MSc Human Resource Management

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Develop valuable skills in people management on this CIPD accredited and highly-rated course which will equip you for employment in human resource management.

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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, whatever its size.

You’ll learn the specialist skills and expertise you need to be effective in realising human potential and wellbeing in employment and gain an understanding of recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations and performance management.

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Aimed at both newly qualified graduates and managers already working in the field of people management, as well as those who see their careers developing in this direction, the course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as an advanced level qualification and provides you with the knowledge indicators required for membership of the CIPD.

This course is supported by a network of Edinburgh Napier academics and HRM professionals employed in both business and research. This gives you access to industry and research practitioners who are at the leading edge of policy and theoretical developments.

MSc Human Resource Management received a number of commendations of good practice from the CIPD, including our responsive and innovative approach to programme delivery and our research-informed approach to teaching. We have also been given the highest quality rating for our research project and dissertation module.

You’ll graduate with an advanced practical and theoretical understanding of all areas of HRM.

Development of research abilities is also emphasised, and you'll learn techniques and strategies that will enable you to critically reflect on your workplace experiences and create your own on-going programme of professional development.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study.

A part-time study option is also available. It is possible to exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM.

Subjects include

  • People and Organisational Development
  • The Organisational Context of HR
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Learning and Development
  • Labour Relations
  • Research Skills and Professional Development (including 15 day work placement)
  • Dissertation

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.

Employers often approach the university with relevant vacancies. In addition, through the workplace placement, you’ll have the opportunity to make valuable industry contacts that could lead to employment.

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 

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.

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 onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

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
Home/EU £6,450 £6,466
Overseas £12,620 £12,620
This course comprises of 180 credits - 120 from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation.

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