Aberdeen Business School
Aberdeen Business School
Aberdeen Business School was named Business School of the Year 2020 (THE Awards 2020). This means that we provide an outstanding business education and help create top quality work-ready graduates.
About the School
Aberdeen Business School was named Business School of the Year 2020 (THE Awards 2020) and is also accredited by AACSB International (AACSB), an accolade achieved by only 5% of global Business Schools. This means that we provide an outstanding business education and help create top quality work-ready graduates.
We develop professional thinkers and innovative contributors through business connected learning, award winning teaching and internationally recognised impactful research.
Our vision is to empower people and businesses today to change our tomorrow. At Aberdeen Business School we harness our business connectivity and applied research to provide an outstanding student experience and nurture the business leaders of tomorrow.
We offer a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional development and research degree programmes across a number of business areas such as management and international business and more specialist academic areas including;
- Accounting and Finance
- Strategic Risk Management
- Human Resource Management
- Procurement and Supply Chain Management
- Sustainability and Energy Transitions
- Project Management
- Energy Management
- Financial Management
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At Aberdeen Business School we pride ourselves on our accessibility and flexibility. We treat you as an individual and work collectively to design the most appropriate route to maximise your individual career capital.
We offer on-campus, online and blended learning (on-campus and online) study, and many of our courses are available both in full-time and part-time modes. This range of course provision gives you the flexibility to choose the course that is right for you and your circumstances.
We strive to provide you with an education that will equip you with the skills and capabilities for your future career or indeed your career development. We recognise the importance of creativity and innovation in business education and all our students are exposed to a variety of business creation, innovation and entrepreneurial related modules.
For example, all our full-time, on campus undergraduate students undertake a Business ideas and Opportunities module which provides you with the opportunity to develop your business creativity by working in multidisciplinary teams. You can further develop these ideas in the third year of your programme by spending time in the University Accelerator unit.
We will nurture your potential, expand your talent and ensure you have the edge when it comes to your career opportunities. At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.
Awards and Recognition
- 1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK for teaching quality in Accounting and Finance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)
- 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2024)
- 1st in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in Business and Management (National Student Survey 2023, excludes colleges, small, specialist and private providers.)
The Riverside Building offers excellent student facilities including independent study stations, group study pods, modern lecture theatres and IT services.
Located in picturesque surroundings, on the banks of the tranquil River Dee, Aberdeen Business School students can even enjoy a moment of calm with a leisurely stroll in-between lectures and classes.
Placements & Professional Links
A year long, paid placement is an integral part of our undergraduate degree programmes. We also offer a 12 month placement on all of our full time on campus MSc courses with a 2 year Extended Master’s route.
Your placement gives you the opportunity to take on the role of a graduate trainee within a business setting where you will see the workplace from an informed perspective and put into practice the theories, strategies and skills you’ve studied. In addition, many of our undergraduate students are offered permanent positions within their placement company on graduation.
We have a dedicated Placement Office who help to find relevant placement opportunities at local, national and sometimes international organisations.
Inspiring Alumni Stories
Alexandra Stasulli, BA (Hons) International Business Management Graduate
"I spent my third year in Colorado, working for a global technology company. This experience allowed me to cross-train in different departments, significantly enhancing my skillset. My placement year was outstanding and definitely increased my employability as a graduate. I have just been offered a position as Marketing Executive with The Scottish Salmon Company Ltd., after impressing my interviewers with my knowledge and expertise acquired during placement.”
Laura - BA (Hons) Management with Marketing
Hear more about Laura’s placement with Microsoft UK during her third year studying BA (Hons) Management with Marketing.
Stuart Common started his career at Mackie's of Scotland during his placement year while studying Management at RGU. It wasn't long before he returned to the company after graduating to spend the next decade working in various roles within the company. Stuart is now Managing Director of Mackie’s of Scotland. Hear more about Stuart’s inspiring story:
Many of our undergraduate courses offer you the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Europe, North America and South East Asia and we in turn welcome students from around the globe. A semester abroad is extremely rewarding and will help develop your knowledge and skills by learning in a different social and cultural context.
Combining a semester abroad with a fully paid placement helps you to stand out from the crowd when seeking graduate employment.
Awards and accreditations
Business School of the Year
Aberdeen Business School was named Business School of the Year 2020 (THE Awards 2020). This recognises that we provide an outstanding business education and help create top quality work-ready graduates.
Aberdeen Business School is accredited by AACSB International (AACSB) joining an elite group of business schools around the world to be accredited by the global body.
We are one of only four institutions in Scotland to hold AACSB accreditation, with the accreditation only being earned by less than 5% of the world’s business schools.
Our undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degree programs have passed rigorous standards for quality.
AACSB-accredited schools are considered to have better programs, better students, more employers that recruit from them, and graduates that receive better salaries.
Small Business Charter
Aberdeen Business Schools has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting the small business community, student entrepreneurship, and the local economy.
Business Graduates Association
Aberdeen Business School is accredited by the Business Graduates Association (BGA).
The BGA is an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole.
