MSc Human Resource Management


Program Description

This MSc is designed with your career in mind – opening up a wider range of job opportunities by providing the skills and practice to either accelerate your career or prepare you for a new start. It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK’s professional association for human resource managers, and introduces you to the theoretical and practical business skills you require in the workplace.

Our programme’s CIPD accreditation enables you to become a member of the Institute, allowing you access to networking opportunities, key contacts and resources which will benefit your future career. It also provides you with the basis for achieving higher professional levels of CIPD membership in the future. The CIPD’s online Student Resource area includes study tips, exam information, HR factsheets, online journals, an HR professional map and dedicated discussion boards.

Through the research-led teaching delivered by Sheffield University Management School’s team of leading experts, you will gain a thorough understanding of the role human resources play in modern organisations. You will explore the implications of different organisational, financial, political, legal and socio-economic environments for the management of people at work. You will also learn about best practice approaches to a wide variety of human resource management concerns, such as pay and rewards, diversity, performance management, wellbeing and international human resource management.

The Course

Our MSc in Human Resource Management is taught full-time over two semesters. During the third-semester students undertake a management project. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. We also run skill sessions, designed to familiarise you with practical challenges that HR practitioners face and provide you with skills and knowledge that you will require in your future careers. Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and the management project.

There is also the possibility of undertaking an organisational project, giving you real-world work experience within a company.
The programme is delivered by staff members from Sheffield University Management School’s Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour division and the Institute of Work Psychology. Both divisions are home to world-class academic researchers who have published on a wide variety of human resource management-related topics. They regularly undertake consultancy and research for businesses and employer organisations, as well as for national and local government, trade unions, NGOs and key international bodies such as the International Labour Organisation.

The course begins in September and lasts for 12 months.


Core modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Professional Development
  • Industrial Relations
  • Employee and Organisational Development
  • Employee Human Resource Studies
  • International Human Resource Studies
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork
  • Strategic Management
  • Advanced Topics in Leadership: Leading in Challenging Times

The Candidate

Our MSc in Human Resource Management is designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds. Whether you are already working in human resource management or have an inclination to do so, this programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional recognition and move your career forward. A dedicated careers service is also on hand to support students and put you in touch with employers.

You will have a 2:1 honours degree, or an approved professional qualification, combined with a desire to learn about the principles and practices of people management. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 with at least 6 in each part or equivalent.

The School

Sheffield University Management School is proud to be in the top one percent of business schools in the world thanks to a prestigious Triple Crown accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB). The School’s spectacular, architect-designed building is situated in leafy Broomhill, just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre and 15 minutes’ drive from the Peak District, providing a very high quality of life for you.

We are research-led, dynamic and progressive. The School aims for every graduate to be work-ready in both theory and practice. Our world-class academics work very hard to ensure this.

A dedicated careers service is also on hand to support students and put you in touch with organisations. The employability hub acts as a key interface between management students and the external world. It is a dedicated service that aims to enhance the employability of students by providing them with development opportunities that include postgraduate projects, internships, postgraduate international summer schools, professional associations and jobs.


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Last updated Aug 2018

About the School

The University of Sheffield is a truly international environment with nearly 25,000 students from 117 countries. With a history stretching back to 1879, it is one of the UK’s leading universities and, ... Read More

The University of Sheffield is a truly international environment with nearly 25,000 students from 117 countries. With a history stretching back to 1879, it is one of the UK’s leading universities and, as part of the Russell Group, is renowned for its research and teaching excellence. Read less