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Human Resource Management and Development


School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July


MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • 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
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

On this programme, you will develop your understanding of human resource management and development practices across a variety of organisational settings.

This is an Advanced Level programme, recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as providing the necessary knowledge for Associated Chartered Membership. Full-time students automatically gain entrance to the CIPD National conference and Exhibition in Manchester - the leading HRM conference in the UK. On completion of the course and successfully meeting the accredited CIPD standards, you will also receive an Advanced Level Certificate from the Institute.

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

You can study this programme full-time, part-time during the day and part-time in the evening.

Part time evening programme

This programme also runs as a part time evening programme, one evening per week over two years. This is intended for graduates who currently work in the field and who require professional accreditation as well as those who intend to move into a career in Human Resource Management and Development.

The course offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College as well as in-country delivery in Accra, Ghana with Pentecost University College.

I like that there is a work placement option with this course. It is an interesting course. I am learning new and interesting info in every lecture. The tutors are really helpful. They reply to your emails on time and give you a lot of guidance..

JT, MSc Human Resource Management & Development student, 2018

Awards and Accreditation

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.

Course Structure

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6-week blocks.  During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Part time day students study alternate modules over six weeks (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

Part time evening students study their modules one evening a week (5pm-9pm) over 12 weeks to complete their degree in two years.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Business Innovation Project, working with your own or another organisation.

Semester 1      

This module is designed to prepare students to undertake the role of a HR manager in an international context. To enable you to do this, you will examine the changing nature of organisations in a global context, and the debates around whether HR policy and practice is becoming truly global or whether national and cultural sensibilities prevent this. You will also be equipped with the skills needed to apply theoretical concepts relating to organisation design and development in practice.
In addition to understanding how you may organise and manage people, it is essential to develop a critical self-awareness and understanding of different leadership styles and skills and how these can be applied to a range of situations. This module will develop your self-awareness and understanding of leadership skills and behaviours and how these can motivate and engage employees - including those from different cultural contexts - and secure their commitment in times of both stability and change. This will include learning how to manage inter-personal conflict and how to create cohesive and effective teams for the benefit of both organisations and employees through the use of different strategies such as flexible working.

Semester 2      

During this module, you will analyse the key features, different theories and perspectives that shape the employment relations procedures that help mitigate organisational risk; explore the core principles that underpin employment law as it applies in the UK (and Ireland) and understand how to keep your knowledge of current employment law up to date and relevant.  In particular, you will look at employment relations procedures and practices as they relate to: employee engagement; employee communication, involvement and participation; negotiation and bargaining and conflict resolution in unionised and non-unionised workplaces.
You will look at the changing nature of the workforce and the way in which increasing diversity can be an organisational asset.  You will develop your strategic skills, looking at analysis of trends, developing effective, legally compliant resourcing and retention strategies and evaluating process, policies and practices for recruitment and performance.  As you develop your interviewing skills, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own performance.  You will use class-based performance management scenarios with fellow students to analyse real-world performance management scenarios and discuss different approaches to handling performance conversations.  An important part of this module looks at a critical understanding of performance and performance management, including high performance work practices, and the boundary between motivation for performance and abuse.  You will also consider how to advise business managers in their setting of performance priorities, objectives and targets.  

Semester 3      

Business Innovation Project (BIP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree.  You will have the opportunity to select between an internship or dissertation, which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the BIP project.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and Student Life. Student Life can help with pre project / placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can help you to find a placement, if you choose to go that route for your Business Innovation Project.

The placement provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience to support your academic learning.  You will work full time with your employer for six months on paid work experience implementing a commercial project.  You will produce a 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.                              
  • You can undertake your placements with your 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.                              
  • You will be paid a salary for the duration of your placement.                              
An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem.  You will create an initial research proposal (worth 10% of your marks) then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 dissertation for assessment.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management or the Graduate Certificate Human Resource Management.  

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 of Prior Learning (APL)

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.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£14,400

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

For more information please see our funding section. Please note, students on the distance learning option through our partner, Robert Kennedy College, are not eligible for a student loan.


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

The course is currently delivered in four blocks, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. 

Students study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through Blackboard.  Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

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.


During 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. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules, but exams still play a major role.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

"I am a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and MBA Director for Salford Business School, having previously been an HR Director, Manager and Consultant, working across all three sectors. Specifically, I have worked within the transport and construction industries, as well as carrying out HR projects within the public and voluntary sector.

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Academy of Management and Industrial Law Society.

My specialist research area focuses on Labour Law and how this is governed as well as developed over many centuries. The research particularly focuses on employment tribunals and their importance within the employment relationship.

I am proud to have been Chairman of OPAL, a charity that advocates for adults with learning difficulties, for the last 12 years."

Dr Jonathan Lord

"Our aim for this course is to create a current, practically-relevant and academically-rigorous programme that resonates with both current and future practitioners; one that enhances professional skills while also stimulating and developing thinking. Certainly our students say the programme is challenging but also enables them to become their best and desired selves. That is both our hope and our objective."

Dr Kathy Hartley, Programme Leader


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

Watch our video

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

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
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • 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

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

A visit to an Employment Tribunal as part of my course really sparked my interest in the practical way that legislation is honed and shaped by case law so a trip to visit the highest court of appeal in England seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity.  By the end of the visit, I feel that I had a better understanding of how the legal system works in the UK and as I embark on my HR career I am now even more aware of the significant role that the Supreme Court will have in the coming years in shaping Employment Law.

Sarah McCormick, MSc Human Resource Management & Development, 2018


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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