MSc Human Resource Management and Business

Gain an understanding of the concepts, models and theories relevant to the management of people in work organisations. This programme is ideal for students who want to develop a career in HR. 

Why choose this course?

  • Develop an understanding of the concepts, models and theories relevant to the management of people in work organisations
  • Opportunity to complete Level A and B Psychometric testing as defined by the British Psychological Society
  • Study human resources within the broader context of management studies

The programme aims to 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 study of management, with an emphasis on change management and strategy. 

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

In addition we offer the opportunity to complete Level A and B Psychometric testing training as defined by the British Psychological Society.

This programme aims to develop an understanding of the concepts, models and theories relevant to the management of people in work organisations.  It also addresses the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation and is distinctive in grounding the study of HRM firmly within the broader study of management, with an emphasis on managing change and a concentration on strategic issues. 

Core Modules:

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.  

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skillset.  

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals.

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.  The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.

In addition to these taught modules students will also be required to participate in a number of skills workshops designed to develop their core HR professional skills.

Course directors

Dr Jonathan Crawshaw (Full-time route) 
Jonathan is himself an alumnus of the Aston University MSc in HRM programme, graduating and gaining his CIPD accreditation in 2000.  He went on to study for his PhD at Aston, with his research focussing on the relationships between individual and organisational career management strategies.  Of particular interest was the role of fairness and justice in employees’ evaluations of, and reactions to, organisational career management policies and practices.  He eventually gained his PhD in 2005.  Recent research has begun to explore the career experiences and strategies of HR professionals.  His research has been published in internationally regarded journals, including the Human Resource Management Journal and Industrial Relations Journal, and he is a regular attendee and contributor to important international conferences on HRM.  

Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos (Part-time route) 

Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos is the Director of the MSc Human Resource Management & Business (part-time route) and the MSc Strategic Human Resource Management for Human Resource Professionals.  He holds an award-winning PhD in the field of Strategic Entrepreneurship and he is an active member of the Aston Centre for Human Resources.  His specialist areas of research, academic publications and teaching include Strategic Management, Entrepreneurial Learning and Innovation and Diverse Entrepreneurship.  He has taught these subjects in the UK and the Far East.  Apart from contributing to a number of books, his papers have won prizes in international conferences and have been published in reputable academic journals, including Work, Employment and Society, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Public Administration, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management. 

Teaching staff   

This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and meets the requirements of the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR. On successful completion, students will gain Associate Level Membership of the CIPD (AccocCIPD), and the knowledge required to upgrade to the higher levels of Chartered Member (MCIPD) or Chartered Fellow (FCIPD)

This programme prepares you for a wide range of generalist, specialist, consultancy and research roles in the related fields of HR, Personnel and Recruitment.  The focus of this programme therefore allows you to pursue careers in either a more generalist HR role, or more specialist positions, such as Resourcing, Learning and Development, Reward, Diversity and Policy Development.  The programme is also designed to reflect the full range of industry sectors in which HR influences people and organisations.  To this end, MSc HRMB graduates have developed their careers in a variety of employment contexts, from large scale (multinational) private, public and not-for-profit sector organisations, to local SMEs and charities.

For information on sector opportunities see the Human Resources & Recruitment overview on the Prospects website. 

Examples of jobs taken up by our recent graduates include:

  • HR Advisor – BAE Systems
  • HR Support Manager – BT
  • Planning Controller – TNT Logistics
  • Assistant HR Business Partner – Royal Mail
  • HR Manager – Technology Company
  • Recruitment Manager – Consultancy Company
  • Personnel Manager - Tesco.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers in addition to knowledge and understanding of HR processes and procedures.

Key areas of HR professional practice covered include:

  • 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.

Students 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.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

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:          £9,350  (2015 fee)  
International:  £15,300 (2015 fee)   

Scholarships for 2015/6 entry are now closed. 

Contact details: 

Aston Business School postgraduate admissions office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

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I chose to study at Aston because of its good reputation and the good rankings also. My MSc programme is very rigorous with a good mix of contemporary modules and offers a great opportunity to exchange ideas with my work mates. It also has a very good employment record.

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