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Human Resource Management MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time / two years with a placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Our MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) course is ideal for students from any academic discipline who want to build a successful career in HR. The course is designed specifically to enable those who are seeking to start such a career, to gain a Masters qualification in HRM through completing a course of study that has been approved by the professional body for HRM practitioners, namely the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

During your studies, you will explore a full range of HRM approaches, techniques and methodologies. The modules will provide you with a solid grounding in HRM and its practice in contemporary organisations.

You'll gain internationally-relevant skills that create career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other HR roles which facilitate global business. The emphasis is on applying knowledge, skills and techniques to analyse HRM practices and strategies.

The Consultancy Experience Project (or an Applied Dissertation, on the two-year course) gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and analytical skills you have acquired throughout your studies enabling you to make costed recommendations to the senior managers of a real organisation on a business HR issue.

Successful completion of this course leads to Associate Membership of the CIPD, and is a prerequisite for you to eventually apply for Chartered Membership and ultimately enable you to apply to progress to Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD. Nottingham Business School will pay for your student membership for the duration of the course.

What you’ll gain from this degree?

  • demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the primary theories and concepts relevant to HRM in a business context.
  • apply knowledge, tools and techniques to resolve issues in new and diverse situations within the HRM discipline.
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of techniques of research and enquiry to draw conclusions from a critical evaluation of relevant issues.
  • analyse a variety of relevant data used in diverse contexts to support effective decision making in the HRM discipline.
  • communicate key issues and arguments in written and oral format to a professional standard.
  • take personal responsibility for continuing professional development and develop the capacity to be an effective and reflective practitioner.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

  • Successful completion of this course leads to Associate Membership of the CIPD and NBS will pay for your student membership for the duration of the course.
  • Gain internationally-relevant skills that create career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other HR roles which facilitate global business.
  • You will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the academic year and you will meet with them regularly throughout the year. They will support you in developing and enhancing the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development.

Course accreditation

  • EQUIS logo

What you’ll study

At NBS you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Masters degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want. Each of the modules will be delivered over a four week period, with teaching delivered in three weeks and the fourth week left clear for assessment work. This enables you to focus on one subject at a time, whilst allowing time for preparation and assessment work.

Take a look at our current term dates to give you an idea of the module structures.

Semester One

HRM in the Changing Business Context (20 credits)

Having studied this module, you will be aware that managers and HR professionals in different types of organisation not only have opportunities and choices when taking organisational and HR decisions in response to their internal, business, external environmental and ethical contexts, but also face constraints on their autonomy in determining their futures. You will also become familiar with contemporary debates in the HRM field and be able the critically evaluate the aims and objectives of the HR function and HR roles.

Human Resourcing Practices in Contemporary Business (20 credits)

You will be able to critically evaluate the key features of HR practises which will include the ability to attract, retain, motivate, engage and exit people from the organisation. It will also include key issues such as how to manage change effectively and the importance of flexible working as well as taking an ethical approach to HRM. The methods which an organisation’s managers use to implement these strategic choices and mobilise the workforce may include HR planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, diversity, reward and release. Therefore, a critical understanding of how you might deploy appropriate tools and techniques will enable you to support business strategy and contribute to organisational success.

Organisational Change, Culture and Ethical Dimension (20 Credits)

Studying this module will allow you to appreciate the importance of effective and ethical behaviours to promote effective HR practices through inclusive, fair and transparent behaviours. Gain an understanding of the different ethical perspectives and how organisational realities could influence HR professionals’ decision-making process including the role of HR practice to maintain high behavioural standards. You will also become familiar with the effectiveness of behavioural and cognitive perspective of organisational change and the role of HR in implementing successful change management programmes. You will discover the importance of leadership in the process of organisational change and discuss how to address issues emerged from individual, team and organisational change practices. You will also have the opportunity to consider the link between ethics, diversity, inclusion and change in modern organisations including how HR practices could have a meaningful impact upon organisational culture. Finally, you will be able to develop skills in encouraging discussion on how ethics, change and cultural could be managed in various organisations and engage in constrictive debates on how to shape future HR practices by embracing CSR.

Semester Two

Managing The Employment Relationship (20 Credits)

This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the employment relationship, perspectives and debates, both national and international, from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective. It will enable you to critically evaluate notions of employee voice, commitment and engagement for their utility in enhancing employer/employee relations. It will also enable to appreciate managing with and without unions and employment relations policies, procedures and practices.

