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Programme Details

MBA: 12 month's (1 year) full-time; 2-5 years part-time depending on work, family and social commitments.  For further info contact


Programme Details

The University of Aberdeen MBA is focused on the real needs of business. So as you’d expect, we’ll give you thorough understanding of the core knowledge areas of business and management. But we do this in a refreshingly different way.

The structure of learning is formed around a number of intensive teaching blocks. These range from formal lectures, group discussions, industry-real role-plays, simulation exercises and project work. The emphasis is on experiential learning.


Reasons to Apply

An MBA from one of Scotland’s leading Research Universities.

A practical and applied programme designed to help you develop and make the most of your own business experience.

Excellent links with industry.

A focus on your continued professional development as a business professional.

The opportunity to benefit from our Executive speaker programme (industry experts willing to share their knowledge and expertise).

Share experience and learning with a global student cohort. There are usually students from 30 plus countries on the programme.

An extensive alumni network from 50 counties.

The opportunity to study both full and part-time.

No exams – all assessment is by course work!



The aim of the University of Aberdeen’s Masters in Business Administration is to help develop you as a vibrant business professional.  Our participants are highly motivated and they normally have experience of working in business already.

Typical applicants are looking to gain a higher level of knowledge that the MBA can bring to improve their credibility and the level of business positions they can apply for.

Equally, you might have a burning passion to run your own company – and that would be fine, in fact it’s something we’d actively mentor you in. Either way, our main criteria is that you have a natural desire, drive and aptitude to succeed in the world of business.

Our MBA covers all the main disciplines of business management – managing people, (Leadership, human resource management and change management) budgets, (accounting and finance) customers, customer relationships and brands (innovation and marketing).

You’ll learn about data management for better decision-making and operations management, as well as going on to work on strategy formulation and implementation. In addition we will help your with your personal development: skills, style, and leadership.

On the programme you will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of business, broadening and deepening your knowledge – and focusing on powerful business insights – many of them newly emerging business models that will shape the business of tomorrow.

A core feature of our MBA programme is our focus on the development of entrepreneurial and enterprise skills. During the programme you will be challenged to identify, develop and evaluate new business opportunities, and, if they are any good, we will work with you to help you realise them. 

We want this MBA to give you more than facts, figures and generic assumptions. We want to push you further, sometimes out of your comfort zone to a place which transforms how you look at business. We’ll expose you to the nature of change in business, show you how to not just cope with change – but to embrace it and use change positively. It’s this broader thinking which will provide the fundamental communication and leadership skills you will use every day.

By taking two semesters of core modules and one semester of elective modules – and teaching these in ways that really resonate, it goes beyond learning and builds up into a portfolio of tangible experiences – all of which can be presented as proof of your business knowledge to prospective employers.

Moreover, our student body of 43 nationalities on the programme and international faculty also provides you with the international exposure essential to operate in a global environment. 

Contact Information

Clare McIntyre, Recruitment & Admissions Co-ordinator 

Graduate Business School

email: or tel: + 44 (0) 1224 273235


The University of Aberdeen MBA will provide you with an understanding of the core knowledge areas of business and management.

Below are the first and second semesters’ core modules, which starts ?to give you an idea of the key skills we’ll focus on. The focus is on general management, a broad understanding of business.

BUSINESS STRATEGY & ORGANISATION: Introduces strategy theories and applications in order to equip students with the theories, concepts and techniques of analysis that are essential for analysis of where the organisation is, where it wants to be and how it will get there.

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE FOR MANAGERS: Provides an understanding of accounting information and financial reporting and introduces key aspects of financial analysis and enabling students to undertake: interpretation of accounts; ratio analysis and user-group specific tools, e.g. Z scores and credit ratings; accounting information and the stock market; forecasting and valuation.

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT: Introduces the core concepts in the management of operations producing products and services. These include the management of capacity and inventory, production planning and control, project management and the management and improvement of quality.

BUSINESS ECONOMICS: Provides the knowledge to be comfortable with the tools of economic analysis as applied to the international, economic and business environments in which modern day businesses and policy makers have to operate.

THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE: Investigates the underlying theories which underpin the popular views about leadership. Activities also enable students to assess their own leadership style and competencies.

STRATEGIC MARKETING: Equips students with knowledge of marketing management and strategic planning across a range of organisational settings, including consumer, industrial, service and voluntary sectors.

MANAGING PEOPLE AT WORK: Recognises that people are the most complex of all organisational resources to manage. As such the theoretical and practical issues of people management in the contemporary competitive economic environment are the focus.

MANAGING CHANGE AND INNOVATION: Enables students to understand the context of innovation and change by examining a number of key topics, including the development of new products(goods and services) and developing the business case for innovation and delivering change.

In the third semester, students undertake to explore three elective models from a selected range of business topics – here are some of the previous choices:

Essential Human Resource Practices – International Business– International Marketing – E-Business – Talking to Teams – Strategic Financial Analysis.

These modules are followed by one compulsory module in New Venture Creation. The aim of this module is to equip students with an understanding of the key aspects of new venture creation, including business planning, pitching new ideas to investors and managing growth. This is a capstone course, by bringing together a range of different concepts.

Part-time Study

If you choose to study our MBA part-time the programme leader will work with you to develop a personalised study programme to fit the modules around your other commitments.


Our modules are assessed entirely by coursework – so for example, students are required to produce reports, briefing notes, presentations and reflective journals, which help you build up a personalised portfolio of experience – tangible proof that you’ve acquired key business skills and knowledge and something we know that prospective employers find very useful. 


The University of Aberdeen MBA is focused on the real needs of business. So as you’d expect, we’ll give you thorough understanding of the core knowledge areas of business and management. But we do this in a refreshingly different way.

The structure of learning is formed around a number of intensive teaching blocks. These range from formal lectures, group discussions, industry-real role-plays, simulation exercises and project work. The emphasis is on experiential learning. 


By promoting action-oriented teaching techniques this dynamic MBA develops a cross-disciplinary knowledge of business and a challenging inquisitive nature in students to prepare them for wide range of management careers in the private and public sectors or in founding a national or global start-up.

Here’s an A-Z ( ‘Y’ actually, we’re still working on the ‘Z’!) of the places our recent graduates are now working:



Andrews and Bruce 

Bank of Scotland 



Cognizant Technology [Bangalore] 

Conoco Phillips 


High Speed 2



Standard Chartered Bank


Tata Talisman

Yes Bank [India] 

Alumni Story

Read what former student JAVIER EDUARDO GARCIA thought of his time at The Univesity of Aberdeen:

“Studying an MBA at the University of Aberdeen has been both a significant challenge and a remarkable learning experience. After being away from education for more than 7 years (working in my home country, Venezuela), what a magnificent finding it is to rediscover how studying can change you in positive ways and how the interaction with fellows from a range of cultures increases the size of your world map, both in terms of new and valuable friendships and in terms of cultural understanding.

Not only does the University possess high quality teachers and convenient facilities, it also becomes the door which you are invited to open in order?to explore and find knowledge – to become critical and to create.

The City of Aberdeen, on the other hand, delivers what promises, and even more. A beautiful coastal city which has it all: entertainment, art, proximity to amazing landscapes and towns and, of course, those incredible views of the beach.

After the completion of the MBA programme, I would like to keep working some more years in the service industry, leading a challenging business unit. Later on, I would like to set up my own business: after all, I feel more confident in my knowledge and skills, and I am positive they will be key to success in the business environment.”

Javier Eduardo Garcia





The minimum requirement is a good first degree (equivalent to a British second-class Honours degree) or above in any discipline and two years' post undergraduate work experience . References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.  For more details on entry requirements, please contact

English Language Requirements

Please note, students who accept an offer of a place will be asked to pay a deposit to secure their place. This deposit is later deducted from the tuition fees payable at registration. See for further details.


For further information on tuition fees please visit


All applicants will be considered for Graduate Business School and Kings College Scholarships.  See:

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.  More Information can be found here.


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General Information

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University of Aberdeen
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Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576

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