Human Resource Management MSc

Course code N690

What is special about this course?

Whether you are a graduate looking to gain employment in this specialist field or already in work and needing to develop your skills and abilities, the part-time, CIPD accredited MSc in Human Resource Management is ideal for you. 

HR professionals play a crucial role in the development of organisations, and this professionally accredited award is designed to help current and future HR practitioners prepare for the challenges and opportunities in today’s rapidly changing business environment. 

Special features

  • CIPD accredited - on successful completion, you will be eligible to seek Associate membership of the CIPD, the professional body for HR specialists*
  • If you are working in human resources or learning and development at a managerial or strategic level you can apply to upgrade from Associate Member to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow*
  • 100% student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019)
  • Flexible delivery options - means that you can study part time, taking either one or two modules per semester; attending online workshops and tutorials, through the university's virtual learning environment
  • Taught by experienced HR practitioners
  • Applied and practical assessments - you will undertake a major piece of advanced independent work within the area of HR at a strategic level, as well as a placement for those not already working within the HR profession
  • Excellent online supportive learning environment
  • Individual modules for CPD - you can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree

*You will be required to join the CIPD as a student member if you wish to receive Associate or Chartered Membership on completing the award.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree or above OR
  • Successful completion of the CIPD Foundation Certificate and Diploma in Human Resource Practice, plus relevant professional experience
  • Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

PgCert

Core modules: 

  • Managing and developing the human resource (S1) 
  • Managing in the global network (S2) 

You will also choose one option module from the following: 

  • Information decision-making (S2) 
  • Effective communications (S1)

PgDip

You will study the following core modules: 

  • Employment law (S1) 
  • Employee relations (S2) 

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc you will study the following core modules:

  • Research for business (S1)
  • Applied research project (S1 or S2 start).

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured): online supported learning
  • Part-time (unstructured): online supported learning
  • There are a variety of assessment methods throughout the course, including: presentations, reports, essays, timed online assessments, group work, annotated bibliographies and case study analysis. The assessments are designed to be applied to your own specific organisational and professional practice

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 2.5 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 5 years

 

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness

Start date

  • September 
  • January

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2021-22 2022-23
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2021-22 2022-23
Per module (20 credits) £650 £669
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £2,007
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £4,014
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £5,850 £6,021

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2021-22 With scholarship 2022-23 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £980 £730 £1,010 £760
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2,190 £3,030 £2,280
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £4,380 £6,060 £4,560
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £6,570 £9,090 £6,840

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2021-22 2022-23
Per module (20 credits) £980 £1,010
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £3,030
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £6,060
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £9,090

This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying part-time can apply for a tuition fee loan from SAAS. You must be intending to complete the course in no longer than twice the length of time it would take for a full-time student. For example, if your course is available to full-time students as a one-year programme, you will be funded for a maximum of two years' part-time study. If your course does not have a full-time option, you must complete within three years. You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500, which will be paid pro-rata for each academic year of study. 

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

Additional costs

  • You will be required to join the CIPD as a student member if you wish to receive Associate or Chartered Membership on completing the award. The current cost of this is £90 per annum. Please note that joining the CIPD does provide you with access to a wealth of guides, information and advice related to HR

What can I do on completion of my course?

This programme prepares students to operate as HR professionals and in the management of human resources, within a wide range of private, public and third sector organisations.

You will be eligible to seek Associate Membership of the CIPD, the professional body for HR specialists. If you work in human resources or learning and development, at managerial or strategic level, you can apply to upgrade from Associate Member to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

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I was attracted to the course because it involved largely online tutorials and reading materials supported by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teaching staff. The online technology set up at the university is fab. This university has a unique feel and character because of its geographic spread, variety of subjects and levels of study. It is vibrant, exciting, inclusive and diverse and welcomes those with disabilities, whether physical or learning, by providing appropriate additional support for study, assignments and exams.

Emma Knox, a qualified lawyer, suffered a life-changing accident and during her rehabilitation decided to study our MSc Human Resource Management.

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