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This course aims to equip nurses and midwives, in a teaching role, with contemporary knowledge to enhance the quality of the learning experience for nursing and midwifery students. Read more

This course aims to equip nurses and midwives, in a teaching role, with contemporary knowledge to enhance the quality of the learning experience for nursing and midwifery students.

This will be catalytic in enriching the quality of the learning experience of pre and post registration students. Such a course will provide life-long learning opportunities for the registrant throughout the local region, allied health professionals, various other disciplines across the University and may stretch into the international market. 

The course has been developed to meet the needs of teaching staff who are nurses and midwives on probation within Robert Gordon University. However, it is also for the continuing professional development needs of all nursing and midwifery staff that teaches and supports learning in a variety of contexts. The course is aimed at enabling individuals to become competent registered nurse teachers, autonomous life-long learners, reflective practitioners and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (UKPSF 2011). The content of the course has been written to reflect the Mission Statement of the Robert Gordon University, which is “to transform people and communities”.

The aim of the PgCert Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Nursing and Midwifery) is:

  • to meet the needs of newly-appointed staff with academic or learning support roles
  • to meet the University's requirements of probation for academic staff
  • to meet NMC (2008) requirements for nurse / midwife teachers
  • to meet the requirements of the Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (2011)
  • to meet the requirements of SCQF level 11 attributes
  • to provide flexible learning routes that are efficient, and which promote synergies between the student's learning activities and their work role
  • to promote enhancement of the Interprofessional Educational experience of RGU learners.


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This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in environmental analysis. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field. Read more

This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in environmental analysis. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field.

You will benefit from the use of modern analytical equipment, and a real insight into the latest developments and challenges facing the industry. Your coursework will be underpinned by research, and industry-input, providing you with the best platform from which to deliver relevant and up-to-date analytical science services as a well-prepared graduate.

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study - Business Gateway, 2017.

What you will study

SEMESTER 1

This course has a common first semester with the Analytical Science courses with other specialisms (Drug Analysis and Toxicology, and Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

However, the extensive laboratory module is tailored to emphasise analytical techniques most relevant to your chosen specialism of Environmental Analysis.

SEMESTER 2

You will take part in a group problem-solving mini-project within your discipline. This builds on semester one study and emphasises the groups' ability to correctly apply appropriate instrumental techniques and methodology to solve the analytical problem posed. 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Ethics and Project Planning are introduced to the group and will provide you with valuable experience for your individual MSc Research Project Preparation which is carried out in the final 2-3 weeks of semester 2. 

The project titles are released at the beginning of semester two but not allocated until week 3 or 4. Allocation is often based on a competitive basis.

SEMESTER 3

You will begin the MSc Research Project practical work where you will develop your skills in using initiative, innovation, interpersonal skills, and a high level of autonomy, critical judgement and the application of appropriate and relevant principles in order to produce your thesis.

Teaching and assessment

A built-for-purpose learning environment fully supports your learning experience in analytical science. You are given extensive use of state-of-the-art analytical equipment, e.g. GC-MS, LC-MS, LC-MS-MS, ICP-AES, SEM-EDXA, CE, DSC, TGA, PCR, NMR and tuition from research active, expert staff. Much focus is placed upon developing you to work autonomously and problem-solve in analytical environments.

Our partners commonly provide industrial visits and guest lectures as well as external MSc projects. These relationships will allow you to gain a unique insight into the opportunities available within the analytical chemistry sector, as well as the challenges and opportunities you will face once in the workforce.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Webinar - 20 students per group
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 20 students per group, 5 hours per week
  • Demonstration - 20 students per group
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 20 students per group
  • Field Work - 20 students per group
  • External Visits - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 20 students per group

INDEPENDENT STUDY

You will develop substantial initiative and autonomy through lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises which will demand a significant amount of independent learning to complete coursework and assessments. The MSc project is a significant piece of self-directed work which tests your higher cognitive skills in problem-solving and analysis, synthesis, evaluation and selectivity and improves your ability to learn.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Our team features in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. 

Most of our staff members are research-active or have connections to industry. Professional involvement in the design of this course ensures its alignment with the requirements of the industry and increases your employability. Our school has a unique relationships with, for example, Aberdeen's environmental industries, Scottish Food and Drink producers and the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We also collaborate with the Scottish Police Authority on the profile analysis of seized and surrendered abused drugs. 

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 dissertation
  • 14 set exercises
  • 4 oral assessments
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Placements

Depending upon availability and academic performance, you may have the opportunity to undertake your MSc Research Project in an industrial setting. This may be in the Aberdeen area or further afield, e.g. other parts of Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France etc. We have a dedicated Placement Office to support you to securing a placement, however most students achieve placement from their own independent networking. Please note that industry projects are limited and subject to availability.

Study abroad

Study Abroad is not technically an option for this course. However, the MSc project can be undertaken abroad in an EU country, which will enhance your learning experience and maximise your employment prospects.

Job prospects 

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study (Business Gateway, 2017). Graduates gain employment in a wide range of areas such as research, project management and analytical services associated with a range of industries including distillation, pharmaceutical, oilfield chemistry, food/drink analysis and environmental science.

