MBA: Human Resource Management MBA

This programme provides all the benefits associated with an MBA award whilst allowing you to study a programme that exposes you to the more detailed Human Resource Management aspects associated with a career in management and executive development.

York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 19 Full-time Home & EU students: £11,000, International (non EU) students: £15,000 per annum
Full-time & Part-time options available

Course overview

A distinctive element of the MBA: HRM programme is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside the academic award. The CMI accreditation may be subject to an additional fee to the awarding body, CMI.

On this programme you will be exposed to contemporary thinking in business management and business research. This will be through a series of experiences supported by academic staff who are research active in the field of business management, complemented by a guest speaker programme of business experts and researchers. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a live business project.

Course structure

The programme aims to:

  • Develop a critical, reflective and integrated understanding of business generally and specifically relating the management and HRM and the role of managers within the context of business sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics, helping you undertake effective roles in business organisations as responsible managers.
  • Provide opportunities for advanced study and practical application of the key concepts and concerns through authentic learning experiences in the ‘real world’ with a specialist knowledge of the HRM aspects of business.
  • Develop your self-awareness. This is grounded on positive and critical attitudes towards culture, diversity, change management and conflict management. The framework is created around the role of management and leadership in the context of a dynamic and vibrant international business and management environment.
  • Provide the opportunities to convert theory into practice within complex environments, systematically and creatively to improve business practice through project work with internal University departments and external businesses.
  • Develop and enhance your skills of lifelong learning and professional development in order to work with self-direction and originality.

Full-time route

Modules include:

  • Research in Contemporary Business Issues
  • Business & Sustainability
  • Managing Business Finance*
  • People Management
  • Planning & Organising the Business Project*
  • The Dynamics of Managing Conflict, Diversity & Ethics
  • Strategic & Operational Human Resource Management
  • Leading & Managing the Business Project*
  • Research Investigation*

*Modules to be passed for CMI Award (as well as the MBA: HRM)

Part-time route

Year 1 modules include:

  • Business and Sustainability
  • Planning and Organising the Business Project*
  • Leading and Managing the Business Project*
  • Researching Contemporary Business Issues

Year 2 modules include:

  • Managing Business Finance*
  • People Management
  • The Dynamics of Managing Conflict, Diversity and Ethics
  • Strategic and Operational Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Research Investigation*

*Modules to be passed for the CMI Award (as well as the MBA: HRM)

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies including lectures, seminars, a guest speaker programme, tutorials, workshops and global café style learning activities. Each module tutor will adopt the best practices to facilitate your learning and development. All the modules above are compulsory for MBA: HRM. You will be able to study either part-time or full-time.

All modules listed above are assessed through a programme of work undertaken whilst studying for the MBA: HRM. A range of assessment tools are used including presentations, critical essays, portfolios and reflective journals, exams and case study work.

You will receive detailed feedback on assessments 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 knowledge of business and practice.

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

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

UK/EU Students

UK/EU students require a first degree achieved at Class 2:2 or above from an approved University or Institution or possess an equivalent qualification.

International Students

Non-UK/EU students whose first language is not English will be required to achieve IELTS 6 or above with no less than Band 6 in writing skills, or equivalents accepted by the University.


For part-time applicants who are in employment, careful counselling will be given so that they understand that this is a pre-experience programme.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £11,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Part-time students will be charged per module of their study pro-rata based on the full time price of £11,000.

Postgraduate Loan: A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course for students commencing in the 2018/19 academic year. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

Overseas 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £15,000 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

International Fees & Funding

How to Apply

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.

Applications for September 2018 must be submitted and completed by 5 October 2018.

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