MSc Human Resource Management
The specialist area of HRM offers a wealth of career opportunities within every business sector. This Human Resource Management masters is designed to provide you with the up-to-date knowledge and understanding you need to manage people effectively in the workplace.
It will be especially useful if you are seeking a career in HRM or have recently entered HR or line management and are keen to progress your career.
The MSc Human Resource Management also provides you with a postgraduate qualification alongside CIPD accreditation, the professional body for Human Resource Managers, at associate level.
It's flexible - you can gain Postgraduate Certificate after the first stage of the course; Postgraduate Diploma after the second or complete the full Masters degree and obtain CIPD accreditation. This course is also available through Network75, a combined work and study route.
Please note, due to the high volumes of applications received, we are no longer accepting new applications from international students who wish to start this course in January or February 2023. Applications from students in the UK or EU are still being accepted. For more information, please visit our International website. Any new international applications received for the January/February 2023 intakes will be withdrawn.
However, International students can apply to study this course from September 2023. Whilst there is no set deadline to apply, we would recommend making an application as soon as possible.
You will study key areas of human resource management, such as the principles, values and approaches to leadership and management, and you will explore the changing context within which businesses operate.
As you progress through the HRM course, you will study areas that relate to employment relations and the framework of performance management as well.
You will study:
- Strategic HRM
Learn about how those in HR, respond appropriately to opportunities and challenges arising from managerial responses to principal environmental contexts.
- Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager or colleague whilst improving a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership.
- Leading, Managing and Developing People
Discover a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development.
- Managing Employee Relations
Gain an understanding of the significance and complexity of the employment relationship and the contribution of employment relations to business performance and the wider society.
- Resourcing and Talent Management
Consider not just the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also the strategic aspects for resourcing and talent management within a global context.
- Regulating the Employment relationship
Critically analyse approaches to workplace conflict and resolution, as well as develop your knowledge and ability to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law.
- Performance Management
Gain knowledge and an understanding of the role of performance management in supporting organisations strategic objectives in different business environments. Learn how the performance of people can be enhanced and inspired by leadership and direction.
- Human Resource Management Business Research Report
Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective.
Throughout the HRM course, you will develop a portfolio to demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development, culminating in the production of a business research report on an HR-related topic of your choice.
Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.
Full-time students spend approximately 12 hours per week in classes, which involves a blend of directed and independent study. Part-time students spend around six hours per week in classes, held on one afternoon and evening each week.
Knowledge of the subject area is gained through lectures, tutorials, directed learning, independent study and workplace engagement.
Lectures are used to introduce key HRM and business concepts and theories with student participation and discussion encouraged throughout.
Student led tutorials aim to develop problem solving skills and focuses the application of theoretical concepts to HRM business situations.
Teaching and learning strategies seek to maximise the opportunities for student participation and to develop learning through the medium of student centred activity.
Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the South Wales Business School Research Group. This means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.
Discussion within teams and groups is an important element in the teaching and learning process which facilitates a deeper understanding of the subject matter. This allows students to develop their own knowledge and experience through drawing on the knowledge and experience of others.
Learning support includes:
- Student Handbook and Module Guides
- On-line supporting educational materials including those from CIPD
- Student Services specialist advice
- Learning Resources Centre
- Networked information services including the Blackboard website
- Specialist Guest lectures
- Business Research Report supervisors
- Faculty Advice Shop
You will be assessed via a mixture of examinations and assessed coursework in the form of essays, portfolios and projects, reports, case studies, presentations, design tasks and primary/secondary research.
Informal assessment is incorporated into the learning process and you will be given feedback during seminars encouraging reflective practice in formal assessments.
A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification, or in exceptional circumstances, three years’ or more significant managerial experience.
Holders of CIPD Graduate Membership, or postgraduate qualifications in either HRM or general management, may be entitled to exemptions through the fast-track programme.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
August 2022 - July 2023 Fees
Full-time UK: £9250
Full-time International: £14500
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: £9500
Full-time International: £14950
Part-time UK: TBC
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
Part-time UK: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
|CIPD Professional Activities: Region/Branch Networking||
Students have the opportunity to attend various branch and regional CIPD events as well as occasional seminars and conferences. It is recommended that all students fully engage with the CIPD and their events to maximise their advantages of their professional membership. Costs vary depending on event and location.
|Course Related Events: Travel, Industry Visits and Social Activities||
Periodically the course will organise a variety of Travel opportunities, Industry visits and/or other social activities to engage and socialise student cohorts, along with providing added value elements to enhance the student[s] experience. Some or all of these could potentially incur additional costs which will vary depending on event and location.
|Placement expenses: Relevant Work Experience or Equivalent (RWE)||
Students are encouraged to engage in any and all work experience opportunities, however, some of these may be unpaid and may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire and this will vary according to the placement.
|Other : Text books||£300.0 - £400.0||
Text books are provided via the USW library but students may wish to purchase their own private copies.
|Other : Sitting Examinations Abroad||
Should students choose to sit exams abroad (in their home country for example) there will be a £50 admin fee and a cost of £20 per exam. Students are also responsible for any additional charges made by an overseas exam venue.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
USW Postgraduate 20% Alumni Discount 2023/24
The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales* graduates starting a taught/online*** MA,MSc, LLM,MBA or DBA course from September 2023 (this includes students starting a course in January/February 2024). T's and Cs apply. Click here for more details and eligibility criteria: USW Postgraduate Alumni Discount 2023/24
As well as giving you the chance to study for a role within HRM, the HRM masters confers CIPD membership which is often a requirement of appointment and/or promotion in the HR profession.
By achieving this qualification students are demonstrating that they have the skills and drive to maximise their contribution to overall business performance and that they are committed to achieving the highest standard of professionalism within their career.
CIPD qualification is internationally recognised. Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.
Benefit from our partnerships and links
USW's HRM masters has been working with part time students for over 15 years and so has developed a strong network of HR practitioners and managers in the locality from which our students can benefit.
Our HRM USW Network brings together past students who contribute to the course through acting as guest speakers, offering work shadowing opportunities and possible internships.