Online MBA

It is helping to provide me with a deeper understanding and confidence in many areas of business."

Daniella Genas-Ogunbanjo

Online MBA (Class of 2016)
Online & Distance Learning MBA UK

64.5% average increase in graduate earnings.

Online MBA UK Careers & Earnings Increase

Business School triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and Equis.

Triple-Accredited Online MBA Program UK for Distance Learning

#1 in the UK for Return on Investment.

Distance Learning MBA Program UK - #1 in ROI for Online MBA's

Online MBA

Online MBA Fast Facts

  • 100 per cent online
  • 180 credit hours
  • Complete in two years
  • 9 modules
  • Core modules: 90 credits, Pathway modules: 30 credits, Major project: 60 credits
  • Take one seven-week module at a time: six weeks of learning and one week of assessment
  • Six intakes per year

Aston MBA Recognition

  • Business School has triple accreditation from Equis, AACSB and AMBA
  • Top 15 in the World (QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2017)
  • MBA ranked No. 1 in the UK and in Top 3 in world for ROI (The Economist 2014)
  • Top 10 University in Online MBAs Global MBA Rankings (CEO Magazine 2016)

Online MBA Programme Highlights

Aston University has more than 20 years’ experience assisting off-campus students. The programme is designed for busy professionals and is 100 per cent online, so you can study at a time that is convenient for you.

Enter a global network, and build connections between peers, instructors and potential employers. Learners can continue on with their professional lives. At the same time, learners will be enriching their knowledge with Aston’s online MBA programme and approach to potential advancement in their careers.

"Its amazing how so many different people from different professional backgrounds and different countries, all meet together (in collaborations or webinars) for the same goal of learning, you can learn as much from each other as you can from the course'." — Kevin Matthews, MBA Online Student

The Aston Edge

The Aston Edge is part of the online MBA programme, developed to work in tandem with the core curriculum. You will build a portfolio and gain critical skills such as innovation, managing organisational change, solving complex problems and adapting to multiple work environments.

Multiple Pathways

Choose a particular pathway from a number of options to tailor your degree to your professional needs. Pathways include: International Business, Finance, Governance and Ethics, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy.

MBA Project

The MBA project is the cumulative product of coursework combined with practical application to a number of business scenarios. Multiple project types are available and can potentially be sourced by your current employer. You have four blocks (six months) to complete the major project.

Online MBA Admissions

To enter the online programme, you need one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University
  • A degree-level professional qualification

In addition, the applicant must have three years of postgraduate work experience and two references, one from an academic referee and one from a current or previous employer.

Applicants who have extensive work experience who have not completed a graduate qualification may apply.

Contact one of our Admissions Advisers at +44 808 168 5253 or download a brochure by filling out the form on the page.

International Students

International students require an official academic transcript with an official English translation of university grades.

International students whose native language is not English will need to satisfy English language requirements of the University. For further information please contact us on +44 808 168 5253

Online MBA Fees

Students from EU countries (including the UK) — £18,700

Students from non-EU countries — £18,700

Online MBA Funding

You can explore further funding on our Fees and Funding page.

Online MBA Pathway Modules

Online MBA Core Modules

Careers & Outcomes

“Aston was unique in several ways: First of all, it is entrepreneurship-inclined. Secondly, it has a supportive, dedicated employability team working on improving its graduates’ employability.” — Basel Hammoda, founder, Blue Ocean Consulting

A Master’s of Business Administration opens up a wide array of employment possibilities. Aston online MBA graduates have found employment either through their own entrepreneurial endeavours or in different spheres of business. Also, Aston graduates join a network of more than 200,000 alumni who work in different areas and disciplines.

Our graduates have gone on to senior positions in national and international firms, including:

  • General Electric International
  • Hyundai Motor Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • LG Electronics
  • Nike
  • Samsung Electronics
Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance (15 Credits)

The module aims to enable students to understand and interpret a range of financial statements and other financial information used by organisational stakeholders to aid decision-making in relation to the allocation of capital.

Creating and Delivering Customer Value (15 Credits)

The module aims to develop skills and competencies necessary to critically analyse organisational marketing options and contribute to strategic marketing decision-making.

Designing and Managing Operations, Systems and Processes (15 Credits)

The module aims to provide an understanding of the role of operations management and how it contributes to business competitiveness.

Crafting Organisational Strategy (15 Credits)

The module aims to enable students to analyse strategic issues facing a variety of different organisations using appropriate concepts, frameworks and models to inform strategic decision-making.

The Global Economic Environment (15 Credits)

This module introduces students to fundamental concepts in economics to help them develop an economic perspective on business decision-making in a wide range of contexts and applications.

Leading Strategically Complex Organisations (15 Credits)

The module aims to introduce theoretical and real-world perspectives on leading modern complex organisations, including consideration of the complexity of behaviour, processes, systems and cultures.

International Business (15 Credits)
International Business Pathway

The aim of this module is to provide a systematic understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global business environment that influence business decisions and behaviour.

International Operations (15 Credits)
International Business Pathway

The module aims to provide awareness of the range of issues that, within an international context, constitute a holistic approach to the design and management of operations systems taking into consideration their social and environmental impacts.

Business Finance (15 Credits)

Finance Pathway

The module aims to introduce the key principles and challenges of financial management decisions; the characteristics of different forms of finance; and the linkages between organisations, the financial markets and financial strategy.


Global Finance and Financial Markets (15 Credits)

Finance Pathway

This module provides an advanced understanding of finance in a global setting and the linkages among global financial markets. It also introduces how assets are priced globally and the impacts of financial regulation on asset prices.


Global Business Ethics (15 Credits)

Governance and Ethics Pathway

The overall aim of this module is to provide participants with the critical knowledge and skills to successfully identify and navigate global business ethics issues.


International Business and Company Law (15 Credits)

Governance and Ethics Pathway

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal frameworks in which business organisations operate, demonstrate a critical understanding of the law in relation to international business and company law, demonstrate the ability to identify legal issues and problems in factual scenarios, and demonstrate the ability to apply the law to problem scenarios and provide appropriately tailored advice.


International Marketing Management (15 Credits)

Marketing Pathway

This module aims to develop an appreciation of the special requirements for successfully conducting international marketing activities.


Integrated Marketing Communications (15 Credits)

Marketing Pathway

The aim of this module is to introduce and explore the key theories and concepts underlying the role of marketing communications and to develop an understanding of how a range of marketing communications tools and approaches can be practically applied to develop effective marketing communications strategies.


Entrepreneurial Strategies (15 Credits)

Entrepreneurship Pathway

This module aims to equip students with the analytical and strategic skills necessary to start a successful small business. It also aims to contribute to an entrepreneurial culture amongst Aston postgraduates and encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as an alternative to employment.


Intellectual Property Strategy and Management (15 Credits)

Entrepreneurship Pathway

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of intellectual property law, copyright, patents, trademarks, designs and know-how. The module will allow them to recognise what intellectual property rights exist, who owns the rights, how to protect them and how to enforce them.


Managing Responsible Organisations (15 Credits)

Strategy Pathway

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills to examine, evaluate and design socially responsible and sustainable management strategies.


Management of Innovation (15 Credits)

Strategy Pathway

The module aims to enable students to critically examine relevant theories and models of innovation and to apply these to relevant case study scenarios.


MBA Project (60 Credits)
  • Core element of programme
  • Culmination of all skills learned
  • Ideal portfolio piece to show current or potential employers

The module aims to enable students to apply relevant theories, frameworks and tools introduced throughout the programme and to develop the research and/or consultancy competencies of students in the investigation of a management/organisational issue or new venture opportunity.