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Organisational behaviour and human resource management

If you're intrigued by how people behave in organisations and how organisations behave, choose Sheffield Business School to study human resource management (HRM) and organisational behaviour. We’ve been delivering HRM education for over 30 years and are a centre of excellence for both the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Our MSc Coaching and Mentoring is the only course of its kind in the UK to be accredited by the European Quality Award from the EMCC.

Real-life learning

You’ll enjoy an applied learning experience, taking part in activities like

  • designing HR websites
  • working with small businesses to develop HR policies or induction programmes
  • researching the potential for a coaching and mentoring programme within an organisation
  • designing & evaluating resourcing & talent management programmes
  • learning how to lead & manage small teams
  • critically engaging with leadership development theory & practice

You’re encouraged to critically reflect on your developing practice, enabling you to become a professional who can deliver significant benefits and improvements to the organisations you work for.

Our expertise

We have over 30 years' experience in delivering HRM masters qualifications, and we focus on research-informed teaching. Our courses are designed and delivered by a highly experienced team of academics, who have extensive practice-based experience in HRM and consultancy. Our staff are active in research nationally and internationally across a range of areas

  • social enterprise and co-operatives
  • coaching and mentoring theory and practice
  • leadership
  • employee relations
  • non-profit governance and organisation
  • strategic HRM
  • green HRM

Our students and graduates

We’re proud to report that 94% of our graduates go on to work or further study. During the last decade, our graduates have developed careers in

  • Carillion Plc
  • DHL
  • Home Office 
  • Siemens
  • McBride
  • Royal Mail
  • Balfour Beatty

They have held the following job roles

  • Head of HR and Communications
  • Human Resources Manager
  • HR Resolution Manager
  • Leadership Coach and Facilitator
  • Key Partnership Manager
  • Policy Project Officer
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