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Business Management

Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate Business Management

The Graduate Certificate Business Management provides you with an understanding of business management and its fundamental principles, concepts and methodologies and can be completed as a standalone qualification to or as an entry route into Masters level study for those who do not have formal qualifications but have management level experience or for those who hold an ordinary degree.

This course can be undertaken entirely online as a structured distance learning programme with no on-campus attendance requirements. It is designed for those with no first degree, but with a minimum of one year’s management experience or those with an ordinary degree equivalent seeking an access route to post-graduate study. Successful completion of this Certificate enables entry to any MSc level course at Aberdeen Business School or the School of Creative and Cultural Business at RGU.  Alternatively, if you already have a first degree in a non-management discipline, this Certificate can enhance your management knowledge and skills, opening up possibilities for career progression.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

March

Course Length

6 months
Study comprises of a contemporary module in Digital Business and a Business Opportunity project which involves the development of a complete business plan that will add value to an existing business or a new business idea.
 
 
Modules

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 and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

CampusMoodle offers you the flexibility of where and when you choose to study and gives you full open access to tutors and other class members. You will 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 you with course materials which include:

  • Online activities
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

There will be an optional on campus workshop for your first module: Business Opportunities.

Activity summary
  • Webinars - 12 hours per module
  • Practical class or workshop - 6 hours per module
Independent study

Over the duration of the course, you are expected to become increasingly self-motivated, taking greater control of the study process, and define your own personal objectives for learning. You will spend approximately 15 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for online activities and researching and writing course reports.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed over the duration of the course:

  • 2 reports
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Staff delivering on this course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Inclusion Centre

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
Prospects

This qualification will enhance your Management level skills and is will also provide you with the entry requirements for postgraduate study, including the MSc Business Management Programme at RGU.

 
 

This course provides you with an understanding of business management and its fundamental principles, concepts and methodologies.

This course can be undertaken entirely online as a structured distance learning programme with no on-campus attendance requirements. It is designed for those with no first degree, but with a minimum of one year’s management experience or those with an ordinary degree equivalent seeking an access route to post-graduate study. Successful completion of this Certificate enables entry to any MSc level course at Aberdeen Business School or the School of Creative and Cultural Business at RGU.  Alternatively, if you already have a first degree in a non-management discipline, this Certificate can enhance your management knowledge and skills, opening up possibilities for career progression.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AT RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022

All Students

  • £3,290 entire course
ADDITIONAL COSTS

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

STUDENT FUNDING

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS' FUNDING

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

DISCLAIMER

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities

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