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Human resource management

Successful organisations depend on motivated, efficient and engaged employees.

Human resource management
No matter the type of organisation, people need to be recruited, managed and motivated to maintain a productive workplace.

At Essex, you can gain the industry knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in your career in human resource management (HRM) or learning and development. Whether you’re a newly qualified graduate or an experienced professional looking for a CIPD accredited course, Essex Business School provides an academically rigorous and applied HR education so you can rise to the top as a leader or practitioner.

You study in a department with academics who draw on real-world research in class to ensure you graduate with the knowledge and skills to tackle current HRM issues. You also benefit from expertise from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, helping you to understand the complexities of people management, and hear from professional practitioners through guest lectures and organised visits.

Why study here?
  • Enhance your CV with a CIPD accredited qualification.
  • Hear from industry practitioners and visit HR professionals in action.
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
Is the UK’s productivity crisis a result of low morale, or a lack of investment in training? Could gamification help to solve recruitment challenges? How can we solve gender imbalances in the workplace? If you want to explore some of human resource management’s most important issues, a PhD at Essex could be for you. 

At Essex, you can become part of a lively, global research community of more than 100 doctoral students, joining us from around five continents. Our PhD Management Studies at our Colchester Campus enables you to pursue research into important aspects of human resource management, from ethics and historical perspectives, to Human Resource Management (HRM) issues within specific industries and beyond. Our Centre for Work, Organisation and Society also gives you access to the latest research from around the world through seminars and networking opportunities.

You'll join Essex Business School, where you're supervised by world-leading academics with a wide range of management research interests, from international HRM to power elites. Whoever you are supervised by, you experience a supportive research environment, where you develop your professional skills and research expertise in your chosen area.

Our Research Groups

  • Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Group.
    A business isn’t a collection of stock, equipment and buildings, it is an organisation made up of people. Our Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management research group digs deep into the heart of the people issues facing all types of organisations.
Why study here?
  • We champion sustainable business practices and responsible management. 
  • More than two-thirds of Essex Business School research is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
  • We're Top 5 in the UK for social science research (REF 2014)
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