MSc Human Resource Management & Business

Human Resource Management

I joined a graduate scheme which involved a Masters degree and I chose Aston. I really benefited from the support from tutors and forward thinking academic research"

Amy McCarthy
Management Consultant

Entry requirements

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


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MSc Human Resource Management & Business (HRMB) develops your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation. Our graduates go on to work at known brands such as KPMG, Tesco and Rolls-Royce.

This course can be studied as a full-time or part-time option.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

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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 course:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: Two years (up to max. three years).  To discuss your part-time learning options please contact pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Start date: September

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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 course is distinctive in grounding the study of HRM within the broader discipline of management, with an emphasis on change management and strategy.

Core Modules: 

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategy, Change and Leadership
  • Strategic and International Human Resource Management
  • Assessment, Performance and Reward
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Employee Relations in Context
  • Employment Law
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management and Business and Organisational Behaviour
  • Managing and Interpreting Financial Information Workshop
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
The course then concludes with a dissertation project

Learning and teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

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

The 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. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

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This course 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. 

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

  • HR Executive - KPMG (India)
  • HR Assistant Manager - Lloyds Banking Group (UK)
  • Regional HR Business Partner - Amazon Logistics (UK)
  • Personnel Manager – Tesco (UK)
  • Rewards Consultant – Rolls-Royce (UK)
  • HR Graduate - Nestle (UK)

Folkert Van Dam
MSc Human Resource Management and Business

Watch the whole interview to find out more about his experiences on this course

Fees 2018/19
UK/EU:          £10,280    
International:  £17,950   

Find out more about our scholarships here

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries
If you are starting a postgraduate course in the academic year 2018-19 you are eligible to apply for a Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary. Each bursary is worth £500 and they are open to students from anywhere in the world. Iraklis Manganas, studying MSc in Human Resources Management and Business at Aston, was one of the Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary Winners 2017.

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Interested? I'd love to hear from you.

Matthew Carter
Dr Matthew Carter

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