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Human Resource Management (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

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. 

Course lead

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. 


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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