Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    • Full or part time
      Full time , Part time & Online distance learning available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Office Administration Business Business & Management - Other
    • Course Start
      September, January
    • Course Duration
      12-16 months full-time; 24-28 months part-time
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    Our flexible MBA master's degree in Business Administration 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.

    What You Will Study:


    By undertaking the Masters in Business Administration postgraduate degree 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.


    Year 1

    Over the duration of this MBA programme you will develop an in-depth understanding and gain experience of decision making in relation to a range of business functions including Accounting and Corporate Finance, Operations, Strategic Analysis and People Management.

    Year 2

    You will continue to develop your understanding of various business functions including Business Development, Marketing and Sales, and develop a commercialisation plan for a technology-based project. You will participate in our 9-day Leadership Week event which includes a Business Simulation Exercise, academic and practical workshops, outdoor leadership development day, and guest speakers from academia and industry.

    You will utilise your knowledge and skills in an applied business context, for a client organisation (typically for your employer), through the Consultancy Project. The project is supported by a tutor from RGU and is designed so that the project recommendations bring real value to the client organisation.


    Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 


    Teaching and Assessment:


    By accessing the Master of Business Administration course online you will learn via our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle which provides you with lectures and course materials and allows you to study from any location. You will participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.


    Included with our MBA degree, 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.


    How long is a Masters in Business Administration university course?

    The total learning effort on the course is the equivalent of 1800 hours over:

    • 1 year for full time
    • 2 years for part time

    This is to include independent study and coursework preparation, workshops, lectures and other activities.


    The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



    All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.


    Placements and Jobs:


    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.



    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.

    Is studying for the MBA a good career choice?

    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 filled roles such as:

    • Marketing Manager
    • HR Manager
    • Launched their own business 
    • Business Consultant
    • Lead multi-national organisations 
    • CEO 
    • Senior Vice President 
    • UK Country Manager


    Visit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) page on the Robert Gordon University web site for more details!

    (Student Profile)

    Nilesh Pansare

    “There is a strong international community at Robert Gordon University... it has certainly given me the right set of tools to be successful in my career.”

    (Student Profile)

    Joanne Cranswick

    The accreditation is a recognition of the quality of teaching... Each course lends itself to a slightly different style and that is very useful because in your working life you will encounter different styles and you will need to be able to adjust to manage those.

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    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline and have at least 3 years of full-time professional work experience.
    Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
    Completion of ACCA Applied Skills Modules to BSc level combined with 3 years relevant professional work experience OR completion of ACCA Strategic Professional Modules* to MSc Level combined with 3 years relevant professional work experience.

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