Graduates may also go on to further their academic career by seeking doctoral studies either within Robert Gordon University, when funding and suitable vacancies are available, or the rest of the UK, EU or internationally.

Some of our graduates with the Environmental specialism have gone on to undertake a variety of projects including river level monitoring for SEPA, analysis of shellfish poisons for Marine Scotland, and analysis of soil toxicity for the Hutton Institute.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply



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This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in drug analysis and toxicology. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field. Read more

This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in drug analysis and toxicology. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field.

You will benefit from the use of modern analytical equipment, and a real insight into the latest developments and challenges facing the industry. Your coursework will be underpinned by research, and industry-input, providing you with the best platform from which to deliver relevant and up-to-date analytical science services as a well-prepared graduate.

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study (Business Gateway, 2017).

What you will study

SEMESTER 1

This course has a common first semester with the Analytical Science courses with other specialisms (Environmental Analysis, and Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

However, the extensive laboratory module is tailored to emphasise analytical techniques most relevant to your chosen specialism of Drug Analysis and Toxicology.

SEMESTER 2

You will take part in a group problem-solving mini-project within your discipline. This builds on semester one study and emphasises the groups' ability to correctly apply appropriate instrumental techniques and methodology to solve the analytical problem posed. 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Ethics and Project Planning are introduced to the group and will provide you with valuable experience for your individual MSc Research Project Preparation which is carried out in the final 2-3 weeks of semester 2. 

The project titles are released at the beginning of semester two but not allocated until week 3 or 4. Allocation is often based on a competitive basis.

SEMESTER 3

You will begin the MSc Research Project practical work where you will develop your skills in using initiative, innovation, interpersonal skills, and a high level of autonomy, critical judgement and the application of appropriate and relevant principles in order to produce your thesis.

Teaching and assessment

A built-for-purpose learning environment fully supports your learning experience in analytical science. You are given extensive use of state-of-the-art analytical equipment, e.g. GC-MS, LC-MS, LC-MS-MS, ICP-AES, SEM-EDXA, CE, DSC, TGA, PCR, NMR and tuition from research active, expert staff. Much focus is placed upon developing you to work autonomously and problem-solve in analytical environments.

Our partners commonly provide industrial visits and guest lectures as well as external MSc projects. These relationships will allow you to gain a unique insight into the opportunities available within the analytical chemistry sector, as well as the challenges and opportunities you will face once in the workforce.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 1 hours per week
  • Webinar - 20 students per group, # hours per week
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 20 students per group, 5 hours per week
  • Demonstration - 20 students per group
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 20 students per group
  • Field Work - 20 students per group
  • External Visits - students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 20 students per group

INDEPENDENT STUDY

You will develop substantial initiative and autonomy through lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises which will demand a significant amount of independent learning to complete coursework and assessments. The MSc project is a significant piece of self-directed work which tests your higher cognitive skills in problem-solving and analysis, synthesis, evaluation and selectivity and improves your ability to learn.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Our team features in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. 

Most of our staff members are research-active or have connections to industry. Professional involvement in the design of this course ensures its alignment with the requirements of the industry and increases your employability. Our school has a unique relationships with, for example, Aberdeen's environmental industries, Scottish Food and Drink producers and the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We also collaborate with the Scottish Police Authority on the profile analysis of seized and surrendered abused drugs.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 1 written exam typically for 2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 dissertation
  • 14 set exercises
  • 4 oral assessments
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Placements

Depending upon availability and academic performance, you may have the opportunity to undertake your MSc Research Project in an industrial setting. This may be in the Aberdeen area or further afield, e.g. other parts of Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France etc. We have a dedicated Placement Office to support you to securing a placement, however most students achieve placement from their own independent networking. Please note that industry projects are limited and subject to availability.

Job prospects 

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study (Business Gateway, 2017).

Graduates gain employment in a wide range of areas such as research, project management and analytical services associated with a range of industries including distillation, pharmaceutical, oilfield chemistry, food/drink analysis and environmental science.

Graduates may also go on to further their academic career by seeking doctoral studies either within Robert Gordon University, when funding and suitable vacancies are available, or the rest of the UK, EU or internationally.

Some of our graduates with the Drug Analysis and Toxicology specialism have gone on to undertake a variety of projects including tablet quality analysis at GSK, substances of abuse analysis for Police Scotland, and toxicology analysis at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Hospital.

How to Apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply



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This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in food analysis, authenticity and safety. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field. Read more

This course is designed for Scientists and Engineers who wish to develop their skills in food analysis, authenticity and safety. The course will enhance your career prospects and give you the confidence and competence to make a difference in this fascinating field.

You will benefit from the use of modern analytical equipment, and a real insight into the latest developments and challenges facing the industry. Your coursework will be underpinned by research, and industry-input, providing you with the best platform from which to deliver relevant and up-to-date analytical science services as a well-prepared graduate.

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study - Business Gateway, 2017.

What you will study

SEMESTER 1

This course has a common first semester with the Analytical Science courses with other specialisms (Environmental Analysis, and Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety).

However, the extensive laboratory module is tailored to emphasise analytical techniques most relevant to your chosen specialism of Drug Analysis and Toxicology.

