Online MBA

Admission Requirements

Individuals applying to the online MBA programme must have:

  • A good UK honours degree or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, together with 3 years of management experience, or
  • If you do not have a honours degree or equivalent, you may be considered on 7+ years management/progressive leadership experience, clearly detailed in your CV
  • If you do not have management experience and are looking to enhance your business skills, Aston offers an Online MSc in Business and Management
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 details please request more information.

BDK405: Aston Edge Futures

Critically reflect on current strengths and limitations as a potential leader of the future. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the importance of personal motivation and ambition to succeed with others while demonstrating personal excellence. Design a comprehensive and evidence-based personal career management plan.


Gain 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.

  • Discuss the key theories of entrepreneurship and the strategic practice of entrepreneurship.
  • Evaluate the growth and market potential of existing and new business opportunities.
  • Prepare a feasible and sustainable plan for the creation of a new business venture based on a clearly identified commercial opportunity.
Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance

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.

BDK406: Aston Edge Reflections and Growth

Critically reflect on progress as a means of raising self-awareness and stimulating action as part of a continuous development process. Communicate effectively to a geographically diverse audience using digital media. Identify problems, challenges, and/or opportunities in their organisational or career context and design effective research-based approaches to investigate these and implement appropriate responses.

Creating and Delivering Customer Value

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


Focus on 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.

  • Identify and analyse the financial problems faced by firms in their financial and economic environments.
  • Use financial tools to provide effective solutions to organisational challenges.
  • Critically evaluate financial theory in the identification of effective solutions to organisational challenges.
BDK407: Aston Edge Project

Undertake a comprehensive research project in relation to a specified organisational issue/challenge. Select and apply appropriate organizational, and managerial methods, theories, and frameworks in the completion of the research. Acquire and critically analyse appropriate data required to address the identified issue. Draw and present appropriate conclusions and recommendations in a form suitable to the context of the specific investigation.

Crafting Organisational Strategy

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

Global Business

Develop a systematic understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global business environment that influence business decisions and behaviour.

  • Explore the opportunities and challenges involved in the operation of multinational enterprises.
  • Assess the economic, political, social and cultural influences on the operation of multinational enterprises.
  • Evaluate the entry and organisational strategies of multinational enterprises using key theories from international business studies.
Organisational Development

Gain the critical knowledge and skills to successfully identify and navigate key organisational development issues, including ethics and human resource management.

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of global business ethics issues and related concepts such as CSR, sustainability, human rights.
  • Utilise advanced techniques from the field of human resource management to succeed as a global organisation.
  • Understand how environmental changes impact upon responsible management decisions in the fields of global business ethics and human resource development.
The Global Economic Environment

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

Designing and Managing Operations, Systems & Processes

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

Leading Complex Organisations

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.