Master of Science in Human Resources (Top Up)

About Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest higher education institutions in Scotland with over 18,000 students from 109 countries. Edinburgh Napier University offers industry-informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice, to equip graduates   for   success   in today’s   competitive global job market.

The high percentage of graduates employed or pursuing further studies is testament to their relevant degrees, which   are   developed with businesses and employers in mind and are often professionally accredited. An Edinburgh Napier University degree gives you the perfect mix of personal and professional skills for a successful career in today’s global market.

Students will benefit from international lecturers and a UK degree while studying in Singapore. You will also leave with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a real impact in the workplace.

Facts and Figures

  • One of the Top 20 in the UK Universities for graduate employability (HESA 2013).
  • Human Resource Management studies at Edinburgh Napier scored a 89% student satisfaction rating in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • 96% of our UK Human Resource Management Students think that ‘staff have made the subject interesting‘, the top score of any UK university (National Student survey, 2014).

Programme Objective

Master in Human Resources (Top Up)

The MSc in Human Resources (Top Up) has been designed by Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in collaboration with its learning partner Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI). It is delivered on a part time basis and comprises one 60 credit module spread over a 6 month period of study. It is intended to have 2 cohorts entering the programme each year (one in June and the other in January). Rooted in a practice-based learning philosophy, the programme is well suited to practitioner-learners and mature part-time students.

As such, it aims to develop students’ capability to bridge the knowledge practice gap and conduct research in human resource management that is connected to real work issues and underpinned by a wide range of business data, research resources and methodologies. Upon completion of the programme, students will produce a 12 000-word practice-based Masters Research report, demonstrating well-honed research skills and professional competence in undertaking applied research that is based on an HR-based topic of significance and that potentially adds value to their host organisation.

Programme Aim and Objectives

The overall aim of the programme is to develop the student’s ability to integrate theory and practice and contribute to business needs through the transfer of knowledge from their project into workplace practice.

Through studying the MSc Human Resources (Top Up), students will be able:

  1. To build upon professional knowledge and expertise of HRM and acquire further in-depth specialist knowledge of current developments in an area of people management.
  2. To practise the analytical and diagnostic skills to enable you to make an enhanced contribution to strategic HRM and performance improvement within organisations.
  3. To develop intellectual capability and academic progression appropriate to masters level.

Delivery Model

The delivery model is anchored in learner–centred, quality programme that offers a unique blend of teaching methods and include features such as :

  • Face-to-face lectures and tutorials,
  • Up-to-date and engaging teaching materials
  • A virtual learning environment for supervisory support
  • Discussion forums, and multimedia learning objects in the form of podcasts, narrated PowerPoint slides and video clips to enrich the student learning experience.

Programme Structure

The course will be delivered by Edinburgh Napier lecturers who have a wealth of academic experience both locally and abroad. Tutorial sessions will be conducted by qualified local tutors

Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
Edinburgh Napier University’s module leader delivers a block of 15 hours of lecture – twice a year.Local tutor delivers a block of 8 hours lecture – 4 tutorials of 2 hours. On-going one-to-one supervision viaour virtual learning environment.
  1. Practice-based Masters Research Report
  2. 60 credits
  3. Taught element
  4. Submissions in Week 3 (formative only), week 8 (20%), and week 17 (30%) with the final Practice-based Masters Research Report submitted at the end of Trimester 2 (50%)
At the end of Trimester 2, students will be expected to submit their Practice based Masters Research Report. If necessary, students would be given additional time and submit by the end of Trimester 3.
On-going supervision process with Edinburgh Napier tutor via Skype, Moodle or Blackboard Collaborate
On-going support and guidance from SHRI local tutor

Assessment Methods / Certification

Students will be assessed based on written examinations and assignments. An examination for each module will be held at the end of each trimester.

Week Module DeliveryLocation: The Verge
1                                1-hour Induction15-hour Block Lecture
3 Submit initial proposal (not assessed and supervisor allocation)1 x 2 hour Tutorial
5 1 x 2 hour Tutorial
8 Submit Assignment 1- Research Proposal – 20%
10 1 x 2 hour Tutorial
12 1 x 2 hour TutorialFeedback on research proposalVisit of Programme Leader to conduct SSLC,review student progress with local tutors and attend to matters arising
17 Submit Assignment 2 – 7000-word Practice-Based Scoping Study – 30%
18 -27 Independent learning and tutor supportFeedback on Scoping study in week 20
28 Submit Assignment 3 – 15 000 Practice-based Masters Research  Report – 50%

The programme offers a flexible way for those who have successfully completed a PgDip in HRM (or equivalent) and are keen to "top-up" their existing qualification with a Masters research report within a relatively short time frame of 6 Months while working at the highest academic standards.

Admission Requirements

Entry qualifications will be in accordance with those prescribed by university regulations:

  • Possession of a relevant postgraduate diploma or
  • Possession of other qualifications and/or experience which demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 11
  • English Proficiency (GCE ‘O’ Level / IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL IBT 80 & above) qualifications applies

*PostGraduates from other PEIs will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis for direct entry.

Programme Fees:

Application FeeS$107.00 inclusive of GST (non-refundable and non-transferable, payable upon application)

Total Course Fees Payable

Fee Breakdown   Amount (S$)
Course Fee 13,314.11
Membership Entrance Fee 120.00
Membership Subscription Fee – 1 Year 50.00
Total Course Fees 13,484.11
Add 7% GST 943.89
Total Course Fees Payable 14,428.00


Instalment Payment Amount with GST
1st Instalment S$7,214.00
2nd Instalment S$7,214.00

Total Fee Payable quoted above does not include the prevailing mandatory Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance premium and the optional Medical Insurance premium.

Course Fee is subjected to rectifications by the University.

Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted with the following:

Completed Application Form A copy of NRIC (front & back) / passport
One recent Passport-size photographs GCE ‘O’ Level / IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL IBT 80 & above certificate for English Proficiency
Certified True Copies of Academic Certificates & Transcripts Payment of Application Fee

Payment Mode:

Cash, NETS, Cheque (payable to “SHRI Academy Pte Ltd”), IBG & Credit Card (additional charges apply) .

To download an application form, please click here

Next Intakes

Please indicate your choice of intake for registration purposes.

Intake Commencement Date Application Closing Date
4th 6 July 2017 (Tentative) 29 June 2017

Contact Us

For further information, please contact Mr Alvin Gean @ via phone (65) 6438 0012, fax (65) 6299 4864.
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