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MSc Human Resource Management (1 year)

Learn the skills to lead and inspire your workforce through proven techniques and the latest research in the sector.



In brief, the programme provides a critical, rigorous, closely evidence-based, masters-level education in human resources management (HRM) that makes extensive international reference. The course is grounded in many of the key concepts and models that underpin HRM, and also parent disciplines of psychology, sociology and economics.

The MSc Human Resource Management also focuses on both operational and strategic issues, as well as contemporary debates and challenges in the field of HRM. The international focus of the programme’s content is a key strength, which will support the transfer of learning through contextualisation via case studies to a wide range of scenarios.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to follow different careers in the profession, industry or in the academic world.

This programme offers students postgraduate-level education in the field of human resource management that brings together theories and models from across the underpinning academic disciplines to enable students to understand and more effectively manage people within contemporary work organisations. Importantly, the programme provides a curriculum associated with specialist knowledge required for undertaking specialist as well as general HR functions with organisations.

View the programme specification document for this course.


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Programme Structure

The programme may be completed on a full-time (12 months) basis. The first eight to nine months of the programme involve taught study, with the programme then completed with the dissertation. All the modules involved are of course at masters level. Please see the Modules tab for further details.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent.

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Acceptable subjects: Social science eg business admin, communication, economics, education, government, linguistics, sociology, political sciences – a wider range can be accepted if applicant has work experience

Required module areas: Evidence of essay based study

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience can compensate for a degree subject not listed above.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-masters programme.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

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.

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The modules for MSc Human Resource Management are detailed below.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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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.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

The programme offers a foundation for critical, evidence-based practice, and personal resilience, in people management internationally. Students, who come to us from across the world, have typically gone on to work in general and specialist people management roles in the UK, Europe and in their (other) home countries, eg China. In some cases, students go on to further study, either of further masters programmes in other areas or to PhD level study of human resource management.

Learning & Assessment

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