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MSc Human Resource Management

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Institution code: 

Approximately 15 months on a part-time basis.

This course begins in February and September.

Typical Offer: 

Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.


The question 'when is people management strategic human resource management?' is currently a major debating point for both human resource professionals and academics. What is not in doubt is the increasing requirement for human resource professionals to be able to demonstrate that their policies are embedded in the organisational strategy, and that they are fully geared towards achieving better business performance.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to progress from existing postgraduate qualifications allowing students to achieve a Masters qualification. Students will undertake a taught module in Research Methods, and then a dissertation.

The course aims to develop the analytical and strategic skills of students using concepts derived from the latest academic studies of human resource management. The course provides students with the ability to respond to the challenges of the global business environment with strategically focused solutions.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.


Alumni Profile

University of Suffolk Graduate Gemma on her experiences of studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Masters course.

Course modules

Research Methods
This module provides practical skills essential for successful academic research. The skills of gathering, analysing, interpreting and presenting data are also critical in the work place. The module will be offered on the basis of either one afternoon or evening per week for twelve weeks or two three-day workshops. The module will prepare students for the process of undertaking their dissertation by exploring a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and tools.

The module will be assessed on the basis of a written assignment, which will give students the opportunity to practice the data collection and analysis methods covered during the module.

All students will be required to undertake a dissertation of 15,000 words. The dissertation must relate to a strategic human resources issue, and in most cases will involve research undertaken in the student s own organisation. This will provide the opportunity for students to undertake in depth research into an issue which is of genuine interest to themselves in their professional development, and which will also be of benefit to their employer. Students will have 12 months to complete the dissertation, following completion of their Research Methods module. Students will be allocated a tutor to supervise and support their research.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £885 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information)

Further Information

  • 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
  • Also see Postgraduate Study (/content/postgraduate-fees-and-finance) within Student Finance

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

A postgraduate qualification in either Human Resource Management or a Business or Management specialism such as PgD in Human Resource Management.

Candidates who completed the CIPD professional education scheme prior to 2004 may also be required to undertake an additional module.

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Tier 4 international students are not able to register on this course however we welcome interest from international students not wishing to apply for Tier 4. 

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Associate Professor and MBM Programme Leader

Associate Professor