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MSc in Human Resource Management

Our MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) will give you the knowledge, understanding and key skills that are required by today's HR professionals, so that you can contribute effectively to dynamic organisations.

Why choose the MSc in Human Resource Management?

Our students provide an insight into the HRM programme and share why they think it was a great choice for them »

Programme overview

Our programme will develop your knowledge of key topics, theories and practices in HRM, such as recruitment, remuneration and retirement. It will also develop your people management skills and introduce you to changing policy areas such as incentive design and work-life balance. Keeping pace with the advances in people management that are crucial to modern businesses, the MSc combines research-led, practical and theoretically informed education that will help in the pursuit of a range of different careers in the field.

Learning outcomes

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and two more in the second term (Jan-May). In the second term you will also be able to choose two option courses, such as Employment Law or Leadership and Management Development, that will allow you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. The final dissertation is written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor. Overall, the programme is designed to aid your career progression in the field of human resources.

Programme structure

Industry links

The School has widespread industry links which enable our students to benefit from the expertise of guest speakers from high-profile organisations. In the past these speakers have included the Chief Economist of Lloyds TSB, the Senior HR Manager of Procter and Gamble, the Operations Director of Scottish Development International, and the Head of HR Shared Services at RBS. The School's strong industry links also mean that, when writing your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to base your research on a live issue a particular organisation is facing.

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Career development

Your MSc, fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, will prepare you for a wide range of positions within the field of human resource management, such as career advisor, HR analyst, HR advisor, HR manager, Equality and Diversity officer, recruitment manager and reward analyst. Previous students have secured these types of roles with leading employers like Towers Watson, UBS, Accenture and Ernst and Young. The Student Development team is also available to provide advice on career prospects.

Career development