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MSc in Human Resource Management (Top-up)

Course Overview

This area of management study teaches a strategic approach to managing people, the workplace culture and environment, how to utilise employees to contribute effectively in measurable ways to the overall company direction, goals and objectives. The qualification leads to highly rewarding career opportunities.

This Masters programme is designed to enhance understanding and competence gained through professional qualifications and to develop ability to think strategically about management and organisational change.

Additionally, the programme is designed to broaden your specialist knowledge. The Research Methods and Dissertation module covers an introduction to research, types of research methodology, formulating and planning a research project, data collection, and analysis and presentation of research findings.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc in Human Resource Management Top-up

    Total academic credits

    60 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc in Human Resource Management

    Awarding body

    University of Northampton

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Online via LSM’s award-winning e-learning platform


    6 months

    Tuition fees




    Course location


Academic entry requirements

1. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Postgraduate Diploma AND

2. A good command of English (equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above); OR

3. The EduQual Diploma in Business Management (Human Resource Management - SCQF, Level 11) qualification

English entry requirements

A good command of English (equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or above) or; evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

Coursework and a supervised independent business research project

Progression route

Professional career

Career opportunities

Human resources manager, Recruitment consultant, Training and development officer in private and public sectors


You will undergo the Dissertation and Research Methods module through this Top Up programme. Students are required submit their dissertation along with the research proposal. This proposal needs to be approved by the supervisor.

The Research Proposal

Students will be required to submit a research proposal which outlines the research objectives and how to achieve them. Once the proposal has been submitted, feedback will be provided by the supervisor. He/she will then discuss what changes and refinements – if any – are required. Supervisors guide students through the minefield of research, and to act as a mentor and source of support.

The Dissertation

The dissertation provides the opportunity to investigate and diagnose a factual human resource issue or problem, to collect and analyse relevant data, to derive supportable conclusions, and make recommendations for change and improvement.  The dissertation can adopt either a theoretical or empirical perspective. 


Reasons for choosing the course

  • The study would provide with the opportunity to develop a specialist knowledge and expertise in human resource management with an emphasis on strategic issues
  • To learn the changing nature of the world of work and employment, recruitment and selection of staff, training and developing people, employment laws and regulations
  • Learn to managing employee performance, managing conflict in the workplace, employee representation and involvement in their workplaces, management of performance, compensation, career support, development of teams, communication and conflict and industrial negotiation and resolution for international and global concerns
  • To develop a focus on contemporary issues and problems relating to managing human resources in global organizations, attained ability to discuss and analyse a range of perspectives on workplace organization and its effective management to ensure optimum performance
  • To gain a multi-disciplinary approach covering principles of HRM, strategic management, employee relations, human resource development, international business and management principles
  • To achieve capabilities that will enable to work as the HR strategic business partner, giving support to other strategic managers on the critical insight into the world of people, in a modern and changing organisation


Learning methods

The course is delivered through blended learning which is a structured study option that uses a combination of support elements from London School of Marketing (LSM) Academic team and its partners or Local Access Point.

LSM will be responsible for course delivery, and your Local Access Point will be responsible for providing IT infrastructure and administrative support.

As a partnership’s student, you will be part a part of the academic community and you will receive the chance to interact with personal tutor in London and fellow students around the world.


Learning resources

The following is included for all study modes:  

  • Course materials that include structured lecture notes, practical applications with real-world examples, and case studies that challenge you to apply your knowledge
  • Assessment materials accessible through our Integrated Modular Study System (IMSS) e-learning platform
  • Access to the LS Online Community to keep in touch and share with fellow students
  • A comprehensive e-library containing recommended study texts and reference books for online reading
  • Mintel market reports, including industry reports, financial analysis and company information
  • Two complementary digital publications to support your revision

In addition to the above, you will also receive the following:   

  • A welcome webinar at the beginning of the course
  • Further online webinars for assignment and exam workshops
  • A dedicated one-to-one tutor to provide comprehensive support throughout the course
  • One-to-one supervision for all major project modules

London School of Marketing (LSM) online learning platform offers multiplatform accessibility. Therefore, LSM delivers the course straight to your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop and students can choose to study whenever or wherever they prefer.