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MSc in Human Resource Management

Course Description

The course is open to applicants from all backgrounds and those with a first degree from a range of social sciences including business and management, psychology, economics, sociology, social policy, law, politics, education, etc.

The course offers specialised knowledge of human resource strategies, policies and practices, placing them in their wider economic and social context. It provides you with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the world of work. It also equips you with critical thinking skills that HR managers need to deal effectively and responsibly with the challenges of an increasingly uncertain environment.

Staff are international experts in their respective fields, and specifically in the areas of employee engagement, strategic HRM, employee voice, international careers, and diversity management.All staff are committed to research-led teaching and student-centred approaches to provide you with the best possible student experience.

You learn how to challenge conventional wisdom, think outside the box and develop your confidence. You are given the opportunity to develop key analytical and problem-solving skills and work effectively under pressure.

The course also offers you the opportunity to attend a wide range of career-enhancing events organised by our Careers and Employability Centre and provides you with access to potential employers. In addition, your studies benefit from lecture and seminar series featuring international speakers and leading professional experts.


Our MSc in Human Resource Management is a new course offered for the first time in 2015. The course is pending accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This accreditation allows our graduates the opportunity to become members of CIPD.

The CIPD provides a number of events and other career opportunities designed to enhance your employability. As a graduate – once you have successfully demonstrated the required level of expertise – you can use this on your CV, offering you a significant advantage in the job market.


Modules are assessed by a combination of briefing papers, reports, essays, group presentations, group project reports, unseen exams and a research project.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.

Our course is designed to meet CIPD accreditation standards and we continue to develop and update our modules to ensure you have the best student experience.

Autumn term: you take four core modules: Work, Employment and HRM in Context • Employment Relations • Leading, Managing and Developing People • Developing Skills for Business Leadership.

Spring term: you take four core modules: • International Human Resource Management • Strategic HRM and Employee Engagement • Talent Management • Research Methods. You also take one option from this list: • Managing Knowledge • Management of Negotiation • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility • Critical Perspectives on Management, Organisations and Innovation.

Summer term: you work on a research project.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

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

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a management, humanities or social science subject would be the best preparation for this course; applicants from science, technology or quantitative subjects will need to demonstrate that their previous study required extensive reading. Applicants with an equivalent professional qualification will also be considered. View Website

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