Edinburgh Napier University / Southpoint Education International

Specialist MSc HRM

Specialist MSc HRM


Effective Human Resource Management (HRM) is now recognized as being vital to organizational performance. This online program offers you the opportunity to develop as an HRM practitioner at a time, place and pace to fit with your personal and professional requirements. The program has been designed to enable you to gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of HRM theory and practice that will enhance your development of professional competencies in this evolving field. This, together with the strong focus on reflective practice within the program, will enable you to make a significant contribution to management practice within your organizational role. Acknowledging the strategic role of HRM within organizations, the course focuses on how the HR function can develop high quality leaders and practitioners who make a positive and enduring difference to the wellbeing of individuals, organizations and society. It emphasizes HRM as an integral part of corporate strategy and demonstrates its links with other managerial activities. The award is offered in an online mode, with three entry points throughout the year in order to offer maximum flexibility.

The programme offers you the following unique features:

  • The Global Online MSc Human Resource Management gives you access to specialist knowledge in core areas of HRM and business, grounded in the latest research.
  • The programme enables you to learn from, reflect upon and apply this knowledge and understanding to your own professional practice in order to increase your credibility and add value to your organisation.
  • This programme provides you with essential knowledge and expertise to enhance and develop your career, whether it be a specialist career in HRM, or a career in more generic business and leadership roles which would benefit from an in-depth understanding of HRM.
  • You will benefit from access to Edinburgh Napier’s experienced HRM academic team and engage with quality teaching and expertise in an online delivery format.
  • You will have access to an extensive range of online resources, with interactive learning opportunities throughout each module, combining academic rigour with real-life examples and practical elements.
Earn a world class MSc HRM for under $10,000.

MSc Health Social Care

Trimester 1 (15 weeks) Trimester 2 (15 weeks)

People and
Development (POD)

20 Credits

The Organisational
Context of HR

20 Credits

HRM in an

20 Credits


20 Credits

Trimester 3 (15 weeks) Trimester 4 (15 weeks)

Labour Relations

20 Credits 

Learning and

20 Credits

Research Methods

20 Credits

Trimesters 5 and 6 (15-30 weeks)

MSc Dissertation

40 Credits

SHRM Recognition

The Global Online MSc in Human Resource Management has been successfully aligned with The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. SHRM is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to HRM. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is a leading international provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of HRM.



  • People and Organisational Development

    This module focuses on helping students develop knowledge and skills related to how the HR function operates, and its contribution to HR practice. It examines the role of HR departments in improving organisational effectiveness, including business decision making, as well as employee engagement, performance and wellbeing. The module examines the theoretical and practical applications of Human Resource Management (HRM), Organisational Behaviour (OB) and Organisational Development (OD) disciplines, and addresses issues concerned with managing individuals and teams within dynamic organisational contexts.

  • The Organisational Context of HR

  • Employee Resourcing

  • Labour Relations

  • Learning and Development

  • HRM in the International Context

  • Research Methods

  • Dissertation


  • Assessments are completed and submitted through the secure learning environment. The schedule for assessments is published in advance. There are no formal exams – assessment is by end of unit quizzes and end of module assignments.
  • The MSc HRM comprises seven "taught" modules and a Dissertation to a timescale that matches your requirements, but can be completed in 18 months.
Admissions Criteria
  • Ideally, you will hold a first degree at 2:2 or above, or an equivalent qualification for entry into this programme.
  • Alternatively, you may have an equivalent professional qualification, or qualifications and experience that are equivalent. In this case, you will be asked to produce a specified piece of work as part of the selection process.
  • If you don’t have a first degree, we value appropriate professional, administrative or managerial qualifications obtained from a recognised association or body.
  • People who do not possess a first degree may be enrolled in the first instance as an Associate student for the first trimester. Satisfactory performance from two modules may then result in registration on the MSc HRM programme.

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