Our Business Management degree is aimed at those who are in full-time employment and wish to obtain a formal qualification in business and management. This course recognises prior experience as well as qualifications for entry eligibility in either blended or supported distance learning formats.

Study for a career in Management with a Management degree from Aberdeen Business School - Robert Gordon University

This form of study offers flexibility and choice to those in employment who want to progress their professional and personal development and to gain formal qualifications without putting their careers on hold. This includes those who:

  • went straight into employment after school and now wish to strengthen their work experience with a formal qualification. Advanced entry to Stage 3 of the course (distance learning) will be considered for individuals with at least one year's experience at management level
  • want to top up further education qualifications such as HNC/HNDs/unclassified degrees
  • are looking for a change in career path or work advancements that now requires a business management qualification
  • would like to gain a specific postgraduate qualification in management, including an MSc or MBA but do not hold a first degree as this course provides the access route
  • wish to study whilst in full time employment
  • are not currently in employment and are looking for opportunities - we will consider your previous experience

There are qualifications at the end of each year of study within this degree so if you are not in a position to commit to the whole programme you will be able to achieve formally recognised qualifications:

Please read our important information about the application & enrolment process

BA Business Management information (PDF 200KB)


BA (Hons)

Course Dates


Course Length

1, 2.5, 3.5 or 4.5 years

Mode of Attendance

Blended/Distance learning

Academic School

Aberdeen Business School

Learning materials are accessed by students through our virtual learning platform, CampusMoodle. These study materials are then consolidated with discussions and activities at our monthly workshops in Aberdeen, where students will work with lecturing staff and other students, or via discussion forums on CampusMoodle. You will find out more about this under the 'How you will learn' section.

Assessments on the course are a combination of closed book examinations and coursework submissions with prescribed dates set in advance. Key subject areas include the following:

Stage 1 (Click each subject to find out more about the content)

Stage 2

Stage 3 Exemption (Runs concurrently with Stage 2)

This is for students, who joined the course in either Stage 1 or 2, with business work experience and who are seeking to bypass Stage 3 of the academic learning by relating the theory they have studied over Stages 1 & 2 with their own employment role and who wish to obtain an honours degree.

Stage 3 (Advanced Entry) For those entering the course at Stage 3

For students with a minimum of 3 years’ business experience and at least one year’s management experience they can commence at this stage of the course but it can also be undertaken by students who have completed Stages 1 & 2 who do not wish to apply for the APL exemption above as they do not have the relevant employment experience or would prefer to obtain an unclassified degree before advancing to the honours year. This is a supported distance learning route.

This is also suitable for students with an HND in Business or Administration and in full-time employment.


Stage 4

For Stage 1 of the course there is a compulsory induction workshop on Saturday 30 September 2017  where students are trained in the use of our systems and also have the opportunity to meet staff and other students. Students must have access to a computer on a regular basis to be able to undertake this course of study. Distance Learning students will undertake an on-line induction from early September but there is also an on-campus induction, for those able to attend on Saturday 30 September 2017.

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 disclaimer for more information. 

The BA (Hons) Business Management is a blended/distance degree course taught through CampusMoodle, the university Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which offers students flexibility of where and when they can study.

Study in Years 1, 2 and 4 is via Blended learning which means that course subject content and activities are delivered online supported with monthly Saturday workshops at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Attendance at workshops is compulsory. Stage 3 is delivered by supported distance learning with no on-campus attendance requirements.

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Blended/Distance learning allows students to continue to work full-time without the need for a career break and provides the opportunity to enhance careers through academic study and practical translation of the theory. This can also be a great chance to meet like-minded individuals across a number of industries and develop networking opportunities.

CampusMoodle offers full open access to tutors and other class members. Students 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 students with course materials which include:

  • Online activities
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

All students are required to fully participate in their online learning experience and engage with the learning process. As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process with a particular emphasis on group-related activities. However, a collaborative learning environment also requires that students become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how their learning occurs.

We welcome applications from students who have non-standard qualifications or indeed no qualifications but practical experience.

Each application is individually assessed based on previous qualifications and the level of business and management experience.

For someone with a minimum of 3 years’ business experience and at least one year management experience you could be eligible for accelerated entry to Stage 3 and obtain a Degree in a Year. If you do not have management experience but have worked in a business environment for a year you would be eligible to apply for Stage 1.

You will complete a Personal Assessment Form providing more information about your experience to assist with the decision about which stage of the course is most appropriate for you.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

  • All students are eligible to pay their fees on an instalment basis according to the University payment system.
  • Many of our existing students on this course are funded wholly or partially by their employer.  Arrangements can be made for the employer to be invoiced.
  • For those seeking part time funding assistance please refer to the SAAS website for eligibility
  • Any queries on credits undertaken within the academic year please contact Susan Lawrie - s.lawrie@rgu.ac.uk

For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £3,120 per stage

International Students

  • £5,150 per stage

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

  • £3,030 per stage

International Students

  • £5,000 per stage

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

  • £2,940 per stage

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

  • £2,830 per stage

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,740 per stage

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

  • £2,660 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

UK/EU Students

  • £2,565 per academic year


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


Applications for admission to part-time courses should be made online directly to the University's Admissions Office online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

Further details are also available (via email) from the Course Leader:

Susan LawrieEmail: s.lawrie@rgu.ac.uk

Please read our important information about the application & enrolment process

BA Business Management information (PDF 200KB)

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

This course will contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and prepare you for continuing or entering careers in the following fields:

  • accountancy and finance
  • personnel and human resource management
  • marketing and market research
  • business strategy
  • small business management and startup
  • operations and logistics
  • e-business and business systems
  • public sector management
  • project evaluation
  • banking and insurance
  • retail management

The University supports career development and offers online and offline advice and services through the RGU Careers Centre

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