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Aberdeen Business School
European MBA

Today it is a dynamic modern University with an international reputation for providing high quality education from undergraduate to PhD level.

Every year since the tracking of graduate employment began, the Times newspaper has named Robert Gordon University as the top university for graduate employment in Scotland and placed in the top four in the United Kingdom. Collaborative work with professional bodies, industrial organisations, government departments and research institutes continues to enhance our academic profile at home and abroad. All our programmes are designed to offer students an effective combination of academic study and practical experience, developed by close consultation with industry. In combining the best of the academic and professional worlds, a degree from Robert Gordon University places graduates ahead of the rest.

Aberdeen is a global hub for energy companies and Energy innovation. There are over 3,000 energy companies in Aberdeen, employing over 100,000 oil and gas workers. No other city in the world can match Aberdeen for the density and intensity of Energy activity. Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen is the best modern university in Scotland, according to the Guardian University Guide 2012 and was voted Scottish University of the Year in 2011. "A flourishing reputation for innovative research, student-centric approach, strong industry links and an exceptional graduate employment record sets it apart from its peers. Its graduates gain the advantage in their career." Sunday Times University Guide 2012.

Aberdeen Business School is recognised nationally and internationally for its corporate and management education. The School has had AMBA accreditation since 1999 and is one of only 40 of the UK's 120 Business Schools that have so far been accredited in all three modes of delivery.

Aberdeen Business School is one of the leading providers of management and professional, business education in Scotland. It has long established links with industry, commerce and the public sector, which enables the School to develop courses which are innovative, practical and offer the students an exceptional learning experience. The School's reputation is built by providing employers with professional individuals who have the best technical and personal skills and fully prepares graduates for their chosen career.

The MBA has been developed to ensure that it meets the highest international standards and is of direct relevance to the real world. Our approach to the MBA is to help each student achieve the career they deserve, get business and alumni involved and to be a positive force in society. We build your career by building the programme around four key areas:

  • Academic underpinning and Ethical Practice
  • Career and Personal Development
  • Behavioural and Skill Development
  • Industry Engagement
Academically you will develop a toolbox of skills combined with a higher level of critical thinking that will have an immediate impact on your business and will stay with you for the rest of your life. However this is not just about developing new knowledge and ways of thinking we also focus on developing your employability and career skills by improving your communication, written, behavioural, negotiation, networking and leadership skills. This will lead to higher levels of self-confidence, competency and improved strengths and abilities. As an integral part of the course several workshops eg in presentation skills, negotiation skills, networking skills are offered to assist the students in developing their skills in these areas.

Another highlight of the course is the week long leadership and strategy workshop which takes place in May each year. All MBA students в full-time, part-time and online/distance learning are invited to come to Aberdeen to participate and this provides the students with an excellent opportunity to network with other students and with industry representatives and to socialise. The event brings together a number of high impact speakers from academia and industry and contains a mix of academic and practical workshops, each exploring a different aspect of leadership.

The specialist elective courses allow students on both programmes the MBA and the MBA Oil & Gas Management the opportunity to develop their in-depth understanding and management skill base. The choice of electives means that students can tailor their studies to the area most applicable to their career development.

Finally we help you connect through industry engagement with over 40 days of events running each year led by industry, by having a strong student community and through alumni relations.

Whether you are looking to transform your career, take on more responsibility or simply get higher satisfaction from your current position we know our MBA leads to more business experience and career improvement.

We have five MBA degrees. Here in Aberdeen we offer the MBA with a focus on developing ideas in to commercial propositions, the MBA Oil and Gas Management with a focus on upstream Oil and Gas decision-making at an operational and strategic level, and the MBA Information Management.

Off-campus we offer the MBA Energy Business with our partner institution in Finland, Vassa University and the MBA Transport Strategy with our partner institution in Germany, Fresenius University. These degrees are all strengthened by our MBA collaborations with institutions in Australia and the United States.

The MBA Oil and Gas management course is the only course in the United Kingdom which focuses on upstream oil and gas. Employment opportunities in Aberdeen and internationally are buoyant and graduates have not found it difficult to gain employment in this sector.

