MSc Business Management (HRM)

Postgraduate, Online learning

Gain an understanding of business and human resource management theory and develop the skills needed to take on senior roles on this flexible online course.

  • Napier code:

    31517MM

  • Course type:

    Online learning

  • Duration:

    21 - 33 months

  • Award:

    MSc

Ask about this course
About you
Enter first name
*
Enter last name
*
*
*
*
*
*

Course introduction

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business, or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our Online MSc Business Management (HRM) will equip you with the practical skills and expertise to succeed.


You’ll gain a sound understanding of business and human resource management (HRM) theory, including the skills needed to successfully manage and motivate staff, real issues faced by contemporary human resource managers, and international HRM.

This course is designed to deliver accessible, creative and flexible postgraduate business education and offer a choice in how, when and where you study.


Students in a computing lab
Sharing much of its content with the Online MSc Business Management, this course offers you the opportunity to pursue a specialism in HRM, opening doors to increased career opportunities at postgraduate level.

You’ll gain a sound theoretical grounding in business and management theory with a focus on HRM and stimulate an enquiring, analytical approach to several subject areas. This will widen the application of your business management skills to include a range of career routes in human resource management.

You’ll develop competencies in innovative and creative problem solving, critical thinking and strategic reasoning, and apply these skills to your studies of business issues.

This course is ideally suited to individuals who intend to balance their personal and professional commitments with their studies. It will build on your existing experience and knowledge and enhance it with contemporary business theory, giving you the expertise you need to take on senior roles.

Delivered fully online, this course will take between 21 - 33 months to complete. You'll study eight modules in total, with a maximum of two modules at a time over each trimester. The online materials have been designed to support you to study at a place and pace which suits your needs.

Our online learning environment uses materials created especially for the course by our module leaders. Your learning experience will be enriched through online discussions that supplement the written materials, as well as case study analyses from diverse sectors and articles from leading academics and practicing professionals.

You’ll learn through a combination of self-directed independent online learning materials, online discussion topics and independent study.

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. 

If there is any question regarding the authorship of any submitted assessments, we reserve the right to require students to undertake an online viva. 

What you study

  • Sustaining Organisational Performance
  • Global Economic Environment and Marketing
  • Organisational Change and Management 
  • Leadership, Strategy and Innovation    
  • HRM in an International Context
  • Contemporary HRM  
  • 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.

In recent years, students have come to our MSc courses with degrees from many different disciplines, and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/not-for-profit sectors.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 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 professional 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
All Students 2017/18 2018/19
All students *£770 tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment.
This course comprises of 180 credits, therefore the total cost is currently £6,930.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships