Robert Gordon University: best in class

Continuous transformation of global industries and the emergence of new markets means that up-skilling – and the development of a creative, flexible and adaptable mindset – are increasingly important to stand out from the crowd in a highly competitive employment landscape.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) offers one of the best MBA programmes to help students realise their aspiration, build career capital, and develop the professional skills and behaviours required in order to keep up with these fast-paced changes.

RGU’s MBA programme is designed with student’s aspirations and industry demand in mind and maintains a truly global perspective.

Courses are delivered through flexible study options of full-time on campus, part-time and distance learning, with students from as far afield as India and Dubai to Australia and Canada having completed an MBA through RGU via online distance learning.

The Association of MBAs (AMBA) – the premier MBA industry body, accredits RGU’s MBA and MBA Oil and Gas Management courses. This assures that the MBA is of direct relevance to the real world of business as well as meeting the highest international standards.

I feel that I graduated with all the tools required to spin out my business.

Dr Jenna Ross

Out of 50 online MBA programmes from around the world included in the 2018 QS Distance Online MBA rankings, RGU was ranked joint 15th in the world overall. The rankings also show that RGU’s online MBA programme scored highest (100%) for class experience.

Recent RGU MBA graduate, Dr Jenna Ross, a scientific researcher currently developing a spin-out based on a pioneering slug control project states “I feel that I graduated with all the tools required to spin out my business.”

Dr Ross completed her MBA via online distance learning and has just been announced as The Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Student of the Year in their Higher Education Awards 2019. This award celebrates outstanding student achievement and contribution in terms of their academic and professional development.

She was also recently shortlisted at the AMBA Student of the Year Awards, a global award that recognises the talents and contributions made by students. Dr Ross was one of five nominees for MBA Student of the Year and the only one from Scotland – short-listed among MBA alumni from Hong Kong, Spain, Ireland and the UK.


Robert Gordon University in The Times Scotland


The MBA courses at RGU are designed specifically to meet the current demands of industry, with course content designed to relate to real life working environments, and every student conducts an applied Consultancy Project for an industry client on an issue of strategic importance to the organisation.

One of the programme highlights is the annual MBA Leadership Week which brings together MBA students and alumni from all over the world. Leadership Week gives students from the MBA and MBA Oil and Gas Management degrees a chance to meet industry experts from a range of business sectors in a week of learning opportunities which focus on the fundamentals of leadership, communication and change.

Empowering students by providing them with the tools to develop a sustainable business is crucial – but, igniting that spark and providing inspiration and confidence is also a key component of developing the entrepreneurial mind-set. The school invites alumni to return to provide master classes to both undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as hosting student placements and projects.

RGU’s MBA Director, Dr Ian Broadbent, said “Our MBA improves the employability of our graduates through the development of their knowledge, skills, competences, and behaviours, which ultimately helps them to make better business decisions, to lead organisations more effectively, and to enjoy successful careers.”