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MSc HR Management Top-Up

Top-up your postgraduate HRM qualification with a research project and graduate with a Masters degree!

Acacia Learning has teamed up with Edinburgh Napier University to provide CIPD Human Resource Management Level 7 Advanced or CIPD Advance Diploma in Strategic People Management graduates with a Masters in Human Resource Management Top-up Programme. This is a 9 month part time study programme which is delivered LIVE online.

Edinburgh Napier University has been supporting CIPD students to undertake their MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) for over 25 years. They have received commendations of good practice from the UK HR body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, for their innovative and rigorous approach to design and delivery of the dissertation.

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Masters HRM Top Up Q&A

Watch our Q&A webinar with Dr Lesley McLean, Lecturer/Programme Leader, MSc HRM (CIPD) Senior Fellow HEA at Edinburgh Napier University.

Lesley discusses how you can top up your CIPD level 7 Diploma to a full Masters in HRM.

Watch our Masters HRM top up Q&A

Student Feedback

The dissertation is the centerpiece of the programme and a truly great challenge, in every aspect of the word, which enriches your practitioner and theoretical knowledge. It is easily the most beneficial academic experience I have had to date. The key for me was choosing a topic which is relatively unfamiliar and intriguing at the same time. This helped me sustain energy and motivation. One thing which cannot be underscored enough is planning and managing your time.

Borislav Borisov

MSc HRM top up, 2021 cohort

Napier’s Moodle site is meticulously organized and provides access to anything you may ever need and then some. The webinar sessions throughout the programme were really insightful and informative – make sure you prepare questions in advance! I have been away from university for 15 years and the resources at hand made this encore an utterly smooth affair. Being exactly 1,947 miles away, I never felt at a disadvantage in any shape or form.

Borislav Borisov

MSc HRM top up, 2021 cohort

The MSc [top-up] HRM degree with its research element has been a tough journey but it's both a challenging and rewarding course. I have found a great deal of satisfaction in learning more about a research project that interested me personally but will be of practical use to the sector I work in and even learnt new researcher skills which will be useful for employment. The time constraints of the research were particularly stressful at key stages of the year, so don't underestimate the commitment needed.

Leo Cosimo

MSc HRM top up, 2021 cohort

Kirsteen what an absolute dream! I’m delighted with a D1 – thank you! 😊 Really looking forward to celebrating with you and the others at the end of October! Thank you again for all your support and guidance – I’ve valued you so much through this process!

Lauren Andrews

MSc HRM top up, 2021 cohort

The support I received from the programme leader Kirsteen and my supervisor was fantastic and invaluable, without their help my dissertation would not exist!

Nicola Bennett

MSc HRM top up, 2021 cohort

This course is aimed at students looking to top-up a postgraduate HRM qualification with a research project and graduate with a Masters degree.

The 9 month part time Live Online programme aims to develop your knowledge, competencies and professional skills that will help 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.

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

If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge, become more competitive in the market or continue your professional development, this is the programme for you!

Read 5 top tips for completing a practice-based Masters dissertation from Dr Kirsteen Grant who is a Programme Leader. 

  •  January: attend 3 Live online workshops run by Dr Lesley McLean.
  •  Submit one-page initial proposal for the research you will undertake.
  •  Skype meeting to finalise your research proposal (2000 words).
  •  Get feedback on your proposal & supervisor support to help build your research.
  •  WebEx session to guide you through the scoping study (7000 words).
  •  Attend two online workshops to ensure you’re on track.
  •  August: submit your final 15,000-word dissertation.

The dissertation will build your professional and academic knowledge and expertise on a specific area of HR practice. You can link this to a current work project or choose an area you wish to develop for the future.

It will enable you to build your credibility and confidence – not only aiding your professional development but also your marketability.

The cost for the 2022 programme is £2,900. 

To enrol for our next January 2023 cohort, please complete the contact us form below and request an application form and timetable.

If you have any other questions or perhaps you would like to discuss the programme in more detail, you can also book a consultation with one of our course advisors or Dr Lesley McLean who will lead the 2022 Masters programme.

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