Why choose this course
Our MSc in Human Resources Management will give you the skills you need to help organisations of all kinds lead with dynamic, forward-thinking HR.
We combine engaging academic study with the development of important professional skills that will impress prospective employers. Our course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Outside of the taught programme itself, studying with us also gives you access to exciting talks and valuable networking events with HR leaders, skills workshops and much more. You will also have the opportunity to conduct applied HR research in a real organisation.
What you will study
Our MSc Human Resource Management will develop your ability to use human resources to create added value for organisations and their workforces. This course places a strong emphasis on both stimulating academic study and professional skills development by applying evidence-based analytics and research to contemporary HR issues.
This course has a strong applied focus; for instance, you will receive essential training in HR analytics and research skills and then apply what you’ve learnt in a professional organisation.
The course structure also closely follows the requirements for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Advanced Diploma in HRM, offering you the opportunity to become a Chartered Member of the CIPD after successfully completing all the modules specified in their requirements.
MSc - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
MSc - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Study and work abroad
There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.
The course is built around the Department of People and Organisation’s core research and teaching strengths:
- Leadership and decision making
- Organisational and HR assessment
- Quality of working life.
In Semester 1, you’ll be introduced to the foundations of people management and human resource management practices. You’ll also be introduced to methods and analytics for HR research. In Semester 2, you’ll have the option to either specialise further in advanced areas of HRM or choose to study for a broader understanding of the fundamentals of business.
You will attend HR skills workshops and HR policies and practice seminars throughout the academic year in addition to your teaching. These workshops and seminars are provided by leading HR professionals, giving you the opportunity to develop your practical abilities as well as your professional network.
If you don’t want to gain CIPD qualifications, you’ll be able to craft a degree encompassing broader, fundamental knowledge in business by taking optional modules in strategy and accounting and finance instead. Our course is designed so you can tailor it to your own career aspirations.
You’ll be able to develop your professional skills through our regular practitioner events with senior HR leaders, and our optional placement module gives you the opportunity to reinforce the theory you’ll learn with practice in a real business.
As part of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a Professional Training placement, where you can apply what you’ve learnt in a relevant organisation and gain practical experience for your CV.
We provide support and guidance to help you secure a placement alongside access to vacancy portals, which include thousands of placement opportunities every year and let you discover companies we’re connected with. We can also vet and support you for a placement at a new company that you approach. We don’t usually place students directly.
If you choose not to complete a placement or do not secure a placement, you’ll complete nine months of teaching and then spend three months working on a dissertation. This means you’ll complete this course in 12 months.
If you choose and secure a placement, you’ll complete nine months of teaching and then spend six months working on placement. This means you’ll complete the course in 15 months instead of 12.
In today’s globalised world, there’s a good chance that once you graduate you’ll find yourself working in a multinational organisation for at least part of your career. You’ll encounter management problems that emerge from the cross-cultural nature of modern organisations. This course is purposefully designed to be international in content and focus to help prepare you for this environment. Our academics have considerable international experience, so you’ll be taught by experts in the field.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in either Business Administration, Economics, Human Resource Management, Law or Psychology.
Candidates with a degree in another subject plus at least one year of relevant work experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.