Taught course

Human Resource Management

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international/professional/academic equivalent, in any subject. We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience. If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc HRM is accredited by CIPD, giving full exemption against their professional standards. This course is designed to help you develop your career in human resource management (HRM). It is suitable for graduates looking to study for an MSc before securing their first HR job, or those taking a break and wishing to re-train or re-focus their career. You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations. The optional unit choices and the dissertation enable you to specialise in a particular area of HR.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field.

The course includes a work placement, and an opportunity to do a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPD’s national conference.

You will study the following units:

. Leading, Managing and Developing People - This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
. HR in Context - This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision making in business and in HRM.
. Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law - Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of resourcing and managing employment relationships within a legally compliant framework. You will apply theoretical frameworks and employment law to critically evaluate contemporary practices.
. Developing Skills for Business Leadership – This unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.
. Research Methods in HRM – This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations’ strategies and practices and to peoples working lives.
. Dissertation - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.
. The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

Human Resource Management is an increasingly attractive and well-rewarded career, and as a result is becoming more popular amongst graduates. This CIPD accredited course enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills.

This programme includes a ten-day work placement and many students subsequently choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Previous students have undertaken placements at a variety of companies, including Barclays, Hilton, Marriott, The Big Life Group, Harvey Nichols, Betfred and Salford City College.

Special Features

. This course meets the new professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD and gives full exemption from their Postgraduate Diploma.
. Student membership of the CIPD is highly recommended. This enables you to obtain the CIPD exemptions, access CIPD resources and library, and attend the national conference in Manchester. CIPD student membership fees are not included in your tuition fees. Please see www.cipd.co.uk for current fees.
. You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
. The course includes attendance at the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee.
. A human resources placement is part of the course and many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement.
. A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place in your first week.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the Manchester Met website for the latest fee information: www.mmu.ac.uk
International students
Please refer to the Manchester Met website for the latest fee information: www.mmu.ac.uk

For the latest information on fees and funding, please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/scholarships/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice15
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Shirley Jenner
+44 (0)161 247 6969