Human Resources Management MSc

Why choose this course

Our MSc in Human Resource Management course is designed to develop the next generation of HR leaders.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, our course combines stimulating academic study with professional skills development, bringing together the evidence-based approach of our scholars at the forefront of their fields with cutting-edge professional development.

In addition to a traditional taught programme, you’ll benefit from talks and networking events with HR leaders, skills workshops, mastering advanced HR analytics essential for the digital age, and the opportunity to conduct applied HR research in a real organisation.

What you will study

Our MSc Human Resource Management course will develop your ability to make best use of human resources to create added value for organisations and their workforces. Our course has a strong emphasis on both stimulating academic study and professional skills development by applying evidence-based analytics and research to real-world HR issues.

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.

This course is designed to give you an advanced understanding of HR issues and has a strong applied focus. For instance, you will receive training in HR analytics and research skills – essential for the digital age – and be able to apply what you’ve learnt to an HR issue in a real-world organisation.

You will attend HR skills workshops and HR policies and practice seminars throughout the academic year in addition to your teaching. These workshops and seminars are provided by leading HR professionals, giving you the opportunity to develop your practical abilities as well as your professional network.

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

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.

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 instead. Our course is designed so you can tailor it to your own career aspirations.

In addition to the standard full-time MSc, from 2018-19, we will also be offering both a part-time route and a full-time route combined with a work placement. You’ll be able to develop your professional skills through our regular practitioner events with senior HR leaders, and our optional placement module gives you the opportunity to reinforce the theory you’ll learn will practice in a real business.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time (with placement) 15 months October 2018
MSc Part-time 24 months October 2018
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2018

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).

Study and work abroad

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.


Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. If you do not secure a placement you will be eligible to transfer to the 12 month programme with the same title.

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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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 our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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.


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.

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.

Year 1 (full-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose two electives out of four in Semester 2.
Students on the placement pathway must undertake the 60 credit placement module. Students NOT on the placement pathway must undertake the 60 credit dissertation module.


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 course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

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 help you develop 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).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

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

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 social science or related discipline.

Previous HRM or related work experience is not essential, but may add weight to your application, especially if you do not have a social science background.

Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

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

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 is also an IELTS test centre.

Credit transfer

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.


Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time (with placement) October 2018 £12,000 £20,500
Part-time October 2018 £6,000 £10,300
Full-time October 2018 £12,000 £20,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2018-19 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Admission information

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