MSc Human Resource & Knowledge Management

Essential preparation for managing human resources in the knowledge economy

Conceptual knowledge combined with skills for employability

Based in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, the 12-month full-time MSc programme offers in-depth analyses of Human Resource Management, the centrality of knowledge to organising, and the role of change in contemporary organisations. You will learn about the importance of the human resource in organising, and the conditions for fostering the development of knowledge and the enabling of change, and you will hone the capabilities and skills necessary to manage people and knowledge effectively.

This is not a programme that will teach you simplistic ‘models’ or techniques, but one that will help you develop the sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills that employers are looking for. Such skills, in understanding people in an organisation context, are crucial attributes of effective professional managers today.

Senior scholars and high-quality learning experiences

The Management School is widely recognised as one of the top management schools in the UK and is a national and international leader in business and management research. The staff in the department of OWT research and publish at the very highest level, and you will be taught by distinguished academics who are acknowledged leaders in their field. For this reason the programme is recognised as one the finest specialist masters courses in the country.

Career development and study opportunities

The Management School offers excellent postgraduate career services, so that you can be sure that support is available to help you in your career ambitions. There are hundreds of events each year that can allow you to explore employment options and make connections with potential employers. Our alumni network can also be exploited for advice and contacts. There are also opportunities to study abroad and widen your experience. Finally, the programme is a recognised pathway to PhD study, and UK/EU applicants, with good honours degrees, can apply for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships for further work towards a PhD.

CIPD Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Our MSc in Human Resources Management is recognised as equivalent to the CIPD Advanced Level Diploma in Human Resource Management. Upon successful completion students can gain Associate (Assoc CIPD) level of professional membership. As a level 7 award this provides a route for future upgrade to Chartered CIPD membership.

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Why is CIPD accreditation important?

Peter Cheese, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, explains.