Human Resource Management

1 Year
September 2024
In Person

Our MSc in Human Resource Management is ideal if you’re interested in how organisations get the best out of people and have little or no work experience since graduation. It will give you enough knowledge and skill to build a career in an organisation that has significant people management dimensions within it.

Why study with us

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD is the professional body for HRM/HRD professionals in the UK, and further afield.
  • You’ll graduate with both an MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) and a Level 7 qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • You’ll network with practitioners at events hosted by the Institute for Research into Work, Organisations and Employment (iROWE) along with CIPD local branches and National conferences organised by the CIPD.

What you'll do

  • You’ll critically evaluate the principles and practices of Human Resource Management from an academic and organisational standpoint.
  • You’ll develop ideas and arguments, identify appropriate professional responses and apply key skills and knowledge, along with demonstrating your continuous professional development (CPD).
  • You'll showcase your knowledge through contemporary dynamic assessments. You'll also create and develop a global network across the HR community.


Modules HR4203 and HR4204 are subject to demand only.

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


  • This course is accredited by the CIPD, the professional body for Human Resources and people development. The course is mapped against their professional standards. We are an established CIPD accredited centre with a track record of delivering high-quality people management education. Upon graduation from this course, you will gain Associate Membership, with the opportunity to upgrade your status to gain further professional recognition.

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How to apply
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Hear from our students

When I was making the decision to pursue a career in Human Resources I wanted to set myself apart, undertaking the MSc in HRM I became an associate member of the CIPD. Not only did the course provide me the practitioner skills I needed to be a HR professional but also the theoretical skills to become an academic. The support offered by the tutors encouraged me to pursue my PhD, a journey I am excited to continue with UCLan.
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Abigail Allen
Graduate, MSc Human Resource Management
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Academic expertise

Many of our staff have a wealth of HRM practitioner experience and considerable experience teaching and researching HRM.

The unique mix of academic staff teaching the course are all passionate about sharing their experiences and supporting students to become HRM professionals.

Penny Davis
Penny Davis
School of Business

Penny is an experienced HRM practitioner. She teaches a range of HRM, Leadership and management modules. Penny is completing a PhD in Organisation, Work, and Employment, and her research interests include precarious work, self-employment, attitudes towards work and career.

Maxine Rawlings
School of Business

Having worked as a Human Resource Development Consultant for over 12 years in a higher education establishment, Maxine has specific expertise and interest in managing organisational wide programmes such as induction, leadership and management, supporting organisational change an…

Future careers

Upon graduation you’ll receive the University’s MSc in Human Resource Management and will meet the CIPD’s skills and knowledge requirements once you have the necessary work experience for membership.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Business

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