Human Resource Management and Development
MSc

Part-time study available
Alternative start dates available
Based at MediaCityUK
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Human Resource Management and Development at Salford:

  • Achieve a qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) with one of the UK’s leading providers
  • Study part-time and gain a CIPD Advanced Level Diploma in just 18 months
  • Enhance your employability by developing the skills needed to motivate, manage and reward employees

Key Information

Start Dates: September; January; March; June; November; July
Duration:

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)

Course Summary

This course is ideal if you want to specialise in human resource management.  

You will develop your understanding of HRM practices across a variety of organisational settings, with an emphasis on strategic, international and comparative subject matter.

This is an Advanced Level programme, recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as providing the necessary knowledge to apply for Chartered Membership. On graduation you will also receive an Advanced Level Certificate from CIPD.

Full-time students automatically gain entrance to the CIPD National conference and Exhibition in Manchester - the leading HRM conference in the UK.  

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Course Details

This course is designed for graduates with a background in business or business related studies, who wish to specialise in HRM with a view to pursuing a career as an HRM practitioner either as a functional specialist or in other areas of management which involves significant people management responsibilities. On completion you will have developed as a manager of people by learning specialist knowledge and the application of theory and practice in the main specialist areas which comprise HRM.

You will be equipped with the knowledge and specialist skills to effectively select, motivate, manage and reward employees to maximise their potential and the potential of their respective organisations. You will also become a reflective practitioner and enhance your learning and development capabilities.

Semester 1

You will gain a thorough grounding in the major issues and perspectives of management, with a particular focus on strategic, global and organisational issues in an international context. You will be encouraged to think critically about theory and practice in an ethical and professional manner.
You will focus on key practices covering people resourcing and sourcing talent, which are common to all organisations. These skills are highly valuable across sectors dealing with recruitment, selection and induction, development and long and short term succession planning, retention and turnover strategies.

Semester 2

You will explore and analyse contemporary issues connected to employment relations and law from both theoretical and behavioural perspectives. You will also develop key skills and competencies to manage employment relations in union and non-union organisations of all sizes.
This module gives you an effective introduction to the different business skills, approaches and methods needed for leading and managing projects.

Semester 3

Business Innovation Project (BIP)

Flexible final study options

Salford Business School has one of the most flexible suites of post-graduate taught programmes in the UK. For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

Candidates who are not seeking a CIPD award may choose from the following four pathways:

  • Dissertation – traditional 3 month research pathway.
  • Live Project – 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project.
  • Internship – 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation.
  • Placement – 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.

  • Only two options in the Business Innovation Project are open to CIPD candidates- Six month Work Placement assessed by a Management Research Report
  • The other option for CIPD candidates is the Dissertation (CIPD candidates – Investigating a Business Issue from and HR Perspective)
This traditional route involves a substantive piece of research, which can examine contemporary or historical challenges in business, economic or management contexts. The dissertation can be undertaken within a company, a sponsoring organisation, or investigate an area which is of interest to you.  Study is undertaken in the UK, or sometimes overseas – some international students may possibly return to their country to work on an industrial research project.
  • 3 month research project culminating in a 12-15,000 word dissertation
  • Topics can be undertaken in a number of areas:
    • personal interest in a topic area which supports your career aspirations.
    • an academic’s research area which explores challenging developments in the supervisor’s  area of expertise.
    • in partnership with a company or sponsoring company.
    • an entrepreneurial opportunity, particularly suitable if you wish to research your own  business opportunity.
This is a group project (teams of 2 to 5 students) examining an organisational problem or opportunity. Students work on sizeable commercial projects, which are broken down by the team.  Live projects reflect commercial realities of delivering complex commercial projects through the combined efforts of a committed team.
  • 3 month commercial research project.
  • Group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report.
This involves working on a company project. The majority of internships are voluntary positions, which support work experience with a company in a particular sector. A number of projects exist for suitable students, in many cases students are supported in finding and securing internships with the support of the School’s Employability Hub.
  • 1 to 3 month commercial project, undertaken full or part-time with the host company
  • Internships are often voluntary positions providing interesting project experience, some positions are paid – potentially up to 86 UNITE Projects are available in 2013-14.
  • 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation.
Placements are paid positions working on implementing a commercial project. Placements provide valuable experience for student to demonstrate their commercial capabilities. Placements are limited and are competitive.
  • 4 to 6 month work based project undertaken at the organisations premises.
  • Assessment consist portfolio of work, visitor assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words.
  • Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas.
  • Students can undertake placements with their sponsor or employing organisation.
  • For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions.
  • For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months.
  • The salary range for placements range from £14,320 to £25,000 – the average is £19,555.

