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Course content

The course develops your critical thinking and problem solving skills to help manage the process and complexities of organizational change. It approaches HRM at a strategic level, and examines organizations operating both nationally and internationally.

The course is designed to help you develop decision making, problem solving and analytical skills to enable you contribute to the growth and competitive advantage of organisations.

In addition the course enables you to develop a strategic focus and application to HRM and a critical understanding of the philosophies and general practices of HRM. It is designed to help you appreciate and critically evaluate the latest theoretical concepts, principles, standards and frameworks of HRM practice.

The course offers a range of extra-curricular activities to help students apply their learning. The HR Network is managed by students and provides opportunities for networking and guest speakers. There are practical project blocks and applied workshops which help in developing a range of HR skills and competencies.

The focus is on student-centred learning - which suggests that students' motivation towards their learning is critical and that learning must be of personal relevance to them. Students are able to choose organisations, case studies and topics for research which reflect their interests.

The reflective practitioner approach is built into the programme, and acknowledges the importance of learning from experience. This is a core competency required by all HR professionals and a commitment to continuing professional development is a requirement for all members of the CIPD. The Developing Skills for Business Leadership module is based on a portfolio assessment which requires both reflective and reflexive approach to learning.

Professional recognition

Our MSc in Human Resource Management is recognised as equivalent to the CIPD Advanced level diploma. On successful completion students can gain associate (Assoc.) level of professional membership. As a level 7 award it provides a route for upgrade to Chartered CIPD membership.

Course structure

Part-time – typically three years, maximum six years

Start date – September 2017

You attend one afternoon and evening a week, based on two modules each semester. There is also a range of personal and professional development activities in each semester.

We also offer a 2 year route for those applicants wanting to access the Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

Year one - postgraduate certificate

  • Organisations and leadership
  • Human resource management in context
  • Resourcing and talent management
  • Performance and reward management
  • Developing skills for business leadership (Year one and two) 

Year two – postgraduate diploma

  • Developing people
  • Managing employee relations 
  • Strategies for international HRM 
  • Investigating business issues from an HR perspective
  • Developing skills for business leadership (year one and two) 
  • Research philosophy and methods

Year three

  • Dissertation


We have adopted a flexible and supportive approach to assessment. A wide range of assessment methods form part of the programme to meet the individual course learning outcomes. These include coursework assignments; examinations; portfolios; and reflective journals. We have also planned the assignments so that some are placed early in the semester so that timely feedback can be given. In addition, formative assessment will be given during seminars/workshops and in discussion with tutors.


This course increases your employment and career development potential. You will be able to achieve these goals by promoting best practice in the theory and application of relevant technologies, tools and managerial methods. It also gives employers people who can effectively use their knowledge and abilities to plan strategy and achieve organisational goals.

Previous graduates have gained employment in • Tesco • Nestle • Bank of Ireland • Sheffield City Council • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust • University of Bradford • Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice • First Mainline • HSBC • Irwin Mitchell Solicitors • Royal Mail.

Visit the Human Resource Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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