M.Sc. MSc Human Resource Management

Heriot-Watt University | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The programme is designed to help managers develop the strategic, functional and personal competences required to meet the increasingly demanding roles of HR, whatever their present level of experience.

Description of MSc Human Resource Management


This programme is aimed at professional managers, both those already working in the field of 'people management' and those who see their careers developing in that direction. The programme is designed to help managers develop the strategic, functional and personal competences required to meet the increasingly demanding roles of HR, whatever their present level of experience.

The programme is structured to reflect the roles now demanded of the HR professional:
  • Strategic partner working to align human resources with business strategy.
  • Change agent managing change processes to increase the effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Administrative expert working to improve organisational processes and deliver basic human resource services.
  • Employee champion listening and responding to employees' needs.

In addition to core HR concepts and techniques, the programme addresses the increasingly important interfaces between HR and other key business functions, including marketing and communications, information and communications technologies and knowledge management. Managing across these interfaces is seen as an important way in which HR can meet the key strategic aims of organisations.

You can study this MSc by distance learning, with an Approved Learning Partner, or, for certain courses, on campus in Edinburgh on a 4-day immersion seminar to reinforce your self-study.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee

between £550 and £800 (895 euro) per course, depending on the country of origin

Not specified
Start date January  2016, October  2016
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Part-time
Structure Semi-structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Core courses
  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing People in Changing Contexts
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Resourcing
HRM specialist elective courses
  • Developing Effective Managers and Leaders
  • Employee Relations
  • Influence
  • Managing People in Global Markets
  • Managing Personal Competencies
  • Negotiation
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods for Business and Management

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

CAE score
180(Grade C)

Requirements for MSc Human Resource Management

  • If you would like to study the MSc in Human Resource Management, please read the relevant Student Handbook to ensure that you understand the programme structure.
  • You should then order your first course and begin study. You can do this at any time of year. Simply go to 'Order Course' (at the top of this page) and complete the form.
  • Once you have paid for your first course, you will be allocated a Student Identity number (SID) and Registration number. This will enable you to download and complete a Matriculation Form. When you have provided evidence of your prior academic qualifications (a business management degree with first or second class honours from a university recognised by Heriot-Watt University), you will be able to formally 'matriculate' (be accepted as a student of Heriot-Watt University).
  • Alternatively, you can matriculate when you have passed 3 core courses (one of which must be Human Resource Management) for the MSc.

Work Experience for MSc Human Resource Management

No work experience is required.

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