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MSc Human Resource Management

Gain crucial skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare for your career as an HR professional

2018/19 entry


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

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This course will introduce you to advanced concepts and techniques in the field of human resource management.

Our research-led teaching gives you access to the latest thinking in business leadership, employment relations, organisational growth and sustainability, and the societal impacts of emerging employment practices. You'll consider global and local perspectives, with a particular focus on how organisations can manage their employee resources to gain a competitive advantage.

You'll gain internationally-relevant skills that create career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other HR roles which facilitate global business.



Alongside your formal classes, we arrange an extensive programme of guest speakers. Visitors from large multinational companies, small businesses and public sector organisations lead discussions on issues linked to their own businesses or past experiences.

Course content

Your taught modules will give you a solid grasp of theory, current research and contemporary issues in human resource management, organisational behaviour, work and society, and employment relations on the world stage.

You'll also develop your independent research skills before focusing your efforts on a final 12,000-word dissertation.


Autumn Term

Human Resource Management in Context introduces the responsibilities of the human resource function and the foundational theories and assumptions that underpin practice. You'll study contemporary issues to gain insight into HR’s role in building organisational capacity. (20 credits)

The Changing Nature of Work explores why and how conflicts can emerge between employment and society. You'll examine the impact of gender, class, and contractual relationships on workers and organisations. (20 credits)

Skills for Business Leadership considers the strategic role of HR. You'll appraise issues relating to marketing, finance, operations and strategy and evaluate implications for HR. (10 credits)

Spring Term

Organisation Capacity Building examines practical approaches for resourcing and talent management. You'll learn how organisations forecast and meet their staffing needs. (20 credits)

Global Perspectives on Human Resource Management & Employment Relations considers the relationships between businesses and employees on an international stage. You'll critically reflect on the development of multinational corporations and their employment practices, evaluating and critiquing how they respond to diverse institutional pressures (20 credits)

Human Resource Management and Sustainability explores how various aspects of the HR function can help to build sustainable organisations. You'll also examine the impact of organisations and the way they are managed on individuals and workplaces, families and society. (20 credits)

Spring/Summer Term

Research Skills for Human Resource Management will teach you how to design, conduct and evaluate business research, from both an academic and practical perspective. You'll gain skills which will be critical for your dissertation. (10 credits)

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


You'll write a 12,000-word dissertation, based on an independent research project. You'll investigate a human resource management issue and propose recommendations for tackling it. Your dissertation is worth 60 credits.

You can choose to focus your research on a topic that interests you. It could be a chance to explore a previous topic in greater depth, or investigate an organisational challenge in an industry close to your heart. Recent titles include:

  • An Investigation of HRM Practice in SMEs in the Service Sector in China: a Qualitative Study
  • An Exploratory Analysis of the Relationship Between HRM Practices and Employee Commitment: Evidence from Titicaca Travel Agency
  • Talent Management in The Norwegian Tax Authority: An Institutionalist Perspective

You'll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you're studying. They'll help you develop research questions and identify methods and theories to investigate and analyse your topic.

I learned to focus on the essentials and to work more systematically in order 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.
Former student, MSc Human Resource Management

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£9,850£20,140

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

We offer a number of departmental scholarships for home and overseas students.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll be taught via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. We'll help you develop skills of research and investigation to support your independent learning.

Our tutors 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.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the York Management School on Campus East. Almost all of your teaching will take place nearby on Campus East.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules are assessed with a mixture of exams, essays and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on all the work you submit, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Your final assessment is a 12,000-word dissertation, which makes up a third of your overall grade.

Careers and skills

Our specialist HR academics are supported by practitioners who work closely with professional bodies to ensure our courses reflect the needs of industry.

Our graduates are pursuing HR careers in a wide range of sectors and industries, in the UK and internationally. The understanding of human resource management that this course will give you is essential to businesses around the world.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates are working across a range of industries in roles including:

  • Employee relations manager
  • HR advisor
  • HR consultant
  • HR manager
  • Peer researcher
  • Recruitment co-ordinator

Transferable skills

  • Interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Continuous professional development
  • Independent research
  • Writing business reports
  • Financial management
  • Critical analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Visual, oral and written presentation skills
  • Computer literacy

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade

You should have, or be about to complete a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification). Previous tuition in management is desirable but not essential.

Alternatively, we may accept a 2:2 undergraduate degree supported by professional qualifications or at least one year of relevant work experience.

Other qualifications

If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

You may benefit from a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.


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