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.

The programme is vocationally relevant and academically rigorous and enjoys full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meaning that the programme 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.  Teaching is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The teaching faculty are subject experts in their respective fields and many have professional experience in HR management. Previous students have praised our staff for their professionalism, friendly and welcoming manner, and enthusiasm for their subject.

A MSc in HRM from us provides you with skills that are recognized internationally, and that create a variety of career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other roles in the HR function in the modern, global economy. Our graduates are pursuing HR careers in a wide range of sectors and industries, in the UK and internationally using the understanding that the programme has given them of the theory and practice of HRM, with a particular focus on how organisations can manage their employee resources to achieve competitive advantage.

Teaching takes place in modern purpose-built facilities on the University of York's Heslington East campus. The campus offers a safe and secure location in which to live and study, two miles from the centre of the historic and beautiful walled city of York. York is well-positioned on the national rail network and the UK's major cities - and airline hubs - are within easy reach; London is just 2 hours away, Manchester can be reached in under 1.5 hours and Edinburgh is 2.5 hours north. 

Course Structure

Course Structure

Course structure subject to change

12 months full-time

Term 1

Term 2

Example Options

Choice of 2 from:

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.