Imaginative and expertly-designed human resource management (HRM) is seen by today's leaders as central to an organisation's success. HR practitioners are an integral part of that success, and as recognition of the distinctive contribution of human resource management grows, it is increasingly valued, both as a career in its own right and as a foundation for careers in other branches of management.
Whether you study the course full or part time, the Human Resource Management Masters is designed above all, to target the needs of practitioners, with education that is intellectually stretching, practically relevant and up to the minute. A particular feature is the very personal interest we take in your development. Using psychometric assessments, skills development workshops and a range of practical activities, we will profile your unique attributes, develop your strengths and offer extensive feedback on your progress throughout.
The MSc in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which represents a worldwide community of more than 135,000 members. Student membership of the CIPD comes with the programme, and the University pays your membership fees for your year of study. Most tutors on the course are Chartered Members or Fellows of the Institute.
Our intensive programme prepares you to contribute immediately in an entry level HR role, or (if you are already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level. Recent employers include Avon & Somerset Constabulary, British American Tobacco, Barclays Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, KPMG, L'Oréal (Paris), the National Health Service, Nestlé, and Towers Watson plc. Local employers approach us directly to fill HR vacancies.
We arrange a ten-week placement for full-time students in a local organisation between May and July. Here, you'll investigate a live HR issue for the purpose of your dissertation research. This challenging project develops research, consultancy, influencing and practical problem-solving skills. Your workplace supervisor and research tutor will guide you towards a viable, creative and business-focused solution.
• Managing People in Organisations • Human Resource Management in a Strategic Context • Human Resource Management • Applied Human Resource Management and Business Skills • Dissertation
• Resourcing and Talent Management • Performance Management • Managing Reward • Employment Law • Employee Relations • Management and Career Development • International Standards and Employment Law
We use a range of teaching methods on this course, with the aim of making the content as interactive, theoretically accessible, and practically focused as possible. You will learn through a combination of tutor-led and student-led activities, including small group work, group presentations and discussion, student-led seminars, case studies and role plays. Practical skills development is integral to the course and a number of skills workshops are included in the curriculum. The tutors come from a mix of academic and practitioner backgrounds.
If you choose to study with us full time, you will undertake a ten-week placement in a local organisation arranged by the University (or a six-week one if you are working towards the Postgraduate Diploma). During your placement, you will investigate a live organisational issue for the purpose of your dissertation or research project. This challenging project develops your research, consultancy, influencing and practical problem-solving skills. Your workplace supervisor and research tutor will guide you towards a viable, creative and business-like solution.
A range of different forms of assessment are used throughout the course, including written assignments, tests, exams, reflective log, presentations and group exercises. Assessment of skills and competence also forms part of the overall assessment strategy.
Careers / Further study
Our intensive Masters equips you with the professional knowledge and skills you will need to make an immediate contribution in an HR role, or (if you are already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level. Recent employers include Avon & Somerset Constabulary, British American Tobacco, Barclays Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, KPMG, L'Oréal (Paris), the National Health Service, Nestlé, and Towers Watson plc.
- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.
Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.