Duration: 1-year full time
Start date: September 2021
Apply by: 1 August 2021 (international), 1 September 2021 (UK)
Top 10 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)
3rd in the UK for annual research income in 2015-2019 (Chartered Association of Business Schools)
Top 15 in the UK for Economics and Business (US News & World Report Best Global Universities 2021)
This course will prepare you for a career in human resource management. You’ll gain advanced critical thinking skills, understand the key issues in the contemporary world of work, and get a solid grasp of the remit of human resource management (HRM) as a profession.
You learn how to challenge conventional wisdom and develop your confidence. Topics covered include:
The contemporary context of work
Employment and HRM
Employee engagement and talent management
Strategic and international HRM
Leading, managing and developing people.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The University of Sussex Business School is accredited by EQUIS, the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. Accreditation ensures a rigorous quality control, benchmarking against international standards and is acknowledged worldwide.
We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
"The MSc has input from faculty and the CIPD – we’re confident you’ll find it rewarding, and develop advanced skills and competencies."
Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management
You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above (including an average mark of at least 57%).
Your qualification should normally be in a management, humanities or social sciences subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).
English language support
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.
Admissions information for applicants
How to apply
You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.
Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.
We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Leading, Managing and Developing People
Work, Employment and Human Resource Management in Context
International Human Resource Management
Research Methods for HRM
Strategic Human Resource Management and Employee Engagement
Research Project in Human Resource Management
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
Ethics and Organisations: Responsibility and Justice
Management of Negotiation
Fees and scholarships
Home students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
The Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
International students: £22,500 per year for full-time students.
If you’re a self-funded international student, you’re required to pay a tuition fee deposit.
How can I fund my course?
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Working while you study
Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study.
This CIPD-accredited course provides a comprehensive curriculum so that you can enter a range of careers in the field of human resources and take up roles such as:
Compensation and benefits adviser
Diversity and inclusion manager
Employee engagement consultant
Employee relations expert
HR information systems adviser
Recruitment and development administrator
We offer advanced research methods training and the opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research. This prepares you for further study at PhD level or for a career in research consultancies and research institutes.
"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience on this MSc – it’s provided me with countless opportunities for my future career.”
Shammi M H Kabir
Human Resource Management MSc