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This course will introduce you to advanced concepts and techniques in the field of human resource management.

Our research-led teaching gives you access to the latest thinking in business leadership, employment relations, organisational growth and sustainability, and the societal impacts of emerging employment practices. You'll consider global and local perspectives, with a particular focus on how organisations can manage their employee resources to gain a competitive advantage.

You'll gain internationally-relevant skills that create career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other HR roles which facilitate global business.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This is a guarantee of the quality of our programme.

While on this course you can register as a student member of CIPD, which is the first step towards professional membership. A membership fee is payable if you choose to register.

Course content

Your taught modules will give you a solid grasp of theory, current research and contemporary issues in human resource management, organisational behaviour, work and society, and employment relations on the world stage.


Alongside your formal classes, we arrange an extensive programme of guest speakers. Visitors from large multinational companies, small businesses and public sector organisations lead discussions on issues linked to their own businesses or past experiences.

You'll also develop your independent research skills before focusing your efforts on a final 12,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics and experienced HR practitioners who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll be taught via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. We'll help you develop skills of research and investigation to support your independent learning.

Our tutors are subject experts in their respective fields and many have professional experience in HR management. Previous students have praised our staff for their professionalism, friendly and welcoming manner, and enthusiasm for their subject.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the York Management School on Campus East. Your teaching will take place in the Law and Management Building and nearby on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules are assessed with a mixture of exams, essays and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on all the work you submit, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Your final assessment is a 12,000-word dissertation, which makes up a third of your overall grade.

Careers and skills

Our specialist HR academics are supported by practitioners who work closely with professional bodies to ensure our courses reflect the needs of industry.

Our graduates are pursuing HR careers in a wide range of sectors and industries, in the UK and internationally. The understanding of human resource management that this course will give you is essential to businesses around the world.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates are working across a range of industries in roles including:

  • Employee relations manager
  • HR advisor
  • HR consultant
  • HR manager
  • Peer researcher
  • Recruitment co-ordinator

Transferable skills

  • Interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Continuous professional development
  • Independent research
  • Writing business reports
  • Financial management
  • Critical analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Visual, oral and written presentation skills
  • Computer literacy

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




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