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MSc | Postgraduate Taught

Human Resource Management

Entry year
Entry requirements
1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
  • Overview

    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 organizational 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. You will be well positioned to advance your career in the HR-related field with the 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.

    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 how they can be achieved.

    Student Experience

    • Students will have the opportunity to participate in our HR Future Insights Programme which seeks to enhance students' learning experience by providing them with exposure to senior professionals in human resource management and related business communities. This event 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.
    • This premium programme is taught at the Riddell Hall campus in South Belfast, which has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including new lecture theatres, a postgraduate common room and computer suites.
    • Further opportunities for students to develop employability skills and professional networks will be facilitated throughout the year. For example, company visits giving insight into the work of a busy HR department, or employability sessions focused on the HR professional’s online presence have been arranged in the past.

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  • Course content

    Course Structure


    IntroductionThis course is offered on both a full time and part time basis. The programme consists of the following modules and a final dissertation/ consultancy project.
    Semester OneHuman Resource Management in Context (Part time Year 1)
    Human Resource Management Theory and Strategy (Part time Year 1)
    Performance and Reward Management (Part time Year 2) *
    HRM Analytics (Part time year 2) *
    Semester TwoResourcing and Talent Management (Part time Year 1)
    Managing Employment Relations ( Part time Year 1)
    Research Methods for Business ( Part time Year 2)
    Human Capital Development (Part time Year 2)
    Summer SemesterSummer Semester
    Final Dissertation; or Consultancy Based Report (Part time Year 2) **

    * New and Updated modules for 19/20!
    **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

    Dr Denise Currie
    Programme Director

    Human Resource Management

    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 in a range of organisations from various sectors, including: First Derivatives, Moy Park Group, Power NI, Zurich Insurance, Energia, Inspire Well Being, Baker McKenzie, Allen and Overy, Fin Tru, A&L Goodbody, NHS, Crane Co., Finnebrogue and many others.

    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus, Graduate 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.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

    Learning and Teaching Methods

    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.


    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    The programme draws on a variety of assessment methods, involving both group and individual approaches, including: Written assignments (business report and essay style), case study analysis, presentations, simulations, reflections and traditional examinations. The programme will cumulate in the assessment of the dissertation or consultancy project.

  • Entry Requirements

    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.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    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.

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

    • 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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £7,000
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £7,000
    Other (non-UK) EU £7,000
    International £19,900

    MSc (T) Human Resource Management 

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    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.

    Human Resource Management 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.

    How do I fund my study?

    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 £10,609 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.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

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    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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