Faculty of Business

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

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




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Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme combines theoretical knowledge of management and the practical application of this knowledge to understand and solve organisational issues. It helps students to become more effective managers.



  • 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 on private and public sectors

  • Students enabled to achieve their career potential via professional coaching and career services

Recognition & Prospects

Master of Science in Human Resource Management


Programme Structure

Programme Details

For the MSc, students complete 31 credits:

  • 4 Compulsory Subjects (3 credits each)
  • 6 Elective Subjects (3 credits each)
  • 1 Ethics Subject (1 credit)


  • 4 Compulsory Subjects (3 credits each)
  • 2 Elective Subjects (3 credits each)
  • 1 Ethics Subject (1 credit)
  • Research Methods Course (3 credits) and a Dissertation (9 credits)


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+@

  • Decision Making for Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Leadership in the Asian Context
  • Human Resource Management in China
  • HRM Seminars
  • International Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Pay and Benefits
  • Marketing Management
  • Mediation at Workplace
  • 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
  • MM MSc Career Workshop (non-credit)


Information on the subjects can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/mm/study/tpg/hrm/.


+ Offerings are subject to class quota availability.

@ Students may also choose from a list of “Common Pool Electives”, subject to the requirements of the programme curriculum. For details, please refer to www.polyu.edu.hk/fb/study/tpg-landing/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 pursue their studies with either a full-time study load (taking 9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (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). Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings. Students who wish to extend their studies beyond the normal duration can submit a request to their Department/Faculty for consideration. 


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

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

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

Subject Area
Human Resource Management
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualification, 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.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 2766 7381 / (852) 2766 7108
Email: mm.msc@polyu.edu.hk


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

Other Information

Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.

Initial Registration Credits


Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.

Tuition Fee

HK$306,900 per programme (HK$9,900 per credit) for local and non-local students

Student Message

This programme provided me not only with knowledge about professional human resource management and a blueprint of how businesses run in the real world, it also equipped me with valuable soft skills to better handle problems at work and in life.


Specifically, attending well-designed lectures by diverse lecturers – some with an academic background and some with an industry background – enhanced my theoretical background and helped me integrate theory and real-world practice. Guided by first-class scholars and professionals, I learned to think critically and differently. Completing multiple group assignments with my peers dramatically improved my leadership skills, my communication style, my time and project management skills, and my problem-solving strategies. Last but probably most important, doing a research project with my supervisor Dr Seunghoo Chung turned me into a lifelong learner and provided me with more opportunities and possibilities for the future.


At the end of the day, how we think about the world is how we excel and distinguish ourselves from others. This programme shaped us in this way, which made it the most valuable investment of my life.

LAN Weifang, Nicole (2022/2023 Graduate)

In the current VUCA world, all HR professionals need to be agile in their approach to learning and sensitive to the changing environment. By providing a comprehensive and extensive curriculum, this programme enabled us to upskill and reskill ourselves. It equipped us not only with HR knowledge, but also with a business mindset while strengthening our strategic thinking towards crisis and change. The programme continually reviewed new knowledge, helping us to stay up-to-date with the latest HR trends. In a hybrid teaching environment, the effort that the professors put into different case studies, discussions, and reflections inspired new insights and developed our core role as change agents. It was also a good platform for meeting classmates from different backgrounds to share ideas and experiences, thus generating new ways of thinking. To me, learning is a lifelong journey. This programme was definitely a milestone in enhancing myself as an HR professional.

LIU Po Ling, Pauline (2021/2022 Graduate)
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