Study a course designed to develop or launch your career in HR management. You learn about theoretical and practical aspects of human resource management and can specialise in areas such as resourcing, talent management and performance management.
This course is designed for graduates wanting to follow a career in human resource management (HRM). It is also suitable for HR managers who are looking for career development or for people wanting a career change.
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.
You develop your decision making, problem solving and analytical skills to enable you contribute to the growth and competitive advantage of organisations. We focus on developing your professional expertise, and improve your employability and career prospects by helping you gain broader business, management and leadership knowledge.
The course takes a practical and vocational approach to teaching, so that you are able to apply the theory you learn through practice. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, and skills-based workshops. You also attend a three-day residential event and an intensive study block, designed to assist you in applying your learning during topical and challenging practical situations.
The course enables you to
• develop a strategic focus and application to HRM
• develop a critical understanding of the philosophies and general practices of HRM
• appreciate and critically evaluate the latest theoretical concepts, principles, standards and frameworks of HRM practice
• gain skills in solving complex scenarios related to improving the activities and functions of modern HRM
• build a holistic approach to examining and solving complex HR problems
To ensure you learn the latest developments in HRM and to widen your knowledge and understanding, guest lectures are given by leading practitioners and visiting professors.
We have a close relationship with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD South Yorkshire and District branch) which provides access to a professional advisor to support students and the course team. You become a student member of the CIPD, with options to progress towards a professional level of membership when you graduate.
We also have a dynamic, student-led HR network, which provides excellent opportunities for sharing experience with alumni, sponsors, business leaders, HR managers and consultants.
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 CIPD.
At Sheffield Business School, we have over 30 years' experience in delivering HRM masters qualifications, and have a 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.
We have also built a strong reputation nationally and internationally, for providing excellent support and advice to students to ensure they can all maximise their potential.
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.
2017 entry requirements
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
If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees.
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.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Full time - September start - typically 12 months
Typical modules may include
|Semester one – postgraduate certificate modules||
The context of HRM
Resourcing and talent management
Organisations and leadership
Performance and reward management
Developing skills for business leadership
Research methods part 1
|Semester two – postgraduate diploma modules||
Strategies for international HRM
Managing employee relations
Developing skills for business leadership part 2
Research methods part 2
|Semester three – masters||
|Assessment||With the exception of the dissertation, each module has one or two assessments, which could be either a written assignment, and/or examination.|
Our students have taken up careers in human resource management with organisations including • Tesco • HSBC • Cleveland Constabulary • First Mainline • various public sector organisations • Royal Mail • Carrefour • Lenovo • International Hilton Hotels.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £6,300 for the course
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas. Please note that for 13 month courses your loan will be paid to you over the duration of two years.
2017/18 academic year
Full time – typically £7,200 for the course
Part time – typically £2,845 per stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,800 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 for the course
Additional course costs
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