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Masters Degree: MLitt in Human Resource Management

All organisations depend on people and people are at the heart of success in any organisation. This specialised Masters programme in Human Resource Management is designed to develop your understanding of the concepts, models and theories relevant to the management of people within organisations. Our aim is to enable you to make an effective contribution as a human resource specialist, taking account of the complexities within the discipline of human resource management. The programme looks at the current research agenda, best practice and innovative thinking in Human Resource Management within the wider context of managing contemporary organisations.

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Course structure


Semester 1 Semester 2
Contemporary Global Issues in Management Masterclass in Human Resource Management
Managing and Developing People Skills and Challenges for the HR Professional
Option 1 (See sample list below.) Option 2 (See sample list below.)
Whole Year Module
Dissertation (including research methods preparation)

Sample list of Option modules

Creative Marketing Communications
Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation
Ethics, Organisations and Management
Financial Systems
International Financial Management
International Marketing
Leadership in Organisations
Managing Natural Resources
Managing People in Global Markets
Marketing and Society
Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs): Critical Perspective
Risk Management
Scenario Thinking and Strategy

* Please note: this list is subject to change on an annual basis. Some Option modules may be geared to a particular MLitt/MSc programme and attendance/student numbers may be limited.


Masters Extra (MX) Programme

In addition to the scheduled classes above, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Masters Extra (MX) Programme, which includes guest lectures from eminent academics and business executives, specific sessions to enhance your career development opportunities and a range of corporate visits.

Why study at St Andrews?

Over 600 years St Andrews has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. The School of Management brings together the traditional with contemporary teaching methods addressing current issues of concern to business and organisations more widely.

The traditions and reputation of St Andrews, one of Europe's most ancient and prestigious universities, ensure that the business education you receive here is of the highest quality. Our core group of international academics specialise in research into all aspects of business and management practice. We work in collaboration with leading international companies and offer challenging applied postgraduate Masters Degrees, which are recognised the world over.

Our programmes are designed to equip you with the intellectual rigour to challenge accepted norms and to question and debate existing protocols. Presentation skills, group working and self-reliance provide vocational relevance and preparation for life beyond graduation. The learning process is set in the context of a research-intensive environment with a population of students and staff from many nations.

As well as being a world-renowned university, St Andrews is a vibrant place full of students, academic staff and visitors from all over the world.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development accreditation, dependent on completion of core modules with options MN5421 Managing people in global markets and MN5511 Leadership in organisations. See announcement at CIPD endorsement.

Course aims

The programme provides graduates with a relevant background in business, management or social science and evidence of a level of understanding of the subject area with a solid foundation in contemporary management methods and all the relevant skills. The combination of core modules combined with carefully chosen option or elective modules will enable your development as a future HR manager. The MLitt Human Resource Management will provide the knowledge and inspire the confidence to take up a professional role within this key area of activity across a wide variety of organisations.

This programme will help you to develop a range of analytical, critical, communication, team-working and leadership skills. It will also help to develop your ability to undertake research and project work leading to the completion of a Masters dissertation.

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

A good undergraduate degree equivalent to a 2.1 (Upper Second Class Honours) or better in Business, Management or an area of study related to Human Resource Management. Students without a relevant background in business or management are advised to consider the MLitt Management Programme.

Qualification Level

Acceptable grades according to the US system would be 3.25 or better. We do not require you to take a GMAT or GRE test. We do not require you to have studied any additional languages.

Term details

The programme begins in September and is a 12 month full-time degree.

Orientation week for 2016-2017 begins on Monday 5 September 2016. During Orientation week, the School of Management and the University of St Andrews organise lectures and other events, some of which you are required to attend. More details will be at University of St Andrews Orientation week and the School's news page.

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How to apply

Online applications for entry September 2017 will open in October 2016. Applications for September 2016 are closed.

Student testimonial

Shahira - Alumna

Shahira - India
"It was the ideal combination of educational standards and scenic locales that drove me to pursue a second Master's degree at one of the most prestigious places of learning. One of the most pleasant aspects of the University has been the friendly and caring staff. I have also experienced a wide range of cultural diversity here in St Andrews."


2016 entry

Overseas £19,400
Home/EU £9,400

To accept your offer, you will need to pay a deposit of £1500 within 4 weeks of the issue of your offer letter. The deposit will be put toward your tuition fees. In general, this pre-payment is non-refundable; for information on the circumstances where a refund will be made and for full conditions please see

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