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Course content

  • Build your confidence and skills in developing HRM strategies, policies, procedures and change programmes
  • Focus on an independent study covering a strategic area of your choice
  • Conduct your research in the workplace to add competitive advantage to your organisation
  • Match your MSc studies to your professional interests and career development plans
  • Build your networks with influential HR professionals from leading regional employers.

Armed with the letters, specialist knowledge and confidence you gain from this MSc programme, you will be able to pitch your career plans at leadership and management roles. 

Accelerate your career development

This course puts you on the fast track to a qualification which raises your professional standing and improves your career prospects. It fully prepares you to meet the CPD requirements of the HR profession.

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM or HRD – or a CIPD Advanced Level Diploma – you can top these qualifications up to the full MSc award in just a year.

Convenience and flexibility is a hallmark of this course. It is offered on a day release basis so that you can balance your studies with your other commitments.

Transforming business performance

Our emphasis is on how HR strategies and decisions have an important and lasting impact on the performance of organisations, whatever their size, type and sector. We set the HRM specialism firmly within the broader field of business, management and corporate strategy.

Your studies will centre on real work-based issues with strategic implications. By investigating business improvement from a HRM perspective, you can add substantial value to your organisation as you work towards your masters qualification.

You will undertake research within the workplace, so that it is directly relevant to your role and the goals of your employer. Recent MSc projects have spanned subjects such as talent management, employee engagement, the evaluation of learning and training, organisational change, HR analytics and knowledge management.

Build your networks

Figures from the profession will share their knowledge with you. You’ll be invited to masterclasses and guest lectures delivered by influential thinkers. Such as our Visiting Professors in HRM, Dr Linda Holbeche and Professor Lynette Harris we also run ‘expert witness’ sessions where you can question senior HR managers about their careers.

We have strong academic links with the CIPD at local and national levels. The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CIPD branch stages events at the University where you can make new contacts in a professional forum.

Chart your future direction

This MSc is for individuals who want to progress rapidly to more senior levels of the profession and to strengthen their CV with advanced research skills. Career development planning is at the heart of the course.

From the outset, you will reflect on your experience, practice, ambitions and skills gaps to create a clear route to future success. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will help you develop your critical self-analysis skills and build your professional identity.

A dynamic learning community

We have designed the course to be intellectually challenging but we offer support and guidance all the way to help you excel.

Our MSc attracts a diverse mix of students – established and aspiring HR practitioners from different age groups and from different roles across the public, private and charitable sectors.

How you will learn

You will develop your knowledge through taught lectures, case studies, student presentations – both formative and summative – enquiry-based learning, and problem-solving activities. Through the Independent Study, you will learn how to apply research methods to contemporary business issues.   

At every stage of the programme you are encouraged to apply your learning to work-based scenarios so that you can make an immediate business impact.

We will also encourage your commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth to help you develop a reflective, self-aware and self-critical approach. The MSc builds your ability to present and justify intellectually rigorous arguments. 

How you are assessed

The course entails written assessment based on your formalised dissertation.


Visit the Human Resource Management (Top up) (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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