MSc Human Resource Management (Online)

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

Develop valuable skills in people management on this online course which will equip you for employment in human resource management.

  • Napier code:

    31635MM

  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    2 years (if students complete two modules per trimester)

  • Award:

    MSc

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Course introduction

Human Resource Management (HRM) is a vital area of business: successful people management, effective recruitment and a knowledge of employment law are keystones to the running and development of any company. 

This online course offers you the opportunity to develop as an HRM practitioner at a time, place and pace to fit with your personal and professional requirements.

You’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of HRM theory. Together with a strong focus on reflective practice, this will enable you to make a significant contribution to management practice within your organisational role.


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This course focuses on how the human resource function can develop high quality leaders and practitioners who make a positive and enduring difference to the well-being of individuals, organisations and society.

It emphasises HRM as an integral part of corporate strategy and demonstrates its links with other managerial activities.

You’ll have access to specialist knowledge in core areas of HRM and business, grounded in the latest research. You’ll learn from, reflect upon and apply this knowledge and understanding to your own professional practice in order to increase your credibility and add value to your organisation.

You’ll acquire the skills and expertise to deal with complex issues in HRM, make informed judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate effectively with peers and senior managers.

You’ll also develop skills in problem solving, planning and the management of people.

The relevance of our programme content and focus to HR professionals, and the high level of academic rigour is demonstrated in our successful alignment with The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook. SHRM is an international HR membership organisation devoted to human resource management. Students can also elect to join the Society as student members for a nominal fee in order to enjoy access to the many resources and benefits offered through membership.

The course is studied part-time by flexible learning. You'll be able to study at a pace which suits you and won’t be required to attend our campus. However, normally we would expect students to complete the course within 18 - 24 months.

Our virtual learning environment provides you with access to an extensive range of online resources, including interactive learning opportunities throughout each module, combining academic rigour with real-life examples and practical elements. This will be enriched through online discussions with your tutors and peers.

For the award of MSc you must successfully pass all eight modules, giving a total of 180 credits. All modules are 20 credits, except where indicated.

What you study

  • People and Organisational Development
  • Labour Relations
  • The Organisational Context of Human Resources
  • Learning and Development
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Human Resource Management in an International Context
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

On graduation you’ll be qualified to for a range of roles in the UK and around the world which may include:

  • human resources manager
  • business partner
  • organisation development manager
  • training and development manager

You can engage with SHRM to undertake SHRM Certified Qualifications, particularly useful if you are seeking employment in countries where the SHRM is the preferred qualification. 



  • An Honours degree at 2:2 or above.
  • Comparable alternative qualifications or professional qualifications, and experience may also be considered.
  • English language requirements


    If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

    This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.



    All applicants are required to have an internet connection.

    Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

    International students

    If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

    Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

    Admissions policies

    We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

    Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


    Tuition fees
    Students from 2016/17 2017/18
    All Students* *£770 *£770
    Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
    This course comprises of 180 credits, therefore the total cost is currently £6,930.
    Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
    Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

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