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About the course

With optional pathway accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

This course explores employment relations and selecting, motivating and developing staff. You also get special training to help you understand HR management in its strategic, organisational and financial contexts.

You can apply to base your dissertation on project work with an organisation. Recent projects include the review of a large organisation's training programmes to improve engagement and reduce employee turnover.

Core modules

  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Professional Development
  • Industrial Relations
  • Employee & Organisational Development
  • International Human Resource Studies
  • Employee Performance Management
  • HRM Skills Sessions
  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods

Examples of optional modules

Two of the following:

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork
  • Strategic Management
  • Advanced Topics in Leadership: Leading In Challenging Times

How we teach

We teach management from a truly global perspective, and our courses are based on pioneering research into the challenges faced by businesses everywhere. We use a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning, and web-based discussion groups. You'll be assessed through Individual assignments, group projects, end-of-semester examinations and a dissertation.

We’ll teach you how to identify opportunities, solve problems and inspire others. Many of our teaching staff are world-class researchers working in policy-relevant areas. Our courses are based on their research. We also bring in guest speakers from business, local government and industry. You can apply to carry out a project with an external organisation as part of your course. We also offer you the chance to spend the summer at another university overseas.

Your career

At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your course.

You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our courses are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, and the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically.

Our dedicated Employability Hub acts as a key interface between students and employers. Its staff will help you access employability support, skills development and opportunities throughout your masters.

Our graduates work for companies such as Adidas, ASDA, Boots, ExxonMobil, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Pepsico International, Sainsbury’s and Vodafone. Their job titles include Head of Business Enhancement, Management Consultant, Product Marketing Manager, Web Marketing Consultant and Campaign Manager.


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

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