The Business School
Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the third oldest university in Scotland and part of an elite group of six ancient British universities, which includes Oxford and Cambridge.
The University of Aberdeen Business School enjoys a prestigious academic pedigree and an enviable reputation for excellence in research in Business and Management Studies; placing it within the top three universities in the UK.
Overall, the University of Aberdeen is ranked within the top 1% of universities internationally and boasts 82,500 alumni located across 192 countries throughout the world with a 92% employability record. Alumni include five Nobel Prize winners and a number of leading practitioners within their fields.
The Business School currently hosts students from 45 countries and prides itself on the personalised, student-centred approach of its teaching staff. Students learn from innovative tutors and leading experts with research and professional management expertise who are at the cutting edge of contemporary, global business practice.
In addition to academic excellence, the Business School is focused on forging strong links with industry to ensure its students gain the specialised knowledge that a competitive business and employment market demands.
“Adding a Business Master’s degree to your CV increases your lifetime earnings more than any other postgrad Master’s qualification. Research tells us that lifetime earnings soar by approximately half a million pounds.”
Mark Whittington, Head of Business School
At the University of Aberdeen Business School, you will acquire the knowledge and skills you need to become a business professional while enhancing your career prospects.
You will learn from some of the top tutors in business education, and benefit from engaging and innovative teaching methods throughout your studies, which will enable you to put theoretical knowledge into practice in a contemporary business market. Many of our academics are leading authorities in their field and are actively involved in international research.
Dr Ian Heywood
Dr Ian Heywood is an academic and consultant with over 25 years’ experience of designing and developing research and educational programmes for academic and business audiences.
Ian has a particular interest in new business propositions based on Internet and mobile technologies, and experience of delivering training and development in both face to face and online settings. This has led to Ian’s involvement in ensuring that professional development is accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.
Ian is currently the Programme Director for both the MBA (Aberdeen) and MBA (Global) and a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen Business School where he is involved in the teaching of new venture creation, leadership and strategy.
Ian has held a number of senior roles including: Founder and Director of the Ideas Academy; an idea generation consultancy; Director of Growing Business and Skills Scottish Enterprise Grampian; focussed on Business Development; Director of Learning Business Lab Ltd; a Strategic Research Consultancy where Ian’s remit included serving as lead researcher on projects with Rolls Royce, HSBC, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and News Corp International.
Mark has been Head of the University of Aberdeen Business School for the last three years. Mark is responsible for all aspects of the MSc Finance and Investment Management, which is the School’s largest postgraduate programme.
Mark has extensive experience in the private and commercial sectors; he is a qualified accountant and has enjoyed successful careers in the steel industry and management training before becoming an academic.
Mark was at Warwick Business School for 13 years where he focused on organising and delivering MBA modules on the full-time, part-time, executive and distance programmes whilst developing research interests in pensions, financial analysis and accounting education. Since joining the University of Aberdeen in 2006, he has developed interests in corporate social and environmental responsibility and cloud security.
Previously, Mark has written the syllabus for the professional level strategy paper for CIMA (the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and serves as a director of Integrate Scotland, an Aberdeen based social justice charity which supports people in the community who have been disadvantaged or marginalised.
Russell is Director of the University’s Graduate Business School and Programme Director for its MSc in Marketing Management and MSc in Digital Marketing Leadership.
Russell is an experienced academic, trainer and researcher and is currently Programme Director for the University of Aberdeen’s MBA (Energy Management) as well as Director of the Graduate Business School. In addition to his career as an academic, Russell has worked internationally, been a dot.com entrepreneur and also a government mentor to high-growth SMEs.
On campus, Russell currently leads the Business Strategy module for the MBA programme for which he has developed an oil-based company simulation exercise. Russell has published widely across a number of topics in business with articles published in Management Decision, Managerial Auditing Journal, Organization Development Journal, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, Young Consumers, European Business Review and Journal of Electronic Commerce Research.
Throughout your studies you will benefit from valuable insights from the University of Aberdeen’s Honorary Executive Fellows who are established professionals working in the business sector. Their input ensures that the programme is aligned to the competencies and skills that industry needs, so that the courses you study will always be industry relevant.
