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Aberdeen, University of

The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and boasts over 500 years of academic distinction, placing it within the top 1% of universities worldwide. A traditional seat of learning, it is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK.

The university attracts thousands of students from across the globe: 82,500 alumni from more than 192 countries. It also has a high employability record, with 92% of students entering into further study or work within six months of graduating. Its distinguished graduate history includes five Nobel Laureates.

The University of Aberdeen’s Business School is also ranked in the top three UK universities for prominent research in Business and Management Studies.

The Business School takes pride in creating strong ties with industry, giving students access to expert knowledge that will enable them to succeed in a highly competitive business and employment market.

MBA (Global)

An MBA is a globally-recognised qualification; highly valued by employers and essential for aspiring professionals seeking to advance their opportunities in an increasingly competitive world.

The MBA (Global) is a unique opportunity to achieve an MBA qualification in just two years, from one of the world’s most prestigious universities, without taking an expensive career break.

The programme can be studied entirely through supported online learning, which offers the flexibility to study alongside other personal and professional commitments. There are no set exams or tutorials, and all assessments are coursework based. Students can also choose to complement their studies with optional attendance based events at the University of Aberdeen or in-country support sessions.

Unlike other MBAs, whatever the chosen method of study, MBA (Global) students will graduate with exactly the same award as those studying on campus in Aberdeen.


Intuitive learning environment
The MBA (Global) can be studied entirely online via the bespoke study platform. The modern learning environment is completely mobile and laptop compatible. From within the site, students can access all learning materials, as well as communicate with tutors and a global network of students – any time, from any location.

Interactive content
MBA (Global) students will engage with learning materials that contain articles, video interviews, reflective exercises, and complete a wide variety of activities and assessment work, including: real-life case studies, dynamic team building simulations, collaborative research activities, leadership skills analysis, and coaching practice.

Supported online learning
Throughout the programme, tutors will be available to offer feedback, discuss subjects in more detail, and provide unlimited, one-to-one guidance; levels of support unrivalled by any other business school. Tutors, student support and technical support will provide a response within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

Networking opportunities
Students also have the opportunity to attend optional events in Aberdeen where they can meet fellow students and tutors in person. Led by faculty, these events will enhance students’ learning through a series of business-focused, face-to-face workshop sessions.

Key business topics will be discussed by a variety of speakers who are leading practitioners in their respective fields, such as: leadership, reflective practice, relationship marketing, change management, and disruptive thinking.

These networking events may also be arranged at other locations around the world, depending on demand. Students can also choose to complete one or more courses of the programme on campus at the University of Aberdeen.

University student population: 14,500

Date of establishment: 1495

MBA (Global) tuition fees:

  • One instalment of £17,200
  • Two instalments of £8,600
  • Four instalments of £4,300

Start dates:

  • March/July 2017
  • January/July 2018

Programme duration: Two years

Study mode: Part-time

Notable alumni:

  • Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1921) for his work on radioactivity and isotopes
  • Professor J.J.R. Macleod with Frederick Banting, Nobel Prize in Medicine (1923) for research that contributed to insulin as a treatment for diabetes
  • Sir George Paget Thomson, with American Physicist C J Davisson, Nobel Prize in Physics (1937) for “(independent) experimental discovery of the diffraction of electrons by crystals”
  • Lord Boyd Orr, Nobel Peace Prize (1947) for his contribution to the fight against world hunger
  • Richard L M Synge, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1952) for the invention of partition chromatography

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