MSc/PgDip Human Resource Management
Full time 1 year/9 months
Part time 30 months/24 months/21 months
This programme has been designed to enable you to achieve both high-level academic understanding of contemporary developments in Human Resource Management (HRM) and the development of relevant advanced HRM skills. We aim to prepare you for a long-lasting and highly successful career in HRM.
The programme has been designed to map on to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) advanced learning outcomes, providing you with the opportunity to complete these and become a member. You can complete a Postgraduate Diploma, leading to the CIPD accreditation, in nine months full-time as a stand-alone qualification or take the MSc which contains the taught element of the Postgraduate Diploma and finishes with a Dissertation which you will complete over the summer months.
The programme is suitable for both full-time and part-time study, with part-time students completing the Postgraduate Diploma qualification over 21 months or the full MSc programme over a period of 24 (fast-track) / 30 months. Through a series of bespoke modules, the programme covers all aspects of contemporary HRM practice, including recruitment and selection, leadership and performance management, the development of individuals and organisations, employment law, reward management and approaches to HRM in an international context. This will give you an understanding a broad range of topics within HRM which you can focus on when developing ideas for written assignments and, for MSc students, your Dissertation. Unique to this programme is the opportunity for students to participate in two three-day residential study courses held off-site in hotels. The HR Skills module is delivered at two residential sessions in October and June.
A mix of tutor-led, professional skills and group work sessions, these residential study courses provide a unique setting for students to collaborate and challenge one another in an engaging environment outside of the traditional classroom setting.
The variety of teaching and learning styles you will experience through the programme are supported with extensive additional reading and further learning materials which will be provided using the University’s online virtual learning environment.
Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification
The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.
Current available funding
This programme is available for study in both full-time and part-time formats and students can complete either the 180 credit Masters programme or the 120 credit Diploma programme. The Diploma programme contains all of the taught elements of the Masters programme and can be completed in 9 months full-time or 21 months part-time.
The dissertation element of the programme is undertaken between June and September by students on the full-time MSc programme or during the ten months following the completion of the taught element of the programme for part-time (30 month) students on the MSc programme.
Students on the part-time 24 month fast-track variant cover the same subjects and assessments as those on the longer standard programme. They do so, however, in a shorter, more concentrated time frame. This involves attending classes on two afternoons a week for a period in the second term and starting to work on the dissertation a year earlier than those who are enrolled on the 30 month programme.
Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.
- Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Learning and teaching
Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.
The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.
Seminars and tutorials
Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.
Our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.
This qualification in HR Management will enable you to develop the professional and HR skills and subject expertise that will make you a valuable asset from day one of your career.
Careers in HR Management
An MSc / PgDip in HR Management prepares you for a variety of roles and coupled with the close relationship of the course content with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD's) advanced learning outcomes, you can further enhance your professional skills and employability. Covering all areas of HRM, the MSc route also enables you to develop a further career specialisation with targeted choice of your dissertation research project.
Within HRM, you might choose a career path as an HR Director or with a focus on:
- Learning & Development
- Resource & Talent Management
- Performance & Development
- Employment Relations
- Employment Law
- Organisational Development
Potential employers include public and private sector organisations, multi-nationals, SMEs and not-for-profit organisations across all sectors of the economy and around the world.
Further information can be found at:
Our Careers & Employability team will help you identify your career path and support your route to a fulfilling global career.
Developing your skills and career prospects
The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Building brilliant careers web page for more information.
Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.
Entry requirements 2017
A 2:2 degree or above with honours in any discipline from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications. If you would like to discuss your eligibility for the programme, please contact the Programme Director Dr Stephen Taylor.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.
At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 55 in all skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2017/18
- UK/EU: MSc - £11,000 full-time; PgDip - £7,350 full-time
- International: MSc - £18,500 full-time; PgDip - £12,650 full-time
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Current available funding
Postgraduate Admissions Team
For queries on entry requirements, eligibility and how to apply please contact the University of Exeter Postgraduate Admissions team
Business School Postgraduate Admissions Officer
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Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723246
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