Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Human Resource Management and Development

Salford Business School





One year

Two year

Next enrolment

June 2022


In a nutshell

International applicant? Please note, the next available entry point is September 2022, due to a high level of international interest in our courses.

UK applicants, there are still places available for January and June 2022.

On this programme, you will develop your understanding of Human Resource Management and Development (HRM&D) practices across a variety of organisational settings, taking into account the way national and international contexts impact upon people management. The programme is suitable for both UK and international students.

"I’ve always been the type of person that hates public speaking. However, I know that going into HR – the career I want – I need to stand up in front of people if I’m doing presentations or going to conferences. If I progress, I need to be confident. I feel like my presentation skills and confidence have improved, especially with legal and academic language." Read more about student Hannah Murphy's experience on the course and the opportunity she had on the Tribunals Project to develop her skills.

The programme is highly industry-focussed.  In your last semester, you will choose either an industry-focussed dissertation or a 6 month paid work placement to research a real industry problem and provide evidence-based solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.

This is an Advanced Level programme, recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Full-time students automatically gain entrance to the CIPD National conference and Exhibition in Manchester - the leading HRM conference in the UK.

Six good reasons to choose Salford Business School:

  1. Practical teaching, mapped to the CIPD advanced level 7 diploma, so you gain a professional certificate and develop the skills employers look for
  2. Real-world learning on the unique Industry Collaboration Project
  3. Multiple start dates to fit with your life priorities
  4. Beautiful campus just minutes from Manchester city centre
  5. Excellent industry links with the dynamic Greater Manchester business community
  6. Focus on the digital, ethical and sustainability business challenges of the 21st century.

You can study this programme full-time or part-time during the day.  There is also an option to study part-time in the evening, please visit the web page. This route 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 also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland. Please note this option does not carry the CIPD accreditation.

You will:
  • Prepare to become a strategic leader in managing and developing people in international organisations
  • Learn to apply theoretical ideas to help solve practical problems in organisational development
  • Develop an understanding of the core principles of UK employment law and how to advise your organisation when legal action is anticipated
  • Analyse trends in national and international employment
  • Evaluate recruitment, selection and induction processes for long term organisational performance

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...


You have aspirations of a career in human resources


You wish to enhance your people management skills


You want to develop your understanding of employment law


You are a critical thinker


You work well in a group


You like to apply learning to practical situations

Course details

All about the course

This course is designed for graduates with a background in business or social science related studies, who wish to specialise in HRM and pursue either a career as an HRM practitioner or role 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 to practice in the main specialist areas which comprise HRM.

You’ll learn to effectively select, motivate, manage and reward employees to maximise their potential and the potential of your organisation. You will also have become a reflective practitioner, capable of furthering your ongoing learning and development.


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

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Teaching is delivered for six hours each week (at present, this is made up of three hours face to face teaching + three hours online lectures). In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six-week blocks. During this time, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You will have the opportunity to select between a placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience. You can choose to work with your own or another organisation on a live brief. 

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the ICP. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUK. askUK 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. You are responsible for finding your internship, placement or live project but the Student Hub can help you.

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


Semester one

Human Resource Management and Development in a Global Context

This module is designed to prepare you to take on the role of an 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.


  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios including case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles


50%       e-Portfolio based on reviewing an organisational case
50%       Exam

Developing Strategic Leadership Skills

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.


  • Interactive lectures and small group discussions
  • Guest speakers from industry
  • In-class activities such as reviewing the CIPD Professional Behaviour Map and Standards, using financial and non-financial information and discussing real-life case scenarios


Portfolio with 3 tasks

  1. Class-based coaching exercise with reflective essay
  2. Personal sills development record and plan
  3. Two short essays based on scenarios related to leading and managing people
Semester two

Employment Relations and Law

On this module you will examine the role of trade unions and other non-union groups in different countries. You will look at employment law in the British context, and how this impacts on HR practice. This module will include a visit to an employment tribunal and links to the annual programme of speakers at Manchester Industrial Relations Society.


  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios including case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles


50%       Employment Law portfolio including video and practical coursework
50%       Group presentation and individual report

Resourcing for High Performance

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. 

You will use classroom-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.


  • Interactive lectures and group discussions
  • Experiential activities such as mock selection process and developing an effective resourcing strategy
  • Class-based performance management scenarios
  • Industry guest speakers


30%       Professional discussion
70%       Strategic briefing document

Semester three (Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) - choose from:)

Work Placement

This is a paid industry placement and provides you with the opportunity to undertake 6-month employment with an organisation located regionally, nationally, or internationally. 

You will source your own placement; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.  

As part of your placement, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. You will work on an organisational issue, working with the client on a full-time basis. 

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your placement, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The ICP work placement will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your placement.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection.   

