MSc Human Resource Management
Deepen your understanding of Human Resource Management and its role in the organisational psychology of modern workplaces. Explore areas such as developing strategic aims, maintaining well-being at work and selecting, motivating and developing staff.
Unlock Birkbeck's thought leadership
Benefit from a world-class programme developed by leading academics at Birkbeck, a major contributor to research in the field of behaviour at work.
Study flexibly at your own pace
Don't put your career and life on hold. Fit your studies around your schedule, wherever you are in the world. You can choose to register for a full MSc, a Postgraduate Diploma or update your knowledge of a single subject by taking on a module for your continuing professional development.
Your launchpad to success
Take your career to the next level with insights from world-leading experts on the latest research and evidence-based HR practices. Stand out from the crowd with a qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a mark of excellence valued by employers worldwide.
The support you need to thrive
Benefit from a degree that combines the flexibility of online learning with the quality of classroom teaching. You are fully supported online and participate in tutor-supervised virtual conferencing for each module. You are also assigned a personal tutor to provide general guidance throughout your studies.
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Join graduates in over 190 countries, including distinguished academics, writers and industry leaders across all sectors. Cultivate a lifelong connection to the University of London and enjoy wide-ranging benefits including access to events across the world, free online courses and more.
A distance-learning pioneer
The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of degrees through distance and flexible learning. Since Queen Victoria awarded our Royal Charter in 1858, our study programmes have been accessible to students globally, and we continue to be a leading force in higher education.
Study the MSHuman Resource Management at your own pace and around your schedule.
The degree is available to be studied as a full master’s degree or a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).
For the MSc, you complete eight compulsory modules (15 credits each) plus a compulsory Research Proposal module (15 credits) and a compulsory Dissertation module (45 credits).
For the PGDip, you complete eight compulsory modules (15 credits each).
Modules can be studied individually on a stand-alone basis, subject to availability.
The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what courses you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
(OPM410 and OPM610)
The programme allows you to study anywhere in the world and fit your studies around your other commitments. The degree offers the flexibility to complete in one year, or up to five years depending on your desired study pace.
You will be able to access study materials developed by academics at Birkbeck including course handbooks, textbooks and recorded lectures or dedicated audio recordings, and you will have access to an extensive online library.
You will be able to discuss your work with fellow students and tutors using a conferencing system. You will discuss topics in tutor groups of normally around 30 students.
All study materials (articles and/or set texts) are included in the programme fee, with the exception of materials required to carry out the Dissertation.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
- The Online Library. As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the Online Library. You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require.
Senate House Library
If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
Modules are offered across three terms of 11 weeks from October to December (Term 1), January to March (Term 2) and April to July (Term 3). This 11-week period includes nine weeks of guided study followed by a personal study week. The assessment period for each module is in the final week of each term.
You can study at your own pace (provided you complete your qualification within five years). The MSc is made up of 180 credits and you should expect each credit to take up around 10 hours of study.
Each module is summatively assessed by a final assessment (worth 90 per cent of the overall mark), with the exception of the Research Project modules (Research Proposal and Dissertation). The final assessment is typically a two-hour unseen written examination or 3,000-word written report/essay.
For each module (except for the Research Project modules), satisfaction of the minimum tutor supported computer conferencing requirements is worth 10 per cent of the overall mark.
The Research Proposal module is assessed by a 3,000-word research proposal.
The Dissertation module is assessed by an 8,000-10,000-word dissertation.
Assessment is usually held in December, March and July (at the end of each term).
Birkbeck was founded in 1823 as the London Mechanics' Institute. It is unique in its special mission to enable mature students to gain higher education qualifications via part-time study. Consequently, staff are experienced in ensuring a flexible learning environment.
It makes a major contribution to research in the field of behaviour at work. It is one of the principal providers of academic and professional training in occupational psychology within the UK.
Dr Keely Jo Frasca joined the OPHRM programme in 2018 as a tutor and took on the role of Programme Director in 2022. She currently convenes the Selection & Assessment, Research Methods, Professional Development & Learning, Research Proposal, and Research Dissertation modules. Keely’s research interests include: organisational recruitment, selection and assessment, discrimination of minority groups, individual differences, and advanced quantitative methods. Keely holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol), Member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology, Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and Member of The Tutors’ Association (MTA). She is qualified in Occupational Psychometric Testing with the British Psychological Society and is certified by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.
