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Prepare for success in human resource management anywhere in the world on this professionally accredited MSc. Its analytical, evidence-based approach and global perspective sets it apart from many other UK masters courses in HR management.

Introducing your degree

Learn about human resource management policies and practice and engage in current debates about the changing world of work on this professionally accredited masters degree. Its distinctive evidence-based approach means you’ll learn about proven concepts and techniques, while its focus on international HR management practices will prepare you for a global career. Taught by leading researchers in the field, you’ll be encouraged to develop your analytical and critical skills as well as practical people management capabilities. You’ll also benefit from being part of a supportive peer group known as an action learning set. This will enable you to collaborate on group assignments, learn from others’ experiences, gain insights into group working and reflect on your performance.


Focusing on both operational and strategic issues, and covering contemporary debates and challenges in the field of human resource management, this masters degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in general or specialist HR management roles.

The course has two particular strengths – an evidence-based approach that ensures you are learning the most effective concepts and techniques, and a focus on HR management in an international context. You’ll learn about current practice in the established industrialised world and in emerging economies, encouraging you to compare diverse ways of working and analyse the impact of different approaches on people management. This global view will prepare you for a career overseas or in a multinational organisation.  

We also emphasise the importance of analytical thinking throughout the course, encouraging you to think precisely and take a rigorous approach to your own research.

This programme will be of interest if you are keen to specialise in HR management following your undergraduate studies; many of our students come from a business studies or social sciences discipline. Or you may be a professional who is seeking to advance or change your career.

View the programme specification document for this course.


Compulsory modules include: Contemporary Issues in human resource management (HRM); Employee Relations; Organisation Development; Qualitative and Quantitative Research; Strategic HR Development; Strategic HR Management; Key skills in communication and HRM

Optional modules include: International and Comparative HRM or European Labour Markets, Plus dissertation

Career Opportunities

This MSc in Human Resource Management provides an excellent foundation for a career in specialist HR and general people management roles anywhere in the world. This could include posts in HR departments, line management positions or management consultancy. You could also choose to study human resource management at PhD level.

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





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