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Human Resource Management

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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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.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

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.

Why Bradford?

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

Entry requirements

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.


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

Compulsory modules

  • HRM in context
  • Leading, Managing and Developing people
  • Employment Law
  • Developing skills for Business Leadership
  • Human Resource Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Elective modules

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.

Career support and prospects

Career support

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.

Study Support

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.

We have a number of research centres within the Faculty of Management and Law, including the Centre for Research in Organisations and Work and the Bradford Centre for Business in Society.

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
  • EndNote
  • Qualtrics
  • SPSS

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • 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.

Financial support

Merit Scholarships

Worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.

Merit scholarships are available to support and encourage high calibre self-funding students for entry to a full-time MSc programme based at the School of Management and School of Law.

For these awards we focus on rewarding the potential contribution a student brings to the programme and its cohort - evaluating not just academic excellence, but work and personal achievements also.

How to apply: You do not need to make a separate application for the scholarship. Simply complete your programme application form and you will be automatically assessed for a Merit Scholarship.

Alumni Discount

Self-funded University of Bradford alumni, regardless of when they have graduated, will receive a 15% discount on the self-funded element of their tuition fees if they achieved a 2:2 or above in their undergraduate degree.

Company-sponsored study bursaries

A business relationship bursary of up to 35% is available for companies who have supported or worked with the School who are sponsoring or part-sponsoring an MSc student. The amount will depend on the strength of the relationship, which might include companies who have previously funded a student on a Bradford programme, employed a placement student, facilitated a student project, employed a member of faculty to produce a KTP or research project or commissioned an Executive Education programme. The list is not exhaustive and other business engagement activities could be considered eligible.

University-wide scholarships

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

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

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 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.

International students

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.

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.