MSc

Human Resource Management / Human Resource Management (2yr)

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Our MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) course is ideal for students from any academic discipline who want to build a successful career in the HR area. This course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), equipping you with the in-depth knowledge and practical skills required in today’s competitive market.

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.

This course also leads to Associate Membership of the CIPD, and is a prerequisite for you to eventually apply for Chartered Membership and Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD. Nottingham Business School will pay for your student membership for the duration of the course.

What will you gain from this degree?

  • You’ll 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.
  • You’ll be able to 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.

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What you'll study

At Nottingham Business School, you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Master’s degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want.

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

  • Modules

    Semester One

    HRM in its Business Context (20 credits)

    The aims of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact and make decisions in conditions of change and uncertainty. It will also look at current HR practices and how they shape the present HR agenda and the moral and ethical dilemmas of which managers, HR professionals and workers must be aware and with which they need to be prepared to resolve together with the implications of this for professional practice.

    People Resourcing and Talent Management (20 credits)

    At a strategic level people resourcing allows you to explore the links between the external business context and the development of corporate and HR strategy, and how high level strategy decisions influence choices about the way in which people are employed and rewarded for their contributions. You will develop your knowledge, critical and practical understanding of the methods which an organisation’s managers use to implement these strategic choices and mobilise the workforce including HR planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, reward and release.

    Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)

    This module explores the related aspects of learning and development – firstly as a driver of economic, social and cultural change at governmental, organisational and individual level and secondly as an enabler of these changes. The module examines critically the meanings of ‘talent’ in the context of organisational effectiveness; learning and development policies and strategy. It also explores the extent to which learning and development professionals can influence the organisations they work within, having regard to ethical and professional standards of competence.

    Semester Two

    Performance Management (20 credits)

    In this module you will develop an understanding of the strategic nature of performance management and its contribution to high performance working and organisational performance. You will critically examine the theoretical concepts which inform performance  management and the extent of any gap between theory and practice through   an examination of the issues that can arise in its application. You will learn to evaluate the different approaches to managing performance management, their effectiveness in different work place contexts and the impact of the business environment.

    Employee Relations and Engagement (20 credits)

    This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of employment relations perspectives and debates, both national and international, from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective. Notions of participation, involvement, commitment and engagement will be explored for their utility in enhancing employer/employee relations. Upon completion of this module you will also have had an opportunity to appreciate and evaluate an interdisciplinary perspective as a way of beginning to understand the employment relationship.

    HRM in an International Environment (20 credits)

    This module is designed to equip the students with knowledge, experience and skills that are required for working in an international organisation. They will be likely working either in a specialist or generalist HRM profession, in an international business environment, irrespective of geographical location.

    Semester Three

    Consultancy Experience Project (40 credits)

    Working as part of a team, you'll undertake focused research, developing your professional skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You'll present your findings to the client and learn valuable project management tools and concepts.

    Business Research Project (40 credits on the 2 year placement route only)

    This project is a more traditional piece of independent research, creating an academic research paper, presentation and methodological reflection. Because we believe experiential learning is so important, this project is only available to students with significant prior work experience or a desire to progress to a PhD.

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

    Ongoing Learning

    Business Research and Professional Skills (10 credits)

    The aims of this module are to enable you to develop specific skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership. By providing opportunities to put theory into practice, this module encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills, will develop your team working and interpersonal skills, give you the opportunity to enhance your IT proficiency, and interpret financial information and financial resources. By harnessing these skills, the module will enable you to improve your credibility at work.

  • Assessment Methods

    A variety of methods are used throughout the degree, 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.

  • Placement Opportunities

    If you are starting your degree in September, you can choose to add a year's work placement, making your Masters a two-year course. It is a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester three.

    See our placements page for further details and read our frequently asked questions document for additional help.

    If you are unable to take a full year's placement, but have completed at least 36 weeks, you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience.

  • Professional Development

    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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU’s teaching and learning is gold-rated by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – that means you can count on outstanding teaching and learning, an education that’s truly focused on the workplace, and fantastic support in and outside of the classroom.

How you’re taught

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.

Induction

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.

Browse through a selection of photos from our residential weekends.

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.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

You’ll complete a hands-on project – a fantastic opportunity to use what you’ve learned to produce a meaningful piece of work. Projects include the Consultancy Experience Project and the Business Research Project.

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)

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

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:

  • 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.

Visit Employability Online 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.

You can choose to add a year’s work placement making your Masters a two-year course. It’s a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • 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.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis

To get in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • 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.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international entry requirements page.

Pre-Masters and foundation degrees

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component.
  • For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening, and 5.5 in reading and writing.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

NTU is ranked 16th overall and 18th for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account using our 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!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account using our 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.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

We have a dedicated Postgraduate Team to help you every step of the way. David Weerasinghe is the representative of this course, he can help you with any course related queries, fees and funding, putting you in touch with a current student. You can get in touch with him via email david.weerasinghe@ntu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)115 848 8460.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study route

Home / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£9,250

Two years (placement year)*

£10,635 (£9,250 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.

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 or our funding page will answer all 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 25% 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.

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study route

International fees

One year (full-time)

£14,200

Two years (placement year)*

£15,585 (£14,200 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.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships

If you’re an international student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details.

You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% 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.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460