Global competition means HRM activities such as recruitment, retention, training and development, reward, employment relations, are increasingly vital. Organisational performance is highly dependent on good people management. A key issue is that HR practitioners can and should champion ethical HRM, employee welfare, and responsible business. Our MSc is for graduates from a range of backgrounds who are looking for a career in this exciting, challenging and influential area.
By the end of the programme you will have a high standard of knowledge and understanding of the current practical, intellectual and policy challenges facing practitioners in the field of human resource management. These include:
The relationship between HRM and business strategy
The impact of HRM on company performance
The challenge of developing HRM strategies in an international context
The implications of new individual and collective employment rights
Managing change and introducing new forms of work organisation
Ensuring that employees are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge.
In addition, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the CIPD at either Associate or Chartered level.
We meet the CIPD’s Advanced level criteria, so when you successfully complete the pathway you can apply for Associate, then Chartered, level membership, depending on your role and experience.
Benefits of the CIPD pathway
The MSc HRM (with CIPD Pathway) has a stronger focus on HRM practice and skill development than the standard pathway. It is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and provides access to membership of this professional body.
Membership of the CIPD is widely regarded as providing a distinct advantage to those who wish to pursue a career in the fields of HRM and Employment Relations and is increasingly seen as an essential requirement. The CIPD currently has 145,000 members and job advertisements for HRM posts frequently make reference to the need for CIPD membership. CIPD status is nationally recognised in the UK but is increasingly recognised on an international basis.
This pathway meets the CIPD’s Advanced level criteria enabling those that have successfully completed and passed the pathway to apply for Associate and then Chartered level membership depending on their HR role/level and experience. The CIPD charges a student membership fee (currently £550). Associate and Chartered membership levels are granted by the CIPD. The modules included in the pathway are detailed below. There are no electives, as students need to complete and pass each module.
A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent.
HR Policies in Practice 1, 10 credits
HR Policies in Practice 2, 10 credits
Change Management, 10 credits
Dissertation Management Report, 60 credits
Human Resource Management, 20 credits
International Human Resource Management, 10 credits
International Perspectives on Industrial Relations, 10 credits
Leadership Development, 10 credits
Managing Organisations, 10 credits
Researching Work, Employment and Employee Relations, 20 credits
Training and Development, 10 credits
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
1 July 2021 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom.
Selected admissions process