RGU marches forward with Military Masters in Leadership and Management

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is offering a new Masters (MSc) in Leadership and Management to support the transition of ex-military Officers and Warrant Officers back into the civilian world. The course not only presents an industry-recognised qualification to help forces personnel move into new careers, but also provides access to companies within the Energy, Finance and Independent Business Start-up sectors, where officers can demonstrate their extensive leadership and management experience.

Each year, several thousand officers complete their military service, deciding to leave the military and reinstate themselves in the civilian world. The transition to civilian life can often be uncertain, misleading and difficult; a struggling economy requires ex-military officers to be able to demonstrate how their competence and military aptitude can add value to a corporate organisation's culture, processes and projects. RGU believes that the extensive leadership and management skills of ex-military officers will provide companies with a valuable new resource of leaders to tackle some of the tough challenges they face.

During service, military officers develop a wide range of skills including adaptability, team work and mission-focus gained through roles such as logistics, communications, mechanics and engineering. RGU's new Leadership and Management MSc supports tri-service senior non-commissioned and commissioned ranks with their transition by providing the means to re-package these skills and experience ready for corporate consumption, with the intention of translating military leadership expertise into a new sector application whilst generating much greater opportunities of individual employment.

The course covers key topics, including Strategic Leadership, People Management, Project Leadership, Financial and Management Accounting and Organisational Development. Students are required to choose a specific route of study from Energy, Financial Management, or Business Start-up to focus on before completing a consultancy project; conducted in the style and formality of a commercial consultancy project within an organisation, dealing with a real-time leadership issue exposing students to their chosen sector.

The significance in defining military skills through a masters course is verified by ex-army infantry officer and RGU Subsea Engineering MSc student, Richard Stark, who states, "The military and oil and gas industry share a similar skill set, however these skills need to be tweaked to fit the industry priorities - something I've found my course at RGU has done well".

Richards' testament is echoed by Neil Clark, ex-RAF Pilot, who said: "My transition from the RAF was made infinitely easier through my experiences with RGU. They were instrumental in identifying my inherent skill set and pivotal in combining them with an education and guidance that ultimately led to my success in the civilian sector."

The course will be delivered by respected academics and associates with relevant military knowledge and industry experience. These include Professor Alex Russell, Chair of the Oil Industry Finance Association which is associated to Oil and Gas UK and Matthew Anderson, an associate lecturer at RGU, who after a career in the Royal Scots left the army to establish himself as a successful entrepreneur. Strong links with industry and the consultancy project ensure that content is relevant to industry requirements and graduates are effectively prepared for the workplace.

Linda Strangward, MSc Leadership and Management programme leader, said, "The new military Leadership and Management Masters has been developed to harness and build on the skills that ex-military personnel have already gained during their time in service.

"The qualities that these individuals have are exactly what the energy, renewable and financial industries are crying out for and this course channels these skills, associating them with a corporate environment as well as applying them to entrepreneurial ideas. Upon completion students will have gained an industry-recognised qualification which, coupled with their past experience, will place them in good stead to achieve a role equal in stature to their position within the military."

RGU offers flexible modes of study with online distance learning via RGU's award-winning virtual campus making the master course widely accessible throughout the country and allowing individuals to learn at their own pace, at any time of the day or week during the semester, or face-to-face at Aberdeen Business School (ABS).

The university's prowess in delivering such courses has been recognised not only by The Times University Guide 2011 which professed, "A degree from Robert Gordon University is as near to a guarantee of a job as you can get", but was also named "top Modern University in the UK" in The Guardian University Guide 2011 and recognised by The Aspen Institutes Centre for Business Education which ranked ABS in the global top 50 for its MBA programs in its highly acclaimed ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes' survey.

The Leadership and Management MSc will welcome its first cohort of students in January 2012.


Issued By:

Katie Begg
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262144