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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

Human Resource Management (MSc)

1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

To give students both the knowledge and expertise, and the professional CIPD qualification, needed for a successful career in Human Resources and Personnel.

Special Features

The Programme gives you:

Course Description

The Programme is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in Human Resource Management.

As well as learning from the cutting-edge research of our faculty members, you will work towards a professional qualification, Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a qualification required by most employers for UK Human Resource Management positions.

Course Structure

The Programme is taught from September to June and gives students a thorough grounding in all aspects of Human Resource Management.

Students study the following compulsory modules and complete a project:

Taught Modules - Autumn Semester

During the autumn semester, students undertake the following four modules:

  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • The Management of Human Resources
  • Employment Relations
  • Reward Management

Taught Modules - Spring Semester

During the spring semester, students undertake the following four modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in HR Research
  • Leadership, Work and Organisation
  • The Practice of Human Resources in the Modern Workplace
  • Employment Law

Project - Summer

The dissertation phase takes place between June and September and allows students to develop their ability to think critically. The Management Research Report (part of the Dissertation) gives students the opportunity to create a real-life management report, outlining practical recommendations arising from the investigation of a HRM issue.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in business, social sciences, humanities or law.

Applications will be considered from recent graduates with an upper second class Honours degree from an approved university or those with a similar level of qualification gained by other methods. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category (or an equivalent English language qualification).

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme.
If you are looking at applying for a master’s degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding.  It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University.  Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, Cardiff Business School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6953 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4419 


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Funding Available

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