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Human Resource Management
Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University

About the MSc Human Resource Management

Why study the MSc Human Resource Management?

This course prepares participants for employment in human resource management and related occupational fields. The programme is one of the longest running postgraduate programmes in the Business School and remains one of the most popular. It is delivered in full-time, part-time and supported online modes of delivery.

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. Aberdeen Business School is one of only a few accredited CIPD centres with CIPD authority to upgrade students to chartered member on graduation.

Students who attain the Diploma become Graduate members of the CIPD. The course is highly regarded by the HR community within the Aberdeen and North of Scotland area, and has the continuing support of the North of Scotland and Islands Branch of the Institute. In co-operation with the Branch, the School has been able to attract local HR practitioners to act as mentors for students on the full-time programme during their course of study. This scheme was extended to part-time students in 2004/2005.

Through the Aberdeen Business School Placement Office, we consistently find suitable placements (6 weeks) for all our full-time students.

Aims of the course

The aims of the taught course leading to a Postgraduate Diploma are to develop practitioners who are capable of:

• Making an immediate and effective contribution to the HR function within the organisation that employs them: helping to attract, retain and develop people needed for organisational success;
• Knowing why and how HR should contribute to the strategic development of the organisation that employs them, and demonstrate the potential to contribute personally to such strategic development: people who should ultimately be able to get a seat ‘at the top table’;
• Understanding and influencing change within their respective organisations, and who can interpret how the wider environment impacts upon the organisation; this aim will be achieved through an analysis of business environment factors and continuing emphasis on horizontal, vertical and functional integration.
• Demonstrating a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) through showing an ability to systematically and continuously plan and review personal development;
• 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).

The aims of the course leading to a Masters Degree are to produce practitioners who are capable of the following:

Continuing the development of analytical, investigative, research and communication skills by conducting a major piece of advanced independent work in an area of human resource management at the strategic level.

About the Department of Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management (HRM) Group deliver modules on various aspects of human resource management, occupational behaviour and the management of change across a wide spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. They are also engaged in academic research, commercial activities and consultancy, within the UK and much further afield, and in the supervision of students from undergraduate to doctorate level, as they undertake their research.

About 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 8 departments: Accounting, Finance and Economics, Business and Management, Public Policy, Law, Information Management, Communication and Languages, Marketing and Human Resource Management. 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.

Our Focus on Informed Learning

Aberdeen Business School is recognised nationally and internationally for responding to the needs of both students and employers. Our strong links with industry, commerce and the public sector enable us to ensure that our courses are practical and innovative and offer students the very best learning experience.

As a mark of the quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes many of our courses are recognised, or are accredited by, the professional organisations. This relationship between professional practice and academic rigour has meant that we continually appear in the top 5 for graduate and postgraduate employment in the Sunday Times University Guide. In 2006 RGU was ranked first for graduate employment in the UK. We enjoy the lowest unemployment of our graduates at 1.9% combined with the best rates of employment in graduate-level jobs of 86.4%.

Faculty Excellence

A teaching faculty that blends academic expertise with the credibility gained from current business, professional and consultancy activities supports the School’s programmes.

The staff also have an excellent record in attracting research funding from such bodies as the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and UNESCO.

Staff are also on the editorial boards of numerous international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, and the Journal of International Business and Economics Research.

Many of the School’s courses have a European and International focus and attract students from all parts of the UK, the EU and further a field. The resulting mix of students, cultures and customs creates a modern cosmopolitan study environment from which staff and students benefit.

Aberdeen is located in the North East of Scotland. It is known as the Oil capital of Europe and has a large number of Oil majors based in the city. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. Aberdeen has been voted the best place to study in the UK for the last 2 years. Students from International destinations would qualify for the fresh talent initiative on graduation.


Address Information

Address Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QE
Tel. No. +44 (0)1224 262 000
Fax No. +44 (0)1224 263 838
E-mail address
Course MSc Human Resource Management,
Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management,
Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
Type of Programme Full-time, Part-time and Online
Length of Programme MSc in Human Resource Management:
Full-time: 1 year (3 semesters study in one academic year)
Part-time/Online: 3 years (6 semesters study over 3 years)

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
Full-time: 30 weeks (2 semesters)
Part-time/Online: 60 weeks (4 semesters)

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
Full-time: 15 weeks (1 semester)
Part-time/Online: 30 weeks (2 semesters)
Date of commencement September 2007.
Application deadlines: July 2007
Class size Full-time 60,
Part-time 50,
Online 30
Student accommodation Available
Fees Full-time UK/EU Student: Entire Course £6,848,
Full-time Overseas Student: Entire Course £8,300
Part-time/Online student Overseas/National: Entire course £6,362
11. Student grants / Financial assistance Students studying full-time may be eligible for Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) funding for the PGDip HRM. This only applies to students from the European Union.
Top recruiters of graduates Graduates of the course work in the public, voluntary and private sectors, including Oil and Gas, Education, Local Government, Hospitality, and as independent consultants.
Admission requirements The basic requirement for successful admission to the programme is an honours classification first degree. Other qualifications (degree equivalent) will be considered, with entry being subject to the University’s judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfill the requirements of the award.
The Course Leader will consider any candidate who has completed the Graduate Certificate in Management Studies (Access Programme) who also has sufficient work experience in the HR function and who appears capable of completing a demanding programme at Masters level.
In order to ensure language ability, all international students, for whom English is not their first language, are required to provide evidence of linguistic ability, by achievement of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 570 prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the programme.
All candidates will be interviewed by the Course Director before being offered a place on the course.
MBA Course Director Anne Stevenson
Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University
Garthdee II
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QG
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263018
Fax: +44 (0)1224 263838
Student profile 1.Countries of origin:
Across all modes of delivery for the MSc HRM, we have students from a number of countries worldwide, including: United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Dubai, Ghana, Nigeria, France, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Cameroon, Barbados, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, Kazakhstan and the USA.
2. Ratio Men: Women
Full-time 39%:61% Part-time 8%:92% Online 23%:77%
3. Age Range:
Full-time 20 - 48 Part-time 22 - 53 Online 23 - 46
4. Average Age:
Full-time 27 Part-time 28 Online 34
5. Average Work Experience:
Full-time: 4 years Part-time: 10 years Online: 7 years

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