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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 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. We're also ranked in the top 95 European Business Schools in the Financial Times (FT).

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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.

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses for September 2019 entry to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course page for the latest updates.

  • Modules

    We are currently reviewing the content of our courses for September 2019 entry to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course page for the latest updates.

    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

    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 (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.

  • Placement Opportunities

    If you start your Masters in September you can apply for the two-year option where 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.

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

    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 placement page for further information.

  • 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.

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

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.

Assessments

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.

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. The motivations for undertaking postgraduate study vary, but the two main motivators, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2017), appear to be grouped around two main themes; ‘career progression and employment prospects’ and ‘personal interest’.

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.

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.

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.

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 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. 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.

If you would like more information about our courses, fees and funding or the application process please email nbs.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)115 848 4460.

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.

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

Fees and funding

The course fees for 2019 entry have not been set yet but below are September 2018 entry fees as a guide:

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.

The course fees for 2019 entry have not been set yet but below are September 2018 entry fees as a guide:

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