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What are the entry requirements?

We take a holistic approach to looking at applicants so if you have any concerns with regards to your eligibility please do not hesitate to contact us.

MBA (Global)

The MBA (Global) is open to applicants of any discipline. You don’t need a background or degree in business to apply, but to be eligible you’ll normally meet the following requirements:

  • UK second class honours degree or equivalent
  • 2 years or more professional experience 
  • English language skills (assessed during application)

In some instances, we can offer applicants entry to the MBA (Global) based on experience alone.

A Postgraduate Certificate offer is made when applicants don’t quite meet the standard entry requirements. You have the necessary professional experience (in most cases, more than 5 years’ management experience), however, you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

If you receive a Postgraduate Certificate offer, you will be part of an MBA cohort. You will undertake the same courses and have exactly the same experience as everyone else on the MBA (Global) programme.

In 8 months, and once you have passed the first courses and achieved 60 credits, you can either choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate award, or you can continue on the MBA (Global). The 60 credits you have achieved will count towards your final MBA award.

The total fee for the Postgraduate Certificate is £6667, and is payable in four instalments of £1667.

 

MSc Finance

The MSc Finance is open to applicants of any background. You can enrol even if your undergraduate degree is in a difference discipline, but it is beneficial to provide evidence of numerical or quantitative skills. 

We assess all candidates on an individual basis, but to be eligible you’ll normally meet the following requirements:

  • UK second class honours degree or equivalent
  • No specific professional experience is required
  • English language skills (assessed during application)

In some instances, we can offer applicants entry to the MSc Finance based on experience alone.

A Postgraduate Certificate offer is made when applicants don’t quite meet the standard entry requirements. You have the necessary professional experience (in most cases, more than 5 years’ relevant professional experience), however, you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

If you receive a Postgraduate Certificate offer, you will be part of an MSc Finance cohort. You will undertake the same courses and have exactly the same experience as everyone else on the MSc Finance programme.

In 8 months, and once you have passed the first courses and achieved 60 credits, you can either choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate award, or you can continue on the MSc Finance. The 60 credits you have achieved will count towards your final MBA award.

The total fee for the Postgraduate Certificate is £5300, and is payable in four instalments of £1325.

How will I be supported during my studies?

While studying online you will be fully supported by tutors and by our  student support service team. The team are committed to helping students achieve academic success, and constantly strive to provide an exceptional level of online support and tuition. They act as primary point of contact and provide effective communications across the wider team.   

As an online student: 

  • Students get unlimited access to one-to-one tuition through a private online discussion. This is an ongoing communication between you and your tutor which you can refer back to at any time.  
  • Students can communicate with their tutor at any time, and as often as they need to. There is NO LIMIT to the number of questions they can ask or to the number of messages they can post. 
  • Student-tutor communication is asynchronous, which means they don’t have to login at a specific time and can take time to consider questions and comments. Asynchronous communication also allows a tutor to review work and provide meaningful feedback and advice.  

Do you offer scholarships?

We do not offer scholarships, however, for UK students (depending on you reside) you can contact Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW), or Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI). International students living in the UK need to have been living in the UK for at least three years before they can apply. 

International students should contact their Loan Governing body for further information.

Can I study the programme in 1 year?

Our online programmes are all 2 years in duration.  While the length of online masters can vary per school, programmes we offer are delivered in two-year format. If you choose a more intensive, accelerated program, you may spend as many as six hours per day committed to study – which for many is too overwhelming. 

The programmes are perfect for working professionals. Students typically study either in the evening or on the weekends, which enables them to study part-time while still working.  

Part-time study is a great option when the length of time it takes to earn your masters isn’t your primary consideration. Of course, you could end up waiting a little longer to apply for a specific role, but you’ll have the financial advantage of continuing to work while you study. Many students prefer this to studying full-time over 1 year, which would mean taking a career break. 

This part-time model is perfect for someone who is looking to progress their career because it means you can apply what you’re learning to your job as you study. 

Are there any live lectures?

