Aberdeen Business School

Human Resource Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

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PgCert | PgDip | MSc Human Resource Management
Through flexible study options, this course will prepare you for the management of people and human resources in a global context. You will gain the relevant knowledge and skills to become an effective line manager or HR professional and meet the needs of today’s rapidly changing organisations.

Throughout this course you will consider issues such as pay and reward, leadership, learning and development and ethics as well as looking at how changing business contexts impact upon the management of people. The Course also takes a look at how HR should contribute to the strategic development of the organisation and how to be an effective HR professional. 

We have an online simulated organisation, The Loch View Hotel, which we use for teaching purposes to ensure you have the opportunity to apply theory to a practical situation

This course has multiple study options
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  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
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  • Part Time
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Course Length
2 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
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Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
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  • Part Time
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Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
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Course Length
2 years
stage 1

You will develop a grounding in the core area of organisational behaviour, people management and the professional and research skills required to undertake postgraduate study and develop your people management knowledge base. Key knowledge and skills are developed in HR functional areas which allow you to become familiar with both theory and practice. 

stage 2

HR functional skills are further developed with regard to talent management, employee relations, recruitment and selection, and learning and development.  The final two modules allow you to investigate strategic HRM and demonstrate your practical capabilities by undertaking a Research Report to Management.

stage 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate master's level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, a professional dissertation or, where appropriate, business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.


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
On Campus Study

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.

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

On Campus Day Release Part-time courses are delivered in parallel with the On Campus Full-time cohort but you will only study 2 modules (30 credits) per semester.

Part-time on-campus courses are delivered during the working week. Our part-time students attend classes at the same time as our full-time on campus students. This course delivery format then requires the part-time student to be released by their employers during the working day

  • Weeks 1-6
    Required to attend: 3 x 3 hour sessions on campus* 
  • Weeks 7-11
    Required to attend: 1 hour session per week* 
  • Remainder of the course
    Required to attend: 2 x 3 hour session per week* 

*Please note, there is no guarantee that the two sessions will be on the same day.

Online Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You 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. CampusMoodle will provide you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat.  

Activity Summary

The options below represent full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery may differ.

  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 15-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1-4 students per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicles for independent learning are Personal and Professional Development and the Capstone Project, where you will further develop your learning in: the nature of research, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and appropriate communication.

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.

We have a proactive Industry Liaison Group who provide input to course redesign and may contribute to classes through guest lectures and masterclasses.


Please note the below represent full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery will differ.

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 2 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 practical skills assessments
  • 1 research report to management

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



The Disability & Dyslexia 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.



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.



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


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.


job prospects

All organisations need to have the right number of people with the right skills at the right time to ensure optimum productivity, hence the importance of skilled people managers and HR practitioners. 

Graduates of this course find employment in many diverse industries throughout the world as a result of the knowledge and skills they have gained during the course. Example industries include public and private sectors, energy, hospitality, construction and financial services.

Previous graduates have gone on to general management roles or more HR specific roles such as HR Business Partner, Learning and Development Advisor, Group HR Director and Independent HR Consultant.


  • 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 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.


All fees include £250 for CIPD registration

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,390 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus (Over 3 years)

  • £3,520 for year 1
  • £3,520 for year 2
  • £2,350 for year 3

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus (Over 2 years)

  • Year 1 - £4,695
  • Year 2 - £4,695

Full-time On Campus

UK/EU Students

  • £9,160 entire course

International Students

  • £12,470 entire course
Additional Costs

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

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • £138 CIPD membership (only CIPD fees for first year of study are paid by university)
  • For on campus students, additional fees may be payable for learning visits to appropriate sites e.g. New Lanark, Peterhead Prison. Costs are kept to a minimum but may be around £60 p.a.


Alumni Discount

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


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:



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:



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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I have been really impressed with the encouragement, enthusiasm and support received by all lecturers at all stages of the course. Each module and assignment has covered relevant issues in today’s business environment which makes the course really relatable and applicable to the real world.


Accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK's professional body for personnel and development specialists. You will be required to join the CIPD as a student member within one month of commencing the course. On completion of the PgDip, you will gain Associate Membership of the CIPD.


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.

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We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

All applicants to postgraduate courses can apply direct to the university using our online application form.

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