Strategic Human Resource Management MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and practical skills across a broad range of topics, aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Profession Map. This will enhance your career development within the HR profession and give you Associate Membership of the CIPD, enabling you to apply for Chartered Membership when you become an established practitioner.

This programme is a blend of practical personal development and critical analysis of emerging HR trends and issues which organisations are currently experiencing. There is a focus on strategic thinking to prepare you for your future career, for people management and organisational engagement.

Our links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch offer additional networking, advice, mentoring, and updates from the profession as it evolves.

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above). Applicants with a significant amount of HR experience but no formal qualifications may also be considered.

All applicants will be invited to interview as part of the application process.

Non-UK qualifications will be checked for equivalence.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.


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Course content

Term 1:

Resourcing and Talent Management

This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. The module will be assessed by an individual report focussing on the strategic nature of People Resourcing and Talent, in addition to a portfolio of HR related skills.

You will also investigate a range of resourcing practices to prepare a report and make recommendations on how an organisation can best attract, select, manage and retain talented individuals in order to add value.

Learning and Talent Development

The module examines the ways in which learning and talent development contributes to the achievement of economic social and cultural objectives for individuals organisations and governments. It encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of Learning and Development in work and to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

Assessment is an assignment based on evaluating policy and practice in Learning & Development and development of a range of related skills

Reward Management

This module develops a theoretical and practical understanding of reward management reflecting the CIPD professional standards.

Key principles of reward management are explored together with the relevant underpinning theories and axioms. The notion of using reward as a driver for enhanced organizational performance is explored and applied via case study and commercial real world examples.

Human Resource Management in a Global Context

This module develops a range of People Management & Development personal, academic, and HR practitioner skills. During the course students are expected to develop a number of specified skills regarding the analysis of business situations and understanding how the HR contextual elements are applied. There is a range of underpinning knowledge that will have been learnt and provided in other modules that will be re-applied in this module.

Terms 1 and 2:

Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal

This module considers how to draft, frame and research a topic on an area of interest. It is a precursor to the dissertation module and equips you to understand both research methods and philosophy. The main research philosophies together with the actual practical means of carrying out business research will be explored.

A written dissertation proposal helps you set out your research ideas and explain your chosen research philosophy and methods. A poster visually depicting your research area, methodology and philosophy will also be submitted.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

The module provides a wide variety of different opportunities to develop a range of skills and knowledge that have been identified by the CIPD as being important for all HR leaders. You will be provided with different tools and ways to understand yourself better and to influence and work with other people.

Term 2:

Managing Employment Relations

This module focuses not just on the practical, theoretical and employment law aspects of the subject area, but also on the strategic issues in order to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to manage employees and give advice to managers in a constantly changing and evolving environment.

Human Resource Strategy

The ways that people are managed have a big influence on organisational performance yet many organisations still fail to connect human resource management to business strategy. This module first examines the main Human Resource Management (HRM) practices before examining how it can be linked to business strategy.

Developing and Leading People

This module will focus on a wide range of aspects of people management and will explore both effective leadership and management. This will be important to you as both HR practitioners in developing these skills within your organisation but also personally as future leaders and managers.

Term 3:


This module enables you to choose an HR topic that is of personal interest to you and important to your employer. You will undertake research, in depth, in your organisation to make recommendations to improve work processes and practice. You will work closely with a tutor who is knowledgeable about the topic to support your study

Assessment is through a 15,000-20,000 word report

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Within HR, globally and locally, the value of CIPD qualifications is held in high regard. Completion of this course and the recognition from the Chartered Institute will help enhance your confidence, employability, and career options.

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at our next Postgraduate Study Fair.

Professional links and accreditations

Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded professional Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Associate is the first level of CIPD professional membership and entitles you to use the designation Assoc. CIPD after your name.

We are a long-established CIPD Approved Centre and links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch offer continual professional development events, additional networking, advice, mentoring and updates from the profession. The MSc SHRM Course Leader holds the elected ambassadorial role of Chair of West Yorkshire CIPD Branch. The University offers additional guest presenters, speakers and lectures that students are welcome to attend, including the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI) annual lecture.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is undertaken in a variety of ways which are participative and include case studies, tutorials, lectures, workshops, seminars, group activities, presentations, individual reflection, as well as a residential event.

Assessments are undertaken in a similarly broad and inclusive fashion, through a mixture of written assignments, presentations, critical business reports, consultation exercises, and reflective portfolios. You are allocated a dissertation supervisor with whom you will meet regularly and who will support you towards successful completion of your dissertation.

For those students whose first language is not English, the Business School provides in-sessional support for academic writing specific to the requirements of the course.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It is a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You will have comprehensive access to online resources through UniLearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you will need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice you on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Tuition fee loans

Postgraduate students from the UK/EU (full or part-time) can now receive tuition fee support to cover the cost of their studies. You may be eligible to access up to £10,280 in loans towards your study costs. You can find out more from Student Finance England.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website

For information about research in this subject area visit the Talent, Diversity and Development Research Group TDD in the Business School.

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