SEMESTER 2

You will take part in a group problem-solving mini-project within your discipline. This builds on semester one study and emphasises the groups' ability to correctly apply appropriate instrumental techniques and methodology to solve the analytical problem posed. 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Ethics and Project Planning are introduced to the group and will provide you with valuable experience for your individual MSc Research Project Preparation which is carried out in the final 2-3 weeks of semester 2. 

The project titles are released at the beginning of semester two but not allocated until week 3 or 4. Allocation is often based on a competitive basis.

SEMESTER 3

You will begin the MSc Research Project practical work where you will develop your skills in using initiative, innovation, interpersonal skills, and a high level of autonomy, critical judgement and the application of appropriate and relevant principles in order to produce your thesis.

Teaching and assessment

A built-for-purpose learning environment fully supports your learning experience in analytical science. You are given extensive use of state-of-the-art analytical equipment, e.g. GC-MS, LC-MS, LC-MS-MS, ICP-AES, SEM-EDXA, CE, DSC, TGA, PCR, NMR and tuition from research active, expert staff. Much focus is placed upon developing you to work autonomously and problem-solve in analytical environments.

Our partners commonly provide industrial visits and guest lectures as well as external MSc projects. These relationships will allow you to gain a unique insight into the opportunities available within the analytical chemistry sector, as well as the challenges and opportunities you will face once in the workforce.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Webinar - 20 students per group
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 20 students per group, 5 hours per week
  • Demonstration - 20 students per group
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 20 students per group
  • Field Work - 20 students per group
  • External Visits - 20 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 20 students per group

INDEPENDENT STUDY

You will develop substantial initiative and autonomy through lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises which will demand a significant amount of independent learning to complete coursework and assessments. The MSc project is a significant piece of self-directed work which tests your higher cognitive skills in problem-solving and analysis, synthesis, evaluation and selectivity and improves your ability to learn.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Our team features in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. 

Most of our staff members are research-active or have connections to industry. Professional involvement in the design of this course ensures its alignment with the requirements of the industry and increases your employability. Our school has a unique relationships with, for example, Aberdeen's environmental industries, Scottish Food and Drink producers and the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We also collaborate with the Scottish Police Authority on the profile analysis of seized and surrendered abused drugs. 

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 dissertation
  • 14 set exercises
  • 4 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Placements

Depending upon availability and academic performance, you may have the opportunity to undertake your MSc Research Project in an industrial setting. This may be in the Aberdeen area or further afield, e.g. other parts of Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France etc. We have a dedicated Placement Office to support you to securing a placement, however most students achieve placement from their own independent networking. Please note that industry projects are limited and subject to availability.

Study abroad

Study Abroad is not technically an option for this course. However, the MSc project can be undertaken abroad in an EU country, which will enhance your learning experience and maximise your employment prospects.

Job prospects 

85% of MSc Analytical Sciences graduates have gone on to employment in analytical sciences and 12% have continued to PhD study (Business Gateway, 2017). Graduates gain employment in a wide range of areas such as research, project management and analytical services associated with a range of industries including distillation, pharmaceutical, oilfield chemistry, food/drink analysis and environmental science.

Graduates may also go on to further their academic career by seeking doctoral studies either within Robert Gordon University, when funding and suitable vacancies are available, or the rest of the UK, EU or internationally.

Some of our graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of projects including lab analysis at Brewdog, production management at Baxters, counterfeit whiskey profiling at the Scottish Whiskey institute, lab analysis at Muller Dairies, and lab analysis at Chivas Distillery.



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This course will help you to develop the theoretical and analytical finance skills needed to succeed in the corporate sector and financial institutions. Read more

This course will help you to develop the theoretical and analytical finance skills needed to succeed in the corporate sector and financial institutions. The course’s extensive coverage of the CFA Institute’s Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) means that it is recognised in the Institute’s University Affiliation Program.

You will develop critical knowledge and understanding of the principles, concepts and theories of finance and the analytical skills for addressing financial management challenges in the domestic and international business environments.

The course will develop your ability to identify, evaluate, and propose/implement solutions to finance problems, and employ transferrable skills needed for roles within financial institutions, stock broking, investment and portfolio management, treasury and corporate finance departments of companies.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

STAGE 1

You will develop your knowledge and skills in financial analysis and understand the relevant theories for critically evaluating financial information and financial markets. You will learn to use various models and techniques for analysing the complex issues which arise during the business decision-making process.

STAGE 2

You will analyse financial management practices and learn to apply a range of analytical and financial skills. You will learn to evaluate and manage financial opportunities and risks. Communication, presentation, numeracy, IT and group interaction skills will also be enhanced.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, consulting, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Teaching and assessment

On-Campus Study

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These provide a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

You will also have access to Datastream, FAME and Osiris, which offer company insights and fundamentals and a host of market data.

