Human Resource Management

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law


Our MSc in Human Resource Management is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for HR professionals, accredited by the CIPD.

This full-time programme aims to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills required to develop highly effective practitioners and managers who are able to comply with the highest professional standards associated with employment and work issues.


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading UK professional body for HR specialists, accredits our programme in recognition of the fact that it meets rigorous academic and professional standards. The programme provides the underpinning knowledge required to achieve professional levels of CIPD membership . More information is available on the CIPD website.

Why Bradford?

University of Bradford School of Management is one of the oldest and most experienced university-based business schools In Britain and home to over 500 postgraduate students from more than 70 different countries. The School celebrated 50 years of excellence in business education in 2013.

At our Bradford campus  and across our global campus, we create a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which students, staff, alumni and businesses and organisations can share knowledge and ideas.

Bradford also scores extremely high in rankings for value for money, providing you with a very affordable way to gain a globally recognised Master's qualification from a leading UK university.


Financial Times rankings for the School of Management:

  • Ranked 16th in the UK and 58th in Europe in the European Business School rankings 2014
  • MBA ranked 34th in Europe in the European MBA rankings
  • Distance Learning MBA ranked 8th in the world and 3rd in the UK in Online MBA rankings
  • Ranked 1st in the world for career progression and 2nd in the world for value for money
  • We're 7th in UK and 61st in the World in FT Masters in Management Ranking 2015

Entry requirements

Additional entry requirements:

You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.

English language requirements:

If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:

IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or 

Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or 

PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.

Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.


This is the current module information. Modules may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures.

The programme will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the core disciplines of HR practice including leading, developing & managing people, employee relations and employment law. Students also have the opportunity to choose two elective subjects before embarking on a dissertation investigating a specific HR-related topic.

Compulsory modules

  • HRM in context
  • Leading, Managing & Developing people
  • Employment Law
  • Developing skills for Business Leadership
  • Human Resource Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Research Methods

 Elective modules

  • Choose two subjects from the following:
  • Coaching & Leadership Development
  • Diversity in Work & Organisations
  • Management of Change 

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, staff-led small group sessions, virtual learning environment (or equivalent) activities and guided private study. Sessions may be delivered weekly or in blocks. Small group sessions will use practical application of cases and case studies with oral feedback given in the class. Students will be directed to appropriate primary and secondary sources and be required to perform research and presentation exercises.  The Employment Law module is a good example of this where students are required to research legal issues and prepare an oral submission of their findings at tutorials. All teaching will be supported by information supplied on the University's virtual learning environment. As a programme leading to professional membership, personal development planning is particularly important. The Developing Skills for Business Leadership module focuses on personal and professional skills assessment and development, using an e-portfolio, PebblePAD to support this.

The programme is summatively assessed by a mixture of examinations, coursework (group and individual) and presentations (group and individual). Skills assessment is both individual, group and by e-portfolio including a reflective journal. Detail is provided in the mapping appendix. Note that CIPD requirements are an unseen element of assessment in the core modules, HRM in Context and Leading, Managing and Developing People. The final award of Master will be gained by a successful completion of a bound dissertation on an agreed topic, which evidences a critical exposition of primary data (20,000 words). The final award of PG Dip will be gained by a successful completion of a report in the Investigating an HR Issue from a Business Perspective module on an agreed topic, which evidences a critical exposition of primary data (7,500 words).

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the web site

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Careers workshops
  • Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
  • Online resources
  • Job opportunities

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £10,000
  • International: £14,500

Financial support


Merit Scholarships

Worth up to 50% of tuition fee. 
Merit scholarships are available to support and encourage high calibre self-funding students for entry to a full-time MSc programme based at the School of Management and School of Law.

For these awards, we focus on rewarding the potential contribution a student brings to the programme and its cohort, evaluating not just academic excellence, but work and personal achievements also.

How to apply: You do not need to make a separate application for the scholarship. Simply complete your programme application form and you will be automatically assessed for a Merit Scholarship.

Deadline for scholarship entry: Sunday 10 May 2015.

Ma Kam Ming Scholarship Fund

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for up to four Chinese students to receive a full-fee, travel and living expenses scholarship in honour of the Ma Kam Ming family’s generous benefaction. The award is exclusively available to School of Management full-time MSc students only.

Alumni Discount

Self funded or part-self funded Bradford alumni applying to study a full-time or part-time MSc or LLM programme, will qualify for a discount on the self-funded element of their fees of:

  • 25% discount for undergraduate alumni with 1st Class honours
  • 20% discount for undergraduate alumni with 2(i) Class honours
  • 15% discount for undergraduate alumni with 2(ii) Class honours

Company-sponsored study bursaries

A business relationship bursary of up to 35% is available for companies who have supported or worked with the School who are sponsoring or part-sponsoring an MSc student. The amount will depend on the strength of the relationship, which might include companies who have previously funded a student on a Bradford programme, employed a placement student, facilitated a student project, employed a member of faculty to produce a KTP or research project or commissioned an Executive Education programme. The list is not exhaustive and other business engagement activities could be considered eligible.

University-wide scholarships

There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more information.

How do I find out more?

MSc Programme Team, University of Bradford School of Management, Emm Lane, Bradford BD9 4JL, UK

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online you can download the relevant application form:

You need to fill it out and post to:

Postgraduate Admissions
University of Bradford
Richmond Road
West Yorkshire

If you would like a paper application form posted to you, please contact our Recruitment Support Team:

Tel: 0800 073 1225 or 00 44 1274 233081 (from outside the UK)

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study - you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.