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Course content

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, 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


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.


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.


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. 


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


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.


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.


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.

Visit the Management (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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