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Business and Management

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MSc Business and Management

This course is targeted at aspiring and current managers who want to develop their managerial competences in the key functional areas of a business.

It is designed to provide you with the theories, tools and techniques to support the practical management of a business.

This course is part of the MSc Business and Management programme, giving you the option of studying a 2 year MSc (with work placement).

You will graduate with a clear understanding of how to achieve business success by effectively building a resilient team and aligning your people with the organisation’s strategic objectives.  

All the modules are rooted firmly in professional practice and are designed to provide you with the ability to apply your managerial, human resource management and leadership skills in a variety of sectors.

Each course in the Business and Management programme comprises of a dual award:

  • A globally recognised Masters qualification
  • A Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (level 7) from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

24 months (includes 12 month placement)

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

January

Course Length

16 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

24 - 36 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

January

Course Length

36 months

Stage 1

You will increase your understanding of how and why business operates and focus on an organisation’s marketing strategy. You develop your knowledge and practice of the management and development of people in the workplace and will reinforce your professional skills and your transferable skills in interpersonal communication and teamwork.

Stage 2

You will critically review and manipulate a range of analytical tools to support strategic decision-making. You develop your awareness and understanding of business economics and will learn tools and techniques associated with managing the finances of an organisation and develop skills necessary to the creation of a business.

Stage 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate master's level knowledge and skills by independently working on an extended academic thesis or a business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork skills will be developed.

*The Capstone project can be undertaken in Year 3 or during two summer periods at the end of Year 1 and Year 2.

Extended Master’s

We offer an extended Master’s route, starting in September, on our traditional 1-year route which incorporates a 12 month placement. This route has a duration of 24 months, and will follow the same teaching programme as the 1 year course. You will receive training, guidance and support to support you through the recruitment and selection stages for the jobs on offer from our dedicated Employability and Enrichment Hub team.

 
 

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals.

On Campus Study

There is 12 hours of timetabled classes per week with a further 12 hours of directed and individual study. The course uses a workshop type approach with flexible module sessions normally of 3 hours per week for each module.

Online Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. CampusMoodle will provide you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat.

Activity Summary

Full-time mode

  • Lectures - 30 students per group, 12 hours per week 
  • Independent Study - 24 hours per week

Part-time mode

  • Lectures - 30 students per group, 6 hours per week 
  • Independent Study - 12 hours per week

How long is a Business and Management course?

This Business and Management course can be successfully completed within 1 year - 36 months.

Independent Study

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in areas such as the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed over the duration of the course:

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
  • 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment

Staff Delivering on This Course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturing practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers, staff with Research experience and past Postgraduate Research students.

Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

 

Tuition fees for this MSc Business Analytics course are as follows:

FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022

Full Time

UK Students

  • £6,000 entire course

EU Students

  • £6,000 entire course

International students

  • £13,720 entire course 

Part Time 

All students 

  • £3,600 for year 1
  • £3,600 for year 2
  • £2,420 for year 3
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021

Full Time 

UK/EU students

  • £6,000 entire course 

International students

  • £13,720 entire course 

Part Time 

All students 

  • £3,600 for year 1
  • £3,600 for year 2
  • £2,420 for year 3
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges
Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

THE DATA LAB

DataLab-Logo200We have free places funded by The Datalab, which aims to develop the data science talent and skills required by industry in Scotland. 

DISCLAIMER

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Capstone

You are encouraged to apply for live Capstone consultancy projects which are sourced locally and are advertised through our Professional Enrichment hub. You are also able to negotiate and source your own consultancy host organisation in discussion with the Professional Enrichment Hub.  

12 month Placement

For those on our Extended Master’s route (24 months Full Time On Campus) you will have the opportunity to embark on a 12 month placement on completion of the 9-month teaching programme (mid-May). If you successfully secure a placement, you will start your placement no later than September and will complete your placement by the following June prior to graduation in July.

Placement opportunities are real jobs in an extensive range of organisations from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to global multinationals, and is an excellent way to test your academic knowledge, develop transferable skills and develop your business networks. The employing organisation is likely to be a source of rich data for the Capstone module and you will be encouraged to research an organisational issue of your choosing – likely identified through discussion with the placement employer.  You will also complete a reflective e-portfolio which captures the skills development through the placement period. 

Throughout the placement you will be assigned both a workplace mentor and an academic mentor and will receive ongoing support to enhance your career development.

N.B. The University cannot guarantee that all students will be successful in securing a placement. If unsuccessful, your course fee attached to the work experience element will be refunded.

Prospects

This course is for new graduates from any degree discipline background who wish to develop their career as a manager.  It is also for those already working in business, at a junior or middle manager level, and seeking to progress their career as a consultant, middle level business manager or entrepreneur. If you are looking to enter this field and have no relevant formal qualifications, this course will allow you to gain the necessary expertise.

Is studying Business and Management a good career choice?

Previous graduates have gone on to take up managerial positions:

  • in the public and private sectors
  • in organisations ranging in size from small entrepreneurial ventures to listed companies, large conglomerates and the quasi-public sector
  • some have also gone on to set up their own businesses
 

What is needed for an MSc in Business and Management?

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency. 

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 

Tuition fees for this Business and Management course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

Full-Time On Campus

  • UK Students: £8,000 entire course
  • EU Students: £8,000 entire course
  • International Students: £15,000 entire course

Extended Full-Time Masters with Work Placement

UK Students

  • £8,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

EU Students

  • £8,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

International Students

  • £15,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

Online Learning

All Students - 3 Year Route

  • £4,500 Stage 1
  • £4,500 Stage 2
  • £3,000 MSc Dissertation Stage

All Students - 2 Year Route

  • £6,000 Year 1
  • £6,000 Year 2

All Students - 13 Months Route

  • 12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2020/2021

Full-Time On Campus

  • Home/EU: £8,000 entire course
  • International Students: £15,000 entire course

Extended Full-Time Masters with Work Placement

UK/EU

  • £8,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

International Students

  • £15,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

Online Learning

All Students - 3 Year Route

  • £4,500 Stage 1
  • £4,500 Stage 2
  • £3,000 MSc Dissertation Stage

All Students - 2 Year Route

  • £6,000 Year 1
  • £6,000 Year 2

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Telos NRG Scholarship

Project management services consultancy, Telos NRG is offering one Postgraduate student studying either MSc Business Management or MSc Energy Management a scholarship up to the value of £8,000.

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

 

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