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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

MSc Human Resource Management (part-time)

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2021/22

Open for admission in 2022/23

Start in September

Part time
MSc 2 years

About the course

People are at the heart of every business, meaning that a high-performance Human Resources (HR) function is one of the keys to business success.

Hull University Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre. Our MSc HRM programme is fully accredited by the CIPD and provides access to membership of this professional body.

Membership of the CIPD is widely regarded as providing a distinct advantage to those who wish to pursue a career in HRM and HRD and is increasingly seen as an essential requirement.

The CIPD currently has 150,000 members and job adverts for HR roles frequently make reference to the need for CIPD membership. CIPD status is nationally recognised not only in the UK but increasingly on an international basis.

The MSc HRM programme meets the CIPD’s Advanced Level criteria, enabling those that have successfully completed and passed the course to apply for Associate and then Chartered level membership depending on their HR role/level and experience.

The CIPD charges a student membership fee. Associate and Chartered membership levels are granted by the CIPD. Students need to complete and pass each module of the programme in order to gain CIPD accreditation.

Our research-active staff bring their internationally recognised expertise to the classroom, combining cutting-edge theory with live, real world case studies, drawing on strong practical experience.

This programme is ideal for those currently working in HR, who want to further their career potential, or for those aspiring to begin an HR career. You will develop the ability to recognise and address ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues as you progress through the programme, understanding the contribution effective HR Management makes to organisational success.

What you'll study

PGCert stage

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Leading, Managing and Developing People

  • Human Resource Management in Context

    Develop critical insights into the internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations. This module covers topics such as the labour market, ethics and corporate social responsibility from a HR manager's perspective.

  • Employment Relations

    This module examines the sources of conflict and consensus in the contemporary workplace. You'll explore the management strategies deployed by HR professionals and study the response of employees.

PGDip stage

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Critical Concepts in HRM

    Develop a critical appreciation of the core theoretical ideas and assumptions which underpin HRM policy and the pursuit of best practice within organisations.

  • Learning and Development

    This module focuses on the practice and theory of learning and development. You'll develop an understanding of how to critically evaluate its role and influence on organisational success.

  • Management Research Report

  • Strategic and International HRM

Masters stage

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Business Project or Dissertation 

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study. 

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"Part-time study was ideal for me to carry on developing my professional experience while gaining academic knowledge."

Laura Botham, Human Resource Manager, Greencore (MSc in Human Resource Management part-time)

“I heard many great stories about Hull so had to come and experience it for myself. I came to experience quality teaching, quality research, helpful members of staff, and state-of-the-art facilities.”

Mortey Williams, MSc Economics and Business

Fees and funding

  • Home (part-time): £1,065 (20 credits), £3,200 (60 credits), £4,800 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied.

UK students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2021 entry, they provide up to £11,570 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

Graduate PGT Scholarship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate PGT Scholarship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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We are a leading UK business school with internationally recognised accreditations.

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Our programmes are designed to give you the academic knowledge and practical skills to become a competent and confident professional.

Our research-active staff are called upon for their expertise by governments and business organisations around the world.

Entry requirements

Generally, we ask for a minimum of 2.2 Bachelor (Hons) or international equivalent. However, we also accept applicants with one of the following:

  • Appropriate professional qualifications in another business discipline (e.g. marketing, finance, accounting, psychology).
  • Successful completion of a CIPD Intermediate Level 5 Diploma.
  • Relevant experience that would enable the applicant to fully participate in and complete the course e.g. normally, 5 years work experience in human resource management or development, general management or administration.  
  • Applicants who have been successfully assessed against the CIPD standards at other centres, will normally be granted admission with approval of prior learning. I.e. they can be granted exemption from modules that are the same or similar to those they have already passed at another CIPD centre.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each skill.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Future prospects

This programme prepares you for a career in HR.

Careers support is available from the Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success which is the central point of contact for connecting students and business.

Bringing together employability activities from across Hull University Business School, it offers support such as mentoring, CV writing workshops. Students can also gain experience working with business through a year in industry or short-term internships and projects.