Human Resource Management MSc

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What is special about this course?

HR professionals play a crucial role in the development of organisations, and this recognised award is designed to help current and future HR practitioners prepare for the challenges and opportunities in today’s rapidly changing business environment. 

Whether you are a graduate looking to gain employment in this specialist field or already in work and needing to develop your skills and abilities, the part-time, CIPD accredited MSc in Human Resource Management is ideal for you. 

The course will equip you with the skills to make an immediate and effective contribution to the HR function by helping to attract, retain and develop the employees needed for organisational success.

Special features

  • Flexible delivery means that you can study this course part time, taking either one or two modules per semester; attending online workshops and tutorials, through the university's virtual learning environment.
  • On successful completion, you will be eligible to seek Associate membership of the CIPD, the professional body for HR specialists.*
  • If you are working in human resources or learning and development at a managerial or strategic level you can apply to upgrade from Associate Member to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.*
  • You will undertake a major piece of advanced independent work within the area of HR at a strategic level, as well as a placement for those not already working within the HR profession.
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
  • A face-to-face induction is held in early September and mid-January each year (depending on your start date) which you are advised to attend.

*Students are required to join the CIPD as student mebers if they wish to receive Assoc or Chartered Membership on completing the award. The current cost of this is £90 per annum. Please note that joining the CIPD does provide you with access to a wealth of guides, information and advice related to HR.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree or above or
  • Successful completion of the CIPD Foundation Certificate and Diploma in Human Resource Practice, plus relevant professional experience
  • Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis


*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes


Core modules:

  • Understanding Contemporary Leadership and Management
  • Managing and Developing the Human Resource

You will also choose one option module from the following:

  • Talent development and management
  • Reward development and management
  • Employee relations
  • Employment law


Core modules:

  • Strategic Change and Innovation
  • Research Methods and Techniques

You will also choose one option modules from the following:

  • Talent development and management
  • Reward development and management
  • Employee relations
  • Employment law
  • Work placement (for those not working in HR)


To achieve the award of MSc you will complete an applied research project

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part time (structured, two modules per semester) - online supported learning
  • Part time (unstructured, one module per semester) - online supported learning

You will learn through a combination of online tutorials and workshops and study via the universiy's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 2.5 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 5 years


Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September 
  • January


The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course :

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.


From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This programme prepares students to operate as HR professionals and in the management of human resources within a wide range of private, public and third sector organisations. You will be eligible to seek Associate membership of the CIPD, the professional body for HR specialists. If you work in human resources or learning and development at managerial or strategic level you can apply to upgrade from Associate member to Chartered member or Chartered Fellow.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I was attracted to the course because it involved largely online tutorials and reading materials supported by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teaching staff. The online technology set up at the university is fab. This university has a unique feel and character because of its geographic spread, variety of subjects and levels of study. It is vibrant, exciting, inclusive and diverse and welcomes those with disabilities, whether physical or learning, by providing appropriate additional support for study, assignments and exams.

Emma Knox, a qualified lawyer, suffered a life-changing accident and during her rehabilitation decided to study our MSc Human Resource Management.

Apply for Human Resource Management MSc

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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