Distance learning degree proves to be a life project well-managed for Stuart

Stuart GoveAn oil industry professional and father-to-be will celebrate the successful completion of an MSc Project Management distance learning degree when he graduates this Thursday (9 December).

Stuart Gove (28), from Mitchell Brae, Balmedie, recently finished his distance learning degree which he studied for three years alongside his full time job as a Maintenance Engineer for oil and gas service company, AMEC.  

Not only has Stuart combined his studies with full time employment, he has also juggled a house move, two job changes, an operation on his knee, one on his hamstring, and his wedding in the second year of the course.  

Now he and wife, Claire, are expecting their first child in March – the timing of which, he humorously notes, has been particularly well ‘project managed’ given his recent completion of his studies.  

Having originally completed a Sports Science BSc in 2004 and worked for a short time in the leisure industry, Stuart’s choice to seek further education came as a result of his desire to secure an industry recognised qualification that would complement his new career path in project management.  

The University’s Project Management masters degree appealed to him as it filled this criteria while also offering flexibility around full time employment via its distant learning route.

Commenting on the suitability of the course to his needs, Stuart commented: “Throughout the duration of the course I have taken key learnings into my working practice and the knowledge has been invaluable. I have adopted many of the theories, processes and systems into my working methods and hope that the long term benefits of completing this course will lead to continued success in my career.

“I have found that many of the project management processes and knowledge areas are transferable across industries so the course could open many career opportunities for me. I would encourage anyone who has a desire to take on further education or development to consider this as a feasible and rewarding method of learning.”

Senga Briggs, Senior Lecturer at the University’s Aberdeen Business School was one of Stuart’s tutors throughout his degree. She commented: “I would like to congratulate Stuart on his success despite the many challenges he faced whilst undertaking the Masters and wish him all the very best in his personal and work life.

“For those thinking about project management as a choice of career we would stress that our MSc programme is very much about the vocational as well as theoretical aspects of the profession.

“It permits individuals to build on their entry-level qualification and/or experience and provide an opportunity for Continual Professional Development (CPD). The learning outcomes of the MSc Project Management have been aligned with professional qualification frameworks in project management.”


Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389