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.
The course starts in September and is studied part-time over two years. It’s possible to exit the course at the completion of Year 2 with a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM.
You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study.
- People and Organisational Development
- The Organisational Context of HR
- Employment Law
- Employee Resourcing
- Learning and Development
- Labour Relations
- Research Skills and Professional Development
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.
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
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