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How does the wellbeing of an employee affect the overall performance of a business? What’s the relationship between personal development and productivity? How can you ensure that you’re hiring the best applicant for a role?

No matter the type of organisation, people need to be recruited, managed and motivated in order to create an effective and successful workplace. Our MSc Human Resource Management gives you the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a successful leader and practitioner in this increasingly complex business world.

You receive an academically rigorous and practical grounding in core HR areas. There is also a particular focus on the interrelationship between managing and developing human resources, and the qualities and skills needed for effective leadership.

Topics you study include:
-The changing strategic role of human resource management departments
-The ethics of human resource management
-Employment relations
-International human resource management

Our course has been designed to meet the needs both of newly qualified graduates and experienced professionals looking to enhance their career prospects. After studying our MSc Human Resource Management you’ll be prepared to take a role at the forefront of any human resource department and its parent organisation.

You study at Essex Business School (EBS), a UK top 20 business school (Association of Business Schools). EBS is also in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), embedding research into degrees to provide a cutting-edge education suitable for today’s fast-paced world of work.

MSc Human Resources Management can be studied part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships or discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Professional accreditation

MSc Human Resource Management is accredited by CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

Upon successful completion of the course, you can upgrade your CIPD Student Membership to Associate Member status, enabling you to use the designatory letters ‘Assoc CIPD’ after your name. Depending on your work experience, you may also be able to upgrade to CIPD Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

You have the opportunity to become a CIPD Student Member when you begin the course. This will involve a small fee.

Studying a CIPD professionally accredited course is a great way to acquire the essential knowledge and skills to become an effective HR or learning and development practitioner. You learn how to develop and implement HR interventions and strategies in order to make an impact in the workplace and can strengthen your CV by showing employers that you are dedicated to professional development and adhering to HR best practice.

Our expert staff

Our academics at Essex Business School have world-class research reputations. They draw upon a mixture of academic and industry experience, and use a wide range of social science theory, to explore the contemporary human resources issues affecting private, public and third sector organisations.

Academic input from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies will also provide an understanding of the complexities of people management. On this course, you deepen your knowledge of human emotions, relationships and society.

You also hear from professional practitioners through guest lectures and organised visits. These utilise both the knowledge and expertise of our various corporate and business partners and the University’s Resources Section.

Essex Business School is home to the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society, which organises research seminars for staff and postgraduate students.

Specialist facilities

You benefit from the landmark Essex Business School building, based at our Colchester Campus. You experience modern learning facilities, including a beautiful winter garden for group working, networking and socialising. We have our own café, Bonds, and the EBS Learning team provide a number of study skills workshop.

You benefit from a host of University facilities located close by, including our state-of-the-art Silberrad Student Centre, complete with an open-access 24-hour Learning Hub and a cutting-edge media centre with Apple and Adobe products.

Your future

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in human resources. Many of our graduates also enjoy roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, with many using the skills developed at Essex to go into business themselves.

We provide students with the necessary skills to succeed in modern workplaces, fostering creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to help you tackle the many challenges of the business world. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre will be on hand to provide career advice throughout your degree.

Example structure

-Human Resource Management
-Reward Management
-International Employment Relations
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management
-Dissertation
-Developing Skills for Business Leadership
-International Human Resource Management (optional)
-Equality and Diversity (optional)
-Managing Organisational Change (optional)

Visit the Human Resource Management - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

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