Business Administration MBA

Business Administration, MBA

Introduction

The most popular professional degree programme in the world, the MBA is a globally-recognised qualification designed to develop your leadership skills, underpinned by practical and theoretical knowledge. It offers you the opportunity to formally recognise your business expertise and take you to an exceptional level in terms of career progression, earnings potential and job satisfaction. Completing our MBA will make sure that you have the credentials required to compete against the best.

Contact

Email
gbs@abdn.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1224 273235

Key Facts

Duration
1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time / Part Time
Start Month
September / January
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning

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Overview

The Aberdeen MBA is focused on the real needs of business and will provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of the key knowledge and skills required to succeed in today’s challenging business world, when it's going to be harder and harder to move up without a higher-level qualification.

Although the programme is aimed at working professionals, with significant business experience, there is still a lot to learn. We 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 tomorrow. Just like our students will.

During your studies, you will learn about data management for better decision-making and operations management, as well as going on to work on strategy formulation and implementation.

You will work on your personal development: skills, style, and leadership. You are prepared to mature as a manager and become able to lead, motivate and manage.

But we do all this in a refreshingly different way. Our MBA is not about business dogma. It’s about getting you to challenge the way business is done and find new, more effective, more creative ways of doing it.

The MBA Faculty use a range of different methods to engage you, with an emphasis on experiential learning. These range from formal lectures, group discussions, industry-real role-plays, simulation exercises, case study analysis and project work. You will take cutting edge modules during our summer school which is led by visiting scholars as well as staff.

Our MBA attracts talented people from different industries, from all over the world. In this way, you will be able to learn from your classmates, share ideas, create professional networks and make friendships which last well beyond the academic experience.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time on campus learning MBA programme which runs in September. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Business Economics (BU5021)

This course focuses on the economics of business allowing students to understand the economics that underlie a whole host of business issues. The course will cover the functioning of markets, consumer behaviour, pricing, production and costing problems, monopoly and the business implications of inflation, economic growth and economic policy.

Accounting and Finance for Managers (BU5026)

The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.

Business Strategy (BU5048)

Business Strategy covers a broad range of topics that come under the general heading of “Business Strategy” / “Strategic Management”. The course introduces participants to concepts, frameworks and models that are useful in providing explanations of how companies operate with respect to goal setting, understanding their competitive landscape, assessing opportunities, managing own capabilities, coordinating their activities with other companies, and competing to create value for customers. The course is interactive in nature, applying a learning-by-doing method involving students taking on roles as part of a series of simulation exercises.

Operations and Project Management (BU5064)

​The focus of this course is not people but processes, not outside the organisation but within. Operations transform materials, information and customers to create goods and services using staff and facilities. We study process types and focus particularly on projects. We see how capacity and inventory reconcile demand and output and explore location, supply chains, quality, risk and resilience. About 40% of the course is on projects and project-management techniques. Prepare for both critical discussion of theory and application (operationalisation), including calculation.

Semester 2

Introduction



Compulsory Courses

Strategic Marketing (BU5553)

The course aims to provide participants with a critical understanding of the nature and articulation of the marketing function within modern organisations, and an appreciation of the relative contribution of specific marketing tools to the development of a market orientation.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critique the key principles and concepts of marketing.

2. Evaluate the role of marketing to modern organisations in private and public sectors.

3. Understand the integration of the marketing function with other organisational functions.

4. Assess the role of identified marketing techniques

Managing People at Work (BU5554)

Whether you are intending to manage other people or be responsible for HR functions in a company, this course is intended for you.

You will learn the theories that are the basis for good practice, the skills that are required to put them across and the employment law which governs what we are expected to achieve with our people

This course is run by tutors who have been experienced managers themselves and it will prepare you to pursue a career in management confident and competent to carry out what is expected of you

Managing Change and Innovation (BU5559)

The concepts of change and innovation have never been more topical, especially given the commercial context of fierce business competition, shorter product life cycles and more demanding customers. Increasingly, long-term commercial success is based on an ability to manage change, to act creatively and to promote innovation. These processes interconnect and overlap and often present major challenges to modern organizations. We address these issues through providing detailed case illustrations ranging from the workplace to the wider business market. Learning is encouraged through interaction, reading, investigation, video and case analysis, and critical discussion.

The Leadership Challenge (BU5584)

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

New Venture Creation (BU5940)

The aim of this course is to equip students with an understanding of 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.

Optional Courses

Plus three courses from thefollowing Summer School electives:

Strategic Financial Analysis (BU5946)

Introduction to accounting: Key accounting concepts Financial reporting Financial statements Financial analysis: A framework for analysis Accounting ratio analysis Common size analysis Stock market ratios Credit ratings Z scores Forecasting: A framework for forecasting Parameter estimation Financial forecasting models Issues in analysis: The links between the stock market and accounting International accounting issues

Talking to Teams (BU5948)

This course will help to highlight, in a variety of business and non-business contexts: i) the various real-life ways in which managers’ subtle, highly sophisticated and socially organized communicative actions have a significant impact on the perceptions and performance of the employee groups/teams they supervise and work with; and ii) what communicative methods managers can employ to more effectively relay information to, obtain feedback from, motivate, persuade and, more generally, enhance the performance of their staff teams.

People, Creativity and Change (BU5961)

The generation of novel, useful ideas and their translation and uptake enables organizations to explore more creative ways for achieving their objectives and securing strategic competitive advantage. Creativity is a process that occurs within society, it is part of individual and group activities and cannot be fully understood without a broader understanding of the dynamic contextual interplay between our social life experiences and our attention to various business tasks and organizational activities. In our focus on business organizations, the course aims to improve understanding and insight into the dynamic and interconnected nature of organizational creativity and change.

