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 also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Outside of the taught programme itself, studying with us also gives you access to exciting talks and valuable networking events with HR leaders, skills workshops and much more. You will also have the opportunity to conduct applied HR research in a real organisation.
What you will study
Our MSc Human Resource Management will develop your ability to use human resources to create added value for organisations and their workforces. This course 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 will receive essential training in HR analytics and research skills and then apply what you’ve learnt in a professional organisation.
The course structure also 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.
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. 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 understanding of the fundamentals of business.
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.
If you don’t want to gain CIPD qualifications, you’ll be able to craft a degree encompassing broader, fundamental knowledge in business 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.
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 with practice in a real business.
As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to complete a Professional Training placement, where you can apply what you’ve learnt in a relevant organisation and gain practical experience for your CV.
We provide support and guidance to help you secure a placement alongside access to vacancy portals, which include thousands of placement opportunities every year and let you discover companies we’re connected with. We can also vet and support you for a placement at a new company that you approach. We don’t usually place students directly.
If you choose not to complete a placement, or do not secure a placement, you’ll complete nine months of teaching and then spend three months working on a dissertation. This means you’ll complete this course in 12 months.
If you choose and secure a placement, you’ll complete nine months of teaching and then spend six months working on placement. This means you’ll complete the course in 15 months instead of 12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 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:
New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of 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).
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.
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English language requirements
Full-time: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
Part-time: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
Full time with placement: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.
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.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 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 student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
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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 (PDF) 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.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.