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N2P409 Management (Human Resource Management) MSc Postgraduate Taught  2016


UCAS code N2P409
Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 05-10-2016
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5439

Course Content


Management (Human Resource Management): at a glance

The MSc Management (HRM) gives you a solid grounding in the wider context of business management, as well as a specialist knowledge of human resources and an appreciation of what makes people tick.

You’ll learn in a stimulating and enjoyable environment, guided by world-class academics at the forefront of research with first-hand knowledge of the key areas of management. You’ll also reap the benefits of achieving a highly regarded qualification from a top Business School at a prestigious University. When it comes to taking your next steps, our management careers specialists and alumni network will support you as you progress towards your goals.

Management (Human Resource Management): in detail

The MSc Management (HRM) allows you to centre your studies on the particular knowledge and skills you’ll need for a successful career in human resource management. Combining academic rigour with real life examples and practical elements, this course introduces you to core management principles before focusing on specialist subjects such as employee relations and work and society. To achieve your qualification you’ll be required to successfully complete both core and elective modules and a dissertation or business project or placement.

Core and elective modules

The course is designed around core modules that provide the foundation of knowledge essential in making successful leaders.

  • Business Economics and Accounting
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Work and Society
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

You’ll then choose two elective modules, so you can broaden your experience or tailor your course to suit your interests and chosen career. Elective modules reflect current managerial thinking, academic debate and the research interests of the School and as such are subject to change. As a guide, those available in 2014-15 included:

  • Change Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Leadership
  • Consulting
  • Employee Reward Strategy
  • Competitive Strategies and Organisational Fitness

Dissertation, business project or placement

In the third term, you will complete a report of around 10,000 words. Supervised by a faculty member with relevant experience, you’ll investigate in greater detail a subject that you’ve already studied as part of your programme.

It comes in one of the following formats:

  1. a standard academic dissertation: conducting a piece of primary research or a comprehensive literature review (although the School favours the former)
  2. a business project: a real commercial challenge sourced by you or the Business School which you investigate and write up
  3. a placement: sourced by you and supported by the Business School, in which you carry out research for the organisation as part of your placement or internship.

This is an opportunity for you to develop your business insight and present your analysis and ideas in a scholarly and professional manner. It should also show your ability to combine critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinions of others.

International opportunities

We’re proud of our strong international connections. Helping you get an inside perspective on global business is a key part of the programme. That’s why you’ll have the opportunity to go on the optional International Study Tour (elective module) to a European destination in March/April. This self-funded, one-week programme is a great way to immerse yourself in the country’s business environment, providing the chance to analyse a number of leading international organisations, make new contacts and helping you stand out in the competitive jobs market.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

Application Deadlines

There is high demand for places on these programmes. To maximise your chances of being offered one of these places, we recommend that you submit your application to the University as early as possible.

In order to manage the volume of international applications received by the University to allow the University to ensure each application is properly reviewed, considered and processed, applications from candidates must be received as follows:

  • Applications from individuals resident in Mainland China must be received by 31 January. 
  • Applications from any other individuals who would be required to hold a visa in order to study in the UK, must be received by 31 May.
  • Applications from those individuals who fall outside of either category specified above, must be received by 31 August.

Should you miss the deadlines specified above, then it may be possible for the University to add your application to a waiting list, which may be consulted in the event that following review and processing of all applications received prior to the deadlines, vacant places remain available on the programme.

The University is under no obligation to make any offer of a place on the programme to any applicant, nor is the University obligated to fill all spaces available on the programme.

Consideration of any application received by the University after expiry of the deadlines specified herein, shall be made at the sole discretion of the University.

Masters in Management programmes are intended for graduates in any subject or discipline; no previous study in business or management is necessary. For example, in the past we have had graduates from a diverse range of degrees such as Music, Anthropology, Medicine and Geography. Business and Management undergraduate students may find some content overlaps with their first degree.

What do I need first?

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete an online application form.

Please note you can only apply for one Masters Management programme.

>>Fill out the online application form

To support your online application form, you will need to provide the following documents.

  • Two academic references using our standard form (Download the form - Word format)
  • Official transcript of marks
  • Copy of degree certificate (if available)
  • Copy of English test results (if available).

You can either upload your supporting documents with your online application or email or fax them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office using the contact details below.

Application fee

Once we receive your online application form, you’ll get an automatic email within 48 hours asking you to pay the £60 application fee* which is required to progress your application.

You’ll need to follow the link in the email to the webpage where you can confirm your details and make the payment using a debit or credit card. This is a secure website operated by Secpay, which will send you an automatic receipt of payment.

Once we receive confirmation that your application fee has been paid, we’ll be able to progress your application. If you do not pay the application fee your application will be automatically withdrawn.

*Please note you will only be able to make a payment for one programme in each suite i.e. one MSc Finance programme, one MSc Management programme, one MSc Marketing programme, one Islamic Finance programme.

College membership

If you’re applying for a full-time programme you’ll need to become a member of one of our Colleges as well as being accepted by a department. Here’s more information about how the college system works. Once you accept your programme offer, the College Postgraduate Office will get in touch with you to arrange accommodation. Please note that demand for college accommodation usually exceeds availability, so please try to arrange it as soon as possible.

Admissions process

Here are the steps in the admissions process:

  1. We will let you know when we’ve received your application.
  2. Once we’ve received all of your supporting documents, we will email you to let you know our decision.
  3. If the decision is to make you an offer of a place on the programme we will let you know by email. Please note we do not issue hard copy offer letters as these are not required to obtain a student visa.
  4. If you have requested university accommodation on your application form, the college will contact you direct. They will send you an accommodation application form, which you should complete and return direct to the college.
  5. You should confirm acceptance of your offer as soon as possible. In order to secure your place, you are required to pay a deposit within six weeks of the date of your original offer (check your offer documents for details of payment methods).
  6. International students requiring a student visa will receive a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Studies) via email once all offer conditions are met, acceptance and deposit have been received and you are within five months of the start date of your programme. 

Please Note: You must let us know your own personal email address when applying. Please do not use a university-linked email which may stop working once you complete your bachelor degree.

Contact us

For more information, contact

Durham University Business School,
Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LB, UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5439
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 5136

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Requirements and Admissions

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £10,450.00
Home Student £10,450.00
Island Student £10,450.00
International non-EU Student £18,500.00

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Business School

For information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

Business School


Durham University Business School is one of a small elite group of academic institutions worldwide who are accredited by all three major quality assurance bodies - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This achievement is a testament to the quality of all our programmes, and gives you the extra assurance that they, and the School, have been rigorously tested and proven to be of high quality. 

Connecting with business

Over the years we've built strong links with many leading global organisations. Companies such as KPMG, Deloitte and RBS give our students access to 'live' issues and practical challenges. At the same time, business partners gain a fresh perspective from us and benefit from our research and insights. 

Bringing great minds together across the globe

We are a truly international business school with over 100 nationalities in our student and faculty bodies. Diverse perspectives and experiences feed into our learning, providing a unique insight into cultural nuances around the world. What's more, through our partnerships with other international universities, we're able to tap into a huge pool of global knowledge.

Thinking further

Creativity and critical thinking are two of the most valuable -and often overlooked - business skills. That's why we focus our teaching on developing agile, independent minds. Equipped with these vital skills, our graduates can tackle whatever business brings, however unpredictable. Employers tell us this is what sets Durham graduates apart. 

Looking to the future

We may be inspired by our past, but we are firmly focused on the future. We're currently investing in new world-class facilities to match our reputation including the expansion of the Mill Hill Lane site and the development of improved teaching, office and events spaces.