Aston University: Strategy and International Business

InstitutionAston University View institution profile
Department Aston Business School View department profile
Web www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school
Email ask@aston.ac.uk
Telephone 0121 204 4810
Study type Taught

Summary

A unique combination of strategy, management consulting and international business, our MSc Strategy and International Business can kick-start your career. The course will equip you with the skills to analyse companies’ strategic situations and develop practical strategic solutions for complex commercial problems. You’ll learn the vital role middle managers play in implementing strategy and how you can make strategy work in practice.

This cutting-edge programme will give you a detailed understanding of strategy and its application in a wide variety of business settings. It will enable you to become strategically minded. You’ll learn to evaluate organisations’ positions within their competitive environments and then develop viable strategic options. By the end of this course, you’ll have a well-rounded business knowledge as well as the strategic skills to pursue a wide range of career options in strategy development, management consulting or a managerial role in a variety of business functions.

You will gain a detailed understanding of strategy by studying three modules focused on this fascinating area of business. The modules cover the fundamentals, advanced-level strategy and how strategy works in an international business context. In the first term, we’ll introduce you to key theories, concepts and frameworks related to corporate strategy. You’ll learn how to analyse the external environment as well as companies’ internal capabilities and understand how these skills can be used to shape strategic decision making.

In the second term, you’ll gain knowledge of advanced-level strategy and how this works in real-life business situations. We explore specialist topics, such as scenario planning, the art of strategic decision-making and the key role middle managers play in making strategy happen. We use a series of case studies to introduce you to strategic dilemmas across a range of industries. You’ll develop practical skills in assessing strategic opportunities and crafting viable strategic plans.

What makes this course unique is the opportunity to study strategy development and implementation from a management consultancy perspective. You’ll also have the chance to work on a real-life strategy problem in a consultative capacity. You can help an organisation to address a strategic problem and in doing so gain valuable practical experience, which will enhance your CV and help you when applying for graduate roles.

There’s the chance to tailor the programme to your interests or future career plans. You’ll select four modules from a wide variety of business topics, including marketing, finance and entrepreneurship. This allows you to enhance your understanding of several business functions and helps you to develop a broad range of transferable business skills.

We’re tripled accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, making us just one of 1% of business schools in the world to hold this. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) presented us with its highest accolade – a Gold Award, for consistently outstanding outcomes. We’re also in the top 20 universities in the UK and top 50 in the world for international outlook.

Our professional development programme, The Aston Global Advantage is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme.

Study abroad and internship opportunities available.

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Aston Business School

LEARN BUSINESS.  DO BUSINESS

At Aston Business School we believe that our students deserve the very best of opportunities to experience the real business environment, with live projects and internships to prepare them for the real world.

Our postgraduate portfolio has been designed in close partnership with business and industry in the UK and internationally, giving you an ideal platform to build you future career. Impressive accreditation, a worldwide reputation, and staff who can pass on the benefit of genuine commercial experience will enhance your prospects and progression.

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