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MSc|Postgraduate Taught

Human Resource Management

Entry year
Entry requirements
1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)
Places available
tbc (Full Time)
tbc (Part Time)

This programme aims to develop your expertise in the field of Human Resource Management, and allows you to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). You will be provided with a strong basis of theoretical and practical learning, and be encouraged to develop the critical thinking skills and strategic orientation that underpins excellence in the HR profession. Taught by a team of world class researchers and experienced practitioners, the course 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 within the global context. You will have the opportunity to engage with experienced HR and organisational leaders, apply learning to the real-world context and develop the practical skills for working in a HR environment.

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. From whatever your starting point, you will be well positioned to advance your career with the potential to gain employment and promotion in the HR-related field. Depending on experience, you can secure employment in a range of roles starting from a HR Admin/Officer role to roles that are more senior such as a HR analyst, HR Advisor, HR Generalist, HR Manager, HR Business Partner, HR and Culture Advisor/ Manager. You can choose to pursue HR specialist roles such as Recruitment/ Talent Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Learning and Development Advisor/ Manager, Reward and Benefits Advisor/ Manager, Project Manager, HR Performance and Data Analyst, Career Advisor as well as positions in consultancy, trade unions and academic and policy research across all sectors.

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 organisations 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.

Human Resource Management highlights

Professional Accreditations

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 level.

*Professional membership fees to CIPD are an optional and additional cost on top of the programme fees (see below).

Career Development

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 plan for how to achieve them. The programme also includes further opportunities for students to develop employability skills and professional networks throughout the year. For example, in the past, our students have benefited from company visits that give insight into the work of a busy HR department, and employability sessions focused on the HR professional’s online presence and use of LinkedIn.

World Class Facilities

Queen’s Business School (QBS) has recently undergone an innovative expansion that establishes a benchmark of global excellence for one of the top business schools in the UK and Ireland. A stunning new 6,000 square metre building, adjacent to the listed red-brick Riddel Hall has been designed with the latest digital infrastructure for media lecture capture, TED Talk provision and collaborative breakout sessions.

Fostering an enhanced social and educational experience the new state-of-the-art QBS venue boasts a 250-seat tiered educational space; 120-seat Harvard style lecture theatre; 150-seat computer laboratory; breakout study spaces; FinTrU Trading Room; a café, and a Business Engagement and Employability Hub.

Student Experience

Students will have the opportunity to participate in our HR Future Insights Series which seeks to enhance students' learning experience by providing them with exposure to senior professionals in human resource management and related business communities. This series focuses on current and future trends and issues in HR and may include, for example, sessions on HR analytics, talent management, the future of work, and conflict management and negotiation.

The MSc HRM programme is taught in a blended learning environment incorporating both online and face-to-face teaching. You will be based at the Riddell Hall campus in South Belfast, which has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including a postgraduate common room, group work ‘pods’ and a computer suite.

Student Testimonials

Course Structure

This course is offered on both a full time and part time basis. The programme consists of the following eight taught modules (each worth 15 CATS) and a final dissertation/ consultancy project (worth 60 CATS). Currently, each 15 cat module has a 3 hour class timetabled each week for 10 weeks each semester.

Semester One

Human Resource Management Theory and Strategy (Part time Year 1): Explores the latest strategic approaches and techniques HR professionals are taking in order to align specific people management practices with the business strategy.
Managing Employment Relations (Part time Year 1): Evaluates wider empirical trends in employment relations approaches, evaluates the basis of conflict in organisations and explores the rights and obligations imposed by employment law.
Performance and Reward Management (Part time Year 2): Examines contrasting models and methods and assesses how these are applied in different business environments.
HRM Analytics (Part time Year 2): Uses leading software tools to carry out HR analytics, including descriptive, visual, and prescriptive analytics to understand the wider organisational implications for people management approaches.

Semester Two

Resourcing and Talent Management (Part time Year 1): Explores organisational responses to changing labour markets, and examines how organisations acquire and retain the necessary skills, attitudes and experience to meet business objectives.
Leading Organisational Change (Part time Year 1): Provides learners with the knowledge and understanding about why and how organisations change, the impact of change on people within the organisation, and the role of HRM in leading and building capabilities for change.
Research Methods for Business (Part time Year 2): Introduces research methodologies, processes and techniques required for carrying out an independent and original research project or a consultancy project.
Human Capital Development (Part time Year 2): Evaluates the existing context and practice relating to the design and undertaking of training and development initiatives within firms.

Summer Semester

Summer Semester
Final Dissertation; or Consultancy Based Report (Part time Year 2) *

*The dissertation normally 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. A Consultancy Project involves working with a client organisation to make recommendations for solving a pre-set consulting problem, challenge or issue in the field of HR.

People teaching you

Programme Director

Queen's Business School

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

  • Learning and Teaching Methods

    Delivery of each module is supported and administered via a dedicated module page on QUB’s virtual learning environment, Canvas. Each module is also attached to a dedicated MS Teams page to enhance connectivity between and among students and lecturers.

