Human Resource Management at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS

Glasgow Caledonian University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Human Resource Management (Taught)

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Course summary

Organisations thrive on the strength of their people. As a human resource professional, Human Resource Development (HRD) specialist, or people manager, you play an essential role. GCU's MSc Human Resource Management prepares you for the ethical, cultural, legal, operational and strategic aspects of human resource management and development - while giving you a global outlook and an understanding of responsible leadership. This way you'll be ready for success - and support the Common Good to make a positive impact. This course is one of only a few in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and aligned to the US Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards, ensuring the international relevance of your learning. It's available on a part-time and full-time basis, offering flexibility whether you are a career-focused professional or a recent graduate. The curriculum brings together critical analysis of leading theories and trends in human resources with relevant industry practice from the real world. You'll develop skills that will be practical and valuable in a range of contemporary specialist and generalist HRM/People Manager roles. Develop your professional identity, behaviours and personal competencies as a manager, leader, HRM or HRD specialist to positively impact people and the organisations they work for. Expand your expertise in niche and specialised topics in the people profession specifically aligned to CIPD and SHRM knowledge areas, including HRD, employment relations and talent management. Develop your expertise to effectively manage people in a diverse national and international environment. Study contemporary theory of human resource management and the people profession. Apply theory to practice through case studies and investigative projects. The MSc Human Resource Management course provides sessions on contemporary issues such as: The employee experience at work and wellbeing in the workplace Changes to UK employment legislation and the implications of recent case law People and data analytics for decision-making Leadership skills for the Common Good. Full-time MSc HRM students will have an opportunity to apply for an optional Project Placement, allowing you to develop your career management competencies with formal and coordinated support provided by the programme team. When on placement, you'll work with an organisation to identify, diagnose and gain a deep understanding of an organisational HRM issue, developing consultancy skills for strategy, policy and practice improvement as part of your Master’s Research Project - an accomplishment that’s especially valuable to employers. Part-time students will also have the opportunity to add value to their own work or organisation through their Master’s Research Project. Please note, from January 2024 MSc Human Resource Management will also be available as a two-year master's, MSc Human Resource Management with Professional Practice.


Human resource development; Postgraduate research methods; Developing leadership for the Common Good; Developing professional identity for the people profession; Managing employment relations and the employee experience; Resourcing and talent management; Leading responsible change; Strategic organisational performance analytics; Applied employment law; Master's research project

Assessment method

Assessment methods vary between modules and may include: essays, reports, class tests, written exams, presentations and skills based assessments.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement: UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any subject area. Non-standard entry is considered for applicants with CIPD-certification and/or relevant experience. Advanced entry is considered for modules previously achieved at postgraduate level from CIPD or a CIPD-accredited institution. English language Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5(or equivalent) with no element below 6.0

Fees and funding

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Human Resource Management at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS