MSc Human Resource Management & Business

Human Resource Management and Business MSc Aston University

Aston has a unique position: its walking distance from the centre of the second largest city in the UK and simultaneously a small campus where you can get to lectures in five minutes."

Maria Stoyneva 
Asset Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent 

MSc Human Resource Management & Business (HRMB) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation.

In the top 40 in the Eduniversal Best Masters ranking
Gain Associate CIPD membership
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Qualify in Level A & B Psychometric Testing

MSc Human Resource Management & Business (HRMB) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation. The programme is distinctive in grounding the study of HRM within the broader discipline of management, with an emphasis on change management and strategy.

Our MSc programme is fully accredited by the largest internationally recognised HR professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), providing you with the ideal qualification for developing your career in HR.

Core Modules:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategy, Change and Leadership 
  • Strategic and International HRM
  • Assessment, Performance and Reward
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Employee Relations in Context
  • Employment Law
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour  

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning and teaching

You will develop a range of other skills through:

  • attending programmes in interviewing and presentation skills
  • designing and carrying out independent research, including writing research proposals, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including using SPSS) and reporting
  • data collection and analysis of group effectiveness and member well-being through log-book recording of syndicate group interaction
  • report-writing, data presentation and group facilitation
  • multi-cultural teamwork and presentations in group work.

You will cover key areas of HR professional practice, including:

  • contracts of employment, discrimination, employment termination, health and safety at work
  • strategic HR, employee resourcing, employee development, employee relations, employee involvement and participation, work motivation
  • selection and assessment methods, job performance measurement, reward management and career management
  • organisational change, change management strategies and minimising work-related stress
  • organisational leadership, individual, group and organisational functioning
  • diversity management, HR management of expatriates and HR issues in international business alliances.

Other business areas covered include:

  • business performance standards (including profitability, investment and efficiency) , costing and budgeting
  • cash flow forecasting, profit and loss statements, balance sheets
  • market analysis and planning, strategy development and marketing mix policies.


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.

Course director

Dr Matthew Carter
Dr Matthew Carter is a Senior Research Fellow with a background in Work & Organisational Psychology with extensive experience in quantitative methodology gained from coordinating the NHS National Staff Survey, in conjunction with the organisational sponsor the Care Quality Commission, between 2003 and 2011.

More than a masters

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.

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This course will prepare you for a wide range of roles in the related fields of HR, personnel and recruitment. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Head of Graduate Recruitment 
  • HR Graduate Internship 
  • Personnel Manager – Tesco (UK)
  • Rewards Consultant – Rolls-Royce (UK)
  • Talent & Development Coordinator

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date
  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of programme: Full-time - 12 months / Part-time - 24 months
Start date: September

UK/EU:          £10,000    
International:  £15,950   

Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

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