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Human Resource Management and Consulting (MSc)

Course Description

Do you want to become an expert in the field of Human Resource Management? Do you want to be a world-class consultant working for a large international firm? Do you want to be a leader in the globalised world and be a highly successful manager? If so, the Bath MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting is the programme for you.

Our Masters delivers cutting-edge knowledge of contemporary human resource management issues whilst developing your competencies in consulting. It will develop your academic knowledge and professional skills such as team working, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Our programme is taught by world-class researchers in HRM and Consultancy, and has a strong focus on high-quality, research-driven education that is state-of-the-art and inspired by the latest research from across the world.

The Bath MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting will enhance your employability by giving you general business management knowledge, specialist human resource management knowledge and consulting skills which can be applied in a range of organisational settings.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-HRM-consulting/

Why the MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting?

The programme will:

-Provide you with a deep intellectual appreciation of the theoretical foundations of management with an applied emphasis on the management of people

-Give you a detailed understanding of consulting as a process and a profession located within the wider professional services firm context

-Provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of significant contemporary issues in business and management research with a particular emphasis on issues relating to Human Resource Management and Consulting

-This programme has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in consulting

-Enable you to integrate theory with practical application via the use of detailed organisational challenges that you will develop solutions for

-Develop your key business skills including teamwork, project management and presentation skills

-Leverage the expertise of nationally and internationally recognised faculty who have successfully published in the world’s top management journals

-Prepare you for a wide variety of business/management roles

Structure and Content

Programme Structure

Our MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting is an intensive full-time programme lasting 12 months.
The programme is divided into two 11 week semesters and the dissertation period which runs from June-September.

Semester 1
During the first semester you will study the following five units (modules):
-Business Economics
-Cross-Cultural Management
-Human Resource Management
-Consulting: Context, Theory and Practice

Semester 2
During the second semester there are two compulsory units (modules) and three optional units (modules).
The compulsory units (modules) are:
-Evidence-based HRM and Consultancy
-Methods of Management Research

Optional units (modules):
Choose two or three out of the following units:
-Leading and Managing Change
-Organisation Development Consulting
-Project Management
-Strategy and HRM

Choose none or one out of the following units:
-Managing Strategic Partnerships
-International Dimensions of Organisational Behaviour
-Strategies for Sustainability
-Global Governance and Accountability
-Principles of Corporate Social Responsibility

Please note that units (modules) content are subject to change. Please see the latest programme catalogue for information on courses currently available.


During the final three months of the degree you will produce a dissertation. This is your opportunity to explore a particular topic that has been covered during the programme in far greater depth.

Teaching & Learning Methods

You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods that could include: interactive lectures, case studies, seminar presentations and group project work. As this is a Masters level course, we place a significant emphasis on independent, directed, private study that is often conducted in learning sets or groups.


A variety of individual and group assessment methods are used throughout the degree including assignments, exams, presentations, reports and exercises. The dissertation consists of a 10-15,000 word extended piece of individual research, supervised by a member of faculty.

Career development and Support

We recognise that enhancing your employability is a primary goal for undertaking a Master's degree at Bath. We have a successful track record and extensive experience of working with a wide range of global organisations to develop the right skills and competencies that our students will need to achieve their career goals.

Destinations of our MSc Human Resource Management and Consulting graduates (2014):

86% of 2013 MSc Human Resource Management and Consulting Graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation. Our outstanding record for employability is reflected in the companies and organisations where these graduates now work:

Recruiters include:

Capgemini Consulting
Hellenic Petroleum
Pinjin Holding Company China
Grosse-Hornke Private Consult
Qubit Inc. USA

Career Development Programme

Our expert careers team is dedicated to providing first class careers support exclusively for School of Management MSc students.
We offer a Comprehensive Career Development Programme and provide an individual service by working with you on a one-to-one basis to identify your career goals and help you to plan your job search.

Our Career Development programme is integrated into your MSc timetable and includes;

- An overview of career opportunities in different sectors
- Workshops on the recruitment process including: CVs, cover letters, application forms and interview advice
- Mock interviews and assessment centres
- Opportunities to network with graduate recruiters, sector specialists and alumni
- Guest speakers, company visits and presentations, employer-led skills sessions
- Development of employability skills by participating in company sponsored community projects
- Week-long business immersion week - The Future Business Challenge
- Additional support for international students and those seeking global job opportunities

A highly ranked business school

We have established ourselves as one of Europe’s leading business schools and 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Bath, celebrating our past achievements and looking forward.

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#NSS) and 1st for Business & Management (The Complete University Guide 2016) (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Business+%26+Management+Studies), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#ref) for business and management studies, confirming the world-class standing of our faculty.

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-operations-logistics-supply-chain/how-to-apply

Government Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses is being developed for students at English universities. There will be loans of up to £10,000 available for Masters students starting a course in 2016/17. More information is available on the study site (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/taught/government-loans/index.html) and the government website external website.

Visit the Human Resource Management and Consulting (MSc) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

Student Profiles

PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

For the academic year 2016/17 we have 30 bursaries of £6,000 each available for new UK Masters students.We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 word

Further Information



Our scholarships for 2016 entry - 20+ Awards

Information on how to apply for a scholarship will be confirmed soon. Please continue to check the website.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Information on how to apply for a scholarship will be confirmed soon. Please continue to check the website.

Application Procedure

Information on how to apply for a scholarship will be confirmed soon. Please continue to check the website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates for this postgraduate management programme should have a good undergraduate degree in business/ management (2:1 or above or its international equivalent). Other degrees with significant business/ management components or in a social science subject may also be considered. The MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting programme is open to graduates who currently have little or no business experience.

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