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Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University

Management PgCert/PgDip/MSc

This course is a management development programme suitable for performance at middle management and has a broadly-based general management syllabus. The course is suitable for graduates without management experience who wish to enter a career in management. It is also suitable for junior managers who wish to progress towards middle managers and is also suitable for middle managers that wish to develop their professional practice and require a qualification in management.

The course takes a practical and applied focus and provides learners with the techniques and abilities for professional management practice and takes a more tactical and less strategic focus than the MBA. It is designed for professional practice at middle management and preparation for higher levels of management.

The masters in Management is a well-established part of the Aberdeen Business School portfolio but is continually updated to reflect current management thinking and practice. Its practical relevance is underlined by the fact that the course is also used by a range of world-class corporate clients as part of their middle management development programmes.

Another advantage of this particular course is that the Aberdeen Business School Placement Office, consistently finds suitable placements (7 weeks) for all our full-time students.

The benefits of this course are:
• Flexible study modes - full-time, part-time, distance learning and online modes
• Flexible exit and change points - PgCert, PgDip and MSc options
• Optional Placement route
• Practical approach - course centres on management practice and is more tactical than less strategically focused than the MBA
• Career opportunities

Management Development

This course is a management development programme in general management and comprises the range of subjects suitable for:
• recent graduates of any discipline who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in management in preparation for a career in this area
• people with limited or no managerial experience who wish to progress to a career in management
• managers who wish to develop their professional practice and require a qualification in management This course is used by a range of corporate clients as a valuable part of their management development programme.

Course Aims

To develop knowledge and understanding, business/management practice (applied knowledge and understanding) and management skills in general business/management suitable for professional practice at middle management and preparation for higher levels of management.

Learners on the programme will gain the following specific aims:
• A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of general management and its key functional areas, including key theories and concepts
• The ability to apply a significant range of professional skills, practices and techniques in management
• The ability to analyse, plan and undertake effective leadership and executive decision-making
• The ability to communicate effectively within their management discipline, including both people-related communication and teamwork and the use of financial and other management information
• Undertake a research project

Career Opportunities

The broad syllabus on the course permits learners to access a wide range of management careers and is useful for those who wish this perspective and the ability to perform in general management or those who wish to keep their options open with regard to their area of final specialisation.

The course has been most successful in providing graduates of a non-business discipline with an entry to careers in business and management. The course has been successful in enhancing the career development opportunities for junior and middle managers.

The course is suitable for both public and private sector organisations.

Department of Business & Management

The Business Management department is one of the largest in the school and has four areas of interest - Business Strategy, E-Business, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management.

The Business Strategy group is the biggest numerically with 50% of the academic staff being located here. The group teaches a number of strategic management modules throughout the University and to a number of corporate clients. The areas of speciality within the group are Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Business Strategy, Psychological Contracts and Environmental Management and Policy.

The Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship is an expanding area of expertise within Aberdeen Business School with a particular interest in small business enterprise. One of their remits is to provide entrepreneurial education to as wide a group of students as possible within the University.

Research Overview

The group has a number of different research areas in the field of general management, and it also has a specific focus on entrepreneurship research within Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship. The following subject fields in the area of business management indicate the research interests of the academic staff and research students:
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Business Ethics
• Business Strategy
• Environmental Management and Policy
• Psychological Contracts
• Operations and logistics management
• Quality Management

In relation to entrepreneurship research, The Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship has an enthusiastic research active group with a variety of interests and expertise in the topic of entrepreneurship. They undertake both qualitative and quantitative approaches to entrepreneurship and have research interests in two broad areas.

First the entrepreneurial process, trying to understand the big questions of how and why entrepreneurship arises and works. Other areas of interest include, for example, entrepreneurship in China, or rural entrepreneurship. They are also interested in more general issues, such as the role of gender and the role of social capital, for example. At present we have research students working in the areas of comparing criminality and entrepreneurship; the entrepreneurial narrative; the role of morality; the use of relationship marketing in SMEs and Chinese entrepreneurship.

The second area of specialisation is that of Small Business. Particular aspects of small business might include such topics as training, knowledge management, governance or innovation. The focus here is on the smaller business, which is viewed as being different from larger businesses, but nonetheless playing a key role.

The Department as a whole aspires to offer an intellectually challenging but supportive collegiate atmosphere where students will realise their full potential, in terms of scholarship, publication and personal development.