Human Resource Development and Engagement (20 Credits)

Having studied this module, you will be able to critically evaluate the meanings of ‘Human Resource Development’ policies and strategies. You will also explore the extent to which learning and development professionals can influence the organisations they work within, having regard to effective leadership, opportunities for ‘coaching and mentoring’ and ethical and professional standards of competence. The module will help you to develop skills of team working, critical analysis, problem-solving and decision making through exploration of theoretical frameworks relevant to espoused and in-action learning and development strategies and policies. You will also have the opportunity to explore notions of employee engagement, both ‘being engaged’ and ‘doing engagement’, and engagement’s importance to enhance employee commitment and motivation.

You will also have the choice of one other module from the following:

International HRM (20 Credits)

You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of the contextual factors, both internal and external, affecting strategic human resourcing decisions within international organisations. Develop an understanding, and an ability to analyse and evaluate human resourcing issues and problems arising from the internationalisation of business, informed by relevant theories. You will be able to critically examine the range of human resourcing strategies, procedures and practices that can contribute to the effective management of an international business organisation. Additionally, you will be able to explore those skills and attributes required to deliver effective HRM analysis and solutions to diverse problems and issues in international organisations, including working in teams that display social/cultural diversity.

OR

Employment Law: the HR Perspective (20 Credits)

The amount of regulation covering the employment relationship and the workplace has grown substantially in recent years as have the number of claims made to employment tribunals. Employment law continues to expand both in terms of volume and complexity. Whilst organisations can source specialist advice on more difficult and unprecedented issues from their legal advisors, senior HR managers need to be in a position to give basic advice which is accurate, timely and appropriate. Furthermore, they need to be able to anticipate legal problems associated with proposed decisions or plans before they are implemented and are often called upon to lead an organisation's response when a formal legal claim is contemplated or pursued. Finally, HR managers need to be sufficiently aware of major, current, and coming developments in the regulatory environment so as to ensure that their organisations are fully prepared. The purpose of this module is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to fulfil each of these requirements to a professional standard.

Semester Three

Consultancy Project

You will work in a small group on a real life consultancy project in a local business. The aim of the project is to enable you to understand and apply project management theory and tools, integrate theory and practice to demonstrate creativity in problem solution engage with a complex, real project by applying theory to the workplace. You be able to develop your skills as a researcher, critical thinker and HR professional encourage personal development through reflection and develop your capacity to work with others as a professional consultancy team.

Applied Dissertation (2 year option only)

For those choosing the two year option you will embark on a 48 week placement during which time you will complete an Applied Dissertation relating to a HR problem you will identify in the organisation where you are employed.

In-Company Experience Project (40 credits)

On an in-company experience project of seven weeks or more, you'll apply the theories you've learnt to a substantial, live project. This will involve focused research, developing skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You'll also learn project management tools and concepts.

For more information about semester three options please visit our Experiential Projects page.

Ongoing Learning

Throughout the year you will also study the following modules which will help you understand how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development (PPD).

Business Research and Professional Skills (20 credits)

Studying this module will enable you to identify and evaluate skills and competencies which relate to student attributes which employers are seeking and to critically evaluate your own skills development. The module will also provide the fundamentals of approaches to research and research methods to enable you to approach the challenges of the third trimester. The module will be taught throughout the course and will be assessed by one formative assignment and two summative written assignments towards the end of the course.

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research based projects.

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 eLearning to further support the feedback process.

If you opt for the two year route you can add a year’s work placement onto your course. It’s a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to help boost your career prospects once graduating.

Your placement year will last up to 48 weeks (minimum 36 weeks). If you are unable to take a full year's placement, but have completed the minimum 36 weeks you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three.

Please note that placements are not guaranteed and you will need to work hard in securing one during your first semester. We have a dedicated Employability team who are here to help and support you during the placement process with CV writing, creating a LinkedIn page, interview tips, where to search for a placement etc. You can visit the Employability team’s page for further information.

Placements are only available for students beginning their studies in September.

Please contact us through Ask NTU if you have any questions about securing placements.

