Business Management

BA (Hons)

This unique online Business Management degree at Robert Gordon University responds to the changing needs of global business, allowing you to obtain a formal qualification whilst working. It will enable you to progress your professional and personal development by translating learning into practice.

The course is suitable if you went straight into employment and now wish to enhance your experience with a formal qualification or want to top up further education qualifications such as HNC/HNDs/unclassified degrees.

If you are looking for a change in career path or work advancement, or would like access to a specific postgraduate qualification in the field of business management, but do not hold a first degree this course will support you.

If you have relevant work experience you may be eligible to enter this degree at an advanced stage. Depending on your level of experience, this  means you could gain a Bachelor’s degree in just 1 year.

This online degree can be completed whilst you work full time.

New for 2022, BA (Hons) Business Management now includes a fully funded or reduced fee option. If you are a Scottish resident this means you may no longer be liable to pay fees and could qualify to have your fees fully funded by SAAS. Alternatively, as a Scottish resident you may qualify for significantly reduced course fees. *Find out more and if you are eligible in the Fees & Funding tab.

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

Aberdeen Business School is Business School of the Year 2020 (Times Higher Education 2020 Awards)

1st in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in Business Studies (National Student Survey 2022)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

1 - 3 years

Year 2

(Referred to as stage 1 of the degree)

You will develop knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of how businesses operate within the business environment. You will be able to enhance your academic, professional and analytical skills whilst reflecting on previous experiences.

Year 3

(Referred to as stage 2 of the degree)

You will be able to formalise your experience through academic study in the core areas of business and management. The year culminates with a business opportunity project which involves the development of a complete business plan that will add value to an existing business or a new business idea. 

Gain a degree in 1 year

We offer direct entry at Year 3 if you have a minimum of 3 years’ business experience and at least one year’s management experience or if you possess a relevant HND. This means you will gain a Bachelor’s degree in just 1 year.

Year 4

(Referred to as stage 3 of the degree)

You will integrate higher level knowledge, understanding and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed thereby enhancing your employment portfolio and setting you apart from other graduates in your field.

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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.

Please note that if you enter into year 2 of the degree, this is stage 1 in terms of modules and if you enter into year 3, this is stage 2 in terms of the modules. 

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

This course is delivered through supported online study using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), CampusMoodle.

CampusMoodle offers you the flexibility of where and when you choose to study and gives you full open access to tutors and other class members. You will 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 you with course materials which include:

  • Online activities
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

Activity Summary

  • Online live tutorials, 70 hours per stage

Please note this summary reflects the full Honours degree over 3 years, other course lengths will differ.

How long is a Business Management course?

This Business Management course can be successfully completed within 1 - 3 years. This is to include independent study, coursework preparations and other activities.

Independent Study

Over the duration of the course, you are expected to become increasingly self-motivated, taking greater control of the study process, and define your own personal objectives for learning. You will spend approximately 15 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for online activities and researching and writing course reports.

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.


Typically students are assessed each year:

year 2 (stage 1)

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 portfolio

year 3 (Stage 2)

  • 4 written assignments

year 4 (Stage 3)

  • 2 written assignments
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 presentation


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


Academic Support

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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online 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.

Study Skills 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.


Job Prospects

The knowledge and skills developed throughout this course will enhance your employability and enable you to progress your existing career, change your career path or apply for new job opportunities.

Is Business Management a good career choice?

Previous BA Business Management graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Support
  • Sales Management
  • Marketing

The course also provide you with the entry requirements for postgraduate study, for courses such as Master of Business Administration (MBA), MSc Project Management and MSc International Business..


What is needed for BA (Hons) Business Management?

We welcome applications from students who have work based experience.

For entry to Year 2 (Stage 1), we require 2 years work experience.

For someone with a minimum of 3 years’ business experience and at least one year management experience you could be eligible for accelerated entry to Year 3 (Stage 2) and obtain a Degree in a Year.

You will complete a Personal Assessment Form providing more information about your experience to assist with the decision about which stage of the course is most appropriate for you.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 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:

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


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

Over 3 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

Over 3 years Year 1 £4,640
Year 2 £4,640
Year 3 £4,640

EU Students

Full Time

Over 3 years Year 1 £4,640
Year 2 £4,640
Year 3 £4,640

International Students

Full Time

Over 3 years Year 1 £4,640
Year 2 £4,640
Year 3 £4,640

Additional Costs

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

Student Funding

If you are assessed as a Scottish fee payer by our admissions team, you will benefit from significantly reduced fees, and could qualify to have your fees fully funded by SAAS.

For more information about SAAS funding and to find out if you are eligible, visit:

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

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

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