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Human Resource Management (PgDip/MSc)

Course Description

The MSc Human Resource Management degree provides the knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective HR professional.

Human Resource managementThe MSc HRM degree has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 1980 and since 2005 for online delivery. This accreditation enables the course to provide a gateway to membership of the CIPD, which is highly valued and widely accepted as a requirement of practice by employers throughout the UK and increasingly abroad.

Students who successfully complete either the PgDip or MSc (all modes of study) will meet the knowledge requirements for professional grade Membership of the CIPD.

See the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/postgraduate/human-resource-management

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
• Leading, Managing and Developing People
• Personal and Research Skills for Human Resource Management
• Lifelong Learning and Development
• Employee Relations

Exit Award: PgCert Human Resource Management

Stage 2
• Reward Management
• Resourcing and Talent Management
• Managing Human Resources in a Business Context

Plus one module from the following:
• Human Resource Management Masters Project
• Personal and Professional Development

Exit Award: PgDiploma Human Resource Management

Stage 3
•Human Resource Management Dissertation

Award: MSc Human Resource Management

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.

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. The course was successfully re-accredited in May 2011.

This course is currently delivered in full-time, part-time and online modes. Since June 2005 it has been CIPD accredited for online delivery via the University's Virtual Campus.

Students who attain the MSc will become Associate Members of the CIPD.

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

Visit the Human Resource Management (PgDip/MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Uche Umunnakwe Iwuji

"Studying for the MSc Human Resource Management at Aberdeen Business School of RGU has been very rewarding to me personally.
"I had experience working in HR back home but the MSc course at RGU has given me a much greater depth of understanding outside of the workplace. The key areas of HRM were broadly explored in the course, including evidence from leading global organisations.

"The different approaches to teaching and learning at the Business School, like case study discussions, presentations and group work has greatly sharpened my skills in communication, writing, problem solving and IT proficiency. Overall studying HRM MSc at Aberdeen Business School has been a worthwhile experience. To top it all completing the course has given me an associate membership of one of the largest HR professional bodies in the world; the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)."


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

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.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £9,600; International Students: £12,500

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