Human Resource Management
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
The full-time MSc Human Resource Management programme gives you a comprehensive grounding in the core disciplines of HR practice, including:
- leading, developing, and managing people
- employee relations
- employment law
You will graduate equipped to launch a career as an effective human resource professional, able to comply with the highest professional standards and confident in your professional capability.
Focusing on both operational and strategic issues, you’ll develop the expertise needed to shape the HR agenda in any sized organisation, in any sector. You’ll gain insight into the activities, functions and environment of an organisation, and how a HR function can make a key contribution to its success.
The programme is located within a broader context of social sustainability and emphasises ethical considerations for the HR practitioner. The programme is fully accredited with the CIPD professional qualification (to Level 7) and as such there is a focus on teaching the most recent ‘good’ HRM practices that meet a range of people management principles.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading UK professional body for HR specialists, accredits our programme in recognition of the fact that it meets rigorous academic and professional standards. The programme provides the underpinning knowledge required to achieve professional levels of CIPD membership. More information is available on the CIPD website.
The School of Management is the oldest University-based business school in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence. We are part of an elite group of business schools worldwide with the triple-crown of accreditations - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.
We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional faculty, and comprehensive support services - both in the Faculty of Management and Law and in the wider University.
We have well-established links with commercial partners, meaning in addition to the core curriculum you’ll gain insight from a range of external experts who deliver presentations to our students. We also host a range of CIPD presentations and a number of visits are organised throughout the year, including visits to local businesses and the CIPD exhibition in Manchester.
- University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016
You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.
English language requirements:
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
The programme will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the core disciplines of HR practice including leading, developing & managing people, employee relations and employment law. Students also have the opportunity to choose two elective subjects before embarking on a dissertation investigating a specific HR-related topic.
The curriculum was specifically designed to meet the objectives and requirements for level 7 CIPD accreditation.
You’ll learn to:
- practice effectively as a human resource professional
- shape the HR agenda within an organisation
- think strategically and creatively about human resource within the wider business and social context
- understand the ethical considerations relating to people management
- Implement and measure HR best practices
- analyse issues in a critical manner
- undertake research in a range of HR topics
- apply effective HR and management skills and principles
- HRM in context
- Leading, Managing and Developing people
- Employment Law
- Developing skills for Business Leadership
- Human Resource Development
- Employee Relations
- Research Methods
Choose two subjects from the following:
- Coaching and Leadership Development
- Diversity in Work and Organisations
- Management of Change
- Cross cultural management
- Strategic Management
Learning activities and assessment
You’ll apply your knowledge practically through case studies, project work and guest lectures, and debate the current challenges and dynamics affecting HR policy in an increasingly dynamic business and social environment.
There is a particular focus on ethical people management and social sustainability.
Assessment methods include exams, assessed essays, presentations, learning logs and an end of programme dissertation. The dissertation is a piece of research conducted in a business of your choice.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities
Career support and prospects
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
We visit the CIPD conference and exhibition every year. We also arrange a number of visits to businesses and invite external speakers in to talk to students/give guest lectures. Lecturers are always on hand to offer advice and support for student and alumni career development.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
All module leaders have ‘open door’ sessions where they are available to students on a weekly basis. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor throughout your studies, and a supervisor to guide you through your dissertation projects and act as a research mentor.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g. assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
All teaching staff are highly research active, and publish widely. As much as is possible, teaching staff incorporate their own research into the teaching.
There is a dedicated HRM research methods course which teaches HRM practitioners how to conduct people management research and analyse their findings. Students complete a dissertation (practical research project) to address an actual issue in a business as their final assessment.
You’ll have access to:
- the School of Management and School of Law libraries
- quantitative databases
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £10,000
- International: £14,950
Fees may be paid in full at enrolment, benefiting from a fee discount, or paid by instalments.
International applicants who pay their deposit of £2,000 before 31 January will receive a £1,000 discount, or £750 discount if the deposit is paid before 30 April, or a £500 discount if paid before 31 July.
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
You may be eligible for one of the following scholarships - please follow the links to find out more:
- Ma Kam Ning Scholarship
There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more information.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
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How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2016/17 courses (September 2016 – July 2017 start dates)
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Human Resource Management
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.