MSc Human Resource Management Top-up (Blended)

Postgraduate, Part-time

Aimed at students looking to top-up a postgraduate HRM qualification with a research project and graduate with a Masters degree

  • Napier code:

    31636MX

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    9 months

  • Award:

    MSc

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Course introduction

The MSc in HRM (Blended) Top-up is a nine month programme which  aims to develop knowledge, competencies and professional skills that help learners address the challenges facing modern organisations. It is solely focused on the completion of a Masters dissertation allowing you time to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise around research methods and your dissertation topic. 

The programme underlines the importance of practice-based learning and research by enabling you to investigate an HR issue that is located in a real work situation. 

Edinburgh Napier University has been supporting students to undertake the MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) for over 25 years. During that time the University has received commendations of good practice from the UK professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), for their innovative and rigorous approach to design and delivery of the dissertation. 


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 The programme enables you to develop the following knowledge and skills:

  • Diagnostic and analytical skills in a research and workplace context;
  • Professional knowledge and expertise in a wide range of HRM areas;
  • Employability and career management skills;
  • Integration of theory and practice to analyse a range of workplace issues.

You will develop theoretically informed and practical recommendations that aim to provide solutions and improve professional practice in your chosen research context, and will have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, professional knowledge and skills as independent learners.

The dissertation will build your professional and academic knowledge and expertise around a particular area of HR practice.  It enables you to build credibility and confidence within that area and aids your 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.

The programme aims to develop a comprehensive range of skills including information retrieval, critical reading and writing, effective research strategies, analytical and evaluative techniques and communication in a research context. All of these skills serve to enhance credibility, confidence, professional competence, employability skills and help enhance career progress within the area of HRM.


The entry requirement for this course is a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or a CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development (equivalent to 120 credits at SCQF Level 11).

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 2017/18 2018/19
All students £2,800 n/a