University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Human Resource Management

This course aims to provide students with knowledge of contemporary human resource management (HRM) policies and practices within organisations, and how people management practices are changing. The programme provides a grounding in the parent disciplines of psychology, sociology and economics. The course focuses on operational and strategic issues, as well as current debates and challenges; there is an international focus, supporting the transfer of learning through contextualisation via case studies to a wide range of scenarios.

Entry requirements

1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university, or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification; applications are assessed on individual merit; international students may require evidence of English language proficiency.

Course modules

Core: strategic human resource development; employee relations; contemporary issues and debates in human resource management; key skills for HRM; report writing skills; essay writing skills; strategic human resource management; dissertation; quantitative and qualitative research. Optional: organisational development; employment law 1; comparative and international people management; European labour markets. On successful completion of the taught part of the programme; students work on a 3 month project which may be practical or academic in nature.

Assessment methods

Essays, case studies, coursework, examinations, dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Business and Law
Telephone number: 
023 8059 4393