MSc Human Resource Management

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

MSc Human Resource Management

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University


Our MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) course is ideal for students from any academic discipline who want to build a successful career in the HR area. This course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), equipping you with the in-depth knowledge and practical skills required in today’s competitive market.

During your studies, you will explore a full range of HRM approaches, techniques and methodologies. The modules will provide you with a solid grounding in HRM and its practice in contemporary organisations. You'll gain internationally-relevant skills that create career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other HR roles which facilitate global business.

During your second semester, you will have the opportunity to specialise in your subject area, creating a tailored degree path. We currently work with over 100 academic institutions worldwide giving you the chance to spend a few weeks abroad giving you a truly international perspective.

In your final semester you will take on an experiential project, giving you a fantastic opportunity to use the theories and knowledge gained to produce a challenging, meaningful piece of work. This can involve addressing real-world challenges in the workplace, conducting independent research or gaining valuable experience internationally.

As this course is approved by the CIPD, you will be registered as a student member whilst you’re studying with us, upon graduation this course will give you Associate Membership with the CIPD. Your Masters also meets the knowledge requirements for the more senior Chartered Member status. To ensure you take advantage of the CIPD resources and connections, Nottingham Business School will pay for your student membership for the duration of the course.

Why study this course?

  • The MSc Human Resource Management has been developed to produce graduates capable of making a difference in the HR arena.
  • Increasingly the value of CIPD qualifications is being recognised nationally and internationally. The CIPD's research amongst leading organisations ensures that the content of this programme is contemporary and highly valued by employers.
  • There is a unique opportunity to complete a Consultancy Experience Project for a real business situation. You'll present your findings to the client and learn valuable project management tools and concepts. Those completing the two-year placement route will be complete a dissertation following successful completion of the placement,
  • You will complete a comprehensive development programme, which includes a short residential team-building course, usually held in the Peak District.
  • You can learn from the best by attending guest lectures from leading organisations. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as E.ON, Lego, Experian, Santander, and IBM.

Work Placement Opportunity

You may be able to add a years' work placement, making your master's a two year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

How you’re taught


The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for Human Resources and people development. The organisation is recognised throughout the world, and having a qualification approved by the CIPD can help you to secure a job in Human Resources and improve your chances of progression in your career.

Study and support

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

Assessment methods

A variety of methods are used throughout the course, including examinations and assignments. Assessments maybe essays, reflective reports or consultancy reports they will require investigation, critical analysis and recommendations for improvement. Assignments may also include both formative and summative assessed presentations. Other forms of assignment may involve selection interviewing or being part of a consultancy group seeking to win a training contract.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of e-learning to further support the feedback process.


All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Careers and employability

Opportunities for progression

Nottingham Business School students who have graduated from similar HRM Masters programmes report that the learning has greatly helped their knowledge and ability to apply it. This in turn has enhanced their credibility at work and improved their career prospects.

Recent examples of graduate success include individuals taking up the following appointments:

  • HR Manager at the world's leading Luxury Hotel and Leisure Organisation UK based
  • Payroll Production Controller with the world's leading Payroll Outsourcing organisation based in Spain
  • HR Adviser with Ernst and Young Consultancy based in Turkey
  • HR Adviser at Jaguar / Landrover based in the UK.

Consultancy project

The module aims to develop your capacity to work as part of a management team through active participation in a live consultancy project, and to enhance the ability to communicate clearly; argue rationally; and apply strategic concepts to produce real business solutions - given time constraints and conditions of uncertainty. Completing the project will enable you to demonstrate your acquired knowledge and skills in a valuable practical application.

Consultancy project examples

The briefs we receive deal with a wide range of business areas, including market position and communications, publicity and marketing, sustainable business development, human resources and recruitment strategy, and website and sales development.

Companies that consultancy groups have previously worked for include:

  • Nottingham Evening Post
  • Gallant Marketing
  • Futures Housing
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Wastecycle
  • Age Concern
  • E.ON
  • Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • Bio-City
  • Paragon Law
  • Experian

Helping you find your feet after university

Following graduation, we will continue to support you, by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team are here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning, and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

Services they provide include:

  • finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • pursuing self-employment
  • taking gap years and time out
  • getting into volunteering
  • providing advice on further study.

Entry requirements


  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) preferably in a business related subject.
  • One academic reference is required.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.


  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) preferably in a business related subject.
  • One academic reference is required.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page. If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 year
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United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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