Postgraduate course

Human Resource Management MSc

Want to understand, influence and implement organisational change?

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This MSc combines an in-depth understanding of human resource management (HRM) with a broader exploration of its organisational and management context. The programme explores HR strategy both within organisations and in relation to the external environment. You will be exposed to the latest contemporary research in HRM to develop your critical thinking skills, develop and apply them.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 In a related discipline

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

The programme is international by design. Many different cultural contexts will be utilised to help provide the setting for discussions. You will explore issues that have significant impact within organisations by working with others and building on your experiences and those of your fellow students.

You will explore issues including employee relations and employee engagement, learning and development, employee resourcing and talent management, globalisation and international forces, social and technological change and government policies and regulation.

A distinctive element of the programme is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) alongside the academic award.

This programme:

  • Develops the skills essential for HR work such as leading and working in teams, making decisions, managing financial information, communicating effectively and helping others to learn.
  • Places a strong emphasis on practice-based learning. You will be asked to evaluate research and theory and consider its relevance to practice.
  • Develops academic and research skills such as assessing information and critically evaluating its relevance preparing you for higher level study.
  • Supports the skills needed to operate effectively and competently in an international context.
  • Uses assessment methods which mirror organisation-based activities.
  • Provides a supportive platform for critical reflection, through the application of academic theories to real work situations.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Researching Contemporary Business Issues (15 credits)
  • Perspectives on Sustainable Business (15 credits)
  • Global Strategic HRM in Context (15 credits)
  • Managing Employee Performance and Reward in a Competitive Environment (15 credits)
  • Data Analytics and the Blockchain (15 credits)
  • Employment Law in Practice (15 credits)
  • Employment Relations in the Contemporary Organisation (15 credits)
  • The Dynamics of Recruitment and Selection (15 credits)
  • Managing Learning and Development (15 credits)
  • Capstone Project (60 credits)



Teaching and assessment

This brings together relevant contemporary academic theory and research with practical understanding of activities within organisations. This will be developed by enabling you to share knowledge, relate this to theories developed from relevant research, and learning by practical application. Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management in the context of contemporary human resource management issues, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and professional development.

You will carry out projects and assignments designed to help you apply the theories, tools and techniques you learn. Much of the learning is developed through the establishment of collaborative learning communities of programme participants and tutors and you will become part of that community of learning. Your understanding is developed around the key skills, processes and practices of human resource management.

All modules are assessed through a programme of work undertaken whilst studying for the award. A range of assessment tools are used including presentations, critical essays, portfolios and reflective journals and case study work. Each module tutor will provide opportunities for formative assessment feedback to inform your work prior to submission.

You will receive detailed feedback on assessment to help you develop and continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge.

You will receive study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of business management.

Entry requirements


Entry onto this Master’s Degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 Undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK or NARIC listed institution.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).


Entry onto this Master’s Degree will require you to demonstrate current or recent work experience. This will enable you to fully engage with the course. 

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirments it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

Funding your course

Career outcomes

Our staff and students are ambitious. We work together to develop learners as creative-thinking global citizens equipped to secure highly skilled employment. We're proud to be in the top 25 universities in the country for employment. (DLHE 2017)

At York Business School the number of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating in 2017 was 94.8% and this has increased every year for the past two years. Graduates in professional or managerial jobs or further study was 67.5% and this has also increased.

Innovative, specialist modules such as Data Analytics and the Blockchain will give you the industry-ready, transferable skills needed for a competitive edge in the marketplace.

The programme will enable you to improve your ability to work in diverse groups and teams and enhance your project management and decision-making capabilities, which is crucial when leading in business.

You might consider starting your own business. The leadership and negotiation skills you develop during your MSc, as well as your contacts and knowledge, will put you in a great position to take this leap. Our dedicated start-up programme Grad2Director is available alongside this programme. This lets you work with our specialist team and apply for funding opportunities to start your own company. The Grad2Freelancer programme is also available for those who wish to work on a freelance or consultancy basis.

The course could also lead you to undertake further Postgraduate study through an MPhil or PhD.


Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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