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Course overview

Our Human Resource Management and Organisation MSc will develop your potential to excel in global human resource management positions. Using your specialist skills and knowledge, you will manage employment relationships and maximise the competitive advantage of your business.

You will sharpen your understanding of leadership, change management, the development and retention of talent, and the challenges of managing people in multi-cultural and global contexts. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from world-class experts, and participate in highly interactive lectures, workshops, case study analyses and blogs.

As this course is accredited by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) it offers you full exemption from their advanced diploma. It will also help to bring you to the notice of prestigious employers who are looking for the skillset you will have. 

Why choose this course?


by the professional body for HR and people development

Top quality school

benchmarked against international standards

EQUIS and AMBA accredited

More than 19,000

Business School alumni connect you to a powerful global network of business contacts

Course content

Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules. Each module typically consists of 10 two to three hour sessions.

You will complete a 60-credit dissertation over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.


Core modules

Semester one

Employment Relations

The module focuses on the broad aspects of employment regulation, relating to all elements that circumscribe unilateral decision-making power of management with regard to employment matters. Topics cover include modes of workforce voice and participation, conflict, equality and diversity, and the role of the state and the law.

Managing and Developing Organisations

This module aims to develop an understanding of managing and developing organisations. Core elements of the module include organisational structure and design, job design, organisational culture, leadership, managing groups and teams, organisational learning and knowledge management, employee motivation, commitment and engagement, power, politics and conflict, change management and technological change in the workplace.

Strategic Human Resource Management

This module aims to develop an advanced understanding of human resource management. Core elements of the course include the evolution of SHRM, recruitment and selection, training, leadership and management development, performance management, wellbeing at work, and ethical issues in HRM.

Semester two

Contemporary Developments in HRM/OB

This module provides you with a comprehensive overview of contemporary issues in organisational behaviour and human resource management practices. You are invited to critically examine and explore a variety of contemporary topics ranging from issues of wellness and coaching to metrics and managerial control.

The module uses practical examples, case studies and contemporary research to provide opportunities for critique, debate and discussion.

International Human Resource Management

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the context, strategies, issues and key debates of International Human Resource Management (IHRM). Areas covered include:

  • Globalisation and HRM
  • HRM in multinational companies
  • HRM in emerging economies
Research Methods in OB/HRM

The module consists of three parts:

  1. Introduction qualitative analysis - This part of the module will be concerned with the collection and analysis of qualitative data
  2. Introduction quantitative analysis - This section will be concerned with the collection and analysis of quantitative data
  3. The future HR practitioner: learning portfolio - Requires you to reflect about the knowledge and skills learnt in the MSc and how they can be applied in your future career



The module aims to allow you to synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of the programme. The investigation of a current research topic will help to develop your theoretical and practical understanding of current problems in your area, as well as your research and communication skills.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

How you will be assessed

  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Examinations

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline, excluding specialist degrees in human resource management and/or organisations


Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply


UK students

Confirmed August 2020 *

International students

Confirmed August 2020 *

The UK government has confirmed that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses in the 2021/22 academic year will no longer be eligible for home/UK fee status or the same financial support as in previous years. We will update our guidance for students when more information becomes available.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.


There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study.

Postgraduate funding


We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Graduate destinations

Our in-house Postgraduate Careers Team provides expert advice and guidance so that you can make an informed decision about the right career path for you.

Prior to commencing your course you can take part in pre-entry careers discussions and once on programme our MSc Accelerated Career Leader Programme is complemented by one to one career coaching.

Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate. Business School postgraduates also have access to events and resources provided by the Careers and Employability Service.

Career destinations for our postgraduates include:

  • accountants
  • finance and investment analysts
  • higher education teaching professionals
  • investment bankers
  • IT business analysts
  • management consultants
  • marketing professionals
  • public relations professionals
  • university researchers

Some MSc graduates have gone on to doctoral studies, others have become entrepreneurs. Our Ingenuity Lab has supported a number of our MSc graduates in starting their own company.

Average starting salary and career progression

91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £57,200.**

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** This is an average of all Business School postgraduates and so reflects the higher salaries earned by our MBAs who have several years professional experience prior to undertaking their studies.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, offering you full exemption from their advanced diploma.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates

Related courses

The University has been awarded Gold for outstanding teaching and learning (2017/18). Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Wednesday 15 July 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.