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This programme aims to develop your expertise in the field of Human Resource Management, and allows you to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). You will be provided with a strong basis of theoretical and practical learning, and be encouraged to develop the critical thinking skills and strategic orientation that underpins excellence in the HR profession.

Taught by a team of world class researchers and experienced practitioners, the course is designed to provide you with a high standard of knowledge and understanding of the current trends, opportunities and challenges facing HRM practitioners and researchers within the global context. You will have the opportunity to engage with experienced HR and organizational leaders, apply learning to the real-world context and develop the practical skills for working in a HR environment. 

The programme’s mixture of disciplinary rigour, academic expertise and applied focus equips you for work in a wide range of positions across the human resource management field. You will be well positioned to advance your career in the HR-related field with the potential to gain employment in a range of roles such as HR analyst, HR advisor, HR generalist, HR manager, recruitment manager, career advisor as well as positions in consultancy, trade unions and academic and policy research across all sectors.

The programme delivers a suite of modules that explore and critically assess relevant and contemporary HRM- related theories, research and HRM practice (see course modules). You will also have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation that involves the investigation and analysis of a HRM-related issue and provides you with an opportunity for an applied and in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. You can be assured that our MSc HRM course is at the forefront of research-led, practical and theoretically informed education.

Course Structure

This programme consists of the following modules and a final dissertation:

  • Human Capital Development
  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Human Resource Management Theory and Strategy
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Performance Management
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Rewards Management
  • Dissertation

The dissertation often involves the investigation and analysis of a HRM-related issue within organisations and provides you with an opportunity for an applied and in-depth study of organisations and the management of work.

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

Throughout the programme you will be subject to a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, videos, case studies, skills workshops and visiting speakers. You will benefit from the School’s wide ranging industry networks and its links with the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, also based at Riddel Hall.

Assessment

Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

The programme draws on a variety of assessment methods, involving both group and individual approaches, including: Written assignments (business report and essay style), case study analysis, presentations, simulations, reflections and traditional examinations. The programme will cumulate in the assessment of the dissertation or consultancy project.

Career Prospects

The MSc programme prepares students for a range of HR-related roles in management and research such as HR analyst, HR advisor, HR generalist, HR manager, recruitment manager, careers advisor, as well as positions in consultancy, trade unions and academic and policy research across all sectors.

Recent graduates of the programme have gained employment with organisations, including: First Derivatives, Moy Park Group, Power NI, Zurich Insurance, Energia, Inspire Well Being, Baker McKenzie, Allen and Overy, Fin Tru, A&L Goodbody. 

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus, Graduate Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes, alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Professional Accreditations

The programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The programme provides the necessary knowledge and understanding to be awarded professional membership of the CIPD at Associate level. *Professional membership fees to CIPD are an optional and additional cost on top of the programme fees (see below).

Career Development

The MSc HRM will provide you with the opportunity to participate in career management sessions delivered by careers advisors and leading HR professionals in the field. These sessions will enable you to consider your career goals and how they can be achieved.

Student Experience

Students will have the opportunity to participate in our HR Future Insights Programme which seeks to enhance students' learning experience by providing them with exposure to senior professionals in human resource management and related business communities. This event focuses on current and future trends and issues in HR and may include, for example, sessions on HR analytics, talent management, the future of work, and conflict management and negotiation.

This premium programme is taught at the Riddell Hall campus in South Belfast, which has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including new lecture theatres, a postgraduate common room and computer suites.

Further opportunities for students to develop employability skills and professional networks will be facilitated throughout the year. For example, company visits giving insight into the work of a busy HR department, or employability sessions focused on the HR professional’s online presence have been arranged in the past.

How to Apply

Apply using the online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


Visit the Human Resource Management (MSc) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

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