Management, Engineering, Health, Art and Design

Robert Gordon University

  • Scholarships available to all international students
  • Aberdeen is a top ten city to live in and work
  • 16,000 students from 147 different countries
  • 300+ courses in a wide range of different subjects
  • Courses ranging from Foundation to PhD Level degrees
  • 28 startups supported by our RGU Accelerator Programme in 2018
  • Awarded the TEF Gold Certificate for teaching excellence

Robert Gordon University's role in the community can be traced back nearly three and a half centuries to the birth of Aberdeen merchant and benefactor Robert Gordon in 1668. The university’s focus is democratising education, so that communities in Scotland and across the globe can benefit from world-class graduates that are real-world ready.

And our commitment to innovative research also ensures we pursue cutting-edge solutions to problems the world is actually facing today. A learner-centric approach, supported by our state-of-the-art facilities and flexible course structure makes education work for our students, staff and partners. Not the other way around. Through our graduates and partnerships, we believe we can make tomorrow brighter than today.

RGU is ranked 34th in the world for its Graduate Employability Rate in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2019), which is higher than institutions such as Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge, and demonstrates how appealing our teaching methods, facilities and reputation are to industry.

We are committed to helping every single student become as attractive as possible to future employers. To help us achieve this we have invested in the development of our campus to further enhance our teaching facilities and offer the most up-to-date technology. The use of technology in our teaching extends across many subjects and we have always been proud to be an early adopter of innovative methods that enhance the learning experience.

At RGU we use an ‘applied’ teaching approach. As well as providing you with the necessary academic and theoretical understanding of your subjects, we try as far as possible to ensure there are practical elements too. These practical elements come in the form of industrial placements, internships, consultancy projects and voluntary opportunities. Whilst the vast majority of our undergraduate courses include a professional placement, almost all of our MSc courses will include the opportunity to do an academic or professional consultancy project in the form of a research project or dissertation. This is a great opportunity to develop your subject knowledge and industry related exposure.

In recent years Robert Gordon University has invested more than GBP 120 million into its stunning riverside Garthdee campus on the banks of the River Dee which has been specially designed with state-of-the-art facilities to enhance our students’ learning experience and, ultimately, their employability at the point of graduation.

You will learn in purpose-built and modern facilities during classes, and relax outside of lectures in the tranquil parkland around the campus.


 All campus buildings offer catering options.


You can’t miss the striking green glass Library tower. There are four floors of books and journals and over 250 computer workstations. The library is open to all students and staff. Even if you are enrolled in an online course, you will have full access to the library and borrowing facilities throughout your time studying.

The Sir Ian Wood Building

Architecture and Built Environment/Computing and Digital Media/ Engineering/Pharmacy and Life Sciences

3D Printing Modelling Workshop

Mac Suite

DART Simulator

Wave Tank


Wind Tunnel

Simulation Centre (Mock Pharmacy)

Clean Room Suite

Mock Crime Scene Area

Forensic Imaging Suite Microscopy Suite

Food Handling and Preparation Labs

Innovation Station

Analytical Science Laboratory

Cell Culture Laboratory

Cyber Security Lab

Catering Facilities


Ishbel Gordon Building

Health/Applied Social Studies/Nursing & Midwifery

Clinical Skills Centre

Human Performance Lab

Radiography Suite

Occupational Therapy Home Setting

Psychology Laboratory

Test Library

Catering Facilities

Student central

Student Help Point

Employability & Professional Enhancement Services

Study Support

Wider Access and Outreach

Counselling Support and Wellbeing

The Inclusion Centre Advice and Support

International Student Advice, Visa and Immigration Centre


RGU Union 

Get involved in sports clubs, societies, student media, charity fund-raising, community volunteering, student elections, mental health campaigns and environmental issues. There is also a student store and second-hand bookshop.

RGU Sport


Climbing Wall

Swimming Pool

Sports Hall

Catering Facilities

International College

ICRGU offers International pathways into a number of undergraduate degree programmes.

Aberdeen Business School

Business/Creative and Cultural Business and Law

TV and Radio Suite

Fashion Place

Moot Law Court

Digital Moffat Space

Georgina Scott Sutherland Group Learning Centre

Cash Machine

Catering Facilities

Multi-faith centre

There are multi-faith prayer facilities available at Kaim Cottage.

