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MSc Human Resource Management

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Year of Entry 2024/25

Human Resource Management

Study a course designed to develop or launch your career in HR management and gain an equivalent qualification to the CIPD Advanced Level Diploma.

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What is the fee? Home: £10,310 for the course
International/EU: £17,205 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2024

Course summary

  • Study at Sheffield Business School, which has over 30 years' experience in delivering Human Resource Management (HRM) masters qualifications.
  • Gain an equivalent qualification to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma.
  • Become a student member of the CIPD and progress towards a professional level of membership on graduating.

The course is for graduates wanting a career in HRM, HR managers looking for career development or people seeking a career change. It aims to develop the specialised skills needed for effective higher-level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning. Participate on a full or part-time basis.

Accredited by
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Our MSc in Human Resource Management is recognised as equivalent to the CIPD Advanced level diploma. On successful completion students can gain associate (Assoc.) level of professional membership. As a level 7 award it provides a route for upgrade to Chartered CIPD membership.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

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How you learn

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Watch lecturer Lynne Booth talk about Human Resource Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course develops your critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help manage the process and complexities of organisational change. It approaches HRM at a strategic level and examines organisations operating both nationally and internationally.

The course takes a practical and vocational approach to teaching so that you are able to apply the theory you learn through practice.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • skill-based workshops
  • research
  • portfolio assessment
  • coursework
  • journals

This course is delivered face-to-face over three semesters - teaching is scheduled based on the length of your course and the academic calendar.

Course leaders and tutors

Lynne Booth
Lynne Booth
Senior Lecturer

Lynne Booth is a senior lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the Sheffield Business School and is the Course Leader for the MSc in Organisation Development and Co … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

The course offers a range of extra-curricular activities to help you apply your learning. There are practical project blocks and applied workshops which help in developing a range of HR skills and competencies.

To facilitate the development of your portfolio (when you are in employment) you will take part in a module which provides the framework for personal and professional skills development and which is assessed through a portfolio. The portfolio is designed to provide the framework for students to record their learning and development and can be used by

  • part-time students to record evidence from the workplace of the development of skills and competencies linked to specific work-related activity during the postgraduate diploma stage;
  • full-time students as the framework for developing a record of professional practice and work-related activities once they have commenced working in the field of HRM.

Networking opportunities

Our courses are designed and delivered by a highly experienced team of academics, who have extensive practice-based experience in HRM and consultancy. We expect you to play an active part in your own development. This can involve setting up learning contracts with tutors, managing your personal development, gaining the skills necessary for reflective learning and attending the guest lectures and professional events organised by the local branch of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

We also have a dynamic, student-led HR Network, which provides excellent opportunities for sharing experience with alumni, sponsors, business leaders, human resource managers and consultants. The network is supported by guest speakers from both professional bodies, alumni, employers which are often embedded into modules. This ensures that you gain access to non-academics and are able to see what roles, qualifications and career progression is available to you on graduation.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • human resource management

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Tesco
  • HSBC
  • Bluebell Hospice
  • Cleveland Constabulary
  • First Mainline
  • various public sector organisations
  • Royal Mail
  • Carrefour
  • Lenovo
  • International Hilton Hotels

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • course and module handbooks
  • the University's virtual learning environment (Blackboard)
  • electronic databases including Business Source Premier and Emerald
  • statistical collections, such as Data Stream

Entry requirements

All students

Normally one of the following

• a degree or equivalent in any discipline

• professional equivalent

• completing a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) postgraduate award from a recognised institution

We may consider you without a first degree if you have the necessary experience and can demonstrate an ability to complete the course. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing People Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Skills For Business Leadership Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation: Hrm/Hrd Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Resource Management In Context Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing Employee Relations Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organisations And Leadership Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Performance And Reward Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Resourcing And Talent Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategies For International Human Resource Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course.
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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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We guarantee to find you an affordable place to live that’s close to campus and comes with all bills included

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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