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Graduate Certificate Management Studies

Course Description

Study for A Management Certificate In Business. This online course covers key business skills such as People Management, the Management Environment and Managing Finance.

This course is designed for people with employment experience, who do not have a first degree, to gain access to Masters degree courses in Management at Aberdeen Business School. It is delivered completely online and allows those who work full-time or part-time to study at times which suit their own schedules. The Graduate Certificate Management Studies provides a foundation in management subjects for students with managerial experience and who wish to achieve an undergraduate qualification in management or progress to a postgraduate management course at Aberdeen Business School. It provides students with the knowledge of core management topics and also experience of academic study in preparation for postgraduate study.

This is a management development programme suitable for:
•Non-graduates with a minimum of 5 years management experience who wish to progress to postgraduate study in management
•Managers who wish to update their professional business and management skills

The course is an access to Masters and also a route for graduates of a non-business/management discipline who wish a pre-Masters course in business/management.

The award of a Graduate Certificate in Management Studies is equivalent to SVQ level 4/SCQF level 9 management training. The three modules are studied one at a time, over one academic year, and are assessed by a course work assignment at the end of each module.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Individual modules of the course may be studied on a CPD basis with credits awarded for successfully completed modules.

See the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/undergraduate/management-studies

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
•Management of People: Development of HR skills and an understanding of how people work together
•Management Environment: This is an introduction to business and management, and examines the key issues associated with the internal and external environment within which organisations operate.
•Managing Finance: Understanding of the published financial statements of an organisation as well as internal management accounting requirements

How you will learn

This course is a distance learning course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers students flexibility of where and when they can study. Distance learning allows students to continue to work full-time without the need for a career break and provides the opportunity to enhance careers through academic study and practical translation of the theory. This can also be a great chance to meet like-minded individuals across a number of industries and develop networking opportunities all via technology.

CampusMoodle offers full 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 course materials which include:
•Online activities
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material

All students are required to fully participate in their online learning experience and engage with the learning process. 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 with a particular emphasis on group-related activities. However, a collaborative learning environment also requires that students become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how their learning occurs.

Once you have received an offer for the course and before enrolment, all successful applicants are offered the chance to log into our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. This gives you the opportunity to view course information, ask questions and find out more before you start the course.

Placements and accreditations

Placements are not available on this course as most of our graduate certificate students are already in employment.

The Graduate Certificate Management Studies is not externally accredited, however, successful completion of this course provides access to a range of our Masters level courses, many of which carry professional body recognition and accreditation.

If you want to find out how to apply, click here - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Visit the Graduate Certificate Management Studies page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Merit Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Aberdeen Business School is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study at the School.This page contains details of all scholarships available on courses apart from the MBA (Masters of Business Administration). Please click below if you wish to apply for an MBA scholarship.MBA Scholarship
Please read through the following information carefully.
- Number of awards: 150
- Value of awards: £2000, £1500, or £1000 per award

Value of Scholarship(s)



Eligible Courses:
- This scholarship is applicable to all MSc courses in this area of study.Who can apply:
- An International student paying fees at the overseas rate or
- A UK/EU student on a full cost course for which the course fee has been set at £5000GBP or above and
- You hold the offer of a place on one of our courses

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but a minimum of 5 years managerial or supervisory experience is required. 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. Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

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