Human Resource Management MSc

Human Resource Management MSc

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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    One year

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    Campus, None

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Human Resource Management programme is intended for those with little or no work experience since graduation. You will graduate with an MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM).

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second degree classification (2:2) from a recognised university, or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1 (September to December)

These are the assessed modules in Semester 1

  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Managing Leading and Developing People
  • Research Methods
  • Critical issues in HRM
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership

In addition, the following are timetabled:

  • Progress Tutorial
  • Three Academic Support Workshops

Semester 2 (January to May)

These are the assessed modules in Semester 2.  

  • Critical issues in HRM
  • Research Methods
  • Organisational Design and Development
  • Leadership and Management Development
  • plus 2 option modules

In addition, the following is timetabled:

  • Progress Tutorial
  • Three Academic Support Workshops

​Not all options may be available each year, but the options include:

  • Employment Law
  • Managing Employee Relations
  • Performance Management
  • Reward Management
  • Talent and People Resources

* In some years we may not be able to offer all the options listed

Semester 3 (May to mid August)

Students will design and undertake a piece of research on an HRM/HRD topic of their choosing; this will be written up as a 10,000 word dissertation.

Further Information

UCLan is an Accredited Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which means that it is empowered to award its own internally assessed MSc course which gives full exemption from the CIPD’s professional education route to membership. Thus, students who successfully complete the course will receive UCLan’s MSc in HRM and will also have fulfilled the CIPD’s skills and knowledge requirements for associate membership.

On completion of your studies, you can continue your membership of CIPD and eventually gain chartered membership. You will be required to complete a behavioural assessment and provide evidence that you have gained the necessary work experience in HRM. The course leader can advise you further on the route to and benefits of CIPD membership. You can also find full details of CIPD here.

The MSc HRM will enable you to:

  • Critically evaluate the principles and practices of HRM from an academic and organisational standpoint
  • Develop ideas and arguments and identify appropriate professional responses
  • Develop and apply key skills and knowledge
  • Demonstrate your continuous professional development (CPD)

The programme meets the requirements of the “Advanced” level of the CIPD.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: TBC
Part-time: £2550 per year

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

The programme meets the requirements of the “Advanced” level of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students are encouraged to network with practitioner at events hosted by the Institute for Research into Work, Organisations and Employment (iROWE) and local branches of the CIPD.

Learning Environment and Assessment

In Semesters 1 and 2 students will be required to attend class meetings for up to 16 hours each week. Students are required to undertake additional study in their own time, and this will involve some tutor directed study. The MSc is likely to take up as much of your time each week as would a full-time job. More guidance will be given on this issue during the induction to the course during the first week of attendance. The MSc experience consists of lectures, seminars, group tasks and activities, simulations and student presentations. Frequent use is made of case study and other student-centred materials. Students are expected to be active participants in the sessions. Groups or individuals may also seek guidance in tutorials with the course leader at the weekly Progress Tutorial.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, the objective being to use the most appropriate method for the knowledge and/or skill/s being assessed. There will be essays, reports (sometimes based upon a case study analysis), presentations (sometimes in small teams, sometimes solo) and some unseen examinations. You also have to complete a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) during the MSc HRM programme. The final piece of assessed work that you complete is a 10,000-word dissertation.

Graduate Careers

A course module that will help you plan your career is available as a free choice module (called an elective), which you can study as part of your degree programme.

Fee Information

The University offers a number of tuition fee reductions for eligible new Home (UK) and EU postgraduate taught students:

  • UCLan award holders studying a postgraduate taught course full or part-time or a postgraduate research degree (full or part time) may be eligible for a 20% tuition fee discount if paying a standard or higher tuition fee.

​For further details relating to International reductions please follow this link.

For further information on paying by instalments please follow this link.