Human Resource Management

UCAS codes

Course contact

Dr Shuai Zhang
+44 (0)1698 283100 or +44 (0)141 848 7044

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 

1–2 years/3 years


  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

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

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 a non-business-related degree 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. 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.

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.
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.

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)
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. 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.

At the start, I was apprehensive having being out of university for 10 years but with the help of the lecturers and believing in myself I am graduating this year with distinction. I have managed to secure alternative employment with better terms and conditions as a result of the knowledge that I have gained.

Shona Darroch, Human Resources Advisor

Useful Information

  • 100% of students in work/further study six months after graduating^

    * The programme will be delivered through online material, online and offline activities, and face-to-face workshops on Paisley Campus. As a guide, students attend roughly two days per month over the academic 

    ^ Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015