Business Management

BA (Hons)

business management degree
This unique online course 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.

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

This course has multiple study options
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 - 4 years
STAGE 1

You will develop basic 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.

STAGE 2

You will build on the knowledge developed in Stage One, demonstrating your awareness and understanding of the business environment. Your professional skills are further enhanced to allow continued development at a higher level.

STAGE 3

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. 

(Direct entry offered 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)

STAGE 4

You will integrate Masters 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.


Modules

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
Activity Summary

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

There will be optional workshops scheduled on campus during your course of study.

  • Webinar - 40 students per group, 48 hours per stage
  • Project Supervision - 15 hours per stage
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 24 hours per stage

Please note this summary reflects the full Honours degree over 4 years, other course lengths will differ.

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.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Stage 1

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Stage 2

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Stage 3

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours (direct entry only)
  • 2 written assignment, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Stage 4

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours 
  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
Feedback

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 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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

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.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS 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

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.

Example industries you could move into include Banking, Retail, Public Sector, Private Sector, Logistics, Accountancy, Marketing, Business, Human Resources, and Insurance.

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..

CAREERS

 

We welcome applications from students who have non-standard qualifications or indeed no qualifications but practical experience.

Each application is individually assessed based on previous qualifications and the level of business and management 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 Stage 3 and obtain a Degree in a Year. If you do not have management experience but have worked in a business environment for a year you would be eligible to apply for Stage 1.

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:

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.

For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £3,120 per stage

International Students

  • £5,150 per stage
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

UK/EU Students

  • £4,000 per stage

International Students

  • £5,300 per stage
Additional Costs

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

Other Fees and Charges

Disclaimer

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:

STUDENT FINANCE

Student Funding

You will be eligible to apply for a part time fee grant via SAAS, for more information visit:

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

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

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The staff have cleverly crafted the course delivery to provide the perfect balance of workshops, supported by online content. This method allowed me to effectively balance studying with both work and family life. The course content is relevant to today’s workplace, leading to a promotion into a managerial role within my organisation and I find myself regularly drawing on the knowledge and techniques I have learned.”
NIKKI MANN | BA (HONS) BUSINESS MANAGEMENT GRADUATE

Accreditation

Aberdeen Business School accredited by:

AACSB

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Applicants to this undergraduate course can apply direct to the university using our online application form.


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