Finding the right MBA

Up-skilling to gain a competitive advantage is being widely considered by many professionals in many industries

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Increased competition and a fight for resources are forcing organisations to concentrate on developing strong management competencies. There are now suites of masters courses available to guide these requirements, and the Aberdeen Business School at the Robert Gordon University is primed for action.

Aberdeen Business School is one of the leading providers of management and professional education in Scotland, and has a strong reputation for delivering courses specific to industries that relate to various real life working environments.

The renowned business school is recognised nationally and internationally for its corporate and management education, holding AMBA accreditation since 1999 and is one of only 40 of the UK’s 120 Business Schools that have so far been accredited in all three delivery modes: full-time, part-time and online delivery.

It offers a range of masters courses which maintain a truly global perspective, aimed specifically at the energy sector with flexible study options of full-time, part-time and distance learning, with a sound portfolio including:
– MBA oil and gas management;
– oil and gas law;
– oil and gas accounting;
– energy management;
– project management;
– health and safety management;
– risk management;
– purchasing and supply chain management;
– quality management; and
– information management.

Professional study is recommended for anyone, whether happy in their role or looking for a new challenge, and similarly suitable for those who already have a qualification, or have progressed within a company. In times where skilled employees are not readily prolific, gaps are widening and the word ‘recession’ is commonly used, a postgraduate degree course can provide a competitive advantage by expanding knowledge and building on experience in an ever-growing and changing economy.

The Aberdeen Business School MBA programme is focused specifically on career development for all students. The course is designed with both students’ aspirations and industry demand in mind, focusing on academic underpinning and ethical practice, behavioural skills, career mentoring, personal development and industry engagement through guest lectures, projects and networking events. This enables students to develop their competence, confidence and outlook. The university has over 850 MBA alumni and more than 300 students currently studying on the programme.

Many courses are delivered through the flexible study options, where students from as far afield as India and Dubai to locations closer to home including London and Glasgow have undertaken and completed an MBA through RGU via online distance learning. Professor Rita Marcella, the Dean of Aberdeen Business School said: “As a modern professional university we appreciate the importance of pertinent degree content that relates to the real-life working environment. Our accredited courses have been developed as a result of industry demand and are recognised globally.”

Recently enhancing its international reputation, Aberdeen Business School has launched MBA courses in collaboration with other European institutions, including the university of Vaasa, Finland, where the MBA in Energy Business is taught via distance learning, and a joint venture with the Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences (HSF) in Idstein, Germany, for the delivery of the Aberdeen Business School Transport Strategy and Management MBA. It is the only AMBA accredited course of its kind available in the UK.

Bryan McNay, MBA Energy Business Programme leader at RGU commented: “The collaboration with the university of Vaasa represents a significant move to enable RGU to develop its existing oil and gas management capabilities into the wider energy sector. There is an opportunity, through the students on the programme, to establish a relationship between Scotland and Vaasa, a recognised industrial centre for the developing energy industry in Finland. The partnership further drives RGU towards European and global excellence within the energy sector and we will continue to work closely with European universities to co-ordinate delivery and further cement our relationship.”

The university’s prowess in delivering such courses has been recognised not only by The Times’ ‘University Guide 2011’, professing “a degree from Robert Gordon University is as near to a guarantee of a job as you can get”, but also by The Aspen Institutes Centre for Business Education which ranked the Aberdeen Business School in the global top 50 for its MBA programmes in its highly acclaimed ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ survey. It has approval from over 20 accreditation bodies.

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