Human Resource Management PgDip/MSc

1. Overview

Study our MSc Human Resource Management degree full time or online and gain relevant knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective HR professional.

The MSc Human Resource Management degree has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This course is valuable for those who want to become a human resource practitioner, or needing to develop their professional qualifications in the field of HRM. We work closely with our Industrial Liaison Panel to ensure our course is up to date and relevant. 

People, Performance and Productivity!

The benefits of our course are:

  • Our Partnerships with Industry
  • The excellent facilities at RGU
  • The strong emphasis we place on preparing our students for employment
  • The tools we provide our students with to ensure their professional development and growth
  • The career management facilities at RGU
  • Our supportive learning environment
  • CIPD Accreditation

View a list of HRM course projects (PDF 90KB)

2. What you will study

We are redesigning the course and the information provided will be updated as soon as the course changes are authorised. All students are required to join the CIPD as a student member within one month of commencing their course. (Please note that CIPD fees for first year only of study are paid by the university).

Stage 1

Exit Award: PgCert Human Resource Management

Stage 2

Exit Award: PgDiploma Human Resource Management

Stage 3

  • Capstone
    The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed thereby enhancing your employment portfolio and setting you apart from other graduates in your field.

Award: MSc Human Resource Management

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

3. How you will learn

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Part-time Study

Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. As classes are delivered through day-release, you will be working with full-time students and hence will benefit from face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates, plus the support of the virtual learning environment.

Distance Learning

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Details on the distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

The Postgraduate Diploma has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK's professional body for personnel and development specialists, since 1980.

While there is no placement throughout our course we place a heavy emphasis on building employability skills.

6. Student Funding

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

The current course fee (for all modes of delivery) includes the CIPD joining fee and subscription up until 1 July 2017.  After this date students will  be responsible for paying their own CIPD membership renewals, currently £90 for the next full year.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • Fees to be confirmed .

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £8,900 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,100 entire course

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £8,820 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,310 Stage 1
  • £3,310 Stage 2
  • £2,200 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £8,650 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,740 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,100 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £8,400 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,400 entire course

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,188 Stage 1
  • £3,188 Stage 2
  • £2,125 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £9,600 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,050 Stage 1
  • £2,810 Stage 2
  • £2,340 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £9,300 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,946 Stage 1
  • £2,695 Stage 2
  • £2,270 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £9,000 entire course
  • £6,730 PgDiploma only

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,200 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,619 Stage 1
  • £2,619 Stage 2
  • £2,192 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £8,420 entire course
  • £6,228 PgDiploma only

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,600 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,556 Stage 1
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,556 Stage 2
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,136 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £8,206 entire course
  • Full-time - £6,070 PgDiploma only

International Students

  • Full-time - £8,900 entire course

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

If you have any course related questions, please contact the course leader:

If you have any application queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

People, Performance and Productivity

Study our MSc Human Resource Management degree full time or online and gain relevant knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective HR professional.  All contemporary organisations need to have the right number of people with the right skills at the right time in place to ensure optimum productivity, hence the importance of HR practitioners.  The MSc HRM degree has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This course is valuable for those who want to become a human resource practitioner, or needing to develop their professional qualifications in the field of HRM. We work closely with our Industrial Liaison Panel to ensure our course is up to date and relevant. 

Employability means far more than simply ‘getting a job’. It is about the graduate being able to draw on a range of skills, behaviours and knowledge that can be applied in a range of settings and that vary from individual to individual.  Nowadays a degree is no longer sufficient for success in the job market. Employability has to be an ongoing developmental process in the current occupational climate.

At Aberdeen Business School we believe there are three main components to Employability:

  • Experience
  • Enterprise
  • Education

We ensure that within the course our graduates are given the opportunity to develop the skills and competences which comprise each of the components above.  This is achieved by:

  • Developing self-awareness
  • Knowledge and application of a wide range of transferable skills
  • A robust and structured CPD process
  • Guest lectures from a wide range of industry representatives
  • Networking with a range of occupational specific industry specialists
  • The use of real life case studies
  • The use of a simulated work environment
  • Completing work based projects
  • Knowledge of the appropriate occupational theoretical underpinning
  • The application of that theoretical underpinning

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PgDip/MSc

Start Date

September

Course Length

Full-time - 1 Year / Part-time - 3 Years / Online Learning - 1 or 3 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time / Part-time / Online Learning

Academic School
Aberdeen Business School
Approved By
CIPD

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