MSc Human Resource Management

Our MSc Human Resource Management is practice-focused and provides you with the opportunity to build the essential skills needed to be a human resource management practitioner.

Human Resource Management

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Logo for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Our postgraduate Human Resource Management (HRM) course builds on core human resource management theory and practice to examine the range of people management challenges which organisations face. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

To study with us you don't need to have previous work or study experience in the field of Human Resource Management. As part of the course we deliver teaching in the key concepts and practices of HRM, alongside developing the practical skills you need to become a successful HRM professional. In your final semester you'll also have the opportunity to do a consultancy case study, acting as a HR consultant to fictional companies, while solving realistic HR problems.

The University of Stirling Management School teaches you the need for thoughtful and ethical management practice, and this course is no exception. Ethics and considerate practice should be the focus of organisations and is the foundation for our course.

We have a number of internationally recognised academics teaching on this course and available to help you during your studies. We offer a collaborative learning process and encourage you to talk about your work experiences, about what you believe good people management to involve, and where work practices need to be legislated. The course is demanding but it will also provide you with a good and effective launch pad for a career in HRM.

CIPD accreditation

  • CIPD accreditation ensures you’ll study materials which are current, and industry led.
  • Student membership of CIPD enables you to attend networking events including the annual student conference.
  • The accreditation offers additional opportunities to network with industry professionals at CIPD events.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations within which managers, HR professionals, and workers interact.
  • Engage with contemporary research on employment and effective approaches to human resource practice.
  • Understand the link between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes.
  • Reflect on theory and professional practice from an ethical, professional, and responsible management standpoint.

Preparing Business Leaders of the Future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond textbooks and lecture rooms, as we focus on your personal and professional development.

Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

Preparation for International students coming to study in the UK

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.

Research overview

The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for Business and Management research, according to REF 2014.

64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

What our students said

Dove White
Dove White
MSc Human Resource Management
Since graduating, I am a Managing Consultant in Taylor Hopkinson, a recruitment company based in Glasgow. I manage a team focused on sourcing and hiring talent for Chinese solar clients in overseas markets.
Read Dove's story
Colette Lynne McGarry
Colette Lynne McGarry
I enjoyed the consultancy project element of the course as it was a great hands-on experience. It allowed me to independently understand the factors and complexity that organisations deal with when adapting to a competitive environment and allows graduates to stand out when applying for jobs.
Read Colette Lynne's story

Changes at Stirling

Find out about important changes including how you'll be taught, start dates and how we're making campus safer.

Which course would you like to apply for?

MSc Human Resource Management

Search for another course