Programme information:

Accreditation: The course is accredited in all modes by the Association of MBAs (AMBA); the CMI (the Chartered Management Institute) and the Energy Institute.
Rankings:Aberdeen Business School (ABS) is ranked in the global top 50 for its MBA programmes in the highly acclaimed 'Beyond Grey Pinstripes' survey, published by The Aspen Institutes Centre for Business Education, 2011. RGU was rated as Scotland's highest placed school, at 50, and was one of only five UK universities to be ranked in the top 100 MBA programmes.
Type of programme: FT/PT/Online/distance learning
Programme format:

MBA key modules:

  • Business Creativity and Innovation
  • Organisational Development and People Management
  • Technology Commercialisation Project
  • Leadership, Communication & Change
  • New Media Marketing
  • Strategic Management
MBA Oil and Gas Management key modules:

  • Oil and Gas Management
  • Oil and Gas Economics
  • Strategic Operations Management: Oil and Gas
  • Project Management
  • Energy Policy and the Environment
  • Oil and Gas Law
The MBA Oil and Gas degree concludes with an oil and gas project. This project allows you to put into practice leadership and strategic-thinking skills developed during the course. MBA projects are designed to enhance career options for all students by developing and enhancing your research, analytical, communication and personal skills. All projects are strategic in nature and focus on real opportunities facing an organisation or a government.
Course Strength: MBA Oil and Gas Management– the only upstream course of its kind in the UK and the project at the end of the course.
MBA – Ideas, selection of ideas and communication. Creative ideas leading to new products are the lifeblood of a company. Choosing the best ideas and making money are of paramount importance – the MBA at Aberdeen Business School will help you to do this.
Application deadlines: June for September start
Starting dates: September (FT and online/distance learning)
January (online/distance learning)
% of salary increase after graduation: 20%

Student Body:

Ratio of Applicants to Places: 10:1
Male to Female Ratio: 70 (male) 30 (female)
Age range: 26 – 50
Average age: 33
Degree background: science; technology; engineering; business
International Students:
Europe: 40%
North America: 5%
Central/South America: 5%
Middle East: 10%
Oceania and Asia: 20%
Africa: 20%

Admission Requirements:

University degree: hold a first degree, at honours level in a top class banding
GMAT: 570
TOEFL: TOEFL 570 (paper) or TOEFL 230 (computer) or IELTS 6.5
References: two
Minimum length of work experience: at least three years full-time work experience at a professional level. For the Oil and Gas MBA a degree in science or technology or engineering is required.


Costs: MBA (Full Time)
Application fees: 0
Tuition fees: £16500
Scholarships: Available and awarded on merit – 10% – 40% of tuition fee
Costs: MBA (Part-Time & Online)
Application fees: 0
Tuition fees: £12500
Scholarships: Available and awarded on merit – 10% – 40% of tuition fee
Costs: MBA Oil and Gas Management
Application fees: 0
Tuition fees: £19500
Scholarships: Available and awarded on merit – 10% – 40% of tuition fee
Costs: MBA Oil and Gas Management (Part-Time & Online)
Application fees: 0
Tuition fees: £16500
Scholarships: Available and awarded on merit – 10% – 40% of tuition fee
Costs: MBA Information Management (Online)
Application fees: 0
Tuition fees: £12500
Scholarships: Available and awarded on merit – 10% – 40% of tuition fee



All graduates, honorary graduates and honorary fellows of the Robert Gordon University and its predecessor institutions are automatically members of the Alumni Association. We have a worldwide network of over 70,000 Robert Gordon University alumni.


The Alumni Office is here to:

  • help you keep in touch with the University and each other
  • support you in your future development
  • provide you with exclusive benefits and services
  • invite you to a range of informative, educational and social events
  • provide you with exciting opportunities to support the University

To find out more about our activities why not explore the website, or contact or 01224 262032 for more details.



Garthdee Road,
Scotland, UK
Telephone: 0044 (0) 1224 263800
Fax: 0044 (0) 1224 263838
Dean: Rita Marcella
MBA program director: Allan Scott
MBA course leader: Linda Jenkins

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