Jack Dybczak has been teaching and lecturing at Birkbeck since 2013 on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In 2017, he joined the OPHRM team and took on the role of Programme Director in 2022. He is currently responsible for teaching Organization and Change Perspectives, Human Resource Strategies and the foundational and qualitative parts of Research Methods. His main research interests are the application of Postmodern Organizational Theory, Actor-Network Theory, and various forms of Discourse Analysis to issues of leadership and organizational change.
Dr Adrian Ward is an independent consultant specialising in the field of leadership, organisational development and executive coaching with over 25 years’ experience in these arenas. In a coaching and mentoring capacity, Adrian is experienced in helping leaders equip themselves with the skills, confidence and political acumen necessary to succeed in a complex, matrix structured environment. In addition to his practical experience, Adrian has a Doctorate in Organisational Psychology. His research interests centre on the issue of Organisational Politics and his thesis explored how Senior Executives make sense of this aspect of their leadership role.
Aly Kelleher joined the OPHRM team as a tutor and research project supervisor in 2021. She is also the Programme Director and Admissions tutor for BSc Business Psychology Birkbeck. She lectures on a wide range of modules such as Motivation, Engagement and Job design, and Research Methods for Business Psychology. She also supervises research projects on the BSc in Business Psychology and the MSc OP programmes. Aly’s PhD research focuses on employee motivation, the Future Time Perspective and Job Demands-Resources theories, and the use of advanced quantitative statistics using R. Other research interests include (but are not limited to): employee wellbeing, engagement, diversity, and the work-home interface.
Alice Cadwgan has worked across communications, organisational design and culture change for multinational corporations, brands and NGO's. In addition, she is a graduate with an MSc from Birkbeck in Organisational Psychology, alongside being the Director of Campaigns and Operations at Lynn, a communications consultancy powered by Behavioural Science.
Head of Department of Organizational Psychology
Mr Mark Stringer has spent the last 35 years in a variety of posts within business and academia in the UK. He joined Birkbeck in 2015 teaching and lecturing on postgraduate programmes, before becoming Programme Director of OPHRM in 2018. From 2022, he took on a role heading the department at Birkbeck. Through teaching, supervision and research, his focus is to promote the use of interdisciplinary and critical tools to support those aiming to change organizational issues for the better. Mark’s PhD research looks at interpreting Employee Engagement via a Lacanian psychoanalytic lens. His wider research interests lie in qualitative approaches, influenced by both critical management studies and psychoanalytic, postmodern, structuralist, poststructuralist and intertextual interpretations of organisational life.
|Programme starts||October 2023|
|Programme starts||April 2024|
|Programme starts||January 2024|
What qualifications do you need?
You need the equivalent of a UK second-class honours degree (e.g. bachelor). If you don't hold a degree but you have relevant industry experience and have completed the The Manager's Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work MOOC, we will consider each case on its merits.
To study modules on an individual basis, you should meet the same criteria. If you do not meet them, we may still consider your application if you can demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced study.
English Language requirements
You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved the following within the past three years:
- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System - 6.5 overall (with 6 in reading and writing).
- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language - 92 overall (with 22 in reading and writing, and 20 in speaking and listening).
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (at grade C or above).
- Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 120.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need to be able to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content, level and standard to our Organisational Psychology or Human Resource Management modules, you might be exempted from the equivalent course of our degree. This process is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Exemption. You will not need to study or be assessed in the module(s) to complete your award.
To be considered for RPL you should make a formal request within your application when applying online. Alternatively, this can be done through an online enquiry, once you have submitted your application.
You may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) mapped against a maximum of one module.
You may not apply for recognition of prior learning for the modules of the Research Project (Research Proposal [OPM410] and Dissertation [OPM610]).
More about RPL and the application process
Your qualifications will need to be assessed by specialist academics on a case by case basis, before we can approve recognition and accreditation of Prior Learning. This is called discretionary RPL and involves a non-refundable application fee.
You will need to be eligible to study the programme and will need to provide the following for your RPL application to be considered: a completed RPL request form, the supporting documentary evidence (normally a transcript and syllabus of your previous studies) and the fee payable.
Note: All discretionary RPL requests must be submitted by the dates specified for the January, April, October intake in the year that you apply. Once submitted, we must receive all required supporting evidence by the deadline stated.
|January 2024 intake|
|Submit RPL request by||09 December 2023|
|Submit supporting evidence by||11 December 2023|
Further information on rules regarding RPL is covered in the Recognition of Prior Learning section of the appropriate Programme Regulations
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|Human Resource Management||2023-2024|
|Research proposal module fee (MSc only)||£1314|
|Dissertation module fee (MSc only)||£1314|
|Online examination fee