21 March 2012, WednesdayMBA in the UK is still a lucrative education option. Isabel Grant of Aberdeen Business School speaks with SANGEETA YADAV to tell you more
- Tell us about Aberdeen Business School?
Aberdeen Business School (ABS), UK is part of Robert Gordon University which is a higher education institution that provides post graduation management and professional business education. The school is recognised both nationally and internationally for responding to the needs of the students and employers. Founded in 1965, it continues to build on a firm foundation with a formidable reputation and pragmatic approach to higher education. Strong links with industry, private and public sector over many years has been integral to the programmes.
- What are the courses offered?
There are five main departments offering masters degree — accounting and finance, communication, marketing and media, management, information management and law. Indian students prefer masters in management, international marketing management, MBA, MBA oil and gas and international business. Our school is ideally placed to offer MBA in oil and gas course as it is the oil capital of Europe, which means that all the major exploration companies have their headquarters in the city.
- Benefits for Indian students…
Global exposure in the field of study and work is very important these days. Overseas qualification helps Indian students return to ride their country’s economic boom. The skills which they learn — interpersonal, social, communication, analytical — are all transferable. Moreover, they are also able to enjoy a cultural experience by studying in a reputable institution located in a safe part of the country.
- What are the fee of the courses? Any scholarships?
Full-time MBA course would cost around £18,850 for 13 months and students should budget at least £8000 for a year’s stay in Aberdeen to cover accommodation, living expenses, books. However, it all depends on the individual’s lifestyle. There are a range of scholarships available to postgraduate students, including merit scholarships for many courses. For full-time MBA, scholarships range from £3,000 to £9,000. Online MBA and executive part-time MBA scholarships range from £500 to £3,000 and are open to all applicants.
- What are the admission criteria for the Indian students?
Students must have an undergraduate degree and an English language qualification (IELTS or TOEFL). Work experience at a suitable management level is also required and the applicants must be at least 25 years old to come on the programme. For the oil and gas course, this experience must be in the energy sector. All applicants are required to pass an interview.
- When should the students apply?
The PG courses start in September each year and the deadline for applications is July. We also have some PG courses which have a January intake and its deadline is October.
- How can students apply for the admission?
Aspiring students can apply for the programme at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline. Along with the application, students must attach their detailed resume, scanned copies of degree and certificates and documentation which confirm competence in written and spoken English.
- Where does ABS rank among UK universities?
Students can be confident that gaining a qualification from this university will enhance their career options. We rank second for graduate employment in the UK. The quality of our research, along with the extensive placement opportunities and flexible study programmes has contributed to the continued rise in league table rankings of the university.