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MSc/PgDipHuman Resource Management (part-time)

Why this course?

This a two-year, part-time programme. It’s intended for human resource professionals or line managers with people management or devolved HR responsibilities as part of their role.

Mixing theory and practice, this programme offers you the opportunity for in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. It allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The Department of Human Resource Management is a CIPD Approved Centre. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

You’ll study

The aim of this course is to develop an advanced level of knowledge and understanding related to the human resource management function in organisations.

Business Skills Development sessions take place over both years of the course.

Management Research Report

The Diploma stage is completed by the submission of a 7,000-word management research report. This is usually based on a human resources issue within your place of employment. This is supported by a number of Research Methods Workshops throughout Year 2. The report is due for submission in June/July of Year 2.

Year 3 MSc (post-diploma)

If you reach an appropriate standard you can choose to progress to the MSc. This requires a 15,000-word dissertation on an approved topic along with participation in a series of workshops on research methods.


The Postgraduate Diploma stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Course content

Business Skills Development sessions take place over both years of the course.

Year 1

Compulsory classes

These classes take place on Tuesday afternoon and evening each week during the semester

HRM in a Business Context

This class aims to explore the managerial and business context of HRM and the associated impact in shaping human resource strategy.

It critically reviews the major internal and external contextual factors influencing organisational strategy and examines the key choices facing HR managers in designing and delivery of HR practices.

The class recognises that HRM occurs in a variety of organisational, social and political contexts and evaluates the significance of these variations for the strategic organisation and management of people. Fundamentally the class examines how organisational and HR strategies are shaped by the dynamic nature of the business context, the underpinning goals of employers and considerations of social and ethical legitimacy.

Human Resource Development

This class provides you with a comprehensive view of the field of human resource development, learning and change for individuals and organisations.

The class considers theories and practice in the management of workplace learning and development. We encourage the development of a critical view of HRD theory and practice, to develop your capabilities as HR professionals in work and employment. HR professionals who are able to think critically about HRD are better problem-solvers and decision-makers, on the broader social implications of changes taking place in organisations and the challenges these changes pose to HRD.

People Resourcing
This class will help you understand people resourcing issues within organisations and related concepts in order that they become thinking practitioners in the field. Issues such as managing performance, managing equality and managing careers will be covered.

Year 2

These classes take place on Wednesday afternoon and evenings each week during the semester

Managing Human Resources

This class is concerned with exploring some of the current debates, developments and trends in the management of human resources and particularly managing for results.

In doing so, it will cover several areas of research interest.  The lectures are based on problem-driven teaching. This approach means that each lecture will revolve around a key question or set of key questions being asked about HRM or which HR professionals face and the extent to which HR professionals can contribute to enhancing organisational performance.

Employee Relations

This class will provide a critical understanding of current developments in employee relations in the UK.

You'll learn about the dynamics and shape of the employment relationship with particular attention focussed on exploring the resilience of the traditional institutions and modes of employment regulation, as well as exploring current attempts to recast the dynamics of employee relations.

Employee Reward
You'll become familiar with different pay systems and structures and will develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the foundations of pay in this module, enabling you to develop a critical understanding of pay systems and structures.

Elective classes

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Employment Issues & the Law
Employment law plays a role in shaping the work of personnel specialists. You'll be introduced to important aspects of UK employment law with the aim of examining the nature and extent of its impact on employment relationships, policies and practices, and will gain knowledge of the way in which employment law is formed through European UK legislation and directives.
Business Systems
This class focuses on comparative political economy and the variety of business systems that frame and shape employment policies and practices at firm and state level.
The class looks at the structures, strategies and practices of the transnational firm, and their consequences for employment relations. This is then linked to the now extensive debates about the character and scope of globalisation and global flows of goods and labour. Bringing these two themes together, the class  will examine in detail theory and practices of global value chains and production networks with respect to labour issues. The consequences of these dynamics for policy making with respect to corporate governance and responsibility will provide an additional practical focus.

Learning & teaching

There'll be a series of taught modules, seminars, guest lectures given by distinguished HR professionals, and a business skills development programme.


The course modules are assessed by various methods which include essays, individual and group projects and final exams. The exams are generally held in January and April/May. The pattern and weighting of assessment methods varies between modules.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)´╗┐ Record

You’ll keep a CPD Record that describes all your important learning activities and experiences during the course. Submission of a satisfactory CPD Record is a requirement for completion of the course.

Entry requirements


First degree or equivalent qualification plus relevant experience in HR or general management.

Applicants who hold a CIPD Intermediate level qualification or HND in a relevant subject may also be considered. Applicants must also have relevant experience in human resource management or in a people management role.

Alternative routes to entry may be available for candidates who hold a CIPD Foundation level qualification, or HNC in a relevant subject area, and have significant work experience in human resources or in a people management role.

MSc (post-diploma)

Successful completion of the PgDip in HRM from the University of Strathclyde or equivalent CIPD approved qualification from another UK university.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • PgDip (Year 1 PgDip pathway) - £3,700
  • PgDip (Year 2 PgDip pathway) - £3,700
  • MSc (post-PgDip 'top-up' to MSc) - £2,100
  • MSc (Year 1 MSc pathway) - £3,700
  • MSc (Year 2 MSc pathway) - £5,800

Rest of UK

  • PgDip (Year 1 PgDip pathway) - £3,700
  • PgDip (Year 2 PgDip pathway) - £3,700
  • MSc (post-PgDip 'top-up' to MSc) - £2,100
  • MSc (Year 1 MSc pathway) - £3,700
  • MSc (Year 2 MSc pathway) - £5,800


  • PgDip (Year 1 PgDip pathway) - £6,700
  • PgDip (Year 2 PgDip pathway) - £6,700
  • MSc (post-PgDip 'top-up' to MSc) - £3,600
  • MSc (Year 1 MSc pathway) - £6,700
  • MSc (Year 2 MSc pathway) - £10,300

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


How much will I earn?

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the average salary for a graduate-level human resources (HR) officer is £24,375. HR officers with some experience can expect to earn in the region of £30,000+.*

Where are they now?

Many our graduates are in work or further study in the area of HR.**

Job titles include:

  • Graduate Recruitment Co-ordinator
  • Head of Human Resource
  • HR Administrator
  • HR Adviser
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Executive
  • HR Manager
  • Strategy Consultant
  • Training and Competence Adherence Officer

Employers include:

  • Santander
  • Capita Plc
  • Dell
  • Diageo
  • IBM
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Australia Group
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Tesco
  • United Biscuits

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures are taken from Prospects.

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

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Human Resource Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Human Resource Management (post Diploma)

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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