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Master of Science in Management (Human Resource Management)

Programme Code:
23087-MHF (Full-time)
23087-MHP (Part-time)

Programme Director:
Dr. Catherine Ng


 The programme has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.
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What You Will Gain From The Programme

This programme is for employees who wish to develop their managerial skills and enhance their career opportunities.

This is a conversion programme. Graduates of disciplines other than business and management are welcome to apply.

The programme starts with the fundamental of effective and efficient management, and progresses to in-depth studies of various management topics. It covers both local and global perspectives in the private and public sectors. It facilitates managers to keep up with the latest discussions and debates.

The programme emphasises:
  • essential theoretical knowledge and research findings;
  • opportunities to apply theories to investigating and solving management problems;
  • systematic training and development of managerial skills and competences; and
  • enhancement of ability to manage diverse organizational settings.

Special Features

This programme allows students to mix and match subjects to suit their personal growth and training needs.

For those who are interested in a general management education, they may opt for subjects covering issues such as corporate strategy and global business.

For those who are seeking specialist careers in human resource management, they may opt for subjects such as pay and benefits, employee relations, and human resource development.


Programme Details (From 2017/18 Cohort)

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

  1. 10 3-credit subjects (4 Foundation, 2 Core, and 4 Elective), plus one-credit Business Ethics;Or
  2. 4 Foundation Subjects and 2 Core Subjects, plus one-credit Business Ethics, three-credit Research Methods, and 9-credit Dissertation

Students may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma upon completing 4 Foundation Subjects, 2 Core Subjects and 1 Elective Subject (21 credits), or with a Postgraduate Certificate# upon completing 4 Foundation Subjects (12 credits).

# The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded without a specialism, as a Postgraduate Certificate in Management. 


Non-Dissertation Option
Dissertation Option
Foundation Subjects
(any 4 subjects - 12 credits)
Core Subjects 
(2 subjects - 6 credits)
Core Subjects 
(2 subjects - 6 credits)
Ethics Subject 
(1 credit)
Ethics Subject
(1 credit)
Elective Subjects
(any 4 subjects - 12 credits)
Dissertation Subjects
(total 12 credits)

The offering of subjects is subject to class quota availability. Students may also choose from a list of "Common Pool Electives", subject to the prescriptions of programme curriculum. For details, please refer to

- Programme structure and content are subject to continuous review and change 


* These subjects have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.


Students should strictly comply with the prescriptions of the programme curriculum when performing subject registration. Those who fail to meet the programme requirements will NOT be allowed to graduate.

Mode of Study and Duration


Mode of study: Mixed-mode
Full-time students study 9 credits or more in a semester. Part-time students study less 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). Maximum study period is 5 years. Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings.

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


Alternatively, being credit-based, the programme allows students to proceed at their own pace according to their own learning needs and time plans, within the 5-year limit.


Current students can refer to the Definitive Programme Document for more details about the programme.


Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualifications, preferably with at least one 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 “Admissions Requirements” section at Study@PolyU for details.

Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.


Admissions Procedures and Fee

Please refer to Study@PolyU website ( for the application details of individual programmes.


Info Seminar

Date: 13 January 2018 (Saturday
Time: 3:30-4:15pm
Venue: Room PQ306, Mong Man Wai Building, PolyU


For further information, please contact:

Tel: (852) 2766 7381 / (852) 2766 7952


For information on academic matters, please contact:

Dr. Catherine Ng 
Tel: (852) 2766 7379


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