Aberdeen Business School

Aberdeen Business School is one of the leading providers of management and professional education in Scotland. Over 3,500 students are studying a comprehensive range of courses. In the School we have over 1,700 postgraduate students from over 80 countries and offer a truly international experience. Founded in 1965, the business school has just celebrated its fortieth year and continues to build on its firm foundation.

The Business School is part of The Robert Gordon University, which has been regularly acclaimed as the Best New University in the UK based on a formidable reputation for its pragmatic approach to higher education.

The Aberdeen Business School is one of the largest Business Schools in the United Kingdom. Currently it is structured in 8 departments: Accounting, Finance and Economics, Business and Management, Public Policy, Law, Information Management, Communication and Languages, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Associated with the departments, there are a number of satellite applied research centres in the field of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management, Tourism, Public Policy, and Transport Policy.

Aberdeen Business School have had AMBA accreditation for since 1999. The Business School is one of the largest providers of management education in the UK and have delivered online courses since 1999. We are rated excellent by the UK quality assurance agency for higher education and have a very strong portfolio of courses. The School offers 29 postgraduate courses with accreditation from CIPD, CIPS, AMBA, CIArb, CIMA, CIM, CMI, APM, IQA, Institute of Exporters, and CILIP to name a few. We have an extensive range of publications in our online library with approximately 3,500 academic journals.

Our Focus on Informed Learning

Aberdeen Business School is recognised nationally and internationally for responding to the needs of both students and employers. Our strong links with industry, commerce and the public sector enable us to ensure that our courses are practical and innovative and offer students the very best learning experience.

As a mark of the quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes many of our courses are recognised, or are accredited by, the professional organisations. This relationship between professional practice and academic rigour has meant that we continually appear in the top 5 for graduate and postgraduate employment in the Sunday Times University Guide. In 2006 RGU was ranked first for graduate employment in the UK. We enjoy the lowest unemployment of our graduates at 1.9% combined with the best rates of employment in graduate-level jobs of 86.4%.

Faculty Excellence

A teaching faculty that blends academic expertise with the credibility gained from current business, professional and consultancy activities supports the School’s programmes.

The staff also have an excellent record in attracting research funding from such bodies as the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and UNESCO.

Staff are also on the editorial boards of numerous international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, and the Journal of International Business and Economics Research.

Many of the School’s courses have a European and International focus and attract students from all parts of the UK, the EU and further a field. The resulting mix of students, cultures and customs creates a modern cosmopolitan study environment from which staff and students benefit.

Aberdeen is located in the North East of Scotland. It is known as the Oil capital of Europe and has a large number of Oil majors based in the city. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. Aberdeen has been voted the best place to study in the UK for the last 2 years. Students from International destinations would qualify for the fresh talent initiative on graduation.


Address Information

Address Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QE
Tel. No. +44 (0)1224 262 000
Fax No. +44 (0)1224 263 838
E-mail address
Course MSc Management
PgDip Management
PgCert Management
MSc Agribusiness Management
MSc Food Business Management
Type of Programme Full-time, Part-time and Online
Length of Programme Full-time:1 Year,
Part-time/Distance Learning/Online: 2 .5 Years
Application deadline January 2007 and September 2007
Class size Full-time: 80-90
Part-time: 10
Distance Learning: 15-25
Student accommodation Available
Fees Full Time
UK/EU Students: Entire Course £6848
Overseas Student: Entire Course £8300 - Bursary £1000

Part Time
PgCert Stage £2568
PgDip Stage £2568
MSc Stage £1712
£738 per Module
Student grants / Financial assistance A limited number of SAAS funding awards may be available for Full-time applicants to the diploma stage of the course. Check the website of eligibility.
Top recruiters of graduates All industries for the general management degree. The specialist masters in Agribusiness and Food Business Management feed into the appropriate industries
Admission requirements The requirement for successful admission to the course is an honours degree.

The basic requirement for successful admission to the programme is an honours classification degree. Other qualifications (degree equivalent) will be considered, with entry being subject to the University’s judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award.

In order to ensure language ability, all international students, for whom English is not their first language, are required to provide evidence of linguistic ability, by achievement of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 570 prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the programme.
Course Leader
Contact person for application
Wilson Irvine
Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263013
Fax: +44 (0)1224 263838
Student profile 1.Countries of origin: 15-20
2. Ratio Men/ Women: 60-40
3. Age Range: 21-55
4. Average Age: 31
5. Average Work Experience: 6 years

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