The following programmes in the Business School offer the opportunity for work-based projects.

A full list of taught postgraduate programmes is available in the online prospectus.

To propose a propoject please use our online form.

MSc Accounting and Finance and MSc Finance and Investment Management

Project types will relate in some way but not exclusively to Accounting and Finance, Financial Management (including International Finance) or Management Information Systems. For example:

  • Budgeting and planning - a need to set up a comprehensive budgeting and budgetary control system
  • A case for cost control, cost planning or project control
  • A plan/system for working capital management
  • Product or customer profitability analysis
  • Design of management information/reporting system
  • A business plan
  • Business case development
  • Business process mapping and documentation for various purposes
    • Internal control
    • Quality control and ISO certification
    • Integrated systems implementation
    • These are just some examples and the list is by no means exhaustive

The project should be capable of being completed in 10-12 weeks, from late May. it may be part of a larger, on-going programme/project. The projects will be supervised by suitably qualified professionals within the University. Involvement of business partner will be mostly to provide information.


MSc Management Consultancy

Management consultancy can be an expensive investment both in time and money. Its success depends on choosing the right project and managing it well. Here at the University of Aberdeen we aim to do just that. For their dissertation projects students will undertake a project with an organisation during the summer (May - August), conducting research and preparing a report to present to management at the organisation. In carrying out these consultancy projects students will typically spend two or three days reviewing data and interviewing managers, following which they will analyse the data and draw up a report. At the end of the summer (August) the students will present their report in a formal presentation and your representatives will be able to ask questions and discuss with them the findings of their research.

Change events in organizations can mean reassessing job, work, career, and commitment for those affected by a change programme. Either before or after a change programme assessing how people respond to change can be a useful investment. Interviews with staff can be an indicator of acceptance of change and guide the organization in planning and evaluating change programmes

Example of projects completed:

  • Last year one group conducted a GAP analysis on the Junior Talent pool candidates at Aberdeen Asset management. They conducted 20 in-depth interviews with candidates and transcribed and analysed the data, presenting their report to 20 managers and the Talent Manager
  • A second group conducted a survey of usage to the Multi-functional devices around the University for the IT department supported by Mr Dean Phillips. They presented their findings to the IT team concerned and answered questions about the likely requirement for the new contractor
  • A third group went to the Museums section of the Library where they conducted 8 in-depth interviews with the manager and staff about the challenges faced by the team in the future years particularly marketing; staffing and future funding challenges. They were supported by Mr Neil Curtis, Head of Museums section.


MSc Marketing Management

Students undertake a 12 week practice-based ‘consultancy projects’ based on a specific company marketing issue, mid-May to mid-August. Students will be required to produce two written submissions:  

  •       A report for their client addressing an agreed project brief. This may include elements of both primary and secondary data analysis.  
  •       A critical review of academic literature on an agreed topic related to their industry project.

Projects run Students will be assigned an academic supervisor in addition to a contact within their project company.

Project ideas are also welcomed for the three industry weeks during the course of the MSc programme (wk 26th Oct 2015, wk 29th Feb 2016, wk 9th May 2016). Students will work in groups on a marketing brief (mainly on campus unless resources allow otherwise) to secondary and/or primary data and give a research presentation to the client at the end of the week.

Previous project have included:

  • Scope a new business proposal for an eco-café concept in Aberdeenshire
  • The study will explore young people’s perceptions of oil and gas careers and will conduct market research in relation to an online careers tool
  • The study will evaluate current marketing practice and make recommendations for development with a focus on online and social media marketing


MSc Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance

Our students develop the economic and finance skills required to allow them to analyse a range of issues relevant to petroleum and energy industries, such as investment analysis, government petroleum policies, renewable energy investment, decommissioning, energy demand, etc.

The students dissertations also cover a wide range of topics, including policy-oriented topics like economic analysis of fiscal regime and tax scheme at country level,  efficiency evaluation of alternative fiscal regime, and tax incentives to infrastructure investment/industry development;  macroeconomy-oriented topics like the relationship between oil price volatility and GDP growth rate; environment-oriented topics like economic analysis of renewable energy and decommissioning projects; and investment-decision oriented topics like cost-benefit analysis of extractive projects.

The following link provides a selection of last year’s students dissertation topics and posters: