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MSc Human Resource Management



Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QE, Scotland, UK,

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+44 (0)1224 263025

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MSc Human Resource Management

Type of course

Online Distance Learning

Length of course

3 years

Date of commencement

The online programme begins in September


• £2,946 Stage 1
• £2,695 Stage 2
• £2,270 MSc dissertation stage

Admissions 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.

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.

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Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University

MSc Human Resource Management

The MSc Human Resource Management prepares students in the management of human resources in the global context. It is suitable for those in the field who need to develop their skills and abilities to meet the needs of today's rapidly changing organisations.

This course aims to produce practitioners capable of:

• Demonstrating competence in a wide range of generic and specific professional skills (e.g. business understanding, strategic thinking, professional and ethical behaviour, analytical and intuitive/creative thinking, communication and interpersonal skills).
• Making an immediate and effective contribution to the HR function in helping to attract, retain and develop people needed for organisational success;
• Understanding how and why HR should contribute to the strategic development of the organisation and in how to influence change within their own business employment
•Conducting a major piece of advanced independent work in an area of human resource management at the strategic level.

The MSc Human Resource Management course is highly regarded by the HR community within the North of Scotland and has the continuing support of the North of Scotland and Islands Branch of the Institute. It has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 1980 and since 2005 for online delivery.

The course was redesigned for delivery from September 2011 and was re-accredited by CIPD in May 2011. 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. 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).

The course is currently being redesigned, therefore there may be minor modifications to this structure.

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

• Compensation and Benefits
• 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

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.

Department of Business & Management

The Business Management department is one of the largest in the school and .among the areas of interest .are Business Strategy, E-Business, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management. The Business Strategy group is the biggest numerically with 50% of the academic staff being located here. The group teaches a number of strategic management modules throughout the University and to a number of corporate clients. The areas of speciality within the group are Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Business Strategy, Psychological Contracts and Environmental Management and Policy. The Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship is an expanding area of expertise within Aberdeen Business School with a particular interest in small business enterprise. One of their remits is to provide entrepreneurial education to as wide a group of students as possible within the University.

Aberdeen Business School

Aberdeen Business School is one of the leading providers of management and professional education in Scotland. Over 3,500 students are studying a comprehensive range of courses. In the School we have over 1,700 postgraduate students from over 80 countries and offer a truly international experience. Founded in 1965, the business school has just celebrated its fortieth year and continues to build on its firm foundation.

The Business School is part of the Robert Gordon University, which has been regularly acclaimed as the Best New University in the UK based on a formidable reputation for its pragmatic approach to higher education.

The Aberdeen Business School is one of the largest Business Schools in the United Kingdom. Currently it is structured in five departments: Accounting, Finance and Economics, Business and Management, Law, Information Management, and Communication and Marketing. Associated with the departments, there are a number of satellite applied research centres in the field of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management, Tourism, Public Policy, and Transport Policy.

Aberdeen Business School have had AMBA accreditation for since 1999. The Business School is one of the largest providers of management education in the UK and have delivered online courses since 1999. We are rated excellent by the UK quality assurance agency for higher education and have a very strong portfolio of courses. The School offers 29 postgraduate courses with accreditation from CIPD, CIPS, AMBA, CIArb, CIMA, CIM, CMI, APM, IQA, Institute of Exporters, and CILIP to name a few. We have an extensive range of publications in our online library with approximately 3,500 academic journals.

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