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Human Resource Management (MSc)

Course Description

This programme is designed for general managers and those working, or intending to work, as human resource practitioners.

About the programme

Competitive advantage relies on the effective management of an organisation’s most important resource, its people. This course involves the development of a distinctive set of integrated employment policies and practices designed to support you in understanding how the employment relationship operates on an individual and collective basis. Examining how greater utilisation of human resources can facilitate increased business success and improve employee satisfaction, you will develop and assess employment policies and practices.

100% of students are in work/further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015).

Your learning

The programme has been designed to meet the CIPD’s 2010 advanced standards and provides the ‘full knowledge bank’ required for CIPD membership. As such, you will study a range of modules exploring the ways in which Human Resource Management (HRM) operates and the contribution it makes to organisations.

The use of research to aid organisational effectiveness and improve problem-solving is fundamental to the philosophy of this MSc. You will be encouraged to develop research skills and critical evaluation.

With an emphasis on producing professional managers with the ability to apply critical thinking and practical vocational skills, work-based assignments and projects are a key feature of assessment.

Modules include:
• HRM in Context (20 credits)
• Managing Resourcing and Reward (10 credits)
• Leading and Managing Change (10 credits)
• Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)
• Developing Business and Interpersonal Skills (20 credits)
• HRM Management Research Report (20 credits)
• Managing Employment Relations (20 credits)


• HRM project (60 credits)

Our Careers Adviser says

The programme provides a recognised qualification to facilitate your career development as an HR practitioner. UWS graduates have gone on to develop new careers through internal and external promotion within a variety of both specialist and generalist roles in HR.

Professional recognition

This course provides the knowledge required for a professional level of CIPD membership. If you have the relevant experience you can apply for membership assessment and you will be upgraded to a professional level of CIPD membership.


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

Students who wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) should contact CIPD and they will carry out a mapping or RPL exercise. You can contact the CIPD Membership Development Team on 44 (0)208 263 3353.

Visit the Human Resource Management (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma should normally have relevant work experience and possess an Ordinary degree. MSc applicants require an Honours degree or equivalent, plus relevant work experience. Applicants with non-business-related degrees but significant professional experience will also be considered. In line with University and CIPD policies on wider access, applicants who do not meet standard entry requirements will also be considered. Diploma students who satisfy the progression requirements will then be eligible to pursue the MSc. International students: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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