Gray's School of Art

Fine Art and Design

Printmaking Suite

Sculpture Studio

Mac Suite

Photography Studio

Exhibition Spaces

Textile Studio

Fine Art Studios

Catering Facilities

The focus of Robert Gordon University's MBA degree programmes is leadership. The university offers a first-class learning environment in which to study for an MBA, blending the latest academic thinking with business knowledge and expertise, all of which is reflected in the MBA programme.

  • Industry specific content

The on-going interaction with CEOs, directors and key managers continues to ensure the curriculum is relevant, current and appropriate to the needs of senior managers of the future. The MBA is taught by experts and leading academics who have had successful careers within the corporate world.

  • Aberdeen – the European energy hub

The campus is located within five miles (8km) of more than 100 major oil and gas companies,

including BP, Shell, Total, Taqa, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and ConocoPhillips. These companies are part of the RGU network.

  • Career and employability

RGU’s MBA Careers and Employability programme is a suite of workshops designed to stimulate your thinking, put you in control of your career planning and prepare you to compete effectively in the dynamic and competitive labour market.

  • Interactive business simulation exercise

Students enter a competitive business simulation exercise which challenges their technical and interpersonal skills. 

  • Leadership week

The business simulation exercise leads to the so-called leadership week, an intensive six-day event for all MBA students with guest speakers from academia and industry. This includes an outdoor leadership development day and a career leadership event, where business leaders will mingle with students.

  • Consultancy project

This seven-week project gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained from the taught elements of the course within a business context. The MBA project emphasises the analysis resolution of strategic issues within a practical and often global business environment.

  • Good things come in small packages

The RGU MBA maintains a small cohort approach which means small class sizes allowing better engagement with the academic team and classmates right from the start of your studies. RGU appreciates that its students are already experienced managers and it teaches in an interactive and intimate setting that allows your experiences to be shared with your classmates, and for you to benefit from their experiences too. Furthermore, you will have personal tutoring, personal development opportunities and dedicated career counselling available to you.

MBA Sustainability and Energy Transitions 

The MBA Sustainability and Energy Transitions programme at Robert Gordon University aims to build on your prior professional experience to enable you to acquire a wider range of management knowledge and skills with additional specialist focus on sustainability and energy transitions, which are highly relevant issues for managers and leaders in the industry today.

This course is rooted firmly in professional practice and is designed to give you the ability to apply strategic thinking and leadership practice in a variety of different sectors. The consultancy project is undertaken in conjunction with an appropriate organisation. 

Accredited by AMBA

The MBA degree programmes at RGU are accredited by AMBA, which is regarded as the international authority on the development of business leaders and the guardian of MBA quality standards. The Association plays a unique role in supporting business schools to develop business leaders and provides a network for MBAs, business schools and employers.

Not every university which offers an MBA meets the exacting standards of what AMBA expects of a truly global MBA. By choosing RGU, you are getting a guarantee from AMBA that the university is adhering to these standards. Of all the thousands of business schools in the world, AMBA only accredits MBAs at 190 universities – and RGU’s is one of them.


Study Options

On campus:  full-time, September/12 months

Online: full-time, January/16 Months

Online: part time, September/2 years

Online: part time, January/28 months


  • Official copies of your college/university certificate (if available at time of application)
  • Official copies of your academic transcripts (if available at time of application)
  • Copy of current and up-to-date CV/resume
  • Letters of reference (if available)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (non-UK students only). RGU’s 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.
  • Copy of passport (international full time applicants only or as requested)
  • Evidence of sponsorship or scholarship (if appropriate/applicable)


  • Applicants must normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline and have at least 3 years of full-time professional work experience.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Completion of ACCA Applied Skills Modules to BSc level combined with 3 years of relevant professional work experience OR completion of ACCA Strategic Professional Modules* to MSc Level combined with 3 years of relevant professional work experience.

Whether you have recently graduated, want professional accreditation, are looking to retrain or develop your career - whatever your reasons for postgraduate study - Robert Gordon University offers a wide range of Master’s courses with flexible study modes including online, part-time or full-time to fit around your needs.