Blended Learning

Our blended learning delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment and face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

Year 4

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Seminars - 15 students per group, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically of 2 hours
  • Tutorial - 10 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
  • Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group,38 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours Semester 3 (Capstone)

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 38 hours per week outside of class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff of which several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in several bodies.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers who deliver presentations in areas such as Fund Management and Investment Banking and staff with research experience. Guest lectures are also organised to cover the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct of the CFA Institute as part of the University Affiliation Program.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation (if option selected in Capstone)
  • class test
  • 1 project report (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
  • 2 oral assessments (Presentation)

Job prospects 

An understanding of finance is a must for managers of all companies whether local, national or international. Careers in finance are no longer limited to the traditional areas such as banking, and include a range of opportunities like credit analysis, risk management, investment analysis, fund management and corporate financial management.

For practicing accountants, this course will allow you to specialise within the industry, opening up a wide variety of career development opportunities within a number of different contexts, for example, accounting, finance, audit or economics. For those who are new to financial management, this course will allow you to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required to enter into, and develop your career within, the profession.

Employment opportunities exist within commercial companies, wholesale and retail domestic and international banks, accountancy and consultancy firms and fund managers and investment institutions as brokers, dealers, analysts and compliance staff. The qualification can also be a stepping stone for advanced research degrees (e.g., PhD) in finance.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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This course will develop your understanding of the global business environment and enable you to function effectively in an international business context, or in a range of other settings in which a high level of understanding of international business is an asset. Read more

This course will develop your understanding of the global business environment and enable you to function effectively in an international business context, or in a range of other settings in which a high level of understanding of international business is an asset.

This flexible course will provide you with comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of international business management, including key theories and concepts.

There is a focus on developing an understanding of emerging trends and issues in international business, such as the importance of emerging markets, the quest for sustainability and global innovation.

You will have the option to focus in the areas of international business management relevant to your needs and interests. 

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

STAGE 1

You will develop your knowledge of the basic elements and techniques of management. There is an emphasis on developing an understanding of how business operates in a global context.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

STAGE 2

You will begin to critically review and manipulate a range of analytical tools and demonstrate an ability to analyse, plan and undertake effective leadership and executive decision-making. You will develop your transferable skills in interpersonal communication and teamwork, and the use of financial and other management information.

Teaching and assessment

On Campus Study

There is 12 hours of timetabled classes per week with a further 12 hours of directed and individual study. The course uses a workshop type approach with flexible module sessions normally of 3 hours per week for each module. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos and e-books).

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. CampusMoodle will provide you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Seminars - 30 students per group, 12 hours per week (on-campus mode only)
  • Independent Study - 24 hours per week

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers, staff with Research experience or past Postgraduate Research students.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation

Job prospects

For those already working in business management, at a junior or middle manager level, you will be able to progress your career into an international position. If you are looking to enter this field and have no relevant formal qualifications, this course will allow you to gain the necessary business and management knowledge.

Previous graduates have gone on to set up their own business, pursue careers in international banking, business and with international trade organisations.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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This accredited course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of domestic and international marketing theory and current business management practices. Read more

This accredited course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of domestic and international marketing theory and current business management practices. On successful completion you will be able to make an immediate and effective contribution to the operations of an international or national company within the field of marketing.

You will develop an understanding of the complex nature of international marketing, compared to the domestic market, in areas such as culture, social structures, politics, economy, technology and legal systems. You will study and analyse consumer attitudes to products and business and look at the behaviour of the customer in a rapidly changing world. Digital aspects of marketing are emphasised throughout the course and you will develop a solid understanding of the knowledge and skills within the area.

What you will study

STAGE 1

You will gain a solid understanding of marketing and its key functional areas including business marketing and innovation, strategic digital communications, and global marketing management. Transferable skills in communication, teamwork and presentation are also developed.

STAGE 2

You will continue to develop your specialist skills, in-depth knowledge and practical experience. You will present a written research proposal for submission, which will normally form the basis for the Masters dissertation or project. A four week period of professional industry experience is undertaken at the end of the taught modules.

STAGE 3

The Project/Dissertation can take the form of a practical project as an alternative to the traditional academic dissertation of 15,000 words. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the project/dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group activities, case studies, individual learning, discussion, simulation and presentations.

Text books, academic journals and professional marketing related commercial publications will provide you with additional knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 30-60 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Seminars - 25 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 25 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 0.5 hour per week
  • Field Work - 1 student per group, 1 hour per course
  • External Visits - various hours per course

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 10-20 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

A number of our teaching staff have industry experience, with some undertaking teaching exchange visits in an overseas partner institution, which provides them with unique experiences and can enhance your learning through translation into case studies, lectures and tutorials.

Other staff members include guest lecturers, industry professionals and subject experts in supporting disciplines of Communication, Media and Management. Many of our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Our industry links provides you with the opportunity to learn first-hand from professionals about the practical challenges which you may face in your working lives.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 project output
  • 1 oral assessment

Placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake a four-week period of professional industry experience in a marketing role, which will enable you to put into practice the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

You will have access to our Placement Office, who will support you remotely in sourcing and validating a suitable position.

Job prospects 

On completion of this course you will be equipped with a range of profession, managerial and subject-specific knowledge and skills for a career in the field of marketing and international marketing. A postgraduate qualification in international marketing management will enhance your ability to be more creative, flexible and disciplined in your approach to marketing.

There are a wide range of opportunities available to you and some typical career routes which previous graduates have moved into include brand and product management, advertising, public relations, market research, sales management, retailing and general marketing management.

