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Human Resource Management (MSc)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

Develop professional HR skills from our academic and practitioner experts on this CIPD-accredited programme.

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Participate in a three-day management retreat and put your negotiation and conflict resolution skills into practice.

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Industry insights

Get the latest insights on HR research and practice from high-profile business speakers and company visits.

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Change business for good

Address a contemporary business challenge in your Human Resource Management Project.

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Flexible study options

Choose to study alongside employment on a part-time basis.

Attracting the right people and nurturing their talent is crucial to the success of every organisation and a key source of competitive advantage. However, in a culture that values and rewards ‘a live to work’ mentality, balance and wellbeing are increasingly under threat.

This must change.

Highly skilled and knowledgeable HR professionals who can question, critically evaluate and make effective judgements can be this change.

The business of changing the world is ours.

Our MSc in Human Resource Management focuses on the differences you can make to organisations and their employees. You’ll develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to question, evaluate and make effective judgements on strategies and practices that deliver impact and value.

Our team of academic and practitioner experts will prepare you for a career as a HR professional, developing your critical analysis, negotiation, and problem solving and conflict resolution skills. They’ll use internationally recognised research to illustrate how HR practitioners shape and influence an organisation’s recruitment process, working culture and performance.

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“After working as an accountant for the best part of 20 years, it was time for a career change. I decided to retrain to become a HR professional and thought an MSc in Human Resource Management would help me achieve this change of direction. I really enjoyed the challenge of taking on a totally new subject. It was great to use my brain again and really get stuck into learning. I loved the dissertation part of the course, choosing a topic that I was really passionate about and conducting research on it from start to finish.”
Sarah Reypert MSc Human Resource Management

Where you'll study

Cardiff Business School

We're an AACSB International accredited Business School with a clear purpose: to make a difference in the communities of Wales and the world.

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Admissions criteria

Academic requirements:

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0/4.0) in a relevant subject area such as business, humanities, law, or social sciences, or an equivalent international degree
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with 6.0 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

Application deadline:

We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible.

Selection process:

We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will make you an offer.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The Programme is taught from September to June and gives you a thorough grounding in all aspects of Human Resource Management.

You will study eight compulsory modules and complete a project.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

The Programme is offered in full-time mode and lasts 12 months. You will take eight modules, each of which is worth 15 credits.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the project. The purpose of the project is to provide you with the opportunity to test the applicability of the knowledge, understanding, methodologies and skills learnt in the taught modules in a piece of independent research with the benefit of individual academic supervision.

It will introduce you to the methodology of research, the systematic analysis of ideas, the problems of data collection and the presentation of ideas in a clear way. It also requires reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint.

During the programme you will develop study skills, personal effectiveness skills and specific HR skills and write reflective accounts detailing how these skills will be used and developed. The reflection will be used to help you identify links between the different modules and develop the range of skills required to operate successfully in an HR role.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.

Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • Ask the right questions of complex texts.
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically.
  • Identify and apply relevant data.
  • Develop practical research skills.
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.
  • Sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases.
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

Students from the UK

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £9,950 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £21,450 £1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Career prospects

At Cardiff Business School, you’ll receive a career-changing education from world-leading academics that have different points of view. They’ll challenge your thinking as you consider the world of business from a range of alternative perspectives.

As well as learning from the pioneering research of our faculty members, you’ll work towards a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development level 7 professional qualification, required by many employers for UK Human Resource Management positions.

You’ll also benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our Career Enhancer Team. They’re ready and waiting to identify events and opportunities to help you achieve your future aspirations.

Graduates have gone on to successful HR careers in a range of industries including public and private sector businesses both nationally and internationally. A number of students have also pursued further learning by undertaking a research degree after completing their masters.

Graduate employers

  • Whitbread
  • Capita HR Solutions
  • Pantechnicon
  • Associate British Ports
  • Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative
  • Behavioural Insights Team
  • Focus Enterprise Hub
  • Cardiff University

Graduate careers

  • HR Manager
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Assistant
  • HR Systems Administrator
  • HR Co-ordinator
  • Recruitment Co-ordinator
  • Reward Manager
  • Enterprise Hub Co-ordinator

Graduate employers

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“I got awarded my Chartered Fellowship within six years of completing the MSc HRM at Cardiff Business School. The programme really enabled me to fast-track my career to a strategic level practically, whilst also providing the platform to continue my professional development through the CIPD upgrading process!”
Ceri James MSc Human Resource Management

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarships

An award open to students with a home fee status intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding to support your study at Cardiff University.

Alumni Discount Scheme

The alumni discount is available for all master’s programmes in Cardiff Business School, as well as conversion courses in subjects including journalism, geography and planning, and creative writing, and master's programmes in clinical optometry, neuroimaging, education, global cultures, history, philosophy and translation.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.