Information Management MBA

MBA Information Management - Online

1. Overview

The MBA Information Management online course has been developed to address the increasing recognition of the strategic importance of Information Management in public and private sector organisations.

Information and its effective management are central to the success of business organisations and our knowledge-based society and this course has been planned to meet the highest international standards and to be of direct relevance to organisational information management professionals. The emphasis in the MBA Information Management is on strategic management of information and knowledge assets in organisations. This is not an information technology or information systems based course.

The MBA Information Management is suitable for those with managerial experience in data management, information management, records management or knowledge management who may have moved into these areas from other fields such as science, technical or administrative business functions.

The Department of Information Management is an iSchool -  the world's leading group of Information Science departments. 

2. What you will study

The course involves the study of nine core business and strategic and management modules (which are common across the MBA programmes), two dedicated information management modules and an information management MBA project. The final MBA consultancy project is typically conducted within the student's organisation and addresses an information management problem. The course is studied by distance learning over 8 semesters:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Semester 7

PLUS 1 option module from:

Semester 8

All the modules are relevant to professional practice and designed to facilitate the application of strategic thinking and leadership to business and information management.

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.

3. How you will learn

An information management theme runs throughout the course supported by an MBA Information Management Forum - a teamwork area on CampusMoodle for dedicated online tutorial support and networking. The Forum will facilitate document sharing, content creation (for example, wikis) and electronic communication with Tutors and peers (using chat, discussion forums and video conferencing). It will allow MBA Information Management students to share experiences, engage in debate and contextualise their knowledge across all modules of the course. In addition, the core business and strategic and management modules are contextualised for the MBA IM students through relevant case studies and assignments.

Active participation of students, working independently or as part of a team is essential to ensure that maximum benefit can be gained from the course. An induction programme is completed by all students before commencement of the main studies.

Distance Learning
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and 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 lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

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.

Details on the distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide.

During the course of your degree you are required to attend a 10 day leadership week which takes place in the last week of May in your second year.

You will need to factor in the cost for travel, accommodation and subsistence for these 10 days.

This event brings together a number of speakers from academia and industry. During the event there will be a mix of academic and practical workshops. Each session will explore a different aspect of leadership and aims to enhance students’ skills and provide an opportunity to network.

The event will be hosted in the modern facilities at Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee.

4. Entry requirements

The MBA Information Management course is a challenging Masters level programme which requires a combination of academic abilities and business experience. The admission process places emphasis on career achievement and appropriateness of the degree. All applications are considered on an individual basis and references may be taken up from more than one employer.

To gain admission the applicant will normally:

  • hold a first degree at Honours level in a top class banding or equivalent. Applicants without a first degree who have five or more years senior management experience may gain access to the MBA IM following successful completion of the Graduate Certificate Information Studies course (one year distance learning)
  • have at least three years professional experience which should include management responsibility for people, resources, projects or finance
  • be able to demonstrate sustained achievement throughout his/her career
  • demonstrate ambition to succeed on the course, personal development, commitment to reflect and engage with self-improvement activity, clear and achievable career goals and how the MBA will help to realise these, communication and interpersonal skills that will enable them to gain most benefit from a peer-group learning environment and respect for the international dynamism of the MBA.

Ability in English language is required for entrance to the course. If appropriate, the applicant should demonstrate competence in written and oral English equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

English Language Requirements

Entrance is subject to an appropriate career profile, career progression, academic achievement and personal motivation.

5. Placements and accreditations

There is no formal placement programme on the MBA Information Management course. Distance learning students typically combine study with full-time employment and it is expected that the student will relate theory to organisational practice throughout the course. Direct engagement with an organisation - typically the student's employer - is required during the MBA project.

The MBA Information Management was awarded AMBA accreditation in 2012. This is recognition of the high quality of the course as part of a portfolio of Aberdeen Business School MBA courses, all of which are accredited by AMBA.

6. Student Funding

MBA Scholarship

Aberdeen Business School is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to assist exceptionally able students who wish to undertake their MBA programmes. Further details can be obtained at the MBA Scholarship page.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £5,710 Year 1
  • £5,710 Year 2
  • £2,080 Year 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £5,515 Year 1
  • £5,515 Year 2
  • £1,971 Year 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £5,294 Year 1
  • £5,294 Year 2
  • £1,912 Year 3

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £5,295 Year 1
  • £5,295 Year 2
  • £1,910 Year 3

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £5,068 Year 1
  • £5,068 Year 2
  • £1,864 Year 3

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you are a UK/EU student and have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Course Enquiries and Contact

For further information about the MBA Information Management course contact the Course Leader, Dr Laura Muir

Our online MBA courses are ranked amongst the top 30 in the QS Online MBA rankings.

Only programs offered at accredited business schools which receive a minimum threshold of votes in the annual QS Global Employer Survey and which have graduated students are considered for the final ranking of 30.

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Start date

September and January

Course length

3 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
Accredited By
Association of MBAs

Postgraduate Guide

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