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Course content

The programme is vocationally relevant and academically rigorous and enjoys full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meaning that the programme meets the knowledge requirement of CIPD membership. Full CIPD membership requires further work experience to demonstrate practical competence. The York MSc in Human Resource Management is delivered by a team of specialist HR academics, supported by practitioners who work closely with the local CIPD branch. Teaching is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The teaching faculty 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.

With the environment in which organisations operate becoming ever more turbulent, how to recruit, select, retain and develop employees is increasingly important as a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Graduates of the MSc in HRM will be equipped with the skills and the knowledge to prepare them for entering international roles within the contemporary HRM function and to be able to contribute towards the shaping of the HR strategy and its integration with broader business strategies. Graduates of this programme will understand how the contemporary HRM function contributes to a range of organisations and they will develop the business acumen to work within organisations, and across organisational and national boundaries whilst responding to the interests and needs of internal and external stakeholders. Graduates will appreciate the pertinence of undertaking the HR role in a manner that drives sustainable organisational performance, whilst respecting the needs and wellbeing of diverse groups of workers. The MSc HRM seeks to enable graduates to respond decisively to business demands with relevant and evidence based HR solutions.

Teaching takes place in modern purpose-built facilities on the University of York's Heslington East campus. The campus offers a safe and secure location in which to live and study, two miles from the centre of the historic and beautiful walled city of York. York is well-positioned on the national rail network and the UK's major cities - and airline hubs - are within easy reach; London is just 2 hours away, Manchester can be reached in under 1.5 hours and Edinburgh is 2.5 hours north.

Course Structure

Term 1
-Human Resource Management in Context (20 credits)
-The Changing Nature of Work (20 credits)
-Skills for Business Leadership (10 credits)

Term 2
-Organisational Capacity Building (20 credits)
-Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations (20 credits)
-Human Resource Management and Sustainability (20 credits)

Term 3 and Summer
-Research Skills for Human Resource Management (10 credits)
-Dissertation for Human Resource Management (60 credits)

Note: these modules are subject to change - the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer.

Where you'll go from here

York Masters students have been successful in developing careers in a range of organisations in many parts of the world. Common destinations on leaving are:
-Education (Further and Higher)
-Finance and Banking
-Government - Departments and Civil Service
-Government - Local and National
-HR, Recruitment and Professional Training
-Libraries, Museums and Information Services
-Manufacturing - Food and Beverages
-Oil and Mining
-Retail - Supermarkets and Food
-Retail - Wholesale

A small number of students each year are keen to continue their studies, enrolling on specialists masters programmes elsewhere in the UK or moving on to The York Management School’s Doctoral programme.

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




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