There are no live lectures. Our learning materials have been specially designed for the modern business professional. Their contemporary style and intuitive functionality enable you to engage with your studies whenever and wherever you choose. Activities include investigating case studies, creating innovative business proposals, and completing reflective exercises, which will enable you to gain in-depth knowledge of best business practice in a global business environment.

You will also use a range of industry standard technology, as well as take part in exciting team building simulations. By working collaboratively, you will emerge from the programme with a broad understanding of all areas of business from culturally diverse perspectives.

Ultimately, our learning materials will provide you with the opportunity to develop as a business professional; equipped and confidently able to address the challenges of contemporary business worldwide.

How will I be assessed?

The programmes are assessed entirely by coursework. We believe that assessment should be a core part of your learning – allowing you to use your knowledge, skills, and experience in context. There are three types of assessment, each of which will mirror real-life professional practice: 

Theory Into Practice - Critique and adapt a new theory or framework in your own professional context. 

Reflective Practice – Reflect on your learning experience and acquired knowledge to develop your management skills. 

Group Challenges – Address business challenges and devise innovative solutions by working collaboratively in teams.  

What level of English is required?

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no less that a 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language proficiency certificate. English language is assessed during the application process, if you have previously studied with English as the language or instruction we also take this into consideration.

How do I secure my place on the programme?

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter outlining your offer to study. The next steps are easy. 

  • Step 1 – To secure a place on the course, you’ll need to pay a refundable £200 deposit. This amount will be deducted from your first instalment fee.
  • Step 2 – Pay the remainder of your first instalment (amount dependable on the selected payment plan). The remainder must be paid one week before the programme start date. 

NB:If you want to request an extension to the payment deadline, please contact the Admissions Team within two weeks of receiving your offer.

How to pay your tuition fee deposit

You can pay your deposit online via the Admissions Portal:

  1. Log in using your username and password.
  2. Navigate to the ‘Payments’ section.
  3. Add your card details by clicking ‘Add Card’.
  4. Once you’ve added a card, select ‘Purchase New Programme’ and select ‘Deposit’ from the drop-down menu.

Alternatively, you can also pay by bank transfer. For details on how to make a bank transfer, please contact finance-onlineidi@abdn.ac.uk.

How to select your preferred payment plan and pay your first instalment?

  1. Contact our Finance team at finance-onlineidi@abdn.ac.uk to confirm your preferred payment plan.
  2. Arrange a payment date for the remainder of the first instalment.

NB: There is a 14-day ‘cooling-off’ period after the programme start date, during which you can claim a full refund of the first instalment if you decide not to commence with your studies.

How to defer your offer

If you have paid the deposit but want to defer the entry start date, please contact our Student Recruitment and Admissions team at admissions-onlineidi@abdn.ac.uk.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are in a typical cohort?

A typical cohort is between 10 and 20 students, with tutors allocated accordingly

I have lost my original certificate and transcripts, how do I obtain a new copy?

If you have lost your original documents contact your University directly for duplicate copies. 

I work full time and have other commitments, can I still study?

The programmes are perfect for working professionals. Students typically study either in the evening or on the weekends, which enables them to study part-time while still working.

What equipment do I need?

You can login via any laptop, Smart device or smart phone.

How much time per week do I need to dedicate to my studies?

We would recommend a minimum of around 15 hours of study for a typical week, with each course studied across 8 weeks. This will include recorded lectures, video content, reading, assignments, group discussions and activities, case studies, projects and careers support.  

Do I have to travel to the University at any point?

There is no need to travel to the University at any point, however, you will be invited to come to Aberdeen for the graduation ceremony. 

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

Learning with us is asynchronous so you can study at times that suit you from anywhere in the world.

Do I get a student card?

Yes you will be a fully registered student of the University of Aberdeen.

Will there be a graduation ceremony?

 Yes you will be invited to the University to attend the graduation ceremony.

Can I transfer credits from previous studies?

You can potentially transfer up to a maximum of 60 credits, this is looked at on an individual basis.

Is there any mention of distance or online learning on the certificate?

There is no mention of online learning on the certificate.