Taught course

Human Resource Management

Lancaster University · Management School

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Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Management, Business Studies, Social Sciences, History, Philosophy, English, Languages, Arts or other Humanities. Relevant work experience is beneficial but not essential.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

Months of entry


Course content

Successful organisations have successful employee relations. However, it takes sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills to deliver this. It needs a deep understanding of people in an organisational context. This MSc provides the tools to allow you to thrive in the world of human resource management.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You receive student CIPD membership immediately and become an associate member when you are awarded your degree (subject to successful completion of all modules and necessary fees).

Every organisational decision has an impact on its workforce. Our aim is to foster critical and reflective thinking and pragmatism. We will give you the confidence to challenge existing workplace thinking using good theoretical understanding. You will engage with real life business reports and learn how to assess the impact on HR issues which may include staff development, retention and workload alongside financial outcomes.

This course examines the role of the manager, the organisation and employment relations in human resource management. You will be taught by distinguished academics who are acknowledged leaders in their field. We offer a student-centred, supportive environment by keeping the number of students small. This allows our faculty members to role-play with students to give practical experience of situations they will face in the workplace for example, conducting a performance appraisal.

You will study HR concepts such as recruitment and selection, careers and wellbeing as well as Employment Relations issues such as the importance of equality and diversity. We will look at how contemporary organisations function and manage organisational change.

Our graduates leave able to manage people effectively and make sound judgements through conceptual and analytical understanding. Many progress to general management roles, HR management roles or into further academic study.

Information for international students

Details of entry requirements for international students can be found here: Grade Equivalencies

Proof of english language is required from non-native english speakers. We require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0, with no less than 6.0 in any element, or an approved equivalent.

If your score is below our requirements, we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional english language programmes.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

LUMS Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1524 592938