How does the well-being of an employee affect the overall performance of a business? What’s the relationship between personal development and productivity? How can human resource managers best support senior and line managers to help them to achieve their objectives?
No matter the type of organisation, people need to be recruited, managed and motivated in order to create an effective and successful workplace. Our full-time, one year MSc Human Resource Management gives you the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a successful leader and practitioner in this increasingly complex business world. You will learn to address practical human resource issues in a critical and independent way, while considering the ethical obligations of the human resource practitioner
You'll experience rigorous and practical training in core HR areas throughout the course. You also have an opportunity to choose from a range of elective modules which reflect the research interests of our strongly international faculty.
Topics you will study include:
Our course has been designed to meet the needs both of newly qualified graduates and experienced professionals looking to enhance their career prospects. After studying our MSc Human Resource Management you’ll be prepared to take a role at the forefront of any human resource department and its parent organisation.
You study at Essex Business School (EBS), at our award-winning Colchester Campus. We are the largest department at the University of Essex and provide a cutting-edge education suitable for today’s fast-paced world of work.
MSc Human Resources Management is studied full-time and you may be eligible for scholarships or discounts.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Professional accreditation gives your career a head start by allowing you to move into a professional role faster. Our MSc Human Resource Management is accredited by CIPD, the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, they've been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development; they’re the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR professionals.
You will become a student member of CIPD when you sign up for the programme, giving you access to resources, networks and events. Your membership lasts 18 months, meaning it extends beyond the end date of your course and enables you to continue to access CIPD resources and events as you enter the world of work.
When you graduate, alongside your degree, you will be awarded a level 7 diploma from CIPD, which is considered an essential qualification around the world for HR professionals.
Our academics at Essex Business School have world-class research reputations. They draw upon a mixture of academic and industry experience, and use a wide range of social science theory, to explore the contemporary human resources issues affecting private, public and third sector organisations.
Academic input from the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies will also provide an understanding of the complexities of people management. On this course, you deepen your knowledge of human emotions, relationships and society.
You also hear from professional practitioners through guest lectures and organised visits. These utilise both the knowledge and expertise of our various corporate and business partners and the University’s Human Resources Section.
Essex Business School is home to the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society, which organises research seminars for staff and postgraduate students.
You benefit from the facilities in our landmark Essex Business School building, based at our Colchester Campus. You experience contemporary learning facilities, including a beautiful winter garden for group working, networking and socialising. We have our own café, Bonds, and the EBS Learning team provide a number of study skills workshop.
You benefit from a host of University facilities located close by, including our state-of-the-art Silberrad Student Centre, complete with an open-access 24-hour Learning Hub and a cutting-edge media centre.
This course provides a solid foundation for a career in human resources. Many of our graduates also enjoy roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, with many using the skills developed at Essex to go into business themselves.
We provide you with the necessary skills to succeed in modern workplaces, fostering creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to help you tackle the many challenges of the business world. 93% of our Essex Business School students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020).
The University’s Careers Services will be on hand to provide career advice throughout your degree.
“Essex is where I belong. I did my undergraduate degree here and I stayed to do my Masters because this is where I feel at home. The academics are friendly and approachable and my course is developing my skills in teamwork, problem solving and communication.”
Christiana Markou, MSc Human Resource Management (2016)
A 2:2 degree, or international equivalent, in any discipline.Your degree must contain at least two of the following modules in the final two years of study: Human Resource Management, Management, Administration, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour or Consumer Behaviour.
If you do not hold a degree which includes relevant modules, then we can still consider you. You should be able to show that you have at least three years relevant work experience in Human Resource Management, Personnel or Management.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
MSc Human Resource Management combines compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
£19,380EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.
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