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Human Resource Management - MSc

Course Description

This programme combines Surrey Business School’s expertise in leadership and decision making, organisational and HR assessment, and quality of working life – knowledge vital for a career in HRM.

You’ll benefit from our high research and teaching standards, and close links with national and international businesses of all sizes and sectors.


Our MSc Human Resource Management programme develops your ability to best utilise human resources to create added value for customers and to secure a competitive advantage for the organisation.

The programme will encourage you to develop positive and critical attitudes towards leadership, change and enterprise. A strong emphasis is placed on developing an international perspective to ensure you obtain an education that has real relevance in today’s global economy.

The programme is built around a central core of modules providing a thorough grounding in HRM. Specialist modules then allow you to tailor your studies around your interests and career objectives.


This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Research Methods
-Human Resource Development
-Management of Human Resources
-Employment Law
-Accounting and Finance for Business
-Industrial Relations
-International Human Resource Management
-Applied Research Dissertation


With the importance of globalisation, it is highly likely that, after graduation, you will spend at least part of your career in a multinational organisation. You will encounter management problems which are largely created by the cross-cultural nature of the modern organisation.

To prepare you for this environment, we have purposefully designed a programme which is international in terms of its content and focus. Our academics have considerable international experience.


The MSc in Human Resource Management develops students’ knowledge and skills in the evaluation, discussion and analysis of issues in the human resource management sector.

Students will learn how managers are best able to utilise human resources to create added value for customers and to secure a competitive advantage for their organisation.


Knowledge and understanding
-Human resource management strategies for firms and international organisations
-Training and development strategies for individuals and firms, principals for accounting and finance; industrial relations and employment relations

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Develop ability and skills to collect qualitative and quantitative data necessary to effectively manage people in organisations
-Understanding the dynamic and interrelated nature of human resource management strategy and business strategies, and the impact on stakeholders

Professional practical skills
-Students will develop positive and critical attitudes towards leadership, change and enterprise, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business and management environment.

Key / transferable skills
-Students will gain the ability to critically evaluate theory and empirical evidence.


We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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

(Student Profile)

Wosilat Aliyu

I started my working life back home in Nigeria at a bank in Lagos after taking a degree in accountancy.
But my job changed and I found myself in human resources. I realised I needed to get the right qualifications and discovered Surrey was a good place to take a Masters in Human Resource Management.
It was a very intensive course with much to learn. Employment law, for example, is complex and very different to the systems in Africa. My dissertation considered if companies regard human resources as important and whether HR professionals are involved in top-level decision-making.
Everyone was very kind and my lecturers and the other staff were so friendly, it was just like a family. I enjoyed meeting students from other cultures and discovered it was good to find out how businesses operate in other countries. During my Masters, I stayed on campus and got involved in university life. I joined the gym and I think the nightlife is great as well! I did a reasonable amount of travelling, including a trip to Paris!


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (a UK 2.1) or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university in a related subject (psychology, economics, law, business administration). If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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