Aberdeen Business School

MSc Accounting and Finance

MSc Financial Management

MSc Oil and Gas Accounting and Finance

MSc Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MSc Business Leadership and Management

MSc Business with Financial Management

MSc Business with Human Resource Management

MSc Business and Management

MSc Business with Marketing Management

MSc Business with Strategic Risk Management

MSc Energy Management

MSc Human Resource Management

MSc International Business Management

MSc Project Management

MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management

MSc Health, Safety and Risk Management

MSc Quality Management

Graduate Certificate Project Management

MBA Master of Business Administration

MBA Oil and Gas Management

MBA Sustainability and Energy Transitions

The Law School

LLM/MSc Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law

The MSc/LLM Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law degree provides an opportunity to critically assess key legal and contractual aspects including: licensing, contracts, M&A, environmental and renewable energy of the global Energy and Oil and Gas sectors, both in the UK and leading international regions.

The course covers basic legal concepts in depth before building on this knowledge by moving onto specific energy, oil and gas law content. Students develop key transferable legal skills to drive their career further and on successful completion they are able to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues in the industry.

LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration

LLM Law (with Dispute Resolution/ International Commercial Law/ International Law/ Energy Law)

School of Creative and Cultural Business

MSc Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

MSc Fashion Management

MSc International Marketing

MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

MSc Journalism

MSc Digital Marketing

MSc Information and Library Studies

MSc Business Analytics

Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management

School of Computing

MSc Cyber Security

MSc Data Science

MSc Information Technology with Business Intelligence/ Cyber Security/ Network Management

MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry

School of Engineering

MSc Asset Integrity Management

MSc Drilling and Well Engineering

MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

MSc Petroleum Production Engineering

MSc Subsea Engineering

MSc Solar Energy Systems

MSc Biomedical Technology

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

MSc Construction Project Management

MArch Architecture (Part 2)

MSc Advanced Architectural Design

Gray’s School of Art

MA Communication Design

MA Curatorial Studies

MA Fashion and Textiles

MA Fine Art

MA Jewellery

MA Product Design

School of Applied Social Studies

MSc Social Work

MSc Applied Psychology

School of Health Sciences

MSc Public Health and Health Promotion

MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice

MSc Advancing Nursing Practice

School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice

MSc Clinical Pharmacy Service Development

MSc Pharmaceutical Science

MSc Advanced Pharmacy Practice

MSc Analytical Sciences Drug Analysis and Toxicology

MSc Analytical Sciences Environmental Analysis

MSc Analytical Sciences Food Analysis, Authenticity and Safety


Format: full-time, part-time, online

Duration: 1 or 2 year(s), depending on the chosen major

Intakes: September / January

Tuition fees: Tuition fees vairy depending on the chosen major     


Situated in the energy capital of Europe, with ties to oil and gas and other industries, RGU is the perfect environment for those pursuing a career in the engineering sector.

Academic team members at RGU’s School of Engineering have a wide-range of qualifications, experience and expertise, which is reflected in the portfolio of innovative and flexible degree programmes on offer. They also engage in research, consultancy and the provision of specialist courses for industry. This means that the school is actively involved in all aspects of the engineering profession, and can keep you up-to-date on current practices and modern advances, as well as challenges facing the industry.

RGU is ranked 1st in Scotland for level of earnings in engineering, 1 year after graduation for undergraduate[VV1]  courses (LEO published 2019)


School of Engineering

MSc Solar Energy Systems

This is the first and only postgraduate course of its kind in the UK focusing on solar as a renewable energy. The MSc Solar Energy Systems course will help you to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice, along with professional and research skills necessary to characterise, design and manage solar energy systems.

A unique element of this course is the collaboration with industry and its relevance to the current issues in the modern-day solar energy sector. We are actively working with Scottish companies on the development of solar energy systems for new applications, and this provides you with opportunities to work on industrial projects which will enhance your employability.

MSc Asset Integrity Management

MSc Drilling and Well Engineering

MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

MSc Petroleum Production Engineering

MSc Subsea Engineering

MSc Biomedical Technology


Format: full-time, part-time, online

Duration: 1 or 2 year(s), depending on the chosen major

Intakes: September / January

Tuition fees: Tuition fees vairy depending on the chosen major     

 [VV1]If the focus is only on post-graduate, this sentence has to go.

The course is a vast and diverse compilation of industry related topics designed towards imbibing appropriate skills and the right professional attitude. I particularly appreciated the balance between group activities and individual submissions, which indirectly develops time and personnel management skills required of successful construction project managers. This programme has increased my confidence, expanded my professional network and prepared me for a prosperous career.


Oba’ Aina, MSc Construction Project Management  

Interested in this school?