Taught course

Human Resource Management

Birkbeck, University of London · Organizational Psychology

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Entry requirements

At least a second-class honours degree (2:2), or equivalent, in social sciences or a business-related discipline.

Management development professionals and consultants without a first degree but with suitable professional qualifications and at least five years' significant management experience in a range of organisations may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) is an essential course for those who wish to purse a dynamic career as a HR professional in contemporary organisations. It has been designed to provide you with theoretical and practical foundations to enhance your understanding of critical issues in HRM, including:
  • equality and diversity
  • employment law
  • leadership development
  • organisational change.

Grounded in theory, research, and practice, this course will develop your critical analytic skills in how to design, implement, and evaluate HR practice, policy, and processes in organisations. You will gain an overview of UK, international, and comparative issues related to people management.

This human resource management degree also gives you the opportunity to specialise either as a HR professional with a focus on people management or as a HR professional with a focus on organisational development and consultancy.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Upon successful completion, you will be an Associate Member of the CIPD with the option to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow provided you have relevant work experience.

This course is part of our new Birkbeck Flexible Master’s UK, which gives you the choice of how you want to study - on campus, online or via flexible learning, which combines both. You do not have to decide which route you would like to take when applying - we will contact you at a later date to find out.


  • Two pathways on this degree allow you to specialise according to your career aspirations or interests, with a focus either on people management, or a focus on organisational development and consultancy.
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • This human resource management degree draws on the research expertise of our teaching team, many of whom are active members of our Diversity Research Group.
  • Working with the University of London, we also offer an online MSc Human Resource Management.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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