Managing teams of people while recognising the needs of individuals in the workplace is a growing area of interest for corporations who want to ensure employee wellbeing and good productivity levels. With the introduction of concepts such as flexi-hours and remote working, and rights around parental leave, human resource management is taking centre stage. The Human Resource Management MSc offers the opportunity to explore the issues of managing people both in theory and in practice and how this can contribute to organisational success.
This is an ideal postgraduate course if you wish to become a human resource practitioner or consultant as it looks in depth at a full range of approaches in human resource management, techniques and methodologies.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which students and graduates are encouraged to join. The CIPD is the world’s largest Chartered HR and development professional body and by becoming a member, you become part of a global network of HR professionals. Find out more on our accreditations and exemptions page.
The compulsory modules look at areas such as talent search, selection and recruitment, leadership recruitment, reward management, performance management, and creating an environment of learning and development.
International human resource management is also covered, looking at expatriation, management across cultures, and HR systems and processes from an international perspective.
As a prospective human resource manager, you will be able to address business and professional situations knowledgeably, making a contribution to improved organisational performance and delivering sound HR support.
Events organised via the Business Life Employability Programme will expose you to the various tests used by HR departments such as:
BAT (Bloomberg Aptitude Test)
The BAT is a three-hour online test which can be taken on campus within an invigilated environment with a Bloomberg representative. BAT was designed in conjunction with leading financial institutions and academics to uncover a person’s levels of knowledge and skills relevant for a financial career.
Online aptitude and ability tests which are taken under test conditions. You will also receive confidential feedback on your performance and advice and tips to help you use your results effectively.
The opportunity to experience a range of assessment centre exercises and tasks from the perspective of the candidate and the assessor.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Widely used in organisations to help people understand team dynamics, completing this will help you to identify your own preferred style of communication, information processing, and decision making.
Belbin reports identify a person’s behavioural strengths and weaknesses to ascertain their ideal team role. It is used primarily to select and develop better-performing teams, but can also be used to raise self-awareness, increase personal effectiveness, and aid recruitment decisions.
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The course consists of both compulsory modules which provide a strong basis of knowledge in HR and optional modules, which allow you to diversify somewhat in areas such as CSR, entrepreneurship and diversity in the workplace.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
Human Resource Management in Context - Resourcing, Performance and Assessment: Understanding the framework of analysis for how organisations manage people. Focus on recruitment, selection process and assessment, onboarding, changing work roles, and changes in employment practice.
International and Comparative Human Resource Management: Examining human resources strategy and practice for organisations operating across national boundaries, including the EU and its member states, the USA, Japan and South East Asia.
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation: Investigating the global knowledge-based economy and wider socio-economic factors affecting knowledge transfer. The use of social engagement in business development.
Organisational Behaviour: The key functions of leadership and management and how they are differentiated.
Understanding Business and Management Research: Quantitative and qualitative methods in management research. Understanding research reports and utilising this information to improve quality of work and decision-making in complex management problems.
Human Resource Management: Contexts, Concepts and Politics II: Exploring the functions, values and actions associated with contemporary human resources management practice. Key issues and debates in respect of Human Resource Development (HRD), with a particular focus on organisational impacts and outcomes.
Dissertation: Researching and writing a 12,000 word dissertation is an integral part of the course. Your dissertation should focus upon empirical research into a management problem or issue of your choice to be agreed with your tutor, who will support you in your research. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year.
International Management: Examining the trends that impact international business. Focus on international management challenges in and the effects of globalisation on particular countries and regions. Analytical tools, techniques and models of negotiation, communication, and conflict resolution in international contexts. HR in international organisations.
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance: Addressing dual business models of shareholder and stakeholder approaches. Considering the broader societal impacts of business activities from the perspectives of moral philosophy, CSR, sustainability and corporate governance.
Global Diversity Management: Training and development activities for diverse workforces with different socio-economic backgrounds, interests, beliefs, value systems.
Strategic Management: Development and implementation of strategies and policies, and their implications. Developing skills of critical thinking, logical analysis, argument and judgement via the use of case study and other materials exemplar readings and other information sources.
Studying the nature of entrepreneurship and its importance in society. Analysis and understanding of the psychological and behavioural characteristics of the entrepreneur. Overview of the major theories in the field (psychological theory and cognitive theory) as well as the main approaches to entrepreneurship.
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and what you will learn on the course.
Entry criteria 2018/19
- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a related or non-related subject.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
The pre-master's course has been designed to prepare international students who have not qualified for direct entry to Brunel University London's Master's degrees. Undertaking a pre-master's course will give you time to adjust to the rigorous research and independent study requirements of a postgraduate degree. This will ensure you get the most out of your master's studies at Brunel University London and go on to achieve graduation in your chosen field. See details.
Teaching and learning
Teaching includes lectures, informal small study groups, and individual or group presentations using a laptop and digital projector.
Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of HR and active researchers within the School’s Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM-OB). Their research findings often contribute to relevant course content.
Professor Anderson provides several of his seminal review papers, empirical studies, and theoretical models for consideration by the students. Students are asked to present their findings back to the group having critically assessed the research findings for themselves. The ensuing debate is used to deepen understanding and argue as to whether high-performance HRM practices do indeed contribute to organisational performance and profitability. Current issues and case studies are also brought forth for debate as they happen.
Professor Ozbilgin’s book Global Diversity Management: An Evidence Based Approach (2008) co-authored with Dr Ahu Tatli, is a core text on the optional module of the same name. It is the only empirical research-based text in the field and contains original fieldwork on diversity management that spanned eight years.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Modules are usually assessed by individual assessment or by examination in May.
Coursework and examinations give you a chance to demonstrate critical and constructive thinking and reasoning. Your dissertation is a 12,000 word document that will show your ability to conceive, design and execute a major project, which confidently substantiates your chosen line of enquiry.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2018/19 entry
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
Brunel University is offering Academic Excellence Scholarships to postgraduate students (15%) and scholarships for Brunel Alumni (15%).
Funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).