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MA in Human Resource Management

Course Description

Programme overview

The Human Resource (HR) Management programme is vocationally relevant and academically rigorous and enjoys full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meaning that the programme meets the knowledge requirement of CIPD membership. Full CIPD membership requires further work experience to demonstrate practical competence. The York MA in Human Resource (HR) Management is delivered by a team of specialist Human Resource academics, supported by practitioners who work closely with the local CIPD branch. Teaching is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The teaching faculty are subject experts in their respective fields and many have professional experience in Human Resource management. Previous students have praised our staff for their professionalism, friendly and welcoming manner, and enthusiasm for their subject.
A MA in Human Resource Management (HRM) from us provides you with skills that are recognized internationally, and that create a variety of career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other roles in the HR function in the modern, global economy. Our graduates are pursuing Human Resource (HR) careers in a wide range of sectors and industries, in the UK and internationally using the understanding that the programme has given them of the theory and practice of Human Resource (HR) Management, with a particular focus on how organisations can manage their employee resources to achieve competitive advantage.
Teaching takes place in modern purpose-built facilities on the University of York's Heslington East campus. The campus offers a safe and secure location in which to live and study, two miles from the centre of the historic and beautiful walled city of York. York is well-positioned on the national rail network and the UK's major cities - and airline hubs - are within easy reach; London is just 2 hours away, Manchester can be reached in under 1.5 hours and Edinburgh is 2.5 hours north.

Core modules

• Leadership, Management and Human Resources (HR) – covering the core activities of Human Resource Management and organisational behaviour, including planning, recruitment and selection, payment systems, performance management, work design and motivation. This module teaches you that there is no one best way of managing human resources. Effective Human Resource Management depends on developing policies and practices that reflect organisational strategy and business context.

• Financial Management – An effective Human Resource (HR) manager needs a sound understanding of the finances of their business, and the constraints they are working within. This module equips you with the analytical skills to develop that understanding and be able to contribute to strategic conversations about finance.

• Skills for Human Resource (HR) Management – this module has a vocational and practitioner focus. Its workshops cover key Human Resource skillsets such as interviewing, negotiation and managing poor performance, designed to help you succeed in your Human Resource career.

Option Modules

• Regulating the Employment Relationship – examines the management of employees in organisations with employee representatives and provides you with a grounding in key aspects of English employment law.

• Learning and Development – examines the state, organisational and individual context of training and development. The HR module’s core academic content is supplemented by workshops designed to develop internal consultancy skills for those who wish to specialise in training and development in their subsequent careers.

• Performance and Reward – explores the ways that rewards can be used to enhance performance, and the pitfalls that often arise in HR practice

Independent research projects.

Research report and essay

• Management Research Report – an experienced Human Resource manager from one of our partner organisations will present your project group with a live Human Resource problem that their organisation is facing. You will research and analyse the problem as a group, and then prepare your own individual recommendations to resolve the problem.

• Research essay – The management research report gives you an opportunity to solve practical Human Resource (HR) Management issues. The research essay forms a scholarly companion piece to that research – allowing you to focus on an issue from the research project and to explore it using the academic literature.

Together the two research assessments comprise what is commonly referred to as the 'dissertation' stage of the programme i.e. the final third of the programme where you demonstrate the independent research skills you have acquired over the duration of the degree.


Teaching is delivered via a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The teaching faculty are subject experts in their respective fields and/or have extensive professional experience of Human Resource (HR) management. Previous students have praised our staff for their professionalism, friendly and welcoming manner, and enthusiasm for their subject.

A World-class University Environment

The University of York holds top spots in national and international rankings:
- 1st in UK for best overall University experience according to a survey of international students studying at UK institutions (hotcoursesabroad.com).
- 8th in UK/45th worldwide for Research and Research Linkages in the EU ranking of Universities worldwide.
- 11th in The Times/Sunday Times University League Table 2014.
- Top 100 in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14.

The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Our aim is to develop intellectual, entrepreneurial and highly employable graduates in a world class university environment renowned for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

York is a beautiful location and one of Europe's finest cities, with world class cultural attractions. According to Tripadvisor, York is the 6th best destination in the UK. In addition, it is one of the three safest UK cities to study according to The Complete University Guide 2013 and it presents students with plenty of opportunities for leisure activities.

Visit the MA in Human Resource Management page on the University of York website for more details!

Student Profiles

The York Management School Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

There are a number of department scholarships worth £5,000 each, a sum subtracted from the total tuition fee payable to the university. In addition we offer a small number of travel bursaries of £1,500 each. The awards are open to Home, EU and Overseas applicants. All Master offer holders are invited to apply. For more information visit our website pages: • http://www.york.ac.uk/management/taught-masters/scholarships/• http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/taught/uk-eu-funding/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The awards are open to Home, EU and Overseas applicants.

Application Procedure

Please visit the website pages for more details

Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a Social Science subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence e.g. IELTS (overall 7, minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other components).

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