MSc Human Resources and Organisational Development

Year of Entry 2024/25
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Human Resources and Organisational Development

Develop your skills and prepare for a career in Human Resource and Organisational Development and gain an equivalent qualification to the CIPD Advanced Level Diploma.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Course summary

  • Build knowledge that will enable you to deliver a wide range of strategic people solutions that drive positive change.
  • Develop the specialised skills needed for effective higher-level people management and development.
  • Study at Sheffield Business School, which has over 30 years experience in delivering Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Development (OD) masters qualifications.

The course is for graduates wanting a career in Human Resource Management, HR managers looking for career development or people seeking a career change. By combining strategic insight and people expertise with commercial acumen you’ll be recognised as a thought leader, influencer and expert change agent in today’s evolving workplace.

How you learn

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. You’ll develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help manage the process and complexities of organisational change. On the course you’ll approach HR at a strategic level and examine organisations operating both nationally and internationally. The course takes a practical and vocational approach to teaching so that you can apply the theory you learn through practice.

You’ll learn through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Skill-based workshops
  • Research
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Coursework
  • Journals

Course leaders and tutors

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Olatunji Adekoya
Senior Lecturer

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Applied learning

Live projects

You’ll take part in practical study blocks including applied workshops, which help you develop a range of HR skills and competencies. In addition, you'll learn through an applied research module where you can be involved in applied research in a variety of settings. This can range between:

  • A sector-based people project where you have the option of conducting an applied research project in relation to a particular sector or niche that is appropriate to your interest
  • An organisational change project in relation to your own practice with an organisationAa consultancy change project where you may engage with organisational stakeholders and conduct a piece of applied consultancy which is then evaluated.

Networking opportunities

Our courses are designed and delivered by a highly experienced team of academics, who have extensive practice-based experience in HR & OD. Study is supported throughout by peer networking meetings between study blocks. You’ll play an active part in your own development.

You’ll manage your own continuous professional development through personal development, gaining the skills necessary for reflective learning and attending the guest lectures. You’ll also have an opportunity to professional events organised by the local and national branches of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

You’ll have access to our 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 can 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, development, change and consultancy

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

  • Sheffield Hallam’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard).
  • Electronic databases including Business Source Premier and Emerald.
  • Statistical collections, such as Data Stream.

Entry requirements

All students

Normally an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, in a related field.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

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'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Applied Research Project
Credits 45
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (Edi) And Well Being
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Global Talent Management And Acquisition
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
International Performance And Reward Management
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Learning And Development
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Organisation And Management Enquiry
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Organisation Development Design And Change
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Strategic Employee Relations And Law
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Team Coaching And Facilitation
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Future Of Strategic Hr
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

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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Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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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.

Additional costs for Business, management and enterprise courses (PDF, 195.1KB)

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.

Apply for September 2024

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

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Why choose us?

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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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94% of our management graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating

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Graduate from Sheffield Business School – rated in the top 6% globally for excellence in teaching and research

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