Example roles you could progress into include Marketing Manager, Brand Manager, Global Marketing Executive, Director of Advertising.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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This CMI recognised course delivers business theory with practical relevance and provides an excellent learning curve for aspiring managers or those wishing to enter management from a specialist professional position. Read more

This CMI recognised course delivers business theory with practical relevance and provides an excellent learning curve for aspiring managers or those wishing to enter management from a specialist professional position. The course is available through flexible study modes allowing you to study at your own pace.

All the modules are rooted firmly in professional practice and are designed to provide you with the ability to apply strategic thinking and leadership practice in a variety of different sectors.

Throughout the course you will gain an understanding in key functional areas including economics, finance, marketing, human resources, e.business management and entrepreneurship. You will develop the business and entrepreneurial skills, organisational knowledge and an understanding of the policy environment.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

STAGE 1

You will develop knowledge and understanding at Masters level in the key areas of general management. You will discuss and appraise national and international policy in relation to business and management, discuss and justify operating and organisational decisions within different sectors, and evaluate different markets.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

STAGE 2

You will continue to develop your knowledge in areas of general management and apply your understanding in practical aspects of the course. You will gain transferable skills in communication, numeracy and IT and also develop your accountability and leadership competencies.

Teaching and assessment

On Campus Study

There is 12 hours of timetabled classes per week with a further 12 hours of directed and individual study. The course uses a workshop type approach with flexible module sessions normally of 3 hours per week for each module. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos and e-books).

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. CampusMoodle will provide you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat. 

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Seminars - 30 students per group, 12 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 24 hours per week

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers, staff with Research experience or past Postgraduate Research students.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation

Job prospects 

The course will develop the necessary skills to progress your career as a consultant, middle level business manager or entrepreneur. Typical roles for graduates will be in operational management, management functions or as (initially junior) consultants to organisations operating in different sectors. It is anticipated that you will be able to obtain work in organisations ranging in size from small entrepreneurial ventures to listed companies, large conglomerates and the quasi-public sector. Previous graduates have gone to take up managerial positions in the public and private sectors, or have gone on to set up their own businesses.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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With multiple study modes, this CIPS accredited course enables you to explore the dynamic discipline of Procurement and Supply Chain Management at your choice of pace. Read more

With multiple study modes, this CIPS accredited course enables you to explore the dynamic discipline of Procurement and Supply Chain Management at your choice of pace. It will develop your knowledge, understanding and business skills for professional practice in procurement and supply chain management at middle and higher levels of management.

You will learn the strategies, best practices and tools and techniques to enable you to better comprehend how this field of management can contribute to the competitive advantage and effectiveness of an organisation and its partners.

You will develop the problem-solving, learning and research skills, within a procurement and supply chain context, that are necessary for employment in any sector.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

Please note this study breakdown is for full-time on campus study mode, other delivery modes may vary

STAGE 1

You will develop knowledge and understanding in the key areas of general management and procurement including economics, supply chain management and quality management and excellence models. Transferable skills for postgraduate study and professional practice will be established.

STAGE 2

You will continue to develop your knowledge in further key areas of the specialism including strategic purchasing, purchasing principles and the law, finance for managers and operations management. You are expected to become increasingly self-supporting and embark on more independent study.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, a professional dissertation or, where appropriate, business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Please note this study breakdown is for full-time on campus study mode, other delivery modes may vary.

Teaching and assessment

On Campus Study

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

On Campus Day Release Part-time courses are delivered in parallel with the On Campus Full-time cohort but you will only study 2 modules (30 credits) per semester.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat. 

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

The options represents full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery may  

  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 15-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1-4 students per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

We have a proactive Industry Liaison Group who provide input to course redesign and may contribute to classes through guest lectures and masterclasses.

ASSESSMENT

Please note the below represent full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery will differ. 

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 2 presentations/posters

Job prospects 

This course aims to transform individuals within, or aspiring to be within, the supply chain management profession. Career options are broad and varied, with opportunities in public and private organisations across industries ranging from energy to retail, and aerospace to construction.

Previous graduates have progressed into specialist procurement and supply chain management roles across the globe including Supply Chain Manager (Retail), Logistics Manager (Oil and Gas) and Buyer (Aerospace).

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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With multiple study modes, this APM and PMI accredited course enables you to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge for all project management disciplines across the world. Read more

With multiple study modes, this APM and PMI accredited course enables you to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge for all project management disciplines across the world. Accredited by APM and PMI, this course is suitable for those already in the profession or seeking to change direction as well as those at the start of their career.

The course is designed to meet the growing industry demand for project management professionals across a range of sectors including engineering, healthcare and energy and is developed in conjunction with diverse industry practitioners and professional bodies.

Our strong links with industry enable us to offer you practical and innovative learning experiences including the opportunity to work on real-life client based projects and case studies.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

STAGES 1+2

You will develop the technical, commercial and business knowledge, skills and competencies in key areas of project management including management of strategy, processes, project life cycle management, maturity models and project management software. Transferable skills in communication, team working and leadership will be established.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, a professional dissertation or, where appropriate, business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Teaching and assessment

On Campus Study

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat. 

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

The below represents full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery may differ.

