Human Resource Management Top-up (Blended) MSc

Aimed at students looking to top-up a postgraduate HRM qualification with a research project and graduate with a Masters degree


The MSc in HRM (Blended) Top-up is a nine-month programme which aims to develop knowledge, competencies and professional skills that help learners address the challenges facing modern organisations. It is solely focused on the completion of a Masters dissertation, allowing you time to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise around research methods and your dissertation topic.

We’re delighted to have teamed up with Acacia Learning, DPG and ICS Learn to deliver this programme.

The programme underlines the importance of practice-based learning and research by enabling you to investigate an HR issue that is located in a real work situation.

Edinburgh Napier University has been supporting students to undertake the MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) for over 25 years. During that time the University has received commendations of good practice from the UK professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), for their innovative and rigorous approach to design and delivery of the dissertation. We have a 93% satisfaction rate for Human Resource Management (National Student Survey, 2022).

Typical entry point to this course is in September. Please enquire for more information.

If you have a query or would like to apply for this programme please contact Dr Lesley McLean (Programme Leader) via email, in the first instance.

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Mode of Study:



9-12 months

Start date:


Course details

An indicative schedule can be downloaded here.

The programme aims to develop a comprehensive range of skills including information retrieval, critical reading and writing, effective research strategies, analytical and evaluative techniques and communication in a research context. All of these skills serve to enhance credibility, confidence, professional competence, employability skills and help enhance career progress within the area of HRM.

It also aims to develop knowledge, competencies and professional skills that will help you address the challenges facing modern organisations. By the end of the programme you should be able to:

  • Apply diagnostic and analytical skills in a research and workplace context
  • Recognise appropriate management research methodologies and scholarship in HRM
  • Integrate theory and practice to analyse a range of workplace issues
  • Apply original application of knowledge, and demonstrate a practical understanding of how research is used to create and interpret knowledge in the field of business management and HRM

How will my degree reflect sustainability and sustainable development?

The Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) – established under the UN Global Compact – places a clear onus on Higher Education to ‘transform management education and develop the responsible decision-makers of tomorrow to advance sustainable development’. The Business School is a PRME signatory, and we seek to influence professional practice and policy nationally and internationally, helping to drive key societal, economic and environmental impacts.

Our mission is ‘to empower communities to apply business knowledge for positive societal impact’ and we work constantly to embed practical actions into our curriculum, to promote sustainability and relate these to the key ideas of sustainability, as reflected in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes now reflect one or more of the SDG, and our research is targeted to solve real world problems, mapped against the criteria used in the Times Higher Education’s Impact Ranking. 

The most recent annual league table for Sustainability - compiled by People & Planet, the UK’s largest student campaigning network - again places Edinburgh Napier in a top 3 position among Scotland’s 19 universities. This reflects their assessment of our performance across a range of environmental and ethical considerations, which include carbon reduction and management, and education.

What is distinct about equality, diversity and inclusion?

Edinburgh Napier University is enriched by the diversity of perspectives, cultures and backgrounds brought by all within our global community. We are committed to a positive environment where diversity and inclusiveness is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, age, ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status or whether pregnant or on maternity leave. We commit ourselves to providing a learning, working and social environment that is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation, stigmatisation and all forms of harassment and bullying.

The Business School's vision: 'To be the Business School for empowerment, enterprise and employability for all'.

Our mission statement: 'Empowering our communities to apply business knowledge for positive societal impact'.


  • Research Skills and Professional Development
  • Masters Dissertation
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    How you’ll be taught

    The programme structure is blended online delivery, ie: live online workshops. Its delivery is driven by a student-focused learning and teaching strategy that offers a unique blend of methods and includes features such as online workshops, up-to-date and engaging teaching materials, a virtual learning environment that provides content and opportunities for online interaction, supervisory support and online sessions with experts on research methods.

    Through the dissertation, you will develop theoretically informed and practical recommendations that aim to provide solutions and improve professional practice in your chosen research context. The dissertation will build your professional and academic knowledge and expertise around a particular area of HR practice. It will enable you to build credibility and confidence within that area, thereby aiding your professional development.

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    This course is assessed by coursework. Students are also expected to undertake independent study facilitated by tutor support, to complete a dissertation in the area of HRM.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Human Resource Management Top-Up (Blended)?

The entry requirement for this course is a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check ourcountry pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
All students £3,095 £3,250
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Please note:

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

Please read our full T&C here


The programme aims to develop a comprehensive range of skills including information retrieval, critical reading and writing, effective research strategies, analytical and evaluative techniques and communication in a research context. All of these skills serve to enhance credibility, confidence, professional competence, employability skills and help enhance career progress within the area of HRM.
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