Part-time

(Evening Classes- September entry) MSc/PG Dip, CIPD Advanced Level Diploma

The programme is intended for graduates who currently work in the field and who require professional accreditation and for those who intend to seek a career in Human Resource Management and development.  The aims are:

  • To improve the effectiveness of HR managers and their organisations
  • To develop a critical awareness of the potential of human resources to contribute to organisational performance
  • To provide a basis from which to develop and enhance your career
  • You will be able to register for individual modules as part of CPD.
The following is an example of how the course could be taken on a part-time evening class basis over two years:  

Year 1 - Semester 1

Strategic International Business Management (CIPD)

Semester 2

Employment Relations and Law - 30 credits

Semester 3

Resource Learning and Talent Management - 30 credits    

Year 2 - Semester 1

Project Management, Leadership and Skills -30 credits

Semester 2 and 3

Business Innovation Project- 12-15,000 dissertation OR six month work placement (which may be where you work) with a 10,000 word Management Research Report

Part-time block attendance: You may undertake the above programme by taking two and a half day teaching blocks. There are two such blocks for every 30 credit module. There are multiple entry points to such a programme

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honors degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management/Grad Cert HRM.  

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.   

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). 

English Language Requirements

Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).  

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. Please search for English in Course Finder.

Suitable For

Professionals and graduates with a background in business who want to specialise their skills and knowledge in the field of human resource management.

Applicant profile

This course offers great scope for you to learn how human resources management plays a vital role in business. You will gain a highly regarded qualification, either as an existing practitioner or as a manager wanting to specialise in HRM.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities.

Various approaches are offered to meet the needs of both full and part-time students. The course is delivered to part-time students over two three-day intensive blocks in the evenings, meaning each module will be completed within a six-week period.

Substantial use is made of distance learning through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, and a wide range of academic journals and texts are available in both paper and electronic formats. Tutorials allow you to reflect on lecture materials and benefit from discussion and group work.

The dissertation element offers a further opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and skills in a more flexible environment.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. There is one exam.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Dave Redfern

CIPD Programme Leader, immediate past Chair of CIPD Manchester Branch and member of CIPD Governing Body.

“I have been at University College Salford and then the University of Salford for nearly 20 years. It has been my privilege to have been associated with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development programmes throughout that time. The programmes have evolved over the years but have awarded either a PG Dip HRM or MSc HRM. I was awarded my PhD in 2006 and since that time have also supervised PhDs in HRM. I am CIPD programme leader and most recently have been awarded the role of coordinating CIPD-accredited activities within Salford Business School as CIPD Link Tutor. I have contributed to the launch in September 2012 of exciting new programmes focused on MSc HRM&D. I was Chair of the CIPD Manchester Branch until May 2013, which has 4,800 members and is the second largest in the country. The branch engages and interacts with members providing a diverse and rich range of activities and support. I consider myself fortunate to have had an interesting and rewarding career.

Employability

You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects.

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International Student Ego talks about studying MSc Human Resource Management and Development.

The CIPD Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire branches are led by graduates from the programme.

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Alumni Profile

Dawn Lambert, MSc Human Resource Management now Head of HR, Mears Group PLC

"I chose the University of Salford due to the positive reputation of the course. Since graduating I have remained with the Mears Group Plc, which has grown from 300 to 2,500 staff. I am now head of Human Resources and have a voice on the Board. In 2005 I was accepted as a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. This award helped accelerate my career as achieving the MSc was a condition of my promotion to Human Resource Manager and my promotion to Head of Human Resources came shortly after receiving fellowship status."

Links with Industry

You will be encouraged to attend CIPD Manchester Branch events and join meetings of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society. Our course team also maintains excellent relations with local, national and international organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide our students with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

Our part-time students are drawn from a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations, allowing you to enjoy highly valuable networking opportunities.

Salford Business School also operates a guest lecture course which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

Further Study

Research in Salford Business School is coordinated by Professor Ghassan Aouad, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation). For more information and contact details:

PGR options include:

  • Enterprise Innovation
  • Information Systems, Organisations and Society
  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
  • Operations Management, Management Science & Statistics

Fees and Funding

Fees 2013-14

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£6,710
Part-time£1,200 per 30 credits
Full-time International£11,500

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£6,905
Part-time£1,250 per 30 credits
Full-time International£11,905
Full-time PgDip£4,700
Full-time PgCert£2,350

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section