  • Lectures - 10-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 10-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1-4 students per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

We have a proactive Industry Liaison Group who provide input to course redesign and may contribute to classes through guest lectures and masterclasses.

ASSESSMENT

Please note the below represent full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery will differ.

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 3 practical skills assessments
  • 1 presentation

Job prospects 

You will have the opportunity to take up membership with the APM and PMI during your studies which will provide excellent networking and career opportunities.

Project Management is very flexible, with the project management process being able to be applied globally and cross sector. The subject are encompasses competencies, skills and knowledge required for most management roles and you can build on these to meet your own career aspirations.

Previous graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of industry sector including energy, engineering, built environment, construction, education, film, research and development, local government and financial services. Typical roles include project engineer, quality manager, finance manager, web design manager, contracting manager, procurement /purchasing manager and project/programme coordinator. 

Please visit the website to find out how to apply



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The LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course is available through flexible study options and provides an opportunity to critically assess key legal and contractual aspects (i.e. Read more

The LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course is available through flexible study options and provides an opportunity to critically assess key legal and contractual aspects (i.e. licensing, contracts, M&A, environmental, renewable energy) of the global Energy and Oil and Gas sectors, both in the UK and leading international regions.

The course is designed to allow basic legal concepts to be covered in depth before building on this knowledge by moving onto specific energy, oil and gas law content.

You will develop key transferable legal skills to drive your career further and on successful completion you will be able to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues in the industry.

The course is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in Oil and Gas or Energy.

What you will study

All modes of delivery will study the same breakdown of modules, but over different durations depending on if studying full-time (on-campus/online) or part-time online.

STAGES 1 AND 2

You will develop a complete understanding of the main legal principles affecting Oil and Gas industry including maritime law, oil and gas law, environmental law, health and safety and renewable energy. You will gain in depth knowledge around contractual and commercial arrangements including contracts, mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution.

STAGE 3

You will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters level dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

In full time on campus mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorial sessions. These comprise a mix of tutorial presentations, group study, discussion of findings by teams and/or individuals. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including e-books, journals and audio visual resources).

Online students (full-time and part-time) will study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. You will be taught by a dedicated oil and gas law team of law lecturers and supported by RGU's VLEs designed for on-campus students and those studying at a distance. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

On campus option

  • Lectures - 25 -30 students per group, 2 - 3  hours per week 
  • Tutorial - 15 students per group, 2 hours per week 
  • Independent Study - 16 hours per week 

Distance learning option

  • Independent Study - 16 hours per week 
  • Forum postings - 5 hours per week/semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

You are required to engage in your own research as part of your weekly independent study time. Tutorial preparation and private study typically calls for an average of 16 hours of individual private study time per week.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

The majority of teaching staff on this course have professional Legal or Oil and Gas industry professional experience meaning that the course is taught with a highly practical edge.

Staff on this course could also include guest lecturers and industry experts.

ASSESSMENT

This illustrates the assessment methods for Full-time On Campus and Full-time Online Distance Learning study modes. Part-time students will be assessed on a case by case basis reflected by their particular circumstances and job commitments.

  • 2 written assignments, including essays (both on campus and distance learning)
  • 1 oral assessment (on campus)
  • 1 assessed forum posting contribution and weekly forum participation (both on campus and distance learning)

Job prospects 

This LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course will enhance your legal skills for a stronger employability profile within the oil and gas and energy industry. There is an increasing need for knowledge of the legal technicalities that affect the industry today. Masters level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector and are keys to career advancement, the oil and gas industry is no exception.

Graduates from the LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course are employed worldwide in companies such as Centrica, Shell, BP, AMEC, NNPC and multiple UK or international law firms.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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This fully accredited course will develop your technical, managerial and interpersonal skills necessary for the management of complex construction projects. Read more

This fully accredited course will develop your technical, managerial and interpersonal skills necessary for the management of complex construction projects. The distinctive, industry-driven curriculum equips you with the competencies needed to meet the challenges of today’s technologies, working relationships and project-related risks.

The course will provide you with the opportunities to pursue your own personal objectives in the areas of management, procurement and construction law, accounting management and consultancy and research in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector. It is suitable if you are either an experienced practitioner in the industry or are just starting out your career. Individual modules can be studied on a stand-alone basis for Continued Professional Development.

What you will study

STAGES 1 & 2

You will be introduced to the core discipline and processes of Construction Project Management theory and practices. You will develop an understanding of how to manage complex design processes from concept design through Building Information Systems (BIM) to detail design, procurement, construction and post completion maintenance and decommissioning. Skills in consultancy and research in the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector will be enhanced.

STAGE 3

You will undertake an industry based research dissertation of 12-15,000 words which if appropriate, will normally be integrated into your place of work. The dissertation will develop your skills and intellectual abilities in the investigation, assessment, evaluation and interpretation of a variety of relevant source materials.

Teaching and assessment

ON CAMPUS STUDY

You will learn through a mixture of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, practical work, case studies, simulations and games. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including e-books, journals and audio visual resources).

DISTANCE LEARNING STUDY

This online course is taught through CampusMoodle, which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study. No attendance is required on campus.

