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The MSc in Human Resource Management has been designed in response to developments within the HRM sector and can lead to professional accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The MSc Human Resource Management prepares you for a successful career in human resource management (HRM) and organisational development. It will enable you to take on general or specialist roles within the HRM functions of organisations globally. Greater  understanding of HRM will help achieve improved resource utilisation, organisational development, facilitate greater business success and result in increased employee satisfaction. It will allow you to develop and assess employment policies and support organisational development.

You will gain a mix of specialist and generic transferable skills essential for a career in business or HRM. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and are focused on the practical aspects human resources. Our highly qualified and experienced teaching staff, supported by guest speakers, will deepen your understanding of business and HRM.

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Why HRM?

An advantage of a gaining a qualification for a career in HRM is that most types of organisations (public, private, social enterprise organisations) need HR skills. In larger organisations such as multinationals, the HR career can include specialist roles in e.g. talent management, resourcing, organisation development, employee engagement, pay and rewards, as well as generalist positions such as HR business partner – a role which is also often found in small & medium sized enterprises. As a profession, it provides a career path, with HR positions from junior levels all the way through to strategic and board level roles.

Professional Recognition

Upon successful completion of the MSc HRM, you will also obtain the Level 7 (Advanced) Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification and are eligible to become an Associate Member of the CIPD automatically.1

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is a professional association for human resource management professionals. It is the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals, and the independent research it undertakes and insights it generates make the CIPD trusted advisers to governments and employers worldwide.

1 CIPD Student Membership required first in order to be automatically transfered to Associate Member status (see Additional Costs section below for more information.)

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Real World Learning & Teaching

The MSc HRM provides students with the fundamental academic and professional knowledge, understanding and key skills required by HR professionals and will enable students to effectively contribute to dynamic businesses — may it be SMEs, national, or international organisations.

There is a deliberate attempt to expose students to the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods in order to assist in the development of a wide range of skills within the students, but also to achieve a wide range of programme and module learning outcomes. In practice this means that a variety of engaging and supportive methods of teaching — such as workshop-style module delivery — and assessments are used across the programme.

There are a variety of other great reasons why studying with us benefits you:

  • Enthusiastic staff supporting you on your journey
  • Excellent support mechanism (e.g. personal tutoring)
  • Engaging and supportive learning environment
  • Ongoing development of co-curricular activities
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Career opportunities

The full-time programme will be beneficial for those wishing to enter a career within the area of HRM or looking to complete the programme in a shorter space of time. The part-time programme will be beneficial for both general managers and those working within HRM.

Graduates from this course have HRM and management roles within the NHS, Scottish Prison Service, Transport Police and SMEs.

Further Study options

Upon completion of the MSc HRM, graduates may have the opportunity to go into further education at doctoral level, either at UWS or any other university. This option will be particularly interesting for graduate desiring a career in academia.


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Student Support

UWS prides itself in being a Widening Access and Participation University, offering educational opportunities to people from all backgrounds. This is also reflected in the level of support we offer our students, particularly with our Personal Tutoring approach:

  • Providing academic, pastoral and developmental support and guidance
  • Providing guidance in relation to your studies, employability, and support you in overcoming any issues out-with university (e.g. health issues, etc.)

HRM Society

It is our aim to work towards creating and supporting a community around our HRM programme:

  • We now have a HRM Society aimed at connecting, support, engaging and entertaining students
  • Its motto is 'A Society for HRM Students, by HRM Students'

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if you do not possess the qualifications listed here or have alternative, equivalent qualifications, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science or business-related discipline.

Applicants with a non-business related degree but with significant professional experience will also be considered.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


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West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

In order to successfully complete the MSc HRM, you will undertake all core modules across three terms, with the MSc Project to be completed in term 3. You are required to obtain 60 credits each term, amounting to 180 credits for the entire programme. The sections below show the programme structure.

In term 1, you will be studying the following modules: 

  • HRM in Context (20 credits)
  • HR Professional Skills (20 credits)
  • Leading and Managing People (20 credits)

In term 2, you will be studying the following modules:

  • Resourcing and Managing Talent (20 credits)
  • Reward and Performance Management (20 credits)
  • Managing Employee Relations (10 credits)
  • Research Design & Methods (10 credits) 

In term 2, you will be studying the following modules:

  • MSc Project (HRM) (60 credits)

Academic Term 1

The programme is designed around the development of a fundamental understanding of HRM in term 1 (without assuming prior knowledge), and is catered for by the following core modules:

  • HRM in Context (20 Credits): explores the impact of the external environment upon the organisation and its organisational and HR strategies and HR practices.
  • HR Professional Skills (20 Credits): supports students in developing key HR skills, such as working and leading effectively as well as professional and ethical approaches to HRM.
  • Leading and Managing People (20 Credits): evaluates the aims of the HRM and HRD functions and major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work.

Academic Term 2

Term 2 develops a deeper understanding of various HR areas, and provides our students with the necessary skills to successfully complete their MSc Project:

  • Resourcing and Managing Talent (20 Credits): analyses resourcing, talent management and retention strategies and evaluates the link to organisational performance.
  • Performance & Reward Management (20 Credits): explores the relationship between the organisational environment and systems of performance and reward management.
  • Managing Employee Relations (10 Credits): assesses the context and the main actors involved, and develops skills required for effective employee relations management.
  • Research Design & Methods (10 Credits): develops an understanding of the conduct of research, incl. methodological theories, data collection and analysis, ethical conduct, etc.

Academic Term 3

Term 3 allows students to combine all the knowledge gained through the taught elements in terms 1 and 2 through the completion of the MSc Project:

  • MSc Project (60 Credits): provides students with the opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of a human resource management topic.

Teaching and Assessment


  • Scheduled learning: 13%
  • Independent study: 39%
  • Placement: 48%


  • Exam: 17%
  • Practical: 33%
  • Coursework: 50%

Assessment methods will include:

  • Written examinations
  • Oral presentation
  • Written reports
  • Coursework
  • Academic posters
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Literature reviews

Research proposals

Course Structure

Tuition Fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£930 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£930 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£930 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time


£6,500 Cost of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£10,765 Cost of study

Republic of Ireland

£10,765 Cost of study

International (including EU)

£13,325 Cost of study

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2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Modules (face-to-face)


£930 Cost per 20-credit module of study

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Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) postgraduate tuition fee and living cost loans may be available for eligible (Scottish/EU) students. Check SAAS website for more information.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.


In order to obtain the CIPD qualification and membership upon successful completion of the MSc HRM, students are required to join the CIPD as Student Members. This occurs additional cost of £40 (one-off) Joining Fee and an annual member ship fee of £98 (as of April 2020). For more information, please see CIPD website.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

CIPD Registration Fees

For those wishing to register for CIPD recognition on completion of the course, students should register with the CIPD at the outset. Information on this (including the current fee level) is available on the CIPD website.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

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How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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