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Evidence-Based Human Resource Management (MRes/Professional Doctorate)

Evidence-Based Human Resource Management (MRes/Professional Doctorate)

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Part time


4 years

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Human Resources Management

Course type


Course Summary

This unique doctoral programme, Evidence-Based Human Resource Management (MRes) provides you with training in evidence-based practice (EBP). This well-established approach to practice emphasises making better-informed decisions about problems (or opportunities) and potential solutions or interventions through use of the best available evidence from multiple sources. The programme is relevant to practitioners working across all areas relevant to human resource practice and scholarship, including management, learning and development, and internal and external consultancy.

Throughout the Professional Doctorate you will undertake work-based learning, including: expert briefings and masterclasses from leading academics and practitioners around each of the four key practice areas in HRM, seminars and workshops on evidence-based practice, research methods training to extend your knowledge and skills and develop reflective practice, peer-learning and group supervision as well as self-learning as appropriate to a research-focused degree. You will also be allocated a personal supervisor and have access to a wide range of taught courses, professional training courses and networking opportunities offered by the Department of Organizational Psychology. You will have access to a virtual learning environment too, providing you with supplementary materials. It is assumed that you will be able to gain experience and practise and investigate evidence-based Human Resource Management at your workplace.

The first part of the programme constitutes the MRes. In the first year, you take two fundamental evidence modules and a content module focused on assessment and selection. In the second year, which runs from January to December, you take a further three modules to work through the employee life cycle. Each of these modules is assessed by a case study which together will form an evidence-based practice portfolio.


Founded in 1962, Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology was the first department of occupational psychology in the UK and it continues to play a distinctive role in British occupational psychology - and, increasingly, within organisational behaviour.

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Our research excellence was confirmed in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.


This module is one of six modules within Part 1 of the MRes/Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based HRM to facilitate deep and critical understanding of the foundations of evidence-based practice in HRM. The module is highly interactive and relies on both tutor and peer learning, along with work-based practice, with a clear focus on experiential learning and reflection on action, as well as personal reflection.

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Entry requirements

A master’s degree in human resource management, or a related field, and relevant in-depth professional experience with merit or distinction. You must be in relevant employment to apply your learning to the workplace. You must be highly competent in your use of written and spoken English and have good social and communication skills.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more