The MSc Human Resource Management has been developed to produce graduates capable of making a difference in the HR arena. This one year programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as meeting the knowledge requirements that are pre-requisite for Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD. Successful completion of this MSc will provide you with Associate Membership of the CIPD. Download more information on this membership.
Why study this course?
- The MSc Human Resource Management has been developed to produce graduates capable of making a difference in the HR arena.
- This one year programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as meeting the knowledge requirements that are pre-requisite for Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD.
- Increasingly the value of CIPD qualifications is being recognised nationally and internationally. The CIPD's research amongst leading organisations ensures that the content of this programme is contemporary and highly valued by employers.
- There is a unique opportunity to complete a consultancy project working for a real client on a live brief.
- You will complete a comprehensive development programme, which includes a short residential team-building course, usually held in the Peak District.
- You can learn from the best by attending guest lectures from leading organisations. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as E.ON, Lego, Experian, Santander, and IBM.
- You can build your skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering, becoming a Student Ambassador.
Please note the following information for applicants.
As a student on MSc Human Resource Management (full-time) you will be entitled to a free iPad to enhance your learning experience. Students will be provided with the iPad upon commencing the course to access the latest learning materials.
Scholarships and funding
Students on this course are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from Nottingham Business School. For full details on eligibility and how much is available visit the postgraduate fees and funding section of our website.
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Course length: One year full-time
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
See the fees and funding information. Please note that fees are subject to annual review.
Core modules include:
The following core modules will give you a solid grounding in HRM, providing you with a greater understanding and knowledge of human resource practice in contemporary organisations.
- HRM in its Business Context
- People Resourcing and Talent Management
- Learning and Talent Development
- Research Methods and Professional Skills
- Applied Consultancy Project.
Specialist modules include:
Specialist modules develop skills and knowledge in an area of your own particular interest. In your second term you will complete three specialist modules. The specialist options we offer may include:
- Performance Management
- Reward Management
- HRM in an International Environment
- Leadership and Management Development
- Organisation Design and Organisation Development
- Developing Coaching Competence
- Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
- CSR and Diversity in HRM.
Please note: The optional modules available each year, will depend on the level of demand for each.
The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for Human Resources and people development. The organisation is recognised throughout the world, and having a qualification approved by the CIPD can help you to secure a job in Human Resources and improve your chances of progression in your career.
For further information on how you benefit from this accreditation, download the CIPD accreditation information sheet .
Study and support
Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.
Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.
We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.
A variety of methods are used throughout the course, including examinations and assignments. Assessments maybe essays, reflective reports or consultancy reports they will require investigation, critical analysis and recommendations for improvement. Assignments may also include both formative and summative assessed presentations. Other forms of assignment may involve selection interviewing or being part of a consultancy group seeking to win a training contract.
The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of e-learning to further support the feedback process.
All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.
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You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.
In-sessional English language support
In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.
We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.
The School is based in the impressive Newton Building on NTU's City site. In 2009 the building was involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. Whilst maintaining its historic beauty, the Grade II listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex.
- You can take advantage of the NBS Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor seven of the Newton building.
- Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Career and Placements Centre (new for September 2012).
- You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
- We provide students with a variety of social spaces.
- Your studies will benefit from the £13 million Boots Library.
- You can take advantage of our 24-hour IT facilities.
- Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
The location of the City site also means that you have easy access to:
- sports facilities
- student accommodation
- music venue
Opportunities for progression
91% of our postgraduates* are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (*of those available to work - DHLE Survey 2011 / 12).
Nottingham Business School students who have graduated from similar HRM Masters programmes report that the learning has greatly helped their knowledge and ability to apply it. This in turn has enhanced their credibility at work and improved their career prospects.
Recent examples of graduate success include individuals taking up the following appointments:
- HR Manager at the world's leading Luxury Hotel and Leisure Organisation UK based
- Payroll Production Controller with the world's leading Payroll Outsourcing organisation based in Spain
- HR Adviser with Ernst and Young Consultancy based in Turkey
- HR Adviser at Jaguar / Landrover based in the UK.
Did you know? Nottingham is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK for job creation (RICS Foundation 2011).
Helping you find your feet after university
Following graduation, we will continue to support you, by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.
Our Employability Team are here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning, and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.
Services they provide include:
- finding placements, internships and part-time work
- pursuing self-employment
- taking gap years and time out
- getting into volunteering
- providing advice on further study.
Visit the Employability team website for further information.
Instead of a placement of the traditional type, this course features a final module which enables you to engage with fellow MSc students on a consultancy project, which an employer will commission in partnership with Nottingham Business School. Each group will work on a real brief, and deliver a project that is of real value to the organisation.
The module aims to develop your capacity to work as part of a management team through active participation in a live consultancy project, and to enhance the ability to communicate clearly; argue rationally; and apply strategic concepts to produce real business solutions - given time constraints and conditions of uncertainty. Completing the project will enable you to demonstrate your acquired knowledge and skills in a valuable practical application.
Consultancy project examples
The briefs we receive deal with a wide range of business areas, including market position and communications, publicity and marketing, sustainable business development, human resources and recruitment strategy, and website and sales development.
Companies that consultancy groups have previously worked for include:
- Nottingham Evening Post
- Gallant Marketing
- Futures Housing
- Nottinghamshire Police
- Age Concern
- Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
- Paragon Law
- You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) preferably in a business related subject.
- One academic or vocational reference is required.
- English language requirements apply.
See our full list of English language entry requirements accepted by the University.
How to apply
Applications should be made using the Apply button at the top of the page.
As places are limited you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The course starts in September so in order to receive enrolment materials in good time we advise that applications are submitted before the end of July. Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.
We are able to offer a number of competitive scholarships to both home / EU and international students through our Full-time Masters Scholarship Scheme. Our scholarships can cover up to half your tuition fees, and apply to all our full-time Masters course starting in September and January.
Please note that these scholarships are only available to students who have been offered a place to study on their chosen Masters course within the School.
The International Development Office at NTU also offer a number of scholarships.
It is important for you to visit the campus at an open event so you can explore the facilities, meet the academics you will work with and have the opportunity to ask any questions about postgraduate study. It also gives you a great opportunity to find out what the campus is like and take a look at student life outside the classroom.
Book your place on an open event now.
Meet us overseas
For international students, you can also come see us at a fair near you. Representatives from the School travel worldwide throughout the year to meet prospective students. Keep an eye on our events page to see where we will be and when.
You can also catch up with our International team at various events throughout the year. For full details of where they will be and when visit their website.
Can’t make it to campus? Find us online
If you are unable to travel to the campus then please visit our Virtual Open Day.
Pre-sessional English courses - PEAP Courses
We offer Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) courses from six to 30 weeks for students who need help achieving the English language requirements.
Please note the following information for applicants