Supply Chain Management (BU5965)

The Supply Chain Management course aims to provide delegates with a broad understanding of supply chain management and how it relates to the energy industry. Completing the course participants will: Understand how supply chains can be effectively designed and controlled in a range of circumstances; be able to evaluate approaches to the management and development of the supply chain; and discuss the characteristics of contemporary supply chains and assess their contribution to organisational effectiveness.

Internationalisation (BU5970)

This course is based upon the analysis of Globalization and the process of internationalisation from comparative business and socio-economic perspectives. Students will learn about inter alia the role of large and small businesses in the contemporary international environment; transition economies and new EU member states; the process and modes of privatization; the role of supra-national organizations; cultural dimensions of international businesses; international trade; the role of social capital. To support the lecture themes, there are case studies, and written assessed assignment focusing upon the internationalization of a business.

Essential Human Resource Practices (BU5971)

This course aims to deliver a `best practices’ primer on human resource (H.R.) activities associated with successful organizations in the private and public sector. Students will gain an understanding of the linkages between various HR policies and procedures, and key organizational outcomes. Furthermore, they will gain the ability to critically appraise and analyse various methods of organizing and employing human resources in the organizational context. Learning will be encouraged by student and instructor interaction, reading, class discussions, and group work. The course integrates academic research findings on HR topics with practical issues faced by individuals in the workplace.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Our modules are assessed entirely by coursework – so for example, you 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 have acquired key business skills and knowledge and something we know that prospective employers find very useful.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Field Work
  • Research
  • Individual Projects
  • Seminars
  • Group Projects

Assessment

  • Just like industry, we don’t run our programmes around exams – in fact there are no exams, just intensive real-world learning that helps you gain relevant knowledge, quickly and effectively.
  • All assessments are done by a portfolio of work-based assignments.
  • We’re talking about powerful knowledge that will stay with you and make you more marketable within industry long after you’ve completed the MBA.

Why Study Business Administration?

A University of Aberdeen MBA gives you:

  • An internationally recognised MBA delivered by a reputable University - we are ranked as a Top 3 University for world-leading research impact in Business and Management Studies (REF 2014).
  • High quality teaching staff in a Business School and University with an excellent academic reputation.
  • Teaching informed by close links with business and industry.
  • Specialist subject knowledge of the core areas of business, for example marketing, operations, finance and human resource management.
  • The interpersonal skills required to lead, manage and motivate successful networks, teams and organisations.
  • The opportunity to explore new perspectives, ideas and challenges for business.
  • Optional modules to help you tailor your MBA.
  • Credibility with your business peers.
  • Career development support.
  • Flexible study options whether you are learning full time over one year on campus or part-time over two to five years.

Business leaders of tomorrow, prepare for success today.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

For international students entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study.

Undertaking an MBA is a substantial investment of your time and your finances. We aim to ensure that the return on your investment is considerable.

  • Part time and Independent Subject Study (ISS) fees are charged on a pro rata basis. For more information, see ‘Flexible Learning to Suit Your Lifestyle’.
  • 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.
Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition fee for main award £17,200
International Students Tuition fee for main award £17,200
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

An MBA With Mentoring and Industry Impact

Why settle for an MBA that's just educational when you could have one that's transformative in terms of mentoring and unique thinking plus experience given to you

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Open to graduates from any discipline, this programme does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

This programme is for you if you have a minimum of TWO years work experience; a track record of professional achievement and a good first degree (equivalent to a British second-class Honours degree) or above in any discipline.

The Programme Director may consider applicants with non-standard qualifications. If you have non-standard qualifications and extensive work experience, please ensure to enclose a complete CV and detailed work references.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the Business School Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

  • Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • CVan up-to-date CV/Resumé

Facilities

  • 24 hour access to our online Learning Support provided via our Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen.
  • Membership of the University Library, learning materials including access to core text books.
  • Access to international networking and continuing professional development.
  • Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society.
  • Access to the Internet via the university computer.
  • Access to all campus facilities.
  • Sir Duncan Rice Library

    Sir Duncan Rice Library

    The University’s award winning Sir Duncan Rice Library is listed in the “Top 20 spellbinding University libraries in the World”. It contains over a million volumes, more than 300,000 e-books and 21,000 journals.

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  • Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen

    This the University’s virtual learning environment. This is where you will find learning materials and resources associated with your courses and where you will be notified of any announcements about your courses or the University.

Careers

MBA graduates are in high demand.

  • 80% are employed in senior manager or director positions*.worldwide.
  • 42 CEOs of the Fortune top 100 companies hold an MBA.
  • the average salary of an MBA graduate is over £80,000*, according to the Association of MBAs.

Not only do Aberdeen MBA students leave with the underlying business knowledge essential to successful business, they have developed and thus can offer potential employers the crucial characteristics and skills - strong communication and interpersonal skills, quantitative knowledge and technical skills - sought after in today's globally competitive business environment.

In this way, our Alumni have enjoyed much success in the workplace with recent graduates going on to work in the following organisations:

  • Accenture
  • Bank of Scotland
  • BP
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Centrica
  • Citibank
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Ernst and Young
  • Google
  • High Speed 2
  • KPMG
  • Npower
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Shell
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Talisman
  • Taqa
  • Yes Bank (India)

Industry Links

Our business connections mean we provide opportunities to network with, present to, brainstorm with and do work for industry, including:

  • The chance to have your work seen by eminent members of your profession.
  • ‘Live’ projects for and site visits to prestigious companies or institutions.
  • Project work and workshops with visiting lecturers and industry specialists.

Our Experts

Director
Mr Russell Williams
Programme Coordinator
Dr Ian Heywood

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Contact

Address
Business School
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen

AB24 3QY
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 273235
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