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MSc/PgDip Human Resource Management - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration MSc - FT 12 months, PT 24/30 months
PgDip - FT 9 months, PT 21 months
Entry year 2022
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Business and Management

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+44 (0)1392 723044 (non-UK)

Programme Director: Stephen Taylor


  • Gain a high-level understanding of contemporary developments in this dynamic sector, whilst developing advanced skills to succeed in the global workplace
  • Learn about all aspects of HRM practice including recruitment and selection, leadership and performance management, and approaches to HRM in an international context
  • Have the opportunity to take part in residential study courses, allowing you to challenge and collaborate with your peers in an engaging environment outside of the traditional classroom setting
  • The course content of this Masters 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
  • Complete a Postgraduate Diploma, leading to the CIPD accreditation, in just 9-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.

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Programme Director: Stephen Taylor

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Triple accredited Business School

Accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB

Top 100 Financial Times ranked European Business School

Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)


Accredited by: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA), EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or above (50%+) 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.

Pre-Masters programme for international students

The Graduate Diploma in Management run by the INTO University of Exeter Centre is a pre-Masters programme designed to enhance your subject knowledge, study skills and English ability. Successful completion of the Diploma (subject to achieving the specific grades of entry) gives students from overseas the skills needed for acceptance onto this Masters programme.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements


Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

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.

Students on the full-time MSc programme undertake the dissertation element of the programme between June and September or during the ten months following the completion of the taught element of the programme for part-time (30-months) 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 (this is currently Tuesday afternoon in Year 1 and Wednesday afternoon in year 2*). It also 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.

Students on the 30-month part-time variant will generally be taught on one afternoon a week (currently Tuesday afternoon*).

*Please note that programme structures and teaching days may be subject to change.


2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

MSc - £15,000 full-time; £7,500 part-time

PgDip - £10,500 full-time; £5,250 part-time

International fees per year:

MSc - £24,000 full-time; £12,000 part-time

PgDip - £16,000 full-time; £8,000 part-time

£1 million in Business School scholarships available

We want to ensure that postgraduate study remains accessible to the brightest minds of the future. We therefore have a range of full and part-fee scholarships for postgraduate students looking to study at the Business School in 2022. Please see our scholarships page for more information.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

University of Exeter Business School research has global impact, with the majority of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.*

*Research Excellence Framework 2014

Our research-led teaching is combined with practical experiences such as field trips and project work, so that you can apply your learning to real world scenarios. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge to pursue the career you want, wherever in the world you choose to work.

Our programmes cover a range of disciplines including entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, human resource management, and tourism. With strong links to organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and with professional organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), we ensure that your Masters degree is widely recognised in today’s global marketplace.

You will be taught by internationally respected academics who are at the forefront of their research. We draw upon disciplines across the social sciences and give emphasis to the dynamic nature of enterprise, global connectivity and the management and leadership of the global challenges that lie ahead.

The Business School is home to the following research centres:

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The residential trip was definitely one of my highlights of studying at the University of Exeter so far. We stayed at a hotel for two days and took part in various workshops and activities. As everyone on the course went, I got to know my classmates much better, whilst also learning skills required for working in Human Resource Management. 

Sharon Lam

MSc Human Resource Management


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
  • Recruitment

Potential employers

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:

CIPD: New to HR and L&D

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 Business School careers service web page for more information.

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Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

Double Degree

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer two fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China*

*The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Money, Banking and Finance and MSc Financial Economics programmes.

For more information on Double Degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.