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

Applied Dissertation

A 3-month Applied Dissertation provides you with a unique opportunity to examine an issue important to you and this should fit in with your programme of study.  This is an advanced-level applied research pathway that can be based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The Applied Dissertation route provides you with the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge you have gained from the taught elements of your course to a current organisational issue. You will implement and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is a very good option to choose if you are considering moving into academic research or PhD upon completion of your master’s programme.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your Applied Dissertation, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The Applied Dissertation will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection. 

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Pass rates, 2019-20






The teaching on all our postgraduate programmes is based on the following principles:

  • Developing the leader/manager of the future
  • Professional competence
  • Global thinking
  • Ethical, responsible and sustainable practice.

We use a wide range of approaches to teaching to help you learn. Typically a module will include a mixture of activities: generally based around interactive lectures, dealing with a number of specific topics. The tutor introduces and explains key concepts and learning points, which are consolidated by class discussion and case study analysis to help your understanding and to prepare for assessment. You will be encouraged to offer examples from your own experience of work.

In addition, you will get an outline syllabus content and associated reading list at the start of the module which will be the basis for your self-directed study.

An important principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop you as a reflective practitioner able to understand your own motivations and abilities.

International student? Returning to study? Making the leap from undergraduate study? Whatever your circumstance, we will support you to move into postgraduate study. Find out more.


There will be a range of assessment techniques used during your course giving you and your tutor the opportunity to assess your progress and learning. Each module will also normally include two assessments which will contribute to your final marks.

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. There is only one examination in the programme.

Why Choose Salford Business School?

Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange.

This means that our teaching is highly practical and your learning is informed by our industry partners. Every postgraduate course includes a work placement or work experience project in the UK or internationally so you can put your learning into practice before you graduate. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

With multiple start points for our degrees, you can choose when to start your studies so that they fit with your life priorities. We want you to succeed in your studies and in your profession so we provide the support you need to achieve your aims.

Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Is Business a Science or an Art?

At Salford Business School, our postgraduate degree award is the Masters of Science (MSc) to reflect our approach to business knowledge. We believe that business decisions should be data-driven and evidence-based – even when the outputs are innovative and creative.

Where will I learn?

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Small group learning (tutorials, seminars and workshops) is held in dedicated spaces within Maxwell, Peel and Chapman buildings. Throughout our campus, there is a choice of individual study areas as well as communal learning and breakout spaces for group working.

The University library isn’t just for reading books.  The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café.  It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. It'll be an important place for you; in 2020, 100% of students asked agreed that the library resources have supported their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). 

You will have access to a range of study skills sessions to help you get ready for postgraduate  learning and be successful in your studies and in your work. These include academic writing, research and digital skills.

A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. and opportunities to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice.

Interested in starting your own business? Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections.

Programme Leader

Dr Kathy Hartley

"Our Human Resource Management & Development programme here at Salford has recently been through a review and update, in line with our usual practice. The challenges with a programme such as this are around compiling a current, practically relevant and academically rigorous programme that will resonate with both current and future practitioners; one that will enhance professional skills while also stimulating and developing thinking. I believe that as a team we have managed to achieve a good balance between these different aspects, with feedback to date suggesting that the programme is challenging and enabling students to become their best and desired selves." 

Kathy is a former Sales and Business Manager, having worked for many years in the healthcare and pharma industries within both the private and public sector.  She is an Associate member of the CIPD, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and also a qualified nurse. Her areas of academic interest include change management, coaching and women in leadership. You can see more information on Kathy's LinkedIn profile.

Teaching Team Members

Dr Jonathan Lord (Senior Lecturer in HRM&D) 

Jonathan is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and MBA Director for Salford Business School.

He has previously been a HR Director, Manager and Consultant, working across all three sectors. Specifically, he has worked within the transport and construction industries, as well as carrying out HR projects within the public and voluntary sector.

Jonathan is 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. 

His 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. 

Getting Here

University of Salford is easy to get to with Salford Crescent train station right in the centre of our main campus. Whether by bus, rail, bike, car or plane, Peel Park campus is easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. For international students, Manchester airport is a short ride away and offers regular flights from London and many international airports.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This programme is mapped across the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)’s advanced level 7 diploma. This brings a clear focus on combining the theoretical and practical aspects of HRM&D practice so that, when you graduate, you will have the skills that employers look for and the knowledge to put them into practice quickly. Assessments have been designed to reflect the reality of work, for example incorporating digital technologies to use video interviews and diaries to report on a live employment law case.

This course therefore opens up employment options in a variety of management roles in national and international organisations.

A taste of what you could become

A human resources officer

A Senior HR Advisor

A training and development officer

A recruitment manager

An office manager

And more...

Career Links

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.


What you need to know


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6 with no element below 5.5.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course


Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15,300per year

Fees for PgDip (4 x 30 credit modules) and PgCert (2 x 30 credit modules) are based on the fee shown above for part-time per 30 credit module.

Additional costs

For more information please see our funding section.

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

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

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