MSc Business & Management Distance Learning Degree

Multiple Pathways

Tailor degree to fit professional needs:

  • Global Business:
    Learn about the global business environment and how it influences business decisions and behaviour.
  • Finance:
    Focus on financial management decisions, the characteristics of different forms of finance, and the linkages between organisations, the financial markets and financial strategy.
  • Organisational Development:
    Gain the critical knowledge and skills to identify and navigate key organisational development issues, including ethics and human resource management.
  • Entrepreneurship:
    Gain the skills necessary to start a successful small business or to innovate within an existing organisation.
Key Skills
  • Technical:
    Learn the IT, computing and other technical skills that will make you more marketable to potential employers
  • Critical Analysis:
    Understand financial reports and learn how to write insightful company reports
  • Presentation skills:
    Learn essential communication skills including how to present your ideas in a dynamic way
  • Problem solving:
    Become a constructive, critical thinker who understands the importance of solving problems
  • Decision-making:
    “More is lost by indecision than wrong decision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

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.

Entrepreneurship

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.
Finance

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.
Marketing
The module aims to enable students to develop the skills and competencies necessary to critically analyse organisational marketing options.
Strategic Management

The aim of the module is to introduce the main concepts and thought processes in strategic management and to enable students to analyse complex situations and make appropriate strategic recommendations.

The Economic Environment of Business

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.

Operations Management

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

Organisational Behaviour

The module also aims to introduce human behaviour in organisations. Further, it aims to discuss organisational processes from the perspectives of individuals and organisations, and from different theoretical perspectives.

Dissertation/Project

The module aims to develop skills in defining a topic area, selecting appropriate methodologies, acquiring and critically analysing relevant data, planning a complex piece of work and presenting a well-structured report in a format appropriate to the investigation and audience.

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.