Entry requirements

A good honours degree in either business, management or a cognate social science (sociology, psychology, economics), or a degree in another subject with a substantial business or social science component.

Months of entry


Course content

Set yourself up for a fulfilling career in human resource management or employee relations on this comprehensive, professionally accredited master’s run by Loughborough’s HR experts.

Organisations need well skilled HR practitioners to help them manage and look after their people in a way that supports transformation and growth – but also places responsibility and equality front and centre of work and people’s working lives.

Join this MSc to develop your skills to a strategic level, learning about everything from psychology and work design, to employment law, and learning and development.

Learn in the context of real-world issues

Working with Loughborough’s experienced practitioners and researchers, you’ll build sought-after expertise – as you explore pressing contemporary issues from trade unions and strikes, to the gender pay gap.

The degree has a strong ethical thread running through it and is very international in flavour, both in terms of the topics covered, and the students on the programme.

Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) adds extra weight to your skills. There’ll also be plenty of networking opportunities with business leaders and HR professionals – and you’ll be supported to develop in areas like critical thinking and analysis, presentations and problem solving, as well.

Tailor your degree to match your career motivations

It’s up to you if you want to shape the programme more towards human resource management (focusing on topics such as recruitment, reward and talent management); or employee relations (looking more at areas like trade union relations and pay negotiations). You can choose modules and your dissertation subject based on where your interests lie.

By the end of the programme, you’ll be in an excellent position for securing HR roles, whether you choose to go into human resource management, employment relations, employee development or other related fields of management.

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see our website for a list of master's degree funding and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222496