Taught course

Human Resource Management

University of Southampton · Southampton Business School

Entry requirements

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn about human resource management policies and practice and engage in current debates about the changing world of work on this professionally accredited masters degree. Its distinctive evidence-based approach means you’ll learn about proven concepts and techniques, while its focus on international HR management practices will prepare you for a global career. Taught by leading researchers in the field, you’ll be encouraged to develop your analytical and critical skills as well as practical people management capabilities. You’ll also benefit from being part of a supportive peer group known as an action learning set. This will enable you to collaborate on group assignments, learn from others’ experiences, gain insights into group working and reflect on your performance.

Focusing on both operational and strategic issues, and covering contemporary debates and challenges in the field of human resource management, this masters degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in general or specialist HR management roles.

The course has two particular strengths – an evidence-based approach that ensures you are learning the most effective concepts and techniques, and a focus on HR management in an international context. You’ll learn about current practice in the established industrialised world and in emerging economies, encouraging you to compare diverse ways of working and analyse the impact of different approaches on people management. This global view will prepare you for a career overseas or in a multinational organisation.

We also emphasise the importance of analytical thinking throughout the course, encouraging you to think precisely and take a rigorous approach to your own research.

This programme will be of interest if you are keen to specialise in HR management following your undergraduate studies; many of our students come from a business studies or social sciences discipline. Or you may be a professional who is seeking to advance or change your career.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Southampton Business School
+44 (0)23 8059 4393