Chris has enjoyed a highly successful career in the field of Line Management and Human Resources that has spanned over 20 years. From an early career in selling advertising space and managing sales teams at Dutch Publishing House VNU Business Publications, Chris moved into the field of Human Resources and spent seven years in various UK based HR roles at ICL/Fujitsu before becoming HR Manager for the Middle East and Africa. Following eight years at Guiness as HR Director for United Distillers in Hong Kong, Sydney, and the International Region, he worked on the change management process that brought Guinness and Grand Metropolitan together to form Diageo in 1997.
Chris spent two years as Head of Organisation Development at CitiBank in the Emerging Markets Division, driving growth and change management processes before becoming Group HR Director of the Pentland Group, a FTSE 250 sports and fashion business, and the original owners of Reebok. The Group currently manages brands such as Speedo, Berghaus, Lacoste, Kickers and Ellesse. After a three-year tenure, he spent two years as Managing Director of Korn Ferry's European Search business before setting up his own HR consulting business in early 2003.
As an Executive Fellow at the University of Aberdeen brings to the team a consulting background working with clients such as Carphone Warehouse, Scottish Courage, The Tussauds Group, PUMA, Columbia Sports, Britvic and the Grants Whisky Company to name but a few.
Norton is the founder of On Purpose Ltd., a strategic leadership development consultancy based in Aberdeen which has a mission to enable individuals and organisations to lead consciously with a sense of ease.
He brings a wealth of business experience and personal self-discovery to working with clients. He has led and implemented strategic change in large organisations and has over ten years of experience at blending his unique ability of consulting, facilitating and coaching helping clients articulate their problem and co-creating solutions. Norton focuses on understanding the context in which leadership exists and bringing authentic leadership into the workplace.
A combination of his experience as a strategic leadership consultant and executive coach, Norton successfully guides leaders, enabling them to reach higher levels of improved performance and achieve their full potential. He is also a business coach within the Business Mentoring Scotland scheme.
Norton is also a non-executive director of the Mindfulness Association Ltd., and sits on the board of Grampian Housing Association. He has also previously held senior positions including that of Managing Director of Aberdeen Airport, General Manager of ARUP (Hellas), and Enterprise Implementation Programme Manager, Gatwick Airport Limited.
Peter is a commercially aware, accredited Sales Coach with a collaborative coaching style and the gravitas to connect and foster relationships with, and secure ‘buy-in’ from, senior stakeholders to deliver legacy coaching models and organic expansion.
He has supported the design of short and long-term strategic goals, and developed key customer alliances. He recently enhanced market share within a £350m private company in Canada, despite a shrinking marketplace.
Peter is passionate about motivating, training and providing strategic direction to high-performing sales managers. He is accustomed to supporting businesses to grow, internally and externally, through understanding their staff and customers.
As well as working with SMEs to develop business leaders, he has also supported companies with new starts and individuals moving into their first sales role and worked with universities to develop soft skills programmes for students.
Ed is an internationally recognised geospatial technology expert, with extensive experience of enterprise geographic solutions and wide-ranging geospatial industry knowledge.
He has held a senior position at Google for over nine years in which he is responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise global information utilising advanced geographical and technological tools such as Google Earth and Google Maps. Ed is a representative for Google to geospatial standards bodies and international mapping organisations.
Ed has also worked for leading national mapping agency Ordnance Survey where he was Chief Technology Officer. He has pioneered the advance of technology in the development of geographic information products, and has excelled at setting the strategic direction and moving the focus of the business.
He has also managed large teams of engineers, researchers and developers, in the UK and worldwide, as well as provided pre and post-sales consultancy to strategic clients in the UK, Middle East and South Africa. He has been recognised by the Times University Guide as a ‘World Leader in GIS’ and continues to make significant contributions to the development of geographic information systems and is currently a visiting professor at UCL, London.
At the University of Aberdeen, students develop and showcase an exceptional range of skills and determination that enable them to excel in today's competitive business world. We are proud of the track record of our alumni who have achieved outstanding success in the global workplace. Our graduates have secured positions in some of the world's leading organisations: