Human Resource Management & Development, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
Graduates can go onto careers in human resource management, NGO management, training & HR consultancy, or senior roles within international development agencies, such as the United Nations. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for further research through PhD studies.


This MSc provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques of human resource management and development (HRM&D). It enables you to develop competence, techniques and effectiveness in HRM&D, focusing on the crucial role of human resource development in meeting challenges in international development by adding value to economic activities, securing effective public services, and building capabilities within individuals, organisations and societies.

Participants will engage in a critical analysis of best practices in HRM&D, and their application to globalization and international development processes. The programme examines the current international business environment and its diverse nature of social and economic challenges to the management and development of human resources.

Future Career Opportunities

Graduates can go onto careers in human resource management, NGO management, training & HR consultancy, or senior roles within international development agencies, such as the United Nations. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for further research through PhD studies.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of nine taught modules (8 compulsory, 1 elective) and a dissertation (final research project). You must complete 180 credits to graduate with an MSc degree. You will be assessed for each module. Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations, examinations, a research proposal and research dissertation.


  • Human Resource Management (15 credits): You will develop knowledge and understanding of how to develop HRM strategies specifically recruitment & selection, reward management, performance management and culture management.
  • International Organization (15 credits): This module will explore the international agencies, such as the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation and how they shape social and economic polices at country-government level and the global level. It will also explore the role of NGOs in supporting human social and economic development and well-being.
  • Human Resource Development (15 credits): You will study how training and career development are employed within cross-cultural environments to improve organizational performance. You will also look at comparative HRM development and examine different institutional systems. The module also assesses how global human development policies incorporate plans for designing and developing equality, social justice and empowerment governance systems.
  • Global and Economic Development (15 credits): You will examine the social, cultural, political and economics of globalisation. The module will also explore international development policies to aid social justice, equality and human advancement.
  • Managerial Strategy (15 credits): You will study the latest theories and best practice of organisational direction, mission and values, and corporate strategy.
  • Organizational Behaviour and Leadership (15 credits): You will study the latest theories on teams and leadership, power, culture politics and group decision making.
  • New Module (15 credits): An additional compulsory module is yet to be confirmed.
  • Elective (15 credits): Depending on availability and your area of interest you can chose to study from a number of optional modules, which may include Managerial Finance, Global Business Ethics, Operations Management, Knowledge Management & Development.
  • Research Methods (15 credits): This module teaches you the latest skills in academic research, in order to prepare you for your final dissertation. You will study the formulation of research questions, the design of the research process, and investigation methods, while providing a critical reflection of your strengths and weaknesses, knowledge and understanding of research design and methods for small scale research.
  • Dissertation (45 credits): Building on the other modules in the course, you will conduct a critical appraisal of the academic literature, which will be followed by primary research in your chosen specialist area. An analysis and evaluation of your qualitative and/or quantitative data will then allow you to present a further academic critique with appropriate and coherent recommendations for the business sector.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 560

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 83

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Normally a good Honours degree in management, commerce, development studies, education, business, public administration or marketing; or a good social science degree.

The programme is taught in English. Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5 (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL paper based 560, TOEFL ibt 83 or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 10800 International
  • GBP 5500 EU/EEA


Liverpool Hope University's fees are amongst the most competitive within the UK university sector.
MSc Human Resource Management & Development 2012/13

The international tuition fee is £8,000
The international tuition fee with an Overseas Scholarship is £7,000
The international tuition fee with Overseas Scholarship and Early Payment Discount is £6,000
The UK/EU tuition fee is £6,400
The UK/EU tuition fee with First Class Scholarship is £5,400

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