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Human Resource Management (full time and part time options)

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year


Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available



Full-Time, Part-Time


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Queens Management School

* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.



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Wednesday 8th November at 10am (GMT) 

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Why is this subject for you?

You want to become an expert in the field of Human Resource Management, and gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).You want to advance your career in the HR-related field and have potential to gain employment in a range of roles such as HR analyst, HR advisor, HR generalist, HR manager, recruitment manager, career advisor as well as positions in consultancy, trade unions and academic and policy research across all sectors.You have an interest in the importance of people management for the achievement of organizational success and you want the opportunity to apply learning to the real-world context and develop practical skills for working in a HR environment.

This Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accredited MSc Human Resource Management is taught by a mixture of world class researchers and experienced practitioners, and is designed to provide you with a high standard of knowledge and understanding of the current trends, opportunities and challenges facing HRM practitioners and researchers, as well as the skills to advance your career in a HR-related field. The programme’s mixture of disciplinary rigour, academic expertise and applied focus equips you for work in a wide range of positions across the human resource management field.

The programme delivers a suite of modules that explore and critically assess relevant and contemporary HRM- related theories, research and HRM practice (see course modules).  You will also have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation that involves the investigation and analysis of a HRM-related issue and provides you with an opportunity for an applied and in-depth study of organizations and the management of work. You can be assured that our MSc HRM course is at the forefront of research-led, practical and theoretically informed education.


Did you miss our last webinar?  The recording is now available to watch:

Speaker -  Denise Currie, Programme Director

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Why Queen's?


The programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  The programme provides the necessary knowledge and understanding to be awarded Professional Membership of the CIPD at Associate, Chartered or Chartered Fellow levels.

HR Future Insights Programme

The MSc HRM offers the opportunity for you to participate in our HR Future Insights Programme which focuses on current and future trends and issues in HR and may include, for example, sessions on HR analytics, talent management, the changing make-up of the workforce and conflict management and negotiation. The programme will offer you the opportunity to benefit from Queen’s Management School’s wide ranging industry networks and learn from key leaders in HR and the wider business community.

Innovative teaching and assessment

Throughout the programme you will be subject to a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, videos, case studies, skills workshops and visiting speakers. You will benefit from the School’s wide ranging industry networks and its links with the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, also based at Riddel Hall. The programme draws on a variety of assessment methods including: Written assignments in both a business report and essay style, case study analysis, presentations, simulations and traditional examinations.

Career Management Skills

The MSc HRM will provide you with the opportunity to participate in career management sessions delivered by careers advisors and leading HR professionals in the field. These sessions will enable you to consider your career goals and how they can be achieved.


This premium programme is taught at the Riddel Hall campus in South Belfast, which has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including new lecture theatres, a postgraduate common room, computer suites, catering and parking on site.

Course Details

This programme consists of the following modules and a final dissertation.

  • Human Capital Development
  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Human Resource Management Theory and Strategy
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Performance Management
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Rewards Management
  • Final Dissertation

The dissertation often involves the investigation and analysis of a HRM-related issue within organisations and provides you with an opportunity for an applied and in-depth study of organisations and the management of work.

Assessment & Feedback

The programme draws on a variety of assessment methods including written assignments, case study analysis, presentations, simulations and traditional examinations.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through lectures, seminars, videos, case studies, skills workshops, as well as sessions delivered by guest speakers from industry.

You will be taught by world-class researchers in Human Resource Management and by experienced practitioners - evidenced by their CIPD Chartered and Fellowship membership status.

You will also benefit from Queen’s Management School’s wide-ranging industry networks, engaging with leading HR employers, professionals and experts who are guest speakers in a number of modules.  Students will also benefit from links with Queen’s William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, also based at Riddel Hall. 

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline. We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds so we may also consider previous work experience alongside and/or in lieu of academic qualifications.

Prior experiential learning in business, management or marketing in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered on an individual basis under the University's RPL Policy http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpol. A formal interview, the submission of written work, exam or GMAT test may form a part of this proceedure.


International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
  • See also the INTO Graduate Diploma in Management programme which combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Denise Currie, Programme Director
Queen's Management School
Tel: 9097.99981867634
Email: qms@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

The MSc programme prepares students for a range of HR-related roles in management and research such as HR analyst, HR advisor, HR generalist, HR manager, recruitment manager, careers advisor, as well as positions in consultancy, trade unions and academic and policy research across all sectors.

Recent graduates of the programme have gained employment with a number of organisations, including: First Derivatives, Moy Park Group, Power NI, Zurich Insurance and Energia.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Normally self-funding. For current information on available scholarships, please see the School website. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy


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