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Master of Business Administration


Our flexible MBA master's degree in Business Administration programme, available on-campus and online, has been designed with a practical element and will develop your advanced leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of the functional components of management, strategic management and specialist areas of study relating to your career aspirations.

Our MBA is student-centric and is focused on your career development. It blends academia and practical applications whilst building your confidence and competency through personal experiences. You will develop skills across a range of business functions including strategy, accounting, economics, operations management, people management, commercialisation, business development and marketing. You will attend our on-campus nine-day Leadership Week and conduct a Consultancy Project for a client organisation.

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

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

16 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

2 years

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

28 months
Full Time

By undertaking the Masters in Business Administration postgraduate degree you will learn the fundamentals and key decision-making that take place in business functions within the business environment and then 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.

Online Learning

Year 1

Over the duration of this MBA programme you will develop an in-depth understanding and gain experience of decision making in relation to a range of business functions including Accounting and Corporate Finance, Operations, Strategic Analysis and People Management.

Year 2

You will continue to develop your understanding of various business functions including Business Development, Marketing and Sales, and develop a commercialisation plan for a technology-based project. You will 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. 

Detailed module information
Full Time

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.

Online Learning

By accessing the Master of Business Administration course online you will learn via our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle which provides you with lectures and course materials and allows you to study from any location. You will participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.

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

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

Included with our MBA degree, 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

How long is a Masters in Business Administration university course?

The total learning effort on the course is the equivalent of 1800 hours over:

  • 1 year for full time (on campus) 
  • 2 years for part time (online)

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

Online Learning

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • 5 written assignments, including essay
  • 1 project portfolio with report
  • 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 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


Within the Consultancy Project you will act as a consultant for a business on an agreed issue relating to its operations. It allows you to apply your knowledge, leadership and strategic thinking skills within a practical context, face challenges of working within new settings, apply learning to new problems and earn valuable experience of working in a multi-national environment.

All projects are strategic in nature and focus on real opportunities facing an organisation or government department/agency. Previous projects have ranged from developing an international gas utilisation and monetisation strategy in West Africa to developing a global strategy and franchising for a major oil company. You can also use the Consultancy Project as an opportunity to produce a business plan for your own entrepreneurial ventures.



An MBA is an internationally recognised qualification which will help you to capitalise on your experience to date and build on your previous qualifications. On completion, you will be able to take that next step in your career to a senior leadership position either within your existing organisation, a new organisation or on setting up your own business.

Is studying for the MBA a good career choice?

Our MBA Careers and Employability programme comprises of a suite of workshops designed to stimulate your thinking, put you in control of your career planning and prepare you to compete effectively in the employment market.

Previous graduates have filled roles such as:

  • Marketing Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Launched their own business 
  • Business Consultant
  • Lead multi-national organisations 
  • CEO 
  • Senior Vice President 
  • UK Country Manager

Find Your CAREER Path


What is required for an MBA course in the UK?

  • 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 for further information.


Tuition fees for this Master of Business Administration degree in Aberdeen are as follows:


Full-time Online Learning All Students

  • £18,500

Part-time Online Learning All Students

  • £9,250 Year 1
  • £9,250 Year 2

Full-time On Campus All Students

  • £19,800 entire course

Full-time Online Learning All Students

  • £18,500

Part-time 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:



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