Human Resource Management

Open University in Scotland


This qualification is suitable for those at the start of a career in HR or hoping to enter the HR profession and also line managers. This MSc combines an in-depth understanding of human resource (HR) management with a broader exploration of its organisational and management context.

Whether you’re at the start of your career in HR, aspiring to enter HR or an experienced professional, it will give you up-to-date knowledge of organisational theory and behaviour and the specialist skills essential to practitioners. You will explore HR strategy both within organisations (including issues such as employee relations and employee engagement; learning and development, and employee resourcing and talent management) and in relation to the external environment – including globalisation and international forces, social and technological change and government policies and regulation.

You an exit after stage 1 with PgCert Human Resource Management

You an exit after stage 2 with PgDip Human Resource Management

Entry Requirements

All entrants to this MSc in Human Resources Management must hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised UK university, or equivalent.

Computer and internet access necessary.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of 60 points' worth of required courses you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate entitling you to use the letters PG Cert HRM (Open) after your name.
You could continue your studies and add a further 120 points of credit to your qualification to gain an MSc in Human Resource Management. The MSc HRM gives Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) graduate membership if studied by the approved route.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

2-7 years




Business and Management

SCQF Level