Our courses are accredited by a range of professional bodies including:
- Institute for Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Association of International Accountants (AIA)
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute
- The Association of MBAs (AMBA)
- Association of Project Management (APM)
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
- The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
- Energy Institute (EI)
- Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
- The Project Management Institute (PMI)
Industry Links and Connections
Our courses are practical, relevant and designed in partnership with industry and relevant professional bodies to ensure you are equipped with professionally relevant skills that employers are seeking. Our Industry Liaison Groups provides a forum for dialogue between employers and staff members and to co-ordinate employer input to course development and design.
All our undergraduate courses give you the opportunity to spend a year working on placement as an integral part of your degree programme. If you are on the Management suite of programmes but do not go on placement, you have an alternative opportunity to undertake short-term management and enterprise projects with a range of different organisations through our unique Connect to Business study route.
All our Master's students are exposed to a variety of masterclasses by leading business professionals on contemporary business topics and there are various opportunities to interact and network with business experts in your chosen field of study. In addition, you will complete your postgraduate qualification with an innovative Capstone module which provides you with a variety of options most suited to your career aspirations including a business consultancy project.
Business led workshops and guest lectures are an integral part of our courses and give you the opportunity to interact, engage with and listen to a wide range of leading industry speakers from a variety of national and international business perspectives.
We are proud to be associated with the following leading organisations who offer a number of scholarship opportunities to our students:
The Offshore Training Foundation in partnership with OPITO, has founded a scholarship opportunity to the university's Aberdeen Business School students as a memorial to the Piper Alpha disaster. The scholarship provides a long lasting and positive legacy, focusing on the health and safety improvements which can be made in the offshore energy sector.
Institute for Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
ICAS provide scholarship opportunities for Accounting and Finance students.
TelosNRG offers a scholarship to one Postgraduate student studying one of the selected Business and Management Master's courses or MSc Energy Management course. Upon successful completion of the course, should any suitable vacancies exist, TelosNRG will consider interviewing the chosen student for employment within the company.
Aberdeen Business School hosts a vibrant research community and is active in a number of applied research topics. We offer investigative expertise and doctoral research opportunities in a wide range of business subject areas including accounting and finance, management, and people, organisations and practice.
Our Research Groups
Small Business and Enterprise
Led by Dr James Cunningham, the group made up of those researchers working on studies related to entrepreneurship and/or innovation activities in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
Continuing the legacy of entrepreneurship research within Aberdeen Business School, our researchers embrace a variety of perspectives on entrepreneurship and innovation, utilising a range of approaches in their studies to provide a multi-faceted view on how entrepreneurship and innovation contribute to our society.
Recent studies by the group’s established researchers and doctoral community have focused on the contextual nature of entrepreneurship, considering issues such as social interaction, particularities of place and industry, and the role of entrepreneurship in developing economies.
Energy, Sustainability and Society
Led by Prof Zoe Morrison & Prof Peter Strachan, this group covers research interests including circular economy, green businesses, energy policy, energy transitions, social acceptance of major energy infrastructure developments.
Other areas of research investigation include financial operations, accounting education and practice development, project management and operational safety.
Our Research Staff
Aberdeen Business School staff. Including full-time academic staff and all professional support staff indexed under each of our subject areas.
The Accounting subject team provides input on accounting topics including financial reporting, management accounting, audit and taxation on accounting and management courses within ABS. The accounting courses are accredited by professional accounting bodies, ICAS and ACCA. The team comprises professionally qualified accountants and those with research backgrounds in accountancy.
This subject team provides teaching, learning, placement support, consultancy, and wide academic research in areas of Business, Labour & Energy Economics, Sustainability, and the Energy Sector. The focus is to equip students with knowledge in the fundamentals of the subject area to have skills for key decision-making that take place in business functions within an energy & sustainability context.
The Finance team teaches and researches financial principles and practices, including real-world applications of analytical, quantitative, and decision-making skills for success in the dynamic field of finance. The team’s work covers the personal, corporate, and multilateral finance nexus and contemporary discourses on financial strategy, sustainable finance, investment, and wealth management.
The Human Resource Management (HRM) team provides input across undergraduate, postgraduate and work-based learning courses within ABS, with a particular focus on the CIPD-accredited MSc Human Resource Management. Areas of research include HR principles, employee engagement, organisational behaviour and evidence-based practice.
The procurement, supply chain and operations team provide high quality subject content across undergraduate, postgraduate, work based and commercial settings. With close industry connections we focus on the supply needs of a range of industry sectors. Our MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Professional support staff in Aberdeen Business School provide essential support from managing administrative processes, supporting teaching and learning to providing logistical support for events. Their expertise ensures seamless operations across the breadth of work within the School and wider University.
The Project Management team brings a wealth of expertise and practical insight to our dynamic teaching, learning and research environment within Aberdeen Business School. With diverse industry and research backgrounds, our staff collectively share a passion for cultivating effective project graduates.
Aberdeen Business School hosts a vibrant and inclusive research community. Active in contemporary national and international applied research, we offer expertise and doctoral research opportunities in a wide range of business subject areas including accounting and finance, management, and people, organisations and practice.