Why choose this course
Our MSc in Human Resources Management will give you the skills you need to help organisations of all kinds lead with dynamic, forward-thinking HR.
We combine engaging academic study with the development of important professional skills that will impress prospective employers. Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Outside of the course, studying with us gives you access to exciting talks and valuable networking events with HR leaders, skills workshops and much more. You'll also have the opportunity to conduct applied HR research in a real organisation.
We're ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
What you will study
Our course will develop your ability to use human resources to create added value for organisations and their workforces. It places strong emphasis on both stimulating academic study and professional skills development by applying evidence-based analytics and research to contemporary HR issues.
This course has a strong applied focus. For instance, you'll receive essential training in HR analytics and research skills, and then apply what you’ve learnt in a professional organisation. The course structure closely follows the requirements for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Advanced Diploma in HRM, offering you the opportunity to become a Chartered Member of the CIPD after successfully completing all the modules specified in their requirements.
Our two-year MSc Human Resources Management with professional placement year enables you to spend time working in industry.
After a year of full-time study at Surrey you'll be able to spend up to an additional 12 months gaining paid, professional work experience with an organisation. You'll be responsible for securing your own job offer(s), however, you'll be supported in your search with a series of employability workshops and benefit from individual coaching.
The University works closely with several potential employers to help facilitate successful placement applications and there are resources setup by the Employability and Careers Centre to assist you.
If you decide not to complete a placement, or don't secure an offer from an employer, you’ll complete nine months of teaching followed by three months working on your dissertation. This means you'll complete your course in 12 months studying full-time.
MSc - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
MSc - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:
- Human Resources Officer
- People Administrator
- Human Resources Assistant
- Human Resources Coordinator
- Resourcing Adviser
- Human Resources Manager.
Academic year structure
The course is built around the Department of People and Organisation’s core research and teaching strengths:
- Leadership and decision making
- Organisational and HR assessment
- Quality of working life.
In Semester 1, you’ll be introduced to the foundations of people management and human resource management practices, as well as to methods and analytics for HR research. In Semester 2, you’ll specialise further in advanced areas of HRM, such as employment law, resourcing, and human resources development. You'll also attend HR skills workshops and HR policies and practice seminars. These workshops and seminars are provided to give you the opportunity to develop your practical abilities as well as your professional network. You’ll be able to develop further your professional skills through our regular practitioner events with senior HR leaders and the local CIPD branch.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2022/23 This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in either Business Administration, Economics, Human Resource Management, Law or Psychology.
Candidates with a degree in another subject plus at least one year of relevant work experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
|Course length||IELTS Academic requirements or equivalent|
|Full-time: 1 year||7.0 overall including 6.5 in each category|
|Full-time (with placement): 2 years||7.0 overall including 6.5 in each category|
|Part-time: 2 years||7.0 overall including 6.5 in each category|
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: October 2022
Full-time - 1 year
Full-time (with placement) - 2 years
Part-time - 2 years
The 12-month placement option for this course costs an additional £1,850 on top of the base course fee listed above.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2022-23 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2022/23. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2022/23. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.