Taught course

Human Resource Management (HRM)

Heriot-Watt University · Edinburgh Business School

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a related subject.

Applicants with relevant education and work experience may also be considered.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability.
The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.
If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:
  • 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc HRM Masters provides unique insights into this new area of Human Resource Management. HRM benefits employers and employees, as well as creating wider social benefits including lower unemployment, inclusion for marginalised people, reduced demand for out-of-work and in-work benefits while reducing healthcare burdens due to work-related illness and disability. We recognise the rapidly changing trends in employment and offer an exciting selection of specialist courses to educate current and future HR practitioners in a more sustainable and socially responsible form of managing people.

There are eight taught courses (divided equally over two semesters) and a HRM dissertation in semester 3, in a topic of your choosing. If you chose to study Part-time, you will register for two courses per semester and progress to the dissertation at the end of the second year.

There are four mandatory courses in Semester one: Organisational Behaviour, HR Strategy and Practice, Digital Human Resource Management and the Legal Context of Work. These courses provide insights into the fundamentals of Human Resource Management and develop a deeper understanding of specialist areas within the HR profession.

In semester two you will take a further three mandatory courses, Research Philosophy and Practice, Sustainable HRM and Employment Trends. You will then customise your degree to match your specific interests or career pathway by selecting an optional course from a choice of three: The Psychology of Leadership, People Analytics, or Managing Diversity in Business.

In Semester three the HRM dissertation is the capstone course where you will be supported by our world leading faculty to “deep-dive” into your chosen area of HRM. The dissertation enables you to investigate an HRM topic of your choice, where you will be able to demonstrate your mastery of the subject area by developing new insights from analysis of valuable primary research.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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