This course 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.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Amanda Ibarra

Human Resource Management

The MSc Human Resource Management course is not just pure theory, it is very practical which means we can actually apply what we have learnt to the clients we have during our consultancy projects.

Maria Iliadou

Human Resource Management

Communication and boosting my self-confidence are the key skills I have developed whilst studying at NBS. I am much more confident about myself and contributing my ideas in a public forum.

Kathryn Massey

NBS offers a diverse range of continuous professional development opportunities, including lectures from individuals in industry and links with chartered, professional organisations such as CIPD and CMI.

Rachana Uday Godbole

The practical element of the MSc Human Resource Management course has been my favourite part so far. The environment, facilities and the course leaders motivate to do more. The diverse class also helps in bring a global point of view to my learning.

How you’re taught

Teaching and Learning

Nottingham Business School adopts a distinctive approach to the design of student learning opportunities. Your learning is structured around theory, practice, experience & observation, and reflection & improvement. At each level (course, module and session), you will study different theories, concepts and approaches and be given opportunities to apply these in a range of practical settings. The aim is to enhance your understanding through the direct experience of business, where you will have opportunities to observe business practices and behaviours (including your own) and analyse these using theoretical knowledge. It is our intention that by reflecting on these experiences, you will be able to use these theories to guide your actions and decisions in a business context or even consider how a theory itself might be improved. In this way, we aim to enhance the quality of your learning.

Academic Mentors

Every postgraduate student will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the academic year and you will meet with them regularly throughout the year. Academic Mentors help you make the most of your time at NTU. They will support you in developing and enhancing the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language classes are offered to international students at no extra cost. The classes aim to provide focused support in the skills you need in order to develop your English in your subject area.

Further information please contact the Nottingham Language Centre based in the DICE building on City Campus:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 6156 | Email: englishsupport@ntu.ac.uk | Website: www.ntu.ac.uk/nlc

Personalisation

We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

Staff Profiles

Stefanos Nachmias

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Stefanos Nachmias

Antonia Genghi

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Antonia Ghengi's role is to both support and help manage the learning journeys and personal development of both Undergraduate and Postgraduate learners.

Sarah Pass

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Dr Sarah Pass is a Senior Lecturer in HRM at Nottingham Business School. She has been conducting research and lecturing for over 15 years, previously working at Cardiff University, University…

Careers and employability

At Nottingham Business School, we’re focused on your employability from the start of your postgraduate degree. We provide you with a learning experience that integrates theory and practice.

Graduates from this course have gone onto roles within the public, private and third sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • HR Manager
  • Global HRIS Analyst
  • Head of HR
  • Senior HR Specialist
  • Organisational Development Consultant (self-employed)

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Assistance with finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and time out
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

As a student you will have access to our virtual learning environment, where you will be able to get in touch with our Employability team for CV support, application, interview and job hunting advice, career ideas and employer videos.

You can visit the Employability Team on your local campus every day during term time. They are also open outside of term time too, except on University closure days. So drop in, say hello, and get help with quick enquiries or book an appointment with a careers consultant from your school.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship to behavioural science, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more: ntu.ac.uk/research

Campus and facilities

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.

Dryden Centre

A short walk from the Newton building and Boots library, the Dryden Centre facilitates on-campus teaching for Nottingham Business School’s postgraduate and executive education courses. Benefit from the newly built NTU Dryden Enterprise Centre next door that provides dedicated support for entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the 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 Employability Team.
  • 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
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Entry requirements

One year course

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Two years with placement

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Get in touch If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

One year course

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Two years with placement

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) containing some evidence of quantitative ability.
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees below are the fees for courses starting between September 2022 and August 2023 entry.

Home fees for September 2022 entry

Study route

Home fees

One year (full-time)

£11,000

Two years (placement year)*

£12,385 (£11,000 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our City Campus library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

You may choose to purchase core text books for your course, and prices for these may vary. However, our library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think!

Whilst on placement students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and funding pages will answer your questions.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for Master degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs. Find out more on our postgraduate loans page.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494 or for Scholarship help please contact us on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

The tuition fees below are the fees for courses starting between September 2022 and August 2023 entry.

International / EU fees for September 2022 entry

Study route

International / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£18,000

Two years (placement year)*

£19,385 (£18,000 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placement

Whilst on placement students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account in the Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

Good luck with your application!

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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