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MSc - Human Resources Management

University of Surrey    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time October MSc Full-time: 1 year; Full-time (with placement): 2 years; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

Why choose this course

Our MSc in Human Resources Management will give you the skills you need to help organisations of all kinds lead with dynamic, forward-thinking HR.

We combine engaging academic study with the development of important professional skills that will impress prospective employers. Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Outside of the course, studying with us gives you access to exciting talks and valuable networking events with HR leaders, skills workshops and much more. You'll also have the opportunity to conduct applied HR research in a real organisation.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in either Business Administration, Economics, Human Resource Management, Law or Psychology.

Candidates with a degree in another subject plus at least one year of relevant work experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 Course Content

Where will I study?

Where is University of Surrey


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Student Profile(s)

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!

Lito Triantafyllou

“Surrey Business School has given me everything I need to get to the top of my field and I know just how hard I need to work to get there.”

I changed as a person to a large extent during my time at Surrey. I became a more professional individual, ready to embark on a career in the business world with all the skills and contacts I need to succeed.

Surrey Business School made me a more ambitious individual and helped me become more confident in my abilities. Overall, I would say that the biggest change I have noticed in myself would be how much my communication skills have improved. Now that I have studied in a truly international environment, I have met so many new people from different cultures and paths of life. This really opened my eyes to just how big the world is.

A Surrey Business School course is great because you have a variety of different modules to choose from that interest you, as well as the core ones which are essential. My Masters was tailored to the needs of future HR managers, so you need to understand employment law and employee relations, which are evolving topics in the workplace.

My happiest memory at Surrey was when I became a student ambassador. This position enabled me to share my experience with prospective students and be an active member of this wonderful institution.

Some memories to cherish are events like open days or applicant days, when the University was filled with students and parents visiting the campus. Being an ambassador is a great opportunity to share your views and experiences about your personal experience at Surrey. I really enjoy sharing my story as a European student studying here.

Once I complete my Masters course I will find a HR job to start with and continue my CIPD qualification. The first step is to became a CIPD Associate member and continue from there. In five years’ time I hope to be a HR professional in a fast-paced workplace filled with motivated colleagues. Doing what you love is very rewarding, which is why I want to continue on this path, either in internal HR or HR advisory roles.


The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

Students graduating in the summer of 2021 may be 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. This scheme is not available to modular self-pacing students.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee discount


If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

Application Procedure

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

For eligible students, the required pre-payment (deposit) of tuition fees due for 2021/22 will have to be paid in order to enrol on your programme, as previously detailed to you by the admissions team, then the twenty per cent discount (based on the full fee amount for 2021/22) is deducted from the remaining balance.

This means the tuition fee invoice, which will be emailed to your University email account sometime during October/November 2021 or February 2022 will reflect the actual balance due.

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