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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 12300 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 20100 per year

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About Human Resource Management at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Our MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) will give you the knowledge, understanding and key skills that are required by today's HR professionals, so that you can contribute effectively to dynamic organisations.

Programme overview

Our programme will develop your knowledge of key topics, theories and practices in HRM, such as recruitment, remuneration and retirement. It will also develop your people management skills and introduce you to changing policy areas such as incentive design and work-life balance. Keeping pace with the advances in people management that are crucial to modern businesses, the MSc combines research-led, practical and theoretically informed education that will help in the pursuit of a range of different careers in the field.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and two more in the second term (Jan-May). In the second term you will also be able to choose two option courses, such as Employment Law or Leadership and Management Development, that will allow you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. The final dissertation is written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor. Overall, the programme is designed to aid your career progression in the field of human resources.

industry links

The School has widespread industry links which enable our students to benefit from the expertise of guest speakers from high-profile organisations. In the past these speakers have included the Chief Economist of Lloyds TSB, the Senior HR Manager of Procter and Gamble, the Operations Director of Scottish Development International, and the Head of HR Shared Services at RBS. The School's strong industry links also mean that, when writing your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to base your research on a live issue a particular organisation is facing.

Career development

Your MSc, fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, will prepare you for a wide range of positions within the field of human resource management, such as career advisor, HR analyst, HR advisor, HR manager, Equality and Diversity officer, recruitment manager and reward analyst. Previous students have secured these types of roles with leading employers like Towers Watson, UBS, Accenture and Ernst and Young. The Student Development team is also available to provide advice on career prospects.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Academic background

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Applications from current undergraduates

Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.

International qualifications

The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.

Some examples of equivalent qualifications:

If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.

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