This MSc is designed with your career in mind – opening up a wider range of job opportunities by providing the skills and practice to either accelerate your career or prepare you for a new start.
It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK’s professional association for human resource managers, and introduces you to the theoretical and practical business skills you require in the workplace.
Study mode: Full time
Through the research-led teaching delivered by Sheffield University Management School’s team of leading experts, you will gain a thorough understanding of the role human resources play in modern organisations. You will explore the implications of different organisational, financial, political, legal and socio-economic environments for the management of people at work. You will also learn about best practice approaches to a wide variety of human resource management concerns, such as pay and rewards, diversity, performance management, wellbeing and international human resource management.
Our MSc in Human Resource Management is taught full-time over two semesters. During the third semester students undertake a management project. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. We also run skill sessions, designed to familiarise you with practical challenges that HR practitioners face and provide you with skills and knowledge that you will require in your future careers. Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and the management project. There is also the possibility of undertaking an organisational project, giving you real-world work experience within a company.
The programme is delivered by staff members from Sheffield University Management School’s Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour division and the Institute of Work Psychology. Both divisions are home to world-class academic researchers who have published on a wide variety of human resource management-related topics. They regularly undertake consultancy and research for businesses and employer organisations, as well as for national and local government, trade unions, NGOs and key international bodies such as the International Labour Organisation.
Our programme’s CIPD accreditation enables you to become a member of the Institute, allowing you access to networking opportunities, key contacts and resources which will benefit your future career. It also provides you with the basis for achieving higher professional levels of CIPD membership in the future. The CIPD’s online Student Resource area includes study tips, exam information, HR factsheets, online journals, a HR professional map and dedicated discussion boards.
The Management School offers a similar programme which is not accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - click here to read about this programme.
The example course structure listed above may be subject to change in future years. The content and assessment methods on our courses are reviewed annually to make sure they're up-to-date and relevant.
Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.
In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
|Careers and employability||
At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your programme.
You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our programmes are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically; and the conceptual understanding required to evaluate current scholarship and research techniques.
Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
|Fees and funding||
Tuition fees for 2018-19 are:
GBP 11,650 for EU Students
You may incur fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here to find out more.
There are a number of scholarships which students may be eligible for, visit the following links for more information:
Constantinos Rigas, MSc Human Resource Management (Cyprus)
What were you doing before you started your course? I completed my bachelor degree in Economics in London. Before deciding to do my MSc I worked as a Human Resource Trainee at Cyprus Institute of Neurology of Genetic for three months.
Why did you choose to study your course? Why Sheffield University Management School? I was always fascinated in the human element of organisations, people are simply the beating heart of any society and the primary driver towards growth and sustainability making it the main reason why I chose this course. I was intrigued by the world class reputation of Sheffield University Management School and greatly motivated by the mission and vision that come with it. However the most important reason why I chose Sheffield University and the Management School is the attitude towards critical thinking and challenging real-world situations with research.
What has been your favourite module and why? Human Resource Management is about exploring employment relations, motivating and developing staff. A module which includes all these components is 'Professional Development' which has been one of my favourites to study. The general vibe and structure of the module is really enjoyable since we are constantly debating and discussing different issues. Group presentations happen on a daily basis that allows students to enhance our communication skills and become familiar with real life situations in an enjoyable and engaging method.
How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your employability? The career services within the Management School have been tremendously helpful. They provided me with lots of employability material like employer handbooks and brochures to help me find the most suitable job for me. In addition, there is a website that just advertises graduate schemes, placements or internships to help students increase their employability. Furthermore, I recently attended a jobs fair where employers came to campus to meet exclusively with Sheffield University students exclusively. This event helped me better understand the application process as well as giving me the opportunity to network with employers.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying your course? Nowadays organisations tend to overlook people for profits and share prices. Human Resource management is all about people. If the thought of understanding and researching the links between people, motivation and organisation performance excites you, then Human Resource Management is the right course for you!
|How to apply||
Our MSc in Human Resource Management is designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds. Whether you are already working in human resource management or have an inclination to do so, this programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional recognition and move your career forward. A dedicated careers service is also on hand to support students and put you in touch with employers.
You will have a 2:1 honours degree, or an approved professional qualification, combined with a desire to learn about the principles and practices of people management. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.
Staged admissions process
Applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process.
You can find information about the process on our staged admissions web page:
Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.
If you have any enquiries about your suitability, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team: