Human Resources Management MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Human Resources Management

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Human Resources Management
PGCert Human Resources Management

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PKA61003 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Business and Management (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

The MSc in Human Resource Management develops students' knowledge and skills in the evaluation, discussion and analysis of issues in the human resource management profession and related fields, including consulting and general management.

Students learn how managers are best able to utilise human resources to create added value for customers and to secure a competitive advantage for their organisation.

In Semester 1, students are introduced to the foundations of people management and HRM practices, as well as the wider context of work in which these take place.

In Semester 2, students are introduced to the more technical aspects of the regulation of work and people development.

They have the option to specialise further in international aspects of HRM and leadership and leadership development, or opt for a broader grounding in the fundamentals of business in strategy and accounting.

The programme structure is closely mapped with requirements for CIPD's Advanced Diploma in HRM (accreditation pending) offering students the opportunity to become a Chartered Member of the CIPD upon successful completion of all modules related specified in their requirements.

In particular, students must take International HRM and Leadership as their two optional modules. Students not wishing to gain CIPD qualifications have the opportunity to craft a degree with a broader business grounding by taking optional modules in strategy and accounting and finance, or some combination with the other option, for their two options instead.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Human resource management strategies for firms and international organisations; organisational behaviour, the changing context of work and employment relations; training and development strategies for individuals and firms, legal aspects of managing employment relationships; leadership at work and leadership development; principals for accounting and finance; broader business strategies. K
Develop ability and skills to collect qualitative and quantitative data necessary to effectively manage people in organisations; understanding the dynamic and interrelated nature of human resource management strategy and business strategies, and the impact on stakeholders from multiple perspectives. C
Students will develop positive and critical attitudes towards people management, leadership, change and enterprise, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business and management environment. P
Ability to critically evaluate theory and empirical evidence in the field of human resource management. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.