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MSc Human Resource Management Online learning

Edinburgh Napier University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edinburgh Napier University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    21 months

Course summary

Develop valuable skills in Human Resource Management at a time, place and pace that fits around your personal and work circumstances


Effective Human Resource Management (HRM) is now recognised as being a vital area of business and key to organisational performance. Exploring areas of employee engagement and motivation, organisational development, learning and development, labour relations and the strategic environment organisations compete within allows you to gain an understanding of the complex world of HRM.

This online (part-time) programme is designed to enable you to gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of HRM theory and practice that will enhance your development of professional competencies in this evolving field.

Together with a strong focus on reflective practice, this will enable you to make a significant contribution to management practice within your organisational role.

Course details

Acknowledging the strategic role of HRM within organisations, the programme focuses on how the HR function can develop high quality leaders and practitioners who make a positive and enduring difference to the wellbeing of individuals, organisations and society.

It emphasises HRM as an integral part of corporate strategy and demonstrates its links with other managerial activities.

You’ll have access to specialist knowledge in core areas of HRM and business, grounded in the latest research. You’ll learn from, reflect upon and apply this knowledge and understanding to your own professional practice in order to increase your credibility and add value to your organisation.

You’ll acquire the skills and expertise to confront complex issues in HRM, make informed judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate effectively with peers and senior managers.

You’ll develop skills of self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks in the professional management of yourself and the people you work with.

The relevance of our programme content and focus to HR professionals, and the high level of academic rigour, is demonstrated in our successful alignment with The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook. SHRM is an international HR membership organisation devoted to human resource management. Students can also elect to join the Society as student members for a nominal fee in order to enjoy access to the many resources and benefits offered through membership. Due to the global cohort we have studying our programme, we have opted for this alignment therefore the online iteration of the programme is NOT accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Throughout your studies you will complete a number of assessments which could include:

  • Case studies
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Digital exams.


This programme will provide you with a multitude of skills that can be utilised within a dedicated HR function or any management role within an organisation. Roles that students would aim to achieve after graduation with experience would be;

• Human resource advisor
• Human resource manager
• HR Business partner
• People and organisation development manager
• Training and development manager or consultant

You can engage with SHRM to undertake membership and receive SHRM Certification if you meet their criteria, particularly useful if you are seeking employment in countries where the SHRM is the preferred qualification.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 7,740overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Edinburgh Napier University

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  • Campus address

    Edinburgh Napier University, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 1DJ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    88th out of 124 37

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    149 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    52.0 52%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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