CampusMoodle provides a virtual classroom to deliver the equivalent of on-campus face-to-face staff/student contact. You will learn through case study materials, web links, video footage, group discussions and core reading. Systems such as Skype are used to hold online tutorials, guest presentations, virtual site visits and interviews.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

Year 1

  • Lectures - 15-20 full-time students per group, 12 hours per week / 6 hours per week online distance learning
  • Seminars - 15-20 students per group, variable hours (within the lecture hours) per week / 1 hour online distance learning per week
  • Webinar - 1 hour online distance learning per week
  • Tutorial - 15-20 full time students per group, variable hours (within the lecture hours) per week / 1 hour online distance learning per week
  • Independent Study - 15-20 full-time students per group, variable hours (within the lecture hours) per week
  • Field Work - 15-20 full-time students per group, variable hours (within the lecture hours) per week week
  • External Visits - 15-20 students per group, variable hours (within the lecture hours) per semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Individual research will involve the use of numeric and written communication skills, as well as presentation and discussion in module coursework and in the dissertation module.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

The course is delivered by industry experts, respected researchers and academics with relevant industry experience across the construction sector.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • Full-time: 24 written assignments, including essay
  • Online distance learning: 12 written assignments, including essay
  • Full-time: 1 dissertation

Year 2

  • Online distance learning: 12 written assignments, including essay
  • Online distance learning: 1 dissertation

Year 3

  • Online distance learning: 1 dissertation

Job prospects 

On successful completion of this course, you will possess a highly respected and professional qualification which is recognised throughout the world and has excellent employment prospects. The high-level professional skills you will develop will distinguish you in the contemporary job market. Graduate salaries in this sector are extremely attractive and benefits packages vary significantly between employers. You can choose to work in a number of related fields including the Built Environment, Civil Engineering as well as Heavy Engineering, Offshore and Petrochemical industries.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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This course will help you develop and be capable of using advanced critical knowledge and understanding of the accounting for upstream activities and the financial arrangements/implications of a broad spectrum of oil and gas ventures. Read more

This course will help you develop and be capable of using advanced critical knowledge and understanding of the accounting for upstream activities and the financial arrangements/implications of a broad spectrum of oil and gas ventures. It confers desirable skills for careers in the oil and gas, energy and financial sectors.

The course will develop your practical problem-solving, analytical financial modelling and essential transferrable skills in the financial risks and rewards of oil and gas investments within relevant accounting, regulatory and policy guidelines.

It offers a mastery of the accounting for and financial management of the unique arrangements and transactions encountered in the oil and gas industry.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

STAGE 1

The first stage of the course will provide you with a broad context for understanding corporate accounting and finance considerations, including quantitative techniques and foundational elements of finance and an appreciation of the economics of the oil and gas industry.

STAGE 2

You will develop the skills for specific applications of accounting and finance principles and tools to the oil and gas industry’s needs. You will be able to provide sound rationale and clearly communicate to relevant stakeholders the basis for accounting reporting and disclosure, operational considerations and theoretical formulations and applications of finance concepts. You will develop models and financial risk management strategies in the oil and gas industry.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, consulting, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, case studies, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to the learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

You will also have access to Datastream, FAME and Osiris, which offer company insights and fundamentals and a host of market data.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 15 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Seminars - 15 students per group, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically of 2 hours
  • Tutorial - 15 students, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
  • Practical class or workshop - 15 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 38 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours in Semester 3 (Capstone)

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 38 hours per week outside of class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff of which several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in several bodies and act as External Examiners to or chair programme/course validation or review panels for other institutions.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

Other staff members include industry professionals, staff with research experience and guest lecturers who deliver presentations as part of a masterclass series in relevant work-related topics.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 5 written assignments (coursework), including essays
  • 1 dissertation (if Dissertation option selected in Capstone)
  • 1 set exercise (Class test)
  • 1 project report (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
  • 1 presentation

Job prospects 

A postgraduate qualification in Oil and Gas Accounting and Finance provides you with the opportunity to pursue a variety of roles and careers requiring knowledge, understanding and practical skills of accounting, finance, management and economics within the context of the oil and gas industry and the energy and financial sectors.

Example careers include working in energy companies, government departments or regulatory bodies and parastatals, consulting and research companies, and energy and financial markets and institutions (including oil and gas trading, financial analysis and reporting, equity research, benchmarking and intelligence). Your remit could include applying oil and gas accounting, finance and economics in policy analysis and regulation and governance of the oil and gas industry and the extractive industry.

For those who are new to accounting, this course will allow you to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required to enter into and develop your career within the accounting profession.

The qualification can also be a stepping stone for advanced research degrees (e.g. PhD) in accounting and finance.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply



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This fashion business course covers the creative, managerial and commercial aspects of the global fashion industry. Read more

This fashion business course covers the creative, managerial and commercial aspects of the global fashion industry. You will learn through projects which are based on case study scenarios, simulate real-life practice, and incorporate group interaction, ensuring you are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills for a rewarding head office career.

A key feature of the course is digital literacy, including strategic digital communications and analytics. You will also develop an understanding of fashion brand management, including luxury branding, and will explore the ways in which consumers respond to fashion and how their needs are anticipated, identified and satisfied.

