cost / Fees Full-time: UK/EU/international: £21,000. This includes:
  • Full tuition for all modules and the project
  • Electronic resource packs for all modules
  • E-readers
  • Key text books for all modules
  • One week study visit to a leading European business school
  • Membership of AMBA for the year 2009/10
Part-time/Distance Learning: UK/EU/international: £15,275. This includes:
  • Full tuition for all modules and the project
  • Electronic resource packs for all modules
  • E-readers
  • Key text books for all modules
  • Access to DVD lecture library
  • Downloadable lectures via student intranet
Student grants / Financial assistance Scholarships of up to £5000 for qualifying applicants to help with the cost of tuition fees. Scholarships are available to students from specific countries.
Top recruiters of graduates of our Programme PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, KPMG, Ford Motor Company, Samsung Electronics, Nike, LG Electronic, Ernst and Young, Ferrari, Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank, Johnson and Johnson, Michelin, Npower, ING Vayasa Bank, Avon Cosmetics, IMS Consulting, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, BP, Hyundai Motor Corporation, Rolls Royce
Exchange Partner Schools / Programmes Credit Exchange Programme:
Copenhagen Business School – Denmark
AUDENCIA Nantes – France
HEC Central – Canada

Summer Exchange Programme:
BI Norwegian School of Management – Norway
Tecnologico de Monterrey – Mexico
Chinese University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong
Korea University Business School – Korea
Student profile 1.Countries of origin 23
2. Ratio Men : Women 74% male / 26% female
3. Age Range 24 - 41
4. Average Age 29
5. Average Work Experience 7 years
Admission requirements For direct enrolment on the MBA programme, you will need one of the following:
• A good UK honours degree
• An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University
• A degree-level professional qualification
• At least three years relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your MBA.
• An official academic transcript of your grades (in English).
• Two references - at least one from an academic referee, the other from your current or previous employer. Two professional references may be accepted from applicants with substantial work experience.
• A GMAT score of at least 600.
- 620 paper-based (with TWE* of 5.0)
- 260 computer-based (with TWE* of 5.0)
- 105 Internet-based (with a minimum score of 25 in any section)
*Test of Written English
• IELTS: 7 overall with no less than 7 in any section
Programme Director Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud


The Aston MBA

The Aston MBA is consistently recognised as one of world’s leading MBA programmes. Aston is one of only a small number of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from the three major management international accrediting bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. These accreditations confirm the high international standing of the School thanks to a combination of excellent graduate employability, high-quality research and excellent academic faculty. It also has a flawless 24/24 for its teaching quality and a top ranking 5 for research.

The Aston MBA is consistently highly placed in key business education rankings: the 2009 FT Global MBA Ranking placed Aston 12th in the UK and 21st in Europe whilst the Distance Learning MBA was ranked in the FT’s Top 42 Online Learning programmes. The 2008 Economist Intelligence Unit “Which MBA?” placed Aston’s MBA in the top 25 in Europe whilst the FT’s European Business School rankings placed Aston 3rd in the UK and 18th in Europe.

Potential to network is an important aspect of any MBA programme. The Aston MBA, placed 1st worldwide for Student Diversity in the 2008 Economist Intellligence Unit ‘Which MBA?’, allows its students to build a global network. With students from over 23 countries and 40% international teaching staff, its students are assured of a truly international dimension to their studies.

Programmes of Study

The Aston MBA: Full-time, Part-time or Distance Learning.

Full-time MBA
The full-time MBA starts in September each year, with a two week induction programme designed to enable students to adjust to the challenges ahead and hit the ground running. It has its own dedicated Careers Adviser who is available throughout the year to help with all aspects of career management to enable MBA graduates to make the most of the job market armed with an Aston MBA. Included in the tuition fee is a week’s study visit to a top European Business School; in previous years, MBA students have visited Nice, Paris, Barcelona and Leuven. The School also hosts MBA students from its international partners, giving its students the chance to further develop their network.

Part-time MBA
The Part-time MBA has three intakes per year: October, January and April. The taught part of the programme can be completed in two years, after which there is a project of up to six months duration. Students can swap to Distance-Learning and back, change the pace at which they study, or take breaks of up to two years if work or personal commitments demand.

Distance-learning MBA
The Distance learning MBA has three intakes per year: October, January and April. Students are sent DVDs that contain a recording of the actual lectures delivered at Aston to its on-campus students, plus PDF files of notes and handouts. All lectures are also downloadable from the student intranet. Unlike many other business schools the degree awarded is the regular Aston MBA, not a special Distance-learning version.

MBA Programme Structure

The Aston MBA structure is the same for all modes of study: students follow 12 taught modules, 10 of which are compulsory. Two elective modules are then chosen from a range of specialist areas including Finance, International Business, Strategic Management, Marketing, Leading People for Competitive Advantage and e-Business. At this stage of the MBA, students can tailor their studies to meet their own particular interests and personal development needs. At this stage of the MBA, students can tailor their studies to meet their own particular interests and personal development needs. On completion of the taught part of the programme, students are equipped with all the skills they need to proceed to a ‘live’ business project.

It is possible to study for either a Generalist MBA or a Specialist MBA, both are accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Career Prospects

Aston’s graduates can be found working in senior management positions around the world. For banking executives in Hong Kong, industrialists in India and company presidents in the USA – not to mention hundreds of senior managers in the UK – the Aston MBA has helped open the door to career success. Its commitment to enhancing the career progression of its students is delivered through strong employer links, resulting in an average salary increase of 70% for its graduates.

Aston Business School

Aston Business School, located in the heart of Birmingham, is one of the most experienced providers of business and management education in the UK. Today, it is among the largest leading business schools in Europe, with over 100 full-time academic staff and 3,000 undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and management development students. It is committed to creating and transferring knowledge that enables, innovates and inspires. The School is a welcoming community, focused on the core learning needs of its students, alumni, businesses, organisations and their leaders. It offers an inspirational and life changing experience for its 3000 students, whether at undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral level. It also offers transformational executive education programmes for leaders and businesses in excellent new facilities. All of the School's activities are underpinned by rigorous and relevant research, over 98% of which is rated as internationally recognised or internationally excellent. Aston Business School is committed to lead and enable transformation through teaching and research; to support and influence organisations and their leaders; and to contribute positively and substantially to society - regionally, nationally and internationally.


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