Aberdeen Business School

Sustainability and Energy Transitions


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MBA Sustainability and Energy Transitions
This programme aims to build on your prior professional experience to enable them to acquire a wider range of management knowledge and skills with additional specialist focus on sustainability and energy transitions, which are highly relevant issues for managers and leaders in the industry today.

This course is rooted firmly in professional practice and is designed to give you the ability to apply strategic thinking and leadership practice in a variety of different sectors. The consultancy project is undertaken in conjunction with an appropriate organisation. 

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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1 year

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  • Online Learning
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  • Part Time
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2 years

By undertaking the MBA Sustainability and Energy Transitions postgraduate degree you will learn the fundamentals and key decision-making that take place in business functions within an energy and sustainability context and 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

You will develop an in-depth understanding and gain experience of decision making in relation to a range of business functions within an energy context.

Year 2 

You will continue to develop your understanding of various business functions and 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. 

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions which compromise of a mix of group study, simulation, case studies and presentations. 

Activity Summary

Full Time

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 6 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1:1 supervision, 24 hours final semester only
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 100 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 450 hours per semester

Part-Time/ Online Learning

  • Lectures - 40 students per group, 2.5 hours per week
  • Seminars - 40 students per group, 2.5 hours per semester
  • Webinar - 40 students per group, 2.5 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1:1 supervision, 12 hours final semester only
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 32-48 hours final semester only
  • Independent Study - 250 hours per semester
Leadership Week

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.

Independent Study

The total learning effort on the course is the equivalent of 1800 hours over 12 months (full time) or 33 months (part time or online learning). This is to include independent study and coursework preparation, workshops, lectures and other activities.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The MBA programme is taught by industry experts and leading academics who have had successful careers within the corporate world. One of our staff members on the programme is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and two members of staff are Members of the Energy Institute, which ensures the teaching on the course is of the highest standard and relevance to industry.

We work closely with CEO’s, directors and key managers in industry to design and continuously develop our MBA offering and ensure the curriculum is relevant and appropriate to the needs of senior managers of the future.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Full Time

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, 24 hour time window; online exam
  • 7 written assignments, including essay
  • 3 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 project output
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 3 group critiques

Part Time/ Online Learning

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, 24 hour time window; online exam
  • 4 written assignments, including essay
  • 1 report

Year 2

  • 2 written assignments, including essay
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 project outputs
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 3 group critiques

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



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.

Inclusion Centre


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

  • 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.

​*Where this ACCA qualification has been achieved in the 5 year period preceding the MBA start date you may be considered for an exemption from module BSM013 Financial Management Accounting.

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

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.


Full-time All Students

  • £19,800 entire course

Online Learning All Students

  • £9,250 Year 1
  • £9,250 Year 2
Additional Costs

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

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Associated travel and accommodation costs for attending 9-day Leadership Week at our Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen

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
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


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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


The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.  

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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