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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 54 weeks

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    All Students: £17,000 entire course

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Our flexible MBA programme has been designed with a practical element and will develop your advanced leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of the functional components of management, strategic management and specialist areas of study relating to your career aspirations.

Our MBA is student-centric and is focused on your career development. It blends academia and practical applications whilst building your confidence and competency through personal experiences. You will develop skills across a range of business functions including strategy, accounting, economics, operations management, people management, commercialisation, business development and marketing. You will attend our on-campus nine-day Leadership Week and conduct a Consultancy Project for a client organisation.

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

Our Online MBA is ranked #13 in the QS Distance Online MBA Global Rankings 2017

What you will study

You will learn the fundamentals and key decision-making that take place in business functions within the business environment and then apply this at a strategic level. You will attend our nine-day Leadership Week event and utilise your knowledge and skills in an applied business context in the Consultancy Project.

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions which compromise of a mix of group study, simulation, case studies and presentations.

Activity summary

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 6 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1:1 supervision, 24 hours final semester only
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 100 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 450 hours per semester

Leadership week

You will participate in our 9-day Leadership Week event, held on campus, which includes a Business Simulation Exercise, academic and practical workshops, outdoor leadership development day, and guest speakers from academia and industry. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow MBA students across all modes of study and industry experts from local and national businesses.

Independent study

The total learning effort on the course is the equivalent of 1800 hours over 12 months (full time) or 33 months (part time or online distance). This is to include independent study and coursework preparation, workshops, lectures and other activities.

Staff delivering on this course

The MBA programme is taught by industry experts and leading academics who have had successful careers within the corporate world. One of our staff members on the programme is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and two members of staff are Members of the Energy Institute, which ensures the teaching on the course is of the highest standard and relevance to industry.

We work closely with CEO’s, directors and key managers in industry to design and continuously develop our MBA offering and ensure the curriculum is relevant and appropriate to the needs of senior managers of the future.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, 24 hour time window; online exam
  • 7 written assignments, including essay
  • 3 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 project output
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 3 group critiques


Within the Consultancy Project you will act as a consultant for a business on an agreed issue relating to its operations. It allows you to apply your knowledge, leadership and strategic thinking skills within a practical context, face challenges of working within new settings, apply learning to new problems and earn valuable experience of working in a multi-national environment.

All projects are strategic in nature and focus on real opportunities facing an organisation or government department/agency. Previous projects have ranged from developing an international gas utilisation and monetisation strategy in West Africa to developing a global strategy and franchising for a major oil company. You can also use the Consultancy Project as an opportunity to produce a business plan for your own entrepreneurial ventures.

Job prospects

An MBA is an internationally recognised qualification which will help you to capitalise on your experience to date and build on your previous qualifications. On completion, you will be able to take that next step in your career to a senior leadership position either within your existing organisation, a new organisation or on setting up your own business.

Our MBA Careers and Employability programme comprises of a suite of workshops designed to stimulate your thinking, put you in control of your career planning and prepare you to compete effectively in the employment market.

Previous graduates have gone on to launch their own business, lead multi-national organisations and progress into roles such as CEO, Senior Vice President, and UK Country manager.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply

Visit the Master of Business Administration - Full-time (MBA) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!





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