At the Business School, we are very much looking forward to you joining us in September. Following Government guidance, we expect our campus to be open. Safety is our primary concern and the University is working hard on variety of measures to safeguard your welfare.

Below you will find details of orientation, reading lists and other blended learning information for Business School students to help you start your student journey with us.

Undergraduate

Business School, Aberdeen

Key School Contacts

Professor David McCausland,
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Interim Director of Postgraduate Studies

Paulina Kadja, School Administration Coordinator

Jaye Carr, Student Progression Coordinator 

Jillian Howatt, Teaching Support Coordinator

Fiona Ritchie, School Administration Manager

Accounting and Finance courses

Economics courses

Management courses

Real Estate courses

Orientation

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

  • Download the University's Student Guide app
  • Aberdeen University Students' Association (AUSA)  have exciting events planned for Freshers' Week (September 19th-27th) both on Campus and online. Click here to find out more.

The Business School will also have a variety of induction and orientation materials available on MyAberdeen from 14 September 2020.

Blended Learning

In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, the Business School will deliver a blended learning experience. Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. Students may transition from on-line to on-campus during the semester when they are able to return to campus. We plan for all students to have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

Large group activity (lectures) will be delivered via a mix of short pre-recorded videos, pre-reading and other learning materials delivered through MyAberdeen. Small group teaching (tutorials) may take place either on campus (for those students on campus) or via online sessions (for those students who are not on campus) using, for example, MyAberdeen Collaborate. In-person tutorials may be in different sized groups than usual given the physical distancing requirements in force at the time.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will normally be available through MyAberdeen from 14 September 2020 or earlier. The Reading Lists project led by the Library team will make essential course reading available to returning students later in the summer, but new students will not have access to this until they complete e-registration. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Most courses will not be assessed by formal exams on campus, unless you are taking a course for which a formal exam is required by a professional body (such as ICAS for MA Accountancy students for example). We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practical, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes fieldwork, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints or create online alternatives.

Business School, AFG College, Qatar
Orientation

Following the Qatar Government plan for a phased return to normal we anticipate that the AFG campus will be open to students in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe.

There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your Programme Leader and Personal Tutor.

The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

AFG College will also have a variety of induction and orientation materials available on MyAberdeen from 14 September 2020.

Blended Learning

In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, AFG College will be following the Business School delivering a blended learning experience. Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity.

Students may transition from on-line to on-campus during the semester when they are able to return to campus. We plan for all students to have some in-person (in-class) teaching time on campus each week, as Qatar Government guidelines allow.

  • Large group activity (lectures) will be delivered via a mix of short pre-recorded videos hosted on the Learning Portal MyAberdeen.
  • Small group teaching (tutorials) may take place either on campus (for those students on campus) or via online sessions (for those students who are not on campus).
  • Online sessions will use the virtual classroom Collaborate inside MyAberdeen.
  • In-person tutorials may be in different sized groups than usual given the physical distancing requirements in force at the time.
Reading Lists

Pre-reading and other learning materials will also be made available through MyAberdeen.

Course Guides and reading lists for individual courses will normally be available through MyAberdeen from 14 September 2020 or earlier.

The Reading Lists project led by the Library team will make essential course reading available to returning students later in the summer, but new students will not have access to this until they complete e-registration.

In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/

Assessment

Most courses will not be assessed by formal exams on campus. We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practical, fieldwork and placements
Placement opportunities will be specific to candidates and organisations.

Postgraduate Taught

Business School, Aberdeen

Key School Contacts

Professor David McCausland,
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Interim Director of Postgraduate Studies

Diane Hewitt/Nathalie Kemp, PGT Support Coordinators

Jaye Carr, Student Progression Coordinator 

Jillian Howatt, Teaching Support Coordinator

Fiona Ritchie, School Administrative Officer

Postgraduate (Taught Course) Programme Leaders


MScEcon Accounting and Finance
Dr Naser Makarem

LLM/MSc Corporate Finance and Law
Dr Daniel Gyimah and Dr Alisdair MacPherson

MScEcon Finance and Investment Management CFA/non-CFA courses
Dr Fotios Papadimitriou,

MSc Financial Mathematics
Dr Gerhard Kling

MSc International Business and Finance
Dr Chunxia Jiang

MSc International Business Management
Dr Jing Cai

MSc International Human Resource Management
Dr Trevor Morrow

LLM/MSc Law and Economics of Oil and Gas
Dr Yakubu Abdul-Salam

MSc Marketing Management
Dr Xiaoqing (Joyce) Chen

MBA, MBA Energy Management, MBA Finance
Prof Pervaiz Akhtar

MSc Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance
Dr Nikolaos Vlassis

MSc Real Estate (Commercial and International/MSc Finance and Real Estate
Dr Fiona Stoddard

Orientation

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

  • Download the University's Student Guide app
  • Aberdeen University Students' Association (AUSA)  have exciting events planned for Freshers' Week (September 19th-27th) both on Campus and online. Click here to find out more.

