Human Resource Management, Master's Human Resource Management (MHRM) incorporating Human Resource Management BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Human Resource (HR) management is vital to any business. You’ll study how to manage and develop people and how to recruit and inspire staff.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


BA (Hons) 3 years full-time
MHRM 4 years full-time
Sandwich placement will extend each by 1 year

Entry requirements

A Level - ABB


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Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

People are the most important asset a business can have. Consequently businesses are keen to attract and retain the best talent they can find. We look at human resources management to give you the chance to understand the role it plays in business. As the course is an integrated Master’s you’ll be able to progress seamlessly from your undergraduate degree to Master’s level in just four years.

The course is designed to help develop you as a potential Human Resource Management (HRM) professional. We'll give you the chance to develop a range of HR skills and competence, and to build up your business acumen too.

You’ll be given the opportunity to integrate academic knowledge with practice in the real world. You’ll be able to hear talks from visiting businesses, and you’ll be supported by leading academics while you study.

We will also work closely throughout the course with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development. [The University is an APPROVED CIPD centre.] In the final year of study you will become a CIPD student member and on successful completion of the course be awarded Assoc CIPD. This means you will have the professional HR qualification as well as a postgraduate degree.

To meet the CIPD’s professional standards, you’ll be expected to gain a certain level of work experience while you’re here. You could choose a placement between year 2 and year 3, spending 12 months in the industry, or you could opt for four weeks’ work experience before you finish your third year. Either way, you’ll gain an invaluable opportunity to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt on the course in the real world.


Work experience is required as part of the course to meet CIPD’s professional standards. You can choose to complete a sandwich placement between year 2 and the final year, spending a full 12 months in industry. Alternatively should you not wish to complete a 12 month placement a minimum of 4 weeks work experience must be completed after year 2 and before completion of year 3. You may complete the 4 week placement as a block or as days across a number of weeks. The course offers an optional one-year placement in Year 3. This paid position provides the opportunity for further personal development and a real-world context during which you’ll apply the knowledge and skills obtained on the course.

Huddersfield Business School’s Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service’ for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

My most memorable moment at University was when I secured my placement at HP. Whilst working there, one member of staff forgot I was an intern due to my work being such a high standard! I feel confident that when I graduate I will be able to seize every opportunity and build a career.

Leah Southern, placement with Process and Systems Optimization Lead, Hewlett-Packard

Entry requirements

ABBat A Level

128 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 128 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

What our students have to say

The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Abbie describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Course Detail

Behavioural Approaches to Work and Society

This module analyses the sociological, psychological and cultural influences on people in organisations and the ways in which these factors affect how organisations function and operate. You’ll explore the role of the manager and the theories and frameworks that support managers.

Managing Human Resources and Personal Development

This module provides an introduction to aspects of managing and developing people in organisations. The module explores the varied roles of people management specialists and line managers in areas such as people resourcing, employment relations, and equality and diversity. An integral element of the module is a programme of activities to enables students to identify, analyse and develop a range of skills for success in academic study in addition to the development of a broad range of employability related skills.

Professional Aspects of Business

This module introduces you to key areas in both legal and financial aspects of business. You’ll look at how financial information is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users and consider aspects of employment and contract law relevant to non-specialists. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions.

Introduction to Business Management

This module provides an introduction to Business Management and the essential knowledge and skills required to be a successful manager. It will focus on a range of key business management topics so you can learn about the integrated nature of business. It will allow you to understand the behaviour of markets and consider issues relevant to operating in a global business environment.

We use a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, assignments, exams and individual project work, with a strong focus on practical work. We make use of cutting-edge technology to enhance your learning, including podcasts, screencasts, e-portfolios and voting pads. You'll be able to work on real-life projects for companies and organisations, keeping you in touch with current business issues. Your presentation skills will be boosted by preparing and presenting work on a wide range of real business challenges, both in class and to external business experts. Our varied assessment methods are focused upon the development of transferable skills which will provide immediate benefit in your future career.

22% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 480 credits in total for an integrated master's qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

 *86% of graduates from this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

86%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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