Human Resources Management MSc

Why choose this course?

Our MSc Human Resources Management course is designed to train the next generation in evidence-based HR professionals.

You’ll get a thorough grounding in human resources theory and practice, and develop the skills you need to succeed. With teaching from leading experts in the field, you’ll benefit from HR analytics training, HR skills workshops, talks and networking events with national and international HR leaders, and the opportunity to conduct applied HR management research in an organisational setting.

What you will study

Our MSc Human Resource Management programme develops your ability to make best use of human resources to create added value for organisations. You’ll gain a thorough grounding in human resource management and practice through applying evidence-based analytics and research to practical HR issues.

The programme is built around our Department of People and Organisations’ core research and teaching strengths:

  • Leadership and decision making
  • Organisational and HR assessment
  • Quality of working life.

The programme has a strong applied focus. You’ll receive training in HR analytics and research skills, attend HR skills workshops and HR policies and practice seminars throughout the academic year in addition to your teaching. These are delivered by leading national and international HR professionals, giving you the opportunity to develop your practical abilities as well as professional networks in the field of human resource management.

In Semester 1, you’ll be introduced to the foundations of people management and HRM practices. You’ll also be introduced to methods and analytics for HR research. In Semester 2, you’ll have the option to specialise further in advanced areas of HRM, or choose to study for a broader grounding in the fundamentals of business.

You’ll apply what you’ve have learnt throughout the programme by conducting an in-depth piece of research investigating an HR issue in an organisational setting, drawing out evidence-based recommendations.

The programme structure closely follows the requirements for CIPD’s 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. If you don’t want to gain CIPD qualifications, you’ll be able to craft a degree with a broader business grounding by taking optional modules in strategy and accounting and finance, or some combination with the other options for their two options instead.

Our programme allows you to tailor your studies to your career objectives. You can craft a specialist HR degree or a degree with a broader business grounding.

Additionally, we hold a variety of extra-curricular activities designed to enhance your skills, network, and profile as an HR professional.

Course facts

Stag Hill

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

International relevance

In today’s globalised world, there’s a good chance that once you graduate you’ll find yourself working in a multinational organisation for at least part of your career. You’ll encounter management problems that emerge from the cross-cultural nature of modern organisations.

This course is purposefully designed to be international in content and focus to help prepare you for this environment. Our academics have considerable international experience, so you’ll be taught by experts in the field.

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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.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


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). The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with lectures most often on a Wednesday and/ or Thursday, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (a UK 2:2) or an equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university in a related subject (psychology, economics, law, business administration).

Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted.

Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Recognition of prior learning

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.


Student finance

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught masters programme fees.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence 2018 entry

Tuition fee discounts up to £5,000 are available for high-calibre international students applying to study postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2018.

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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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