Aberdeen Business School

Accelerator Development


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PgCert Accelerator Development
This course is designed to support practitioners aspiring to establish a successful business accelerator programme. It will equip you with enhanced knowledge and skills in navigating the challenges typically experienced by startup organisations in a variety of contexts, with a particular focus on the implementation of technological innovation.

This course is part of the MSc Business and Management programme.

The course builds on practical experience and provides those involved in supporting wider entrepreneurial activity with specific expertise in setting up and running a Business Accelerator.

Practical work-based learning will be supplemented through the course with the development of skills and knowledge of the range of entrepreneurial contexts and activities which may be developed within an accelerator environment.

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

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
Course Length
6 months
Year 1

You will focus on the specific development of technology oriented business solutions and their commercialisation. You will reinforce your appreciation of the various contexts and challenges associated with entrepreneurship and reflect and build on your experience contributing directly to the coordination of a real startup accelerator programme


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.

Detailed module information
On Campus & Work-based Study

You are expected to be directly contributing at least part-time to a startup accelerator programme.

There is also 6 hours of timetabled classes per week with a further 6 hours of directed and individual study. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshop sessions and a work-based learning environment. The course uses a workshop type approach with flexible module sessions normally of 3 hours per week for each module. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos and e-books).

Activity Summary

Year 1

  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 6 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 12 hours per week
Independent Study

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. A significant part of your learning in this course is also expected to occur via reflecting on your work-based experience in a real startup accelerator programme.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers, staff with Research experience or past Postgraduate Research students.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 oral assessment

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.



The Disability & Dyslexia 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.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Job Prospects

This course is for professionals involved in supporting the coordination of startup accelerator programmes who wish to reinforce their expertise at supporting the development of businesses and the implementation of innovation within an entrepreneurial context. You may be from a non-relevant (i.e. non business) academic background. If you have no relevant formal qualifications in the field, this course will allow you to gain the necessary qualification to reinforce your professional expertise.

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 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

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.


Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency. 

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

For Academic Year 2019/2020

All Students 

  • £5,000 entire course
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728


Aberdeen Business School is accredited by the following:

Aberdeen Business School has been accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a global accreditation achieved by only the top 5% of business schools worldwide.
ABS was first institution globally to achieve accreditation by the Business Graduates Association, recognising excellence in responsible management, positive impact and lifelong learning.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

All applicants to postgraduate courses can apply direct to the university using our online application form.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

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