Organisations thrive on the strength of their people. As a human resource, people manager, you play an essential role. GCU's MSc Human Resources Management prepares you for the ethical, cultural, legal, operational and strategic aspects of human resource management - while giving you a global outlook and an understanding of responsible leadership. This way you'll be ready for success - and support the common good to make a positive impact.
The programme is one of only several in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and aligned to the US Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards. It's available on a part-time and full-time basis, offering flexibility for career-focused professionals and recent graduates alike.
The curriculum brings together critical analysis of leading theories and trends in human resources with relevant industry practice from the real world. You'll develop skills that will be practical and valuable in a range of contemporary specialist and generalist HRM/people manager roles.
Expand your expertise of niche and specialised topics in HR
Develop the expertise to effectively manage people in a diverse national and international environment
Study contemporary theory of human resource management
Apply theory to practice through case-studies and investigative projects
Full-time students will also complete an industry placement in a human resources function. This work placement ties into a hands-on research project, so you can bring together everything you've learned through a Business Investigation Report (PG Diploma) or HRM Research Project (Masters) - an accomplishment that's especially valuable to employers.
Part-time students will also have the opportunity to add value to their own work or organisation through a Business Investigation Report (PG Diploma) or HRM Research Project (Masters).Your career
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
Our programme is distinguished by recognition from both globally renowned HR professional bodies, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Only four programmes in the UK have achieved this status, two of which are taught by GCU.
As of September 2013, CIPD and AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) have announced the mutual recognition of professional membership for individuals holding corresponding professional grades of membership. This means that members joining under counterpart organisation (either the CIPD or the AHRI) will have their existing credentials recognised, providing access to the equivalent grade of professional membership.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The CIPD is the world's largest Chartered HR development professional body for those involved in the management of people aimed at setting the global benchmark for HR excellence within the profession. Our HRM courses are fully CIPD accredited.
Students, who successfully complete our CIPD accredited programme, including assignments and skills assessments, will achieve the full 'knowledge bank' required for Associate Membership of the CIPD. CIPD qualifications are 'recognised by large employers inside and outside the UK, as a standard for human resource practice' (CIPD, 2010). Independent research reveals that individuals with professional qualifications and membership stand to earn £81,000 in additional earnings over a lifetime.
As part of the programme, students are required to take out student membership of the CIPD.
Benefits of student membership
access to West of Scotland Branch evening meetings
subscription to the professional HR journal 'People Management'
a discount on CIPD published texts
access to a large collection of online resources and communities of support via the CIPD website
Information on how to join the CIPD will be given to students in class. Students are responsible for the payment of their membership fees directly to the CIPD. Students should refer to the CIPD Membership pages for more information
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management has officially recognised that both the GCU MSc International Human Resource Management and MSc Human Resource Management programmes fully align with SHRM's HR curriculum guidelines. GCU was the first institution in the UK to achieve this recognition.
SHRM is the largest association devoted to HRM and is committed to advancing the human resource profession to ensure that HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy.
Headquartered in the USA, the SHRM represents more than 285,000 members in more than 165 countries worldwide. SHRM provides resources, global best practices and a network of valuable contacts to all members. As part of SHRM's commitment to developing the HR profession globally, they have offices in Mumbai (India), Beijing (China) and the United Arab Emirates.
On graduation, you will be encouraged to engage further with SHRM to undertake the examinations that will upgrade your professional status.
A key feature of the full-time programme is the HR work placement. You'll be based in the HR function of an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector.
The placement is an integral part of the learning process and provides a valuable way of gaining some hands-on experience and developing key skills in a real environment, which is valued by employers.
The placement is linked with the final project. Drawing on academic theory, you'll be directly involved in investigating a particular human resource management issue in practice. Along with developing your knowledge and analytical skills, the placement gives you a realistic view of organisations and the human resource challenges faced. The organisation you'll be working with also benefits from the findings and recommendations from your investigation.
The HRM programmes are delivered by a specialist staff with expertise and recognition both in academia and industry with background across a range of national and international organisations including some well known blue-chip giants across both public and private sector organisations.
Colleagues from across the Department of Business Management contribute expertise in areas including Strategic Management; Operations Management; the management of technology; and entrepreneurship. In addition to the specialist teaching staff, we also bring industry experts into our classrooms and take our students out of the university and into workplaces to learn. You will experience case-based learning and will have the opportunity for hosted project work. We aim to make your learning meaningful and relevant to the world of work.