The Business School will also have a variety of induction and orientation material available on MyAberdeen from 14 September 2020.

Blended Learning

In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, the Business School will deliver a blended learning experience. Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. Students may transition from on-line to on-campus during the semester when they are able to return to campus. We plan for all students to have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

Large group activity (lectures) will be delivered via a mix of short pre-recorded videos, pre-reading and other learning materials delivered through MyAberdeen. Small group teaching (tutorials) may take place either on campus (for those students on campus) or via online sessions (for those students who are not on campus) using, for example, MyAberdeen Collaborate. In-person tutorials may be in different sized groups than usual given the physical distancing requirements in force at the time.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will normally be available through MyAberdeen from 14 September 2020 or earlier. The Reading Lists project led by the Library team will make essential course reading available to returning students later in the summer, but new students will not have access to this until they complete e-registration.

You can find example reading for our Postgraduate Taught programmes for the Business School here.

In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Most courses will not be assessed by formal exams on campus, unless you are taking a course for which a formal exam is required by a professional body (such as ICAEW for MScEcon Accounting and Finance for example). We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practical, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes fieldwork, we will aim to provide these, subject to safety constraints or create online alternatives.

Business School, AFG College, Qatar
Orientation

Following the Qatar Government plan for a phased return to normal we anticipate that the AFG campus will be open to students in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your Programme Leader.

There will be activities for incoming students in the Postgraduate Induction. Details of these will follow in email communications.

  • In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme. The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

    Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

The Business School will also have a variety of induction and orientation material available on MyAberdeen from 14 September 2020.

Blended Learning

In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, the Business School delivering a blended learning experience. Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. As Qatar Government guidelines allow, we plan for all students to have some in-person (in-class) teaching time on campus for each taught course as Qatar Government guidelines allow.

  • Large group activity (lectures) will be delivered via a mix of short pre-recorded videos hosted on the Learning Portal MyAberdeen.
  • Pre-reading and other learning materials will also be made available through MyAberdeen. Small group teaching (tutorials) will take place either on campus.
  • Online sessions will use the virtual classroom Collaborate inside MyAberdeen. We already have a lot of experience using these virtual classrooms with our MBA and MSc students as teaching continued in this space post shutdown.
  • In-person tutorials may be in different sized groups than usual given the physical distancing requirements in force at the time.
Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will continue to be provided through MyAberdeen and will be available in the preparation week(s) before each delivery period. Note, as a new students you will not have access to e-readings through the library until you have completed registration.

You can find example reading for our Postgraduate Taught programmes for the Business School here: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/business/courses/postgraduate/prereading-materials-555.php

In the meantime, you can enhance your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/

Assessment

Courses on the MBA and MSc IBM do not use formal exams and our practice here will remain the same. You will demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes for a course via continuous assessments which may include essays, reports, briefing notes, reflective journals, posters, online presentations and online quizzes. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in each course guide.

Postgraduate Research

Key Contacts in School

Accounting and Finance queries

Economics queries

Business Management and IB queries

Real Estate queries

Orientation

We are now preparing to bring more staff and PGR students back onto campus to support the restart of some activity, this includes some research staff commencing some research projects, in line with the Scottish Government’s Routemap.

Work is also commencing on preparing for parts of our teaching activity to be able to be delivered on campus from September.  Details will be shared when plans are further developed.  If PGR students have questions around the timing for returning to campus or the processes involved, they should contact supervisors in the first instance.  Both the timing and processes will be organised at a School level and will vary from building to building. 

As a PGR student you have the opportunity to attend a University wide orientation in addition to your School specific event.

This year the Graduate School have developed an online orientation programme that will help you prepare for and commence your research degree. The Graduate School will be holding a PGR Welcome Reception to which the Business School PGR students are invited on Thursday 29 October, evening 2020.

The Graduate School Orientation Week begins w/b Monday 2 November 2020.

There are a series of modules that you can work through before you arrive (coming soon). Once you have registered you can access the remaining modules through your bespoke PGR training platform on our virtual learning environment. These modules are designed to help you establish great habits at the start of your PhD and to set you and your research up for success.

Blended Learning

As a University, we have committed to a model of blended learning next semester. This means that all students should have a mix of online and in-person teaching. For further guidance see the Principles of Blended Learning.

See also the current FAQs for students.

For PGR students being considered for a return to on-campus working, you will be notified and a discussion will take place with your supervisor.  To facilitate this discussion you may be asked to complete a Personal Risk Assessment Form especially where your personal circumstances may make a return to campus difficult.  Your supervisor may ask you to complete one of these forms to inform local planning and it will not be used for any other purpose.  

Please see the Guidance for PGR students document

You should not return to campus unless your return has been discussed and agreed with your supervisors.

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master ‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.

As School teaching methods and patterns become clearer in the coming weeks, use this section to give more detail of how courses will be delivered and how much in-person teaching time students might be able to expect. It is important to remember to include advice for students who are unable to come to campus.

New PhD students will be allocated a desk space however, access to the PhD accommodation will be subject to government advice during the COVID-19 period. This also applies to returning students.