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What makes Human Resource Management MSc at Worcester special?

With an optional 6-month internship, introductory bursary, and access to our Future Leaders' Programme, this one-year full-time, specialist programme is designed to inspire you to lead and develop others, through effective management of resourcing, talent and change. This is a highly contemporary course, which brings you right up to date with latest emerging contexts, such as global shifts in economic power, climate change, employer branding, changing work patterns, and how to build an inclusive organisation that is rooted in both global diversity, best practices and intercultural competence.

Your time at university is an important investment in your future career potential and ability to compete for the most desirable graduate jobs. The employment prospects for Worcester graduates are excellent - 93% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduation and we will work with you throughout your studies to prepare you for your future career.

All of our Masters courses are international programmes enabling you to share your experience and listen to other managerial perspectives from across the globe which builds a global mindset, cultural awareness, and allows you to take the first steps in establishing your International networks.

Key features

  • No previous work experience required
  • Optional 6 month internship
  • Introductory £2,500 bursary
  • A guaranteed place on our Future Leaders’ Programme, a community to support your managerial development beyond your academic skills.
  • Free entry to our Enterprise Events allowing you to network with successful entrepreneurs and leading business academics       
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Either a first or second-class Honours Degree or equivalent.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

Please see our International pages for additional information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk

Ever since I set foot on campus I received brain waves and continued to gather inspiration that would facilitate my aspiration to become a leading entrepreneur back home.

Anthony Olusegun Birch, Nigeria, Management & Human Resources MSc

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Modules

  • Business Investigation & Discovery
  • Coaching and Mentoring for Business Leaders
  • Developing Individual and Organisational Learning
  • Engaging the Diverse Workforce
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Strategic Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Strategy, Sustainability & the Global Economy

Project Alternatives

  • Management Project (based upon 'client' brief)
    or
  • Dissertation

Study options

It is possible to study towards a Masters award (nine modules) or either of the interim awards:

Postgraduate Certificate
To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete three modules, which may be all taught or a combination of taught and individual study modules.

Postgraduate Diploma
After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, it is possible to complete a further three modules to achieve the award of Postgraduate Diploma.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

Typically lectures in Worcester Business School are two or three hours long. During this time, you will experience a range of learning activities intended to stimulate you and enable you to learn effectively. 

Lectures usually begin with a classroom lesson that lasts around 45 minutes, introducing the underpinning concepts of a topic. You will be expected to participate here – by offering your opinion, by using an Electronic Voting System or by interrupting when you wish to challenge what the lecturer is suggesting. 

After the introductory lecture you will often be split into small seminar groups during which you will work individually or with two or three other students on case studies which will enable you to explore the subject in greater depth. We believe that collaborative learning with your fellow students is very important.

Between lectures you will carry out further study - we adopt an ‘open door’ policy and you will be encouraged to seek the help of lecturers. Most class materials will uploaded to Blackboard (our VLE) before sessions and these materials can be downloaded at University or from anywhere with an internet connection. Many modules have set up on-line discussion facilities to enable you to collaborate with other students between sessions.

Assessment

Assessments will involve both written coursework assignments and examinations in the key areas of management. The Masters award will require students to complete a supervised 10,000 word Dissertation.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used, including case studies, research projects, reports, presentations, business simulations and examinations.

Meet the team

Our postgraduate programmes are delivered by a diverse range of faculty. Our programme tutors are experts both in their subject matter and in the delivery of this in innovative and powerful ways.

Examples of our faculty include:

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    Dr Tim Sellick

    Tim began the development of his sales and marketing expertise as the Director of a Direct Marketing agency where he worked for over a decade. He then moved into academia after completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) delivering programmes for Birmingham City University for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and for professional participants. Tim then then joined Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in 2009 to work in Executive Education.

    Since 2011 Tim has worked at Worcester Business School where he teaches Marketing Communications, Marketing Strategy, and Sales Management. His management roles within the School include the Director of Post Graduate Studies and the Director of Corporate Programmes.

    Tim is a multi-award winning case writer and has authored a winning case in the EFMD’s Excellence in Practice Awards twice in the last three years. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (and a Chartered Marketer), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Association Academy.

  • Dr Lynn Nichol

    Dr Lynn Nichol

    Lynn is Head of Leadership, Management and HR Subject Group, a Principal Lecturer in HR and course leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration at Worcester Business School. She is a Chartered Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academic. She has supervised two PhDs, one DBA and one MRes to completion.

  • Dr Mike Bagshaw

    Dr Mike Bagshaw

    Mike is an Organisational Psychologist and Management and Leadership Development professional with over 20 years of consultancy experience in the UK and abroad. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sector, helping them to overcome the more difficult people management, development and leadership issues.

    An experienced one-to-one coach and mentor working with people who represent the critical intellectual capital for the future. Mike is also an experienced conference speaker both in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the British Psychological Society.

  • Dr Robin Bell

    Dr Robin Bell

    Robin is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and your Study Abroad Tutor.  His research looks at SME development and the role of entrepreneurship in business growth. He has acted as a peer reviewer for articles in the field of entrepreneurship and international business. Recently he has spent time lecturing in China, France and Germany. He previously worked for Orange PCS and Next PLC, was elected to serve in public office (2007-2012) and continues to act as a governor for a special educational needs school in the South West of England. In his spare time he is a passionate (Bristol) rugby fan and is a RFU qualified referee.

  • Dr Richard Nicholls

    Richard’s main teaching and research interests focus on the management and marketing of services. His specialist areas include interaction between service customers; providing services for older consumers; and customer misbehaviour.

    Richard has extensive international experience and has taught at a number of European universities, including the European Business School in Frankfurt, Poznan University of Economics and Warsaw University.

  • Dr Rebecca Jones

    Dr Rebecca Jones

    Rebecca is an active researcher investigating the impact of workplace coaching. She is a certified coach and is actively engaged in providing coaching to professionals in industry.

    Rebecca has experience of teaching on a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses and her particular teaching and research expertise lie in personality, training, coaching, performance management, feedback and leadership development.

  • Dr Catharine Ross

    Dr Catharine Ross

    Catharine teaches subjects related to people management and ethics in the Business School. Catharine has a particular interest in teaching and research concerning diversity in the workplace. She is currently involved in research on trade unions; men in female-dominated occupations; and management learning.

  • Dr Holly Andrews

    Holly Andrews

    Holly Andrews has been a lecturer with Worcester Business School since 2009. As the employability champion for the business school, Holly runs the work placements scheme and manages the core undergraduate personal development modules.

    Holly is currently studying for a PhD, entitled “An analysis of the influence of psychopathic traits on career development.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The MSc Human Resource Management prepares you for a successful career in areas such as personnel management, consultancy, recruitment and selection, training and development, reward management and human resource planning.

You may also wish to further your studies by undertaking a PhD in HRM related issues, under the supervision of our Centre for People @ Work.

Internship

Subject to permission by UK Visa and Immigration on application of your visa you can choose to take a 6 month internship, extending the 12 month Masters course to 18 months. Whilst an internship of your choice is not guaranteed the Business School will support you to be successful in finding a suitable internship to gain important experience within the UK workforce.

Students choosing to undertake the optional internship will undertake a placements module which will assist you in preparation for interviews, CV writing, understanding assessment centres etc. Thereafter, you will be able to apply to spend your internship at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK. Examples of employers who have previously offered placements include Aston Villa Football Club, Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd, Enterprise rent-a-car, e-on, Groupon, Hays, IBM, Intel, Land Rover Experience, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Microsoft, NHS, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Smith & Williamson, The House of Commons, Textlocal, Waitrose and many others.

Transferable skills

Alongside your academic development, you will be able to develop your key transferable skills, including:
  • Project management and problem solving skills
  • Planning, analysis, organisation and implementation skills
  • Teamwork, leadership and personal efficiency
  • Communication skills
  • Practical experience of relevant commercial software
  • Development of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship

  • Case study

    Yan Long, MSc

    I was thrilled to receive the Lloyds Bank Prize for Excellence in Postgraduate Study.  It made all my efforts even more worthwhile.

    I really enjoyed my time at the University of Worcester. The academic staff are very well versed in their respective fields and they really motivated me and gave me all the support I needed.  I found the modules both exciting and challenging at the same time. The course is well structured and a good preparation for future job prospects.   I also really appreciated the range of support facilities available to students, such as
    career services, advice and counseling, library services, sports clubs etc.

    I really enjoyed my student life completely; living in UK was an unforgettable and wonderful experience for me.

    During my postgraduate year, I spent most of my time and effort in learning and whilst I have my own way of learning, I am honored to share my study tips with others:

    Study habit

    • Get a dedicated space, chair, table, lighting and environment.
    • Stick to a routine, efficient study schedule.
    • Find a good place to study, best time to study, study in short blocks.
    • Before beginning studying, take a few minutes to summarize a few objectives, gather what you will need, and think of a general strategy of accomplishment.
    • Incentives and Rewards: Create an incentive or reward for successfully completing a task, such as calling a friend, a food treat, shopping, etc.

    Managing reading assignments

    • Read texts that are most important or relevant for a course first, particularly when professor mentions a passage or when a reading is to be covered in class. Prioritize readings by determining what will be reviewed in discussion sections and by knowing test dates and due dates for papers. Make enough time to complete reading assignments by scheduling more time than you think you need.
    • Make margin notes and highlight important points within readings. When it is time to study for tests, focus on the notes and highlighted passages.
    • Be an active reader - in a separate notebook, write down ideas and questions that arise while you are reading. This can help you to think critically about what you have read, and will serve as a guide to study for tests, write papers, and ask questions in class.
    • Identify sequences of events in readings and make lists to put events in order. Gain a broader understanding of what you read by visualizing characters. Be attentive to cause-effect relationships that are central to knowing why events happen (improves understanding).

    Effective listening

    • Pay attention: Concentrating on what your professor is saying will assist you in hearing every nuance of the presentation and help you to understand more difficult concepts as they are explained. Focusing on understanding the lecture rather than writing down every word that is spoken will help you remember more from class.
    • Minimize distractions: You may prefer to sit toward the front of the room. Sitting up straight can also make a difference. It facilitates paying attention and allows you to glance down easily at your notes.
    • Look for clues: pay attention to how your professor conveys information while lecturing. Looking for signals (such as tone of voice, hand gestures, and body language), to enhance understanding of the professor's words.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

Please consult our course fees page for full details of tuition fees.

Bursaries and scholarships

To launch the Worcester Business School's brand new portfolio of Masters courses, we are delighted to offer each international student (non EU) a celebratory bursary of £2,500 off the published course fees.

In addition international students (non EU) are eligible to apply for scholarships of up to £3,000.

Find out more about bursaries and scholarships for international students.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government may provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Human Resource Management MSc

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Human Resource Management MSc with Internship

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Please make your application via our online application form.

Please note that this course may be withdrawn if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

John Gardener 
01905 855357
j.gardener@worc.ac.uk