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Aberdeen Business School

Quality Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

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PgCert | PgDip | MSc Quality Management
This MSc Quality Management degree is an online course with multiple study options, enabling you to undertake the course at your choice of pace and without taking a career break. You will explore this dynamic discipline through theoretical and practical learning and discover how quality management can be applied to the work environment and add value to an organisation.

You will learn to analyse risk at a strategic and operational level and identify suitable controls to eliminate, reduce or transfer such risks.

The course will provide you with a comprehensive underpinning on the areas required to manage quality in contemporary organisations, including Total Quality Management (TQM), Strategic Quality Management, Quality, Environmental and Sustainability Systems and Performance Management.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
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Course Length
3 years

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

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
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  • Part Time
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2 years

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  • Online Learning
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  • Full Time
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1 year

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  • Online Learning
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  • Full Time
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16 months
Stage 1

You will develop the knowledge and skills essential for quality management, including professional and critical reflection skills; people and communication, business and commercial skills; operations management and autonomy (independent), accountability, governance and leadership at master's level.

Stage 2

You will continue to develop your knowledge in further key areas of quality management including quality, environmental and sustainability systems, risk management, health, wellbeing and safety and planning and decision making scenarios.

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

MSc Quality Management is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study.

CampusMoodle provides you with 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 interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chats
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
Activity Summary

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

  • Lectures - 10-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 10-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester
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.

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.


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

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 2 practical skills assessments
  • 1 presentation

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

Independent Study

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 8 hours per module per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.



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


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.

University Library

Job Prospects

Quality management is a skill which is sought after by industry globally and this course will equip you with the knowledge and expertise for a career as a leading quality professional. The course is designed to enable you to add value to an organisation, in terms of developing and influencing strategy whilst understanding processes, performance measurement techniques and benefits management.

Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of industry sectors including energy, built environment, engineering, manufacturing, health (NHS), banking, supply chain and finance. Roles they have moved into include Quality Manager, Reliability Manager, Project Quality Controller, Data Manager, Lead Auditor and Quality Auditor.


  • 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 for further information.


All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £12,000

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £4,500 Stage 1 (Course over 3 years)
  • £4,500 Stage 2 (Course over 3 years)
  • £3,000 MSc Dissertation stage (Course over 3 years)
  • £6,000 Year 1 (Course over 2 years)
  • £6,000 Year 2 (Course over 2 years)

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,390

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,520 Stage 1 (Course over 3 years)
  • £3,520 Stage 2 (Course over 3 years)
  • £2,350 MSc Dissertation stage (Course over 3 years)
  • £4,695 Year 1 (Course over 2 years)
  • £4,695 Year 2 (Course over 2 years)
Additional Costs

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

Successful applicants will be expected to join the Chartered Quality Institute as student members.  The fee for 2018 is £52 per annum.  Applicants who begin study in September will get a reduced rate of membership, but will have to renew their membership in January.

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.


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.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

My experience studying MSc Quality Management gave me the opportunity to both further my education and also broaden my outlook in a field that I can apply in my career. I found all the modules to be stimulating and I particularly welcomed the engagement and camaraderie of course leaders and fellow students.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and you will be eligible to apply for a student grade of the CQI during your studies.



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


The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.  

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.

All applicants can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

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