This course is for

Graduates who want to develop key managerial skills and are interested in a career in human resource management or consultancy.


Gain the latest knowledge in people management and develop your skills in consulting. You’ll also develop your key managerial skills on this flexible course.

Combine theory with practical application through organisational challenges. You’ll graduate prepared for a role in both human resource management or consulting.

Tier 4 visa scheme

Benefit from a streamlined visa application process and get six months leave after your course.

We’re one of a small group of UK universities selected to take part.

Key Benefits

  • This is one of the few MSc courses in the country to offer the specific combination of HRM and consulting. If you're considering a career in either field, you'll benefit from our flexible and strategic approach
  • Select units to suit your strengths and interests with our flexible structure. You'll get the degree that suits you best with a wide variety of optional units
  • You’ll learn the most up-to-date theory, essential research methods and evidence-based management. We bring our newest, leading research into the classroom
  • Enjoy guest lectures from our network of industry leaders. You'll meet and engage with leading professionals at these informal events
  • Share your knowledge and experiences with students from all over the world. You'll gain global insight and a cross-cultural experience - both important for future business leaders
  • Learn through group work, role play and other collaborative activities. Get valuable experience to take with you into a consulting career

Content and structure

Semester one: taught units

Compulsory units

You will take these units:

  • Marketing
  • Business economics
  • Human resource management
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Consulting: context, theory and practice

Semester two: taught units

Compulsory units

You will take these units:

  • Methods of management research for HRM and consultancy

Optional units

You will select four optional units in total.

You can select three or four from this list:

  • Design in management
  • Understanding employment law
  • Management consulting: data-driven approaches
  • Project management
  • Strategy and human resource management
  • Leading and managing change

If you select three of the above units, you will also select one of these units:

  • Strategic management
  • Strategic brand management
  • Global governance and accountability
  • Principles of corporate social responsibility
  • Strategies for sustainability
  • Contemporary and emerging issues for organisations


The course will finish with a dissertation. You will produce a unique piece of research using techniques learned throughout the year.

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the field of human resource management and consulting. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.

We will also offer a wide range of opportunities for personal development. These will be delivered by specialists in our Careers Service, Academic Skills Centre and Library, or in partnership with the Students’ Union.

All units are taught on campus.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • project work
  • presentations

Methods of assessment

Units are assessed by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.

Additional costs

As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You should budget at least £100 for this.

Some courses involve visits away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for such trips.

This course is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Achieve your career goals

Study with us to help achieve your career goals. You will develop the right skills and work with employers from week one of the course.

Our graduates have a great employment record. Most go on to careers in a range of areas, start their own business or begin a PhD.

100% of 2016 Human Resource Management and Consulting students employed six months after graduation*

*Employment data based on those looking for work and for whom data is held (63% of 2016 class).

Destination of 2016 graduates

  • 46% HR
  • 29% Consulting
  • 19% Banking and Finance
  • 10% Other

Recruiters include

  • Aon Hewitt
  • Bank of China
  • Kent Ridge Consulting Group
  • Michael Page
  • PwC
  • Royal Mail
  • Yihan Consulting Group

Entry requirements

UK students

2:1 or above (or international equivalent) in business/management. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Type of degree

You should have at least a 2:1 in business or management at undergraduate level. We may consider other degrees with significant business or management content, or a social science.

If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability.

European and international students

Contact us for more information about our entry requirements for your country, application help and funding details.

English language

If English is not your first language, you will need to pass an English language test.

You will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 overall. Your scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking must be at least 6.5.

These results must be no more than two years old from the start date of your MSc course.

IELTS alternatives

We also accept other language tests, including PTE Academic, TOEFL. iBT, CPE and CAE.

If you have already taken a test but have not met the required standard, you can apply to take a pre-sessional course at the University.

If you are already studying in the UK

If you completed all of your undergraduate studies in:

  • the UK
  • a country where English is the official first language

You may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Combined offer

If you have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or 5.5, you may qualify for a combined offer.

  • Five-week course: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 may allow you to take a five-week English course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
  • Ten-week course: An overall IELTS score of 5.5 may allow you to take a ten-week course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated February 21, 2019
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Home/EU: £13,000; International: £19,500
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