About this course
Specialise in human resource on this UK HR management degree at the University of Southampton. MSc Human Resource Management takes an analytical approach to teaching processes worldwide, preparing you for a career in HR management.
This HR degree is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You’ll get the chance to start your own membership as a student.
A HR management degree is an excellent graduate opportunity to learn about human resource and advance or change your current career.
This is an analytical and evidence-based master’s degree in human resource management. Your course lecturers will focus on operational and strategic issues, and will bring their own research and experience to their teaching. We’ll encourage you to develop your analytical and practical people management skills.
This master’s in HR management teaches concepts and techniques proven to work in the HR management field. You’ll compare different approaches and analyse the impact they have on people management. The course explores different practices across Europe, Japan, China and USA, preparing you for an international career.
Some modules expand your critical and analytical skills and others will be practical (such as role play) or self-reflective. We’ll help you develop important skills so you can pursue a career in HR management.
As part of this master’s degree, you’ll explore:
- the relationship between HR development and an organisation’s strategic objectives
- key aspects of employee relations
- current approaches in HR management with an analytical approach
- organisation development
- practical skills
You’ll be a part of a supportive peer group, known as an action learning set. These groups are set up at the start of the course and will help you to collaborate on group assignments. You’ll learn from your peers’ experiences, so you can reflect on your own performance.
During your degree you can become a student CIPD member (there is a fee to join). When you graduate, you’ll automatically become a CIPD Associate Member. This will provide you access to specialist resources and a community of HR practitioners.
Your course leader is Dr Guy Vernon. He specialises in research into employee relations, focusing on cross-national comparative and internationally focused studies. He wrote the popular book, International Human Resource Management and will teach 2 modules on this course. Visit Dr Vernon’s staff profile to find out more about his work.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree subject with evidence of qualitative (essay-based) study in a social science, such as:
- business administration
- government and political sciences
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2), you'll study the taught part of this human resource management degree.
This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from. You’ll be able to choose to study either:
- European labour markets
- comparative and international people management
During semester 2 you’ll begin preparing for your dissertation.
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work and private study.
Our lecturers use a range of teaching methods, including:
- group discussions
- case studies
- problem solving exercises
- role play
A key part of this degree is the use of action learning sets. You’ll be placed with a group of fellow students - your action learning set. You’ll work in this group on collaborative tasks and assignments in class. You’ll meet regularly to discuss your learning experiences to help you improve your performance.
Working within an action learning set will help you:
- learn from your peer’s ideas, knowledge and experience
- improve how you approach team dynamics
- appreciate the contributions of a diverse group of people
- receive feedback
- reflect on your own learning approach and management style
This course has a focus on self-reflection to help you become a better HR practitioner.
One form of assessment will be personal reflective reports. You’ll need to use your learning logs (a record of structured reflection on key skills and knowledge gained) to identify your understanding of past and current organisational problems and experiences.
Other assessment methods include:
- group assignments
- reflective engagement in class
- group work in class exercises
You'll need to use the skills you learn in the taught part of the programme to carry out an independent investigation of a topic of your choice. As a result, you’ll need to write a 15,000-word dissertation describing your work.
You’ll have access to a range of facilities and support services in the Southampton Business School and will be allocated a personal academic tutor who can answer any questions you may have about the course.
This course provides a foundation for you to specialise in HR or general people management roles across the world.
This includes careers in:
- organisation human resource departments
- line management positions
- management consultancy
Following this postgraduate degree, you can choose to study human resource management at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £12,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
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