    The structure of the timetabled classes vary across modules and sessions according to the nature of the module, the learning objectives of the session and how the module co-ordinator complements their face-to-face delivery with online content and other workshops or seminars from industry experts. Learning from our experiences of teaching online throughout COVID-19 restrictions, the programme team have developed flexible and innovative approaches to teaching and learning which are being carried through to our ongoing delivery on this programme.

    This may involve adopting a ‘flipped classroom’ approach where lecturers provide introductory content on the modules’ key topics via online videos, directed readings or online exercises that are hosted on Canvas. In this case, you will engage with this content independently in preparation for an interactive session where you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding using case study exercises, relevant research reports, other group discussions or collaborative tasks.

    Not only does this approach enable you to develop their knowledge and understanding of theory and how it applies to practice, but by drawing from real work examples, you are also encouraged to critically reflect on the various skills, capabilities and behaviour standards that are exhibited in the case and which impact decision making within the workplace.

    Other modules may adopt a workshop or more practical approach to their teaching delivery. For example, the HRM analytics module involves a series of practical classes where students use leading software to work through analytics problems relating to HRM. Resourcing and Talent Management have focused workshops on how to approach interviewing and selection, allowing students to develop and reflect on the skills required to conduct interviews effectively. The Managing Employment Relations module adopts a specific structure involving ‘mini sessions’ that firstly introduces key thematic issues in the relevant area, then reviews a case study (usually a video) relevant to that theme and how it is applied to contemporary real-world practice, before finally discussing relevant case law and setting individual and group exercises discussing how you would respond to certain employment relations problems in the workplace.

    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.

    Your learning will also benefit from the diversity of academic backgrounds, experiences and national cultures that make up the class. This creates an exciting and stimulating social and learning environment and is particularly beneficial for working in HRM given that diversity and inclusion are key priorities for the profession.


Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

  • Each module is usually assessed by two pieces of assessment and may comprise of both individual and group based assessments. The programme uses a diverse set of assessments including individual essays, case study analysis and reports, group presentations (live in-person, live online or recorded online), poster presentations, analytics reports, research reports, critical reflections on skills and capabilities, oral examinations, variations of people or strategic plans, etc.
    All assessments are reviewed by Internal moderators and External Examiners to ensure they assess appropriately the module’s learning outcomes and that they are comparable to a postgraduate standard.
    All assessments are evaluated against set criteria at a postgraduate level and moderated both internally and externally to ensure consistency in marking. The programme’s assessment schedule is planned at the outset of the semester to ensure deadlines are spread out appropriately over semester to avoid overburdening students at any one time.
    At the beginning of the programme students are made aware of the assessment expectations and deadlines, and how modules and their assessments interlink. You are expected to submit your assignments through Canvas using the embedded Turnitin tool. Lecturers assess submissions online using the tools available through Canvas.
    The programme will culminate in the assessment of the dissertation or consultancy project.




The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2023/24). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Year 1

    Core Modules

Entrance requirements


Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline.

Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and sufficient relevant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A formal interview, the submission of written work or exam may form a part of this procedure.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 16th August 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

Please note:  international applicants will be required to pay a deposit to secure a place on this course.

International Students

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English Language Requirements

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.

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.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: 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.



Career Prospects


This programme prepares students for a range of HR-related roles in management and research. From whatever your starting point, you will be well positioned to advance your career with the potential to gain employment and promotion in the HR-related field in a range of industries including IT, manufacturing, banking and finance, education, and scientific research.

For further opportunities to enhance your studies and career prospects please see the school website.

Employment after the Course

Depending on experience, you can secure employment in a range of roles starting from a HR Admin/Officer role through to more senior positions such as HR analyst, HR Advisor, HR Generalist, HR Manager, HR Business Partner, and HR and Culture Advisor/ Manager. You can choose to pursue HR specialist roles such as Recruitment/Talent Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Learning and Development Advisor/ Manager, Reward and Benefits Advisor/ Manager, Project Manager, HR Performance and Data Analyst, Career Advisor as well as positions in consultancy, trade unions and academic and policy research across all sectors.

Graduates of the programme have gained employment in a range of organisations from various sectors, including Capita, Citi, Danske Bank, PwC, DHL, HRMC, Apple, NHS, Kainos, and many others.

Prizes and Awards

Legal Island sponsor an end of year prize for the Best Overall MSc HRM student.

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £8,800
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £8,800
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £8,800
EU Other 3 £25,800
International £25,800

1EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

Students have the option to undertake a consultancy project for their dissertation and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

There is a mandatory field trip at a cost of £30. There may be additional costs for membership of CIPD Professional Body, approximately £40 admission charge and £90 for student membership per year. CIPD student membership is recommended but not obligatory.

Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate applications:

1.1  Due to high demand, there is a deadline for applications. 
1.2  You will be required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the course.
1.3  This condition of offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements.

Read the full terms and conditions at the link below:

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £6,500 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 £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance - please check this link regularly, even after you have submitted an application, as new scholarships may become available to you.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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When to Apply

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

Terms and Conditions

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

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