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Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 23090

Faculty of Business
Department of Management and Marketing

Stream Code

MHF (Full-time)
MHP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits


Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$237,150 per programme (HK$7,650 per credit) for local students
HK$275,280 per programme (HK$8,880 per credit) for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Annie Ko
BA (Hons), GDip, MSc, PhD


Note to Applicants

Please complete all relevant fields and enclose necessary documents.
Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications to help students understand and solve organisational issues. This helps students to manage effectively.



  • A conversion programme for general and HR professionals and managers
  • A wide range of people management courses
  • Emphasis on both theory and practice
  • Local and global perspectives in private and public sectors
Recognition & Prospects

Master of Science in Human Resource Management


Programme Structure

Programme Details

To graduate, students must complete 31 credits. There are two routes to attaining these credits:

  1. 10 three-credit subjects (4 Compulsory and 6 Elective), plus one-credit subject Business Ethics; OR
  2. 4 three-credit Compulsory Subjects and 2 three-credit Elective Subjects, plus one-credit subject Business Ethics, three-credit subject Research Methods, and nine-credit Dissertation


Students may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma upon completing 4 Compulsory Subjects and 3 Elective Subjects (21 credits).


Areas of Study

The following is a summary of the areas of study.


Compulsory Subjects+

  • Human Resource Management*
  • Human Resource Development
  • Organisation and Management*
  • Organisational Behaviour*

Ethics Subject+

  • Business Ethics


Elective Subjects+@

  • E-commerce
  • Employee Relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Leadership in the Asian Context
  • Human Resource Management in China
  • International Management
  • Management of Pay and Benefits
  • Marketing Management
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • Political and Economic Environment for Management
  • Practice of Human Resource Management
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management*
  • Wellbeing at Work


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at mm.polyu.edu.hk/study/taught-postgraduate-programmes/hrm/.


+ The offering of subjects is subject to class quota availability.

@ Student may also choose from a list of "Common Pool Electives", subject to the prescriptions of the programme curriculum. For details, please refer to fb.polyu.edu.hk/study/taught-postgraduate-programmes/common-pool-electives/.

* These subjects have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The programme (MSc in Human Resource Management) is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).


Note: Programme structure and content are subject to continuous review and change.


Mode of Study and Duration

Mode of study: Mixed-mode


Students may take on either a full-time study load (9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (fewer than 9 credits in a semester).


Students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time in 1.5 years or part-time in 2.5 years (5 regular semesters plus a Summer Term).  Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings. Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to Departments/Faculties for consideration, as appropriate. 


The programme offers a structured progression pattern. Students are encouraged to follow the pattern to benefit from a cohort-based structure.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualifications, preferably with at least 1 year of relevant work experience;
  • Applicants, normally aged 27 or above, with other post-secondary qualifications and at least 6 years of work experience in industry, commerce or public administration, including 3 years in a managerial capacity, will also be considered.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 2766 7381 / (852) 2766 7952
Email: mm.msc@polyu.edu.hk


For academic matters, please contact:
Dr Annie Ko
Tel: (852) 3400 2124
Email: aanko@polyu.edu.hk

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.