Human Resource Management PgDip/MSc

Human Resource Management Degree

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 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. 

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

The course is currently being redesigned, therefore there may be minor modifications to this structure. 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

Plus one module from the following:

Exit Award: PgDiploma Human Resource Management

Stage 3

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. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

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

A good honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a degree or degree equivalent qualification and relevant work experience at a suitable level within an organisation for an appropriate length of time may be considered, as may qualifications from an approved professional body.

All applications must be accompanied by a Personal Assessment Form. This is a supplementary part of the selection process.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

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

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to our outstanding students. Find out more information on Merit Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years. Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

Opito Scholarship
This scholarship is open to students undertaking MSc studies relevant to the Oil and Gas industry. Find out more about the Opito Scholarship.

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.

7. Course Fees

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

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. 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

Course Enquiries

If you have any course related questions, please contact the course leader - Hrmanagement@rgu.ac.uk

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

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

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

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 - 3 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time / Part-time / Online Learning

Academic school
Aberdeen Business School Management Department
Approved By
CIPD

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