Specific fashion strategies relating to trend forecasting, positioning and pricing, supply chain, marketing, retailing, internationalisation and ethical issues will also be taught.

What you will study

STAGES 1 & 2

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key areas of fashion management including fashion branding, the fashion business environment, fashion forecasting, buying and merchandising and global fashion strategy. You will also gain communication, management and digital strategy skills. A four week period of professional industry experience is undertaken at the end of the taught modules for September starts, or between stage 1 and 2 for January starts.

STAGE 3

You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake research and prepare a 15,000 word dissertation on a fashion related topic within a relevant field. This provides you with the opportunity to integrate and synthesise your knowledge and understanding of fashion management. A practical project or professional consultancy option is available as an alternative to the traditional written dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by groups and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, projects, study trips, presentations and discussions. 

You will gain experience using industry specific software including Lectra’s Kaledo fashion software, Adobe Photoshop, the Retailer Business Simulation package and WGSN, the leading online trend-analysis and research service.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 10-20 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 10-20 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 10-20 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 30 hours per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - Individual, 100 (minimum) hours per year

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 30 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course assessments.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

All the MSc Fashion Management teaching staff have worked in a variety of roles in industry such as fashion design and garment development, visual merchandising, fabric design, marketing and events management. 

All staff have teaching qualifications, including fellowship or senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

Other staff members include fashion industry experts, media technicians and subject experts in supporting disciplines of Communication, Media, Marketing and Management.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 6 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 2 portfolios
  • 2 project outputs
  • 2 oral assessments

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Placements

You will undertake a 4 week (generally unpaid) professional placement or consultancy project in a fashion-related company, which will enable you to put into practice the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course. For September starts, this placement opportunity takes place at the end of Semester 2. For January starts, the placement takes place between Semesters 1 and 2.

You will have access to our Employment and Professional Enrichment Hub, who will support you in sourcing and validating a suitable placement position.

Previous placements include Zara, Hugo Boss, John Lewis, Ferregamo, Johnston’s of Elgin and Debenhams.

Job prospects 

Fashion is a multi-disciplinary business activity and the fashion industry recognises a need for those with both management and digital skills.

On completion of this course, you will be ready to make a valuable contribution within the regional, national and global fashion business sector and its wider community.

Opportunities exist in head office roles, often located in fashion capitals such as London, in fashion buying, financial merchandising and allocation, brand management, marketing and digital content creation.

Roles held by our graduates include Content Manager for Amazon in London, PR and Events Assistant for Michael Kors in Italy, Merchandiser for Gucci Group in Hong Kong, Merchandiser at ASOS in London, Buyer at Lifestyle Sports in Ireland.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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This course produces specialist Data Scientists who can design and implement computer-analytics and visualisation solutions for industry. Read more

This course produces specialist Data Scientists who can design and implement computer-analytics and visualisation solutions for industry. With an emphasis on Big Data, you will gain an understanding of the needs of businesses and how to manage requirements in this emerging international area of focus for companies, governments and economies.

The course focuses on Big Data, traditional and unconventional data management, including acquisition, storage, warehousing, analytics and visualisation tools and techniques. You’ll put these skills into practice in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Importantly, the course satisfies industry’s demand for Data Scientists who have the ability to relate key performance indicators, and contribute to business decision-making at a high level – giving you an advantage in the job market.

What you will study

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical knowledge with practical experience in data storage, mining, warehousing, visualisation and analysis as well as transferrable skills.

The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within data science. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated Project Supervisor, you will propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs. You will be invited to attend talks presented by highly-experienced researchers, speakers from industry, and members of the BCS (British Computer Society) on a wide range of industry-related topics. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.

Part-time September start students

  • A) Part-time September start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year. (Approximately 28 months)
  • B) Part-time September start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year.  (Approximately 33 months)

Part-time January start students

  • C) Part-time January start students who would like to work on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year complete their project in August that year. (Approximately 32 months)
  • D) Part-time January start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year, have a break during the summer semester and continue their project September-December that year. (Approximately 36 months)

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 30 students per group, 24 hours over two months
  • Tutorial - 30 students per group, 24 hours over two months

INDEPENDENT STUDY

A significant portion of this courses is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.

Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 4 written exams, typically for 3-4 hours
  • 2 reports
  • 1 dissertation (final year project)
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 8 practical skills assessment
  • 1 group critique

Placements

Students who perform particularly well during their first semester of studies will be invited to apply for any long-term placement opportunities (40-45 weeks) found by the Placement Office. Alternatively, you can seek your own long placement or a short placement. Note that permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School and students who optionally go on placement also need to pay a £1000 fee.

Job prospects 

The opportunity to exploit Big Data is recognised world-wide, and it is included in government economic strategies. The UK Government and Scottish Governments highlight it as an emerging opportunity for growth. The course prepares you for a career in Data Science or in Big Data. Job openings include: Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Visualisation Specialist, Data Manager, Database Designer/Manager, Data Mining Expert and Big Data Scientist. The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups, so graduates can seek employment locally. RGU is also involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies, and you may benefit from the university’s links with some of these companies when it comes to securing placements or employment.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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