Human Resource Management

This programme aims to develop your expertise in the field of Human Resource Management, and allows you to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). You will be provided with a strong basis of theoretical and practical learning, and be encouraged to develop the critical thinking skills and strategic orientation that underpins excellence in the HR profession. Taught by a team of world class researchers and experienced practitioners, the course is designed to provide you with a high standard of knowledge and understanding of the current trends, opportunities and challenges facing HRM practitioners and researchers within the global context. You will have the opportunity to engage with experienced HR and organisational leaders, apply learning to the real-world context and develop the practical skills for working in a HR environment.

The programme’s mixture of disciplinary rigour, academic expertise and applied focus equips you for work in a wide range of positions across the human resource management field. From whatever your starting point, you will be well positioned to advance your career with the potential to gain employment and promotion in the HR-related field. Depending on experience, you can secure employment in a range of roles starting from a HR Admin/Officer role to roles that are more senior such as a HR analyst, HR Advisor, HR Generalist, HR Manager, HR Business Partner, HR and Culture Advisor/ Manager. You can choose to pursue HR specialist roles such as Recruitment/ Talent Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Learning and Development Advisor/ Manager, Reward and Benefits Advisor/ Manager, Project Manager, HR Performance and Data Analyst, Career Advisor as well as positions in consultancy, trade unions and academic and policy research across all sectors.

The programme delivers a suite of modules that explore and critically assess relevant and contemporary HRM- related theories, research and HRM practice (see course modules). You will also have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation that involves the investigation and analysis of a HRM-related issue and provides you with an opportunity for an applied and in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. You can be assured that our MSc HRM course is at the forefront of research-led, practical and theoretically informed education.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Core Modules
• Performance and Reward Management (15 credits)
• Managing Employment Relations (15 credits)
• Leading Organisational Change (15 credits)
• Human Resources Analytics (15 credits)
• Consultancy Based Report (60 credits)
• MSc Human Resource Management Dissertation (60 credits)
• Resourcing and Talent Management (15 credits)
• Research Methods for Business (HRM) (15 credits)
• Human Capital Development (15 credits)
• HRM Theory and Strategy (15 credits)

Course Structure
This course is offered on both a full time and part time basis. The programme consists of the following eight taught modules (each worth 15 CATS) and a final dissertation/ consultancy project (worth 60 CATS). Currently, each 15 cat module has a 3 hour class timetabled each week for 10 weeks each semester.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline.

Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and sufficient relevant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A formal interview, the submission of written work or exam may form a part of this procedure.

Application dates

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 16th August 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

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Career Prospects
This programme prepares students for a range of HR-related roles in management and research. From whatever your starting point, you will be well positioned to advance your career with the potential to gain employment and promotion in the HR-related field in a range of industries including IT, manufacturing, banking and finance, education, and scientific research.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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