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Our masters in Human Resource Management prepares you for a senior leadership role in HR with additional professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Management Institute.

Using critical analysis, self-reflection and problem-solving techniques, you will learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic HR solutions that drive organisational performance. Everything you learn can be applied in the workplace with immediate effect.

Experienced lecturers will support you through this academic and practice-led course, integrating guest talks from local, national and international HR professionals.

You can also tailor the course to your individual and professional strengths through your final project – focusing on an area you or your current employer is interested in. You can take this course either full-time or part-time.

Guest speakers provide an opportunity to meet and network with successful HR professionals. These informal talks address contemporary issues and give theoretical and practical insights into the industry.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You can graduate with a degree, a CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and the CMI's Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. 

Course structure

You can choose to take this course either full-time (typically two days per week over one year) or part-time (typically one afternoon and evening per week over three years). Part-time students also have the option to exit the course early, graduating after one year with a Postgraduate Certificate in HRM, or after two years with a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM.

You will also have the chance to specialise in a particular area of HR in your professional project.


  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership 
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • HRM in Context
  • Organisational Design and Development 
  • Employment Law
  • Managing the Employment Relationship
  • Strategic and International HRM
  • Business Research Methods for Professional Project
  • Professional Project


Our Human Resource Management (HRM) course has been designed with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the only professional body in the world that can grant individual Chartered status to HR and Learning and Development professionals. This course is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only chartered professional body in the field of management and leadership.

You can graduate with a degree, a CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and the CMI's Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. Membership also provides you with access to the institutes' resources and the opportunity to network with senior professionals and executives.

Learning support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your project work. We also provide free language and support services throughout for international students.

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

Many HR employers look for a CIPD-approved qualification. This course fulfils that requirement, presenting you with a range of new opportunities.

Successful completion of the course provides an excellent base for developing a career in people management and development. It demonstrates your professional credibility to employers, clients and peers.

The course is designed to help you succeed in both general and specialist HR roles.

Specialist HR positions are typically available in larger organisations and may include the following areas:

  • recruitment and selection: planning and leading the recruitment and selection of employees for the organisation
  • graduate recruitment: accountable for selecting graduate employees
  • learning and development: responsible for the end-to-end learning, training and development activity for employees
  • organisational development: focused upon organisational effectiveness
  • compensation: including pay and benefits, managing and evaluating employee benefits, conforming to legislation and implementing policies
  • equality and diversity: leading the equality agenda by promoting equality and diversity within the organisation.

Visit the Human Resource Management (MSc) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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