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Develop valuable skills in people management on this CIPD accredited and highly-rated course which will equip you for employment in human resource management.

Human Resource Management (HRM) is a vital area of business: successful people management, effective recruitment and a knowledge of employment law are keystones to the running and development of any company, whatever its size.

You’ll learn the specialist skills and expertise you need to be effective in realising human potential and wellbeing in employment and gain an understanding of recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations and performance management.

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What you'll learn

Aimed at both newly qualified graduates and managers already working in the field of people management, as well as those who see their careers developing in this direction, the course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as an advanced level qualification and provides you with the knowledge indicators required for membership of the CIPD.

This course is supported by a network of Edinburgh Napier academics and HRM professionals employed in both business and research. This gives you access to industry and research practitioners who are at the leading edge of policy and theoretical developments.

MSc Human Resource Management received a number of commendations of good practice from the CIPD, including our responsive and innovative approach to programme delivery and our research-informed approach to teaching. We have also been given the highest quality rating for our research project and dissertation module.

You’ll graduate with an advanced practical and theoretical understanding of all areas of HRM.

Development of research abilities is also emphasised, and you'll learn techniques and strategies that will enable you to critically reflect on your workplace experiences and create your own on-going programme of professional development.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study.

Part-time study and distance learning options are also available. It is possible to exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM.


• People and Organisational Development
• The Organisational Context of HR
• Employment Law
• Employee Resourcing
• Learning and Development
• Labour Relations
• Research Skills and Professional Development (including 15 day work placement)
• Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Employers often approach the university with relevant vacancies. In addition, through the workplace placement, you’ll have the opportunity to make valuable industry contacts that could lead to employment.

How to apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more:

Visit the MSc Human Resource Management page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!




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