About This Masters Degree
The programme aims to develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation. The course is distinctive in grounding the study of HRM within the broader study of management, with an emphasis on change management and strategy.
Our excellently rated MSc programme is fully accredited by the largest internationally recognised HR professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), providing you with the ideal qualification for developing your career in HR.
In addition we offer the opportunity to complete Level A and B Psychometric testing training as defined by the British Psychological Society.
This programme aims to develop an understanding of the concepts, models and theories relevant to the management of people in work organisations. It also addresses the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation and is distinctive in grounding the study of HRM firmly within the broader study of management, with an emphasis on managing change and a concentration on strategic issues.
Core ModulesOrganisational Behaviour
Strategy, Change and Leadership
Strategic and International HRM
Assessment, Performance and Reward
Learning and Talent Development
Employee Relations in Context
Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour
The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.
The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.
In addition to these taught modules students will also be required to participate in a number of skills workshops designed to develop their core HR professional skills.
Course DirectorDr Jonathan Crawshaw, MCIPD
Jonathan is himself an alumnus of the Aston University MSc in HRM programme, graduating and gaining his CIPD accreditation in 2000. He went on to study for his PhD at Aston, with his research focussing on the relationships between individual and organisational career management strategies. Of particular interest was the role of fairness and justice in employees’ evaluations of, and reactions to, organisational career management policies and practices. He eventually gained his PhD in 2005. Recent research has begun to explore the career experiences and strategies of HR professionals. His research has been published in internationally regarded journals, including the Human Resource Management Journal and Industrial Relations Journal, and he is a regular attendee and contributor to important international conferences on HRM.
Career OpportunitiesThis programme prepares you for a wide range of generalist, specialist, consultancy and research roles in the related fields of HR, Personnel and Recruitment. The focus of this programme therefore allows you to pursue careers in either a more generalist HR role, or more specialist positions, such as Resourcing, Learning and Development, Reward, Diversity and Policy Development. The programme is also designed to reflect the full range of industry sectors in which HR influences people and organisations. To this end, MSc HRMB graduates have developed their careers in a variety of employment contexts, from large scale (multinational) private, public and not-for-profit sector organisations, to local SMEs and charities.
Examples of jobs taken up by our recent graduates include:
HR Advisor – BAE Systems
HR Support Manager – BT
Planning Controller – TNT Logistics
Assistant HR Business Partner – Royal Mail
HR Manager – Technology Company
Recruitment Manager – Consultancy Company
Personnel Manager - Tesco.
MSc Human Resource Management & Business
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One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls short of these requirements.
UK/EU: £9,350 (2015 fee) International: £15,300 (2015 fee)