MSc in Human Resource Management


Our MSc in Human Resource Management Programme

Please note, the MA in Human Resource Management has been renamed as the MSc in Human Resource Management.  Please contact The York Management School (+44 1904 325052) for further advice.

With the environment in which organisations operate becoming ever more turbulent, how to recruit, select, retain and develop employees is increasingly important as a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Graduates of the MSc in HRM will be equipped with the skills and the knowledge to prepare them for entering international roles within the contemporary HRM function and to be able to contribute towards the shaping of the HR strategy and its integration with broader business strategies.  

Graduates of this programme will understand how the contemporary HRM function contributes to a range of organisations and they will develop the business acumen to work within organisations, and across organisational and national boundaries whilst responding to the interests and needs of internal and external stakeholders.  Graduates will appreciate the pertinence of undertaking the HR role in a manner that drives sustainable organisational performance, whilst respecting the needs and wellbeing of diverse groups of workers.  The MSc HRM seeks to enable graduates to respond decisively to business demands with relevant and evidence based HR solutions.

The programme is vocationally relevant and academically rigorous and enjoys full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meaning that it meets the knowledge requirement of CIPD membership. Full CIPD membership requires further work experience to demonstrate practical competence. The York MSc in Human Resource Management is delivered by a team of specialist HR academics, supported by practitioners who work closely with the local CIPD branch.


Course Structure

Course Structure

Course structure subject to change

12 months full-time

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3 and Summer


Note: these modules are subject to change - the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer

Entry Requirements

What you'll need

Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) in a social sciences subject.  Previous tuition in management subjects is desirable but not essential.     

Applications will also be considered  from candidates with a good 2:2 degree (or equivalent) and at least one to two years relevant work experience.

For students whose first language is not English, we normally require evidence of English language ability.

Please contact the postgraduate administrator if you would like clarification of your eligibility for any of the Masters programmes.

Country-specific information

Find out about entry requirements, funding opportunities and forthcoming visits to your country. Students and graduates also share their experiences of studying and living in York.

Country-specific information

English Language requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence.

Acceptable qualifications for Managment Master programmes are: IELTS: with overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other components. TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components.

Please refer to the English Language requirements page for further information.

Applicants with an IELTS overall result of 6.0 and a 6.0 in the writing part of the test can take the University’s Pre-Masters Management English Language programme. This programme provides spoken and written skills development in specific subject areas, as well as preparation for Postgraduate level study in a UK environment.

Information on pre-sessional programmes

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

For the current rates please refer to the Postgraduate taught: fees and funding page. This site also has information which relates to studentships and scholarships.

Information on Management School Scholarships can be found here.


How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process and also the supporting documents guidance.

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Where you’ll go from here

York Masters students have been successful in developing careers in a range of organisations in many parts of the world. Common destinations on leaving are:

Education (Further and Higher)
Finance and Banking
Government - Departments and Civil Service
Government - Local and National
HR, Recruitment and Professional Training
Libraries, Museums and Information Services
Manufacturing - Food and Beverages
Oil and Mining
Retail - Supermarkets and Food
Retail - Wholesale

A small number of students each year are keen to continue their studies, enrolling on specialists masters programmes elsewhere in the UK or moving on to The York Management School’s Doctoral programme.

What our students say:

‘After having gained a B.A. (Hons) in Marketing/Psychology I decided to continue studying for a M.A. in Human Resource Management as I thought that this was an area I might be interested in working in.  However, in the end it was the research aspects of the masters programme which I enjoyed best! I thoroughly enjoyed the research modules and I am now working as a market researcher collecting data and writing reports - just like I used to do when writing my Masters dissertation. So the programme certainly made me more aware of my interests, strengths and weaknesses. It also helped me improve on my time management skills, I learned to focus on the essentials and to work more systematically in order to obtain high quality outputs within very limited time.’ MA in Human Resource Management Student.

‘I particularly enjoyed the research modules of the MA.  The programme made me aware of my interests, strengths and weaknesses.  It also helped me improve on my time management skills; I learned to focus on the essentials and to work more systematically to obtain high quality outputs within very limited time.  I am now working as a market researcher collecting data and writing reports – just like I used to do when writing my Masters dissertation.’  MA in Human Resource Management Student.


More Information

What are the term dates for the Programme?

Our programmes are one year (12 months) full-time, and begin in late September of each calendar year.  The term dates for our academic terms can be found here

What is my degree equivalent to in the United Kingdom?

Information on degree equivalences can be found here

Are there any scholarships available to help fund my studies?

Information on scholarships can be found here

And on the central University webpage

Do I need to submit a sample of written work with my application?

You are not required to submit a piece of written work with your application for the MSc in Human Resource Management Masters programme.

If I have done my final year at an English-speaking University, do I still have to meet English language requirements?

If your prior study is from a UK University within the last two years, or the medium of instruction at your home University was English,* or you have sufficient experience of using English on a daily basis in a work environment* then you may be eligible for a language waiver.

* Please note; for the last two examples we would require further proof / evidence.

Further information is also available from our 'English Language Requirements' webpage

Do you run a pre-Sessional course for English language to comply with your entry criteria?

Yes, we do. Further information on our pre-sessional programmes is available on the Centre for English Language Teaching webpages.

Can I work during my studies?

The MSc in Human Resource Management programme is a full-time one year (12 months) taught course.  Students can take on occasional evening jobs, but attendance on the course is a priority.

Is there accommodation on Campus for Masters students?

Yes: there is accommodation available for students on postgraduate taught programmes.  Further information can be found on the Postgraduate Accommodation webpages

Can I submit an application now, even though I will not complete my Undergraduate degree until the Summer?

Yes: we encourage you to apply as soon as you can, with a most recent transcript, and any further documents can be added to your online application when available.

Is there a deadline for applying for the MSc in Human Resource Management?

Please consult the central webpages for Admissions for further information about application deadlines.


Contact our Postgraduate Office if you have any further questions about the MSc in Human Resource Management programme.