Taught course

Human Resource Management

University of Kent · Kent Business School

Entry requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in business or a relevant social sciences discipline. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree. Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your people management skills to operate effectively in today's challenging business environment

The attraction, retention and development of high calibre people are a source of competitive advantage for organisations today and are the responsibility of human resource professionals. This puts human resource management at the centre of business performance and a critical partner for organisational success.

At Kent Business School our MSc in Human Resource Management produces well-rounded human resource practitioners with exemplary knowledge and relevant expertise to succeed in today’s challenging business environment.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional institute for HRM and HR development, to its Advanced Level Standards. As a CIPD Approved Centre, we are recognised as a professional deliverer of HRM education so that on completion of this programme, you will have acquired the level of knowledge and understanding to apply for full professional membership of the CIPD. We work closely with the CIPD to deliver extra-curricular events to enhance your learning, skills and employability. Such events have included an annual event with key speakers on a topical HRM issue, and a careers event involving a variety of HRM practitioners. Our relationship with the CIPD also gives you the opportunity to attend CIPD hosted events in the local area to further enhance relevant skills, knowledge and employability.

Graduates will typically go on to specialist management positions or consultancy roles in all areas of human resource management, including employee relations, reward and recognition, recruitment,retention, and people and organisational development within a diverse range of organisations.

Teaching staff on the programme comprise of academics who all understand the current business climate and are personally committed to students’ success. They bring a breadth of experience and expertise to their teaching and are involved in a wide range of research and professional activities. Our approach is to inspire and develop your people management skills to operate effectively in today’s challenging business environment.

Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June. Once these are completed, students then work full time on the project and write a business report based on this. This 8,000 to 10,000 word HRM Business Report is an opportunity to apply the techniques and insights presented in the programme and apply them to a particular problem area.

Kent Business School (KBS)

We are a world-class business school combining rigorous teaching with real world relevance and strong links to the business community.Our research is ranked 32 in the UK on a measure of "research power" - RAE 2014 and underpins and enhances our teaching. Our flagship programme, the Kent MBA, has AMBA accreditation and together with our Master’s in Management, Marketing, Business Analytics, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management Science, and programmes in finance and accounting, we continue to attract applicants with a wide range of backgrounds from 102 countries leading to excellent results in the 2015 Guardian and Sunday Times university league tables.

Studying at KBS gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for progressing University of Kent undergraduates and our Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird entitles students who apply early (before 31 March 2016) and commit early, 10% off their tuition fees.

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Kent Business School
+44 (0)1227 827726