UWE Bristol

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Human Resource Management

Bristol Business School has been a leading provider of professional HRM education for nearly 50 years. With one of the largest teams of HRM experts, long-established links with the CIPD, and up-to-the-minute, practitioner-focused training, we are widely regarded as a leading name in the field.

Imaginative and expertly-designed human resource management (HRM) is seen by today's leaders as central to an organisation's success. HR practitioners are an integral part of that success, and as recognition of the distinctive contribution of human resource management grows, it is increasingly valued, both as a career in its own right and as a foundation for careers in other branches of management.

Bristol Business School offers three popular Masters in Human Resource Management, all of which are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This provides a route into the people profession in a wide range of industry sectors and we'll consider applications from graduates of any discipline.

  • The MSc in Human Resource Management (full-time) is for students from Britain or elsewhere who are pursuing an HR career in the UK. Tailored to the needs of British HR professionals.
  • The MSc in Human Resource Management(International) has a more international and comparative focus. If you wish to practise HRM outside the UK, this course is likely to better suit your needs. Visit our MSc in Human Resource Management (International) page for more information.
  • The MSc Human Resource Management (part-time) course is aimed at students with work experience in an HR or similar environment. This version doesn't include a placement but does require you to draw on your experience in the classroom and in assessments. Visit our MSc Human Resource Management (part time) page for more information.

Teaching expertise

Bristol Business School has one of the largest and most diverse teams of human resource management subject experts of any British university. Many of the tutors on our HRM Masters are active in HR-related research and have worked in the industry across a diverse range of sectors. Most tutors are CIPD members.

Professional links  

We have long-established links with the CIPD and share their aim of championing better work and better working lives. Our courses lead to associate CIPD membership and satisfy the core knowledge and core behaviours standards of the new Profession Map. CIPD student membership comes free with the full-time and international courses.

Personal approach

The Human Resource Management Masters is designed, above all, to target the needs of practitioners, with education that is intellectually stretching, practically relevant and up-to-the-minute. A particular feature is the personal interest we take in your development. Using  people analytic tools,  behaviour development workshops and a range of practical activities, we'll profile your unique attributes, develop your strengths and offer extensive feedback on your progress throughout. Our mentoring programme offers every student a personal link to a local HR professional who will discuss your progress with you and help you to relate the content of the course to practice.

Preparing for employment          

Our intensive course prepares you to contribute immediately in an entry level people profession role, or (if you're already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level. Recent employers include Avon and Somerset Constabulary, British American Tobacco, Barclays Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, KPMG, L'Oréal (Paris), the National Health Service, Nestlé, and Towers Watson plc. Local employers approach us directly to fill HR vacancies.

Ten-week work-based research placement                      

We arrange a ten-week placement for full-time students in a local organisation between May and July. Here, you'll investigate a live HR issue for the purpose of your dissertation research. This challenging project develops research, consultancy, influencing and practical problem-solving skills. Your workplace supervisor and research tutor will guide you towards a viable, creative and business-focused solution.

Entry Requirements

  • an honours degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject
  • to be able to demonstrate a keen and informed interest in HRM.

If English is not your first language, you'll be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.

Career Prospects

Our intensive Master's equips you with the professional knowledge and skills you will need to make an immediate contribution in a people profession role, or (if you're already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level).

Recent employers include Avon and Somerset Constabulary, British American Tobacco, Barclays Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, KPMG, L'Oréal (Paris), the National Health Service, Nestlé, and Towers Watson plc.

We prepare you for advancing in your career in a number of ways, including:

  • a  ten-week placement in a local organisation (on the full-time route).
  • guest speaker events and visits to local organisations where you can learn about current practice in different organisations.
  • access to our award-winning Careers Service.

Our award-winning Careers Service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Course Details

The course content has recently been reaccredited by the CIPD and the modules listed are aligned to core knowledge and behaviours on the new Profession Map.

This course is ideal if you are looking to change career or want a professional qualification that will help you resume working after a break. Contact Programme Leader Dr Sarah-Louise Weller for more details.

Option to study for a Postgraduate Diploma instead

You have the option of working towards a Postgraduate (PG) Diploma if you are not concerned about achieving a full master's. You will complete the same taught course as master's students. The only differences are that you don't complete the Research in HRM module and (if you're studying full-time)  the work-based research placement .

Compulsory modules
Change
Critical People Analytics
Culture and Behaviour
HR Professional Portfolio
HRM in the Business Environment
People Practice

Elective modules
Employee Relations and Employment Law
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion from a Comparative Perspective
International Employment Relations
Learning and Development
Managing Reward
Research in HRM module

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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