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MSc Human Resource Management (with placement)

MSc Human Resource Management (with placement)

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Full time


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Human Resources Management

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) course is ideal for students from any academic discipline who want to build a successful career in HR. The course is designed specifically to enable those who are seeking to start such a career, to gain a Masters qualification in HRM through completing a course of study that has been approved by the professional body for HRM practitioners, namely the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

During your studies, you will explore a full range of HRM approaches, techniques and methodologies. The modules will provide you with a solid grounding in HRM and its practice in contemporary organisations.

You'll gain internationally-relevant skills that create career opportunities in consultancy, recruitment, training and other HR roles which facilitate global business. The emphasis is on applying knowledge, skills and techniques to analyse HRM practices and strategies.

The Consultancy Experience Project (or an Applied Dissertation, on the two-year course) gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and analytical skills you have acquired throughout your studies enabling you to make costed recommendations to the senior managers of a real organisation on a business HR issue.

Successful completion of this course leads to Associate Membership of the CIPD, and is a prerequisite for you to eventually apply for Chartered Membership and ultimately enable you to apply to progress to Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD. Nottingham Business School will pay for your student membership for the duration of the course.

What you’ll gain from this degree?

  • demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the primary theories and concepts relevant to HRM in a business context.
  • apply knowledge, tools and techniques to resolve issues in new and diverse situations within the HRM discipline.
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of techniques of research and enquiry to draw conclusions from a critical evaluation of relevant issues.
  • analyse a variety of relevant data used in diverse contexts to support effective decision making in the HRM discipline.
  • communicate key issues and arguments in written and oral format to a professional standard.
  • take personal responsibility for continuing professional development and develop the capacity to be an effective and reflective practitioner.

Careers and employability

At Nottingham Business School, we’re focused on your employability from the start of your postgraduate degree. We provide you with a learning experience that integrates theory and practice.

Graduates from this course have gone onto roles within the public, private and third sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • HR Manager
  • Global HRIS Analyst
  • Head of HR
  • Senior HR Specialist
  • Organisational Development Consultant (self-employed).


This module explores the related aspects of learning and development firstly as a driver of economic, social and cultural change at governmental, organisational and individual level and secondly as an enabler of these changes. The module examines critically the meanings of 'talent' in the context of organisational effectiveness; learning and development policies and strategy. It also explores the extent to which learning and development professionals can influence the organisations they work within, having regard to ethical and professional standards of competence. This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the employment relationship, perspectives and debates, both national and international, from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective. It will enable you to critically evaluate notions of participation, involvement, commitment and engagement for their utility in enhancing employer/employee relations.

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Entry requirements

Students will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught postgraduate courses, professional courses and research degrees. Whether you...more

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