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How It Works

Your postgraduate programme at ICRGU will equip you with the academic skills you need to succeed in your chosen Master’s degree at Robert Gordon University. On successful completion of your postgraduate programme, you will progress seamlessly to RGU.


Your ICRGU programme will be delivered in small classes rather than large lecture groups. Learning in small classes will give you lots of opportunity to develop your understanding of the subject through discussions with your classmates and tutors. You will have full access to RGU’s facilities throughout your ICRGU programme.

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Your Studies

A significant part of postgraduate-level study involves independent learning. Your ICRGU programme will teach you how to drive your own learning and be proactive outside your timetabled classes.

Below are some examples of self-directed study that you will explore:

  • Reading journal articles and books
  • Undertaking research in the library
  • Preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Your overall workload will consist of the following:

  • Timetabled contact hours
  • Independent learning
  • Assessed activities
  • Ad-hoc field trips

The breakdown of directed and self-directed study hours throughout your ICRGU programme can be approximated at the following:

  • Contact hours: 180
  • Self-directed study hours: 300

Timetables will be provided once you are registered and enrolled. Scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

You will have opportunities to test your understanding of each module before you complete the formal assessments at the end. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment, and you will receive feedback from your tutor on this.

Formal assessment methods include:

  • Written examinations
  • A range of coursework assessments such as:
    • Essays
    • Reports
    • Portfolios
    • Presentations
    • Final project.

The balance of assessment by examination and by coursework depends on your modules.

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from your tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn, and you are encouraged to discuss it with your tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Placement Opportunities

Robert Gordon University offers postgraduate students the opportunity to complete a short internship as part of the MSc degree. For this, you will undertake a specific project for a company in the UK. The experience will help develop key skills, as well as build your confidence and network of contacts within the industry.

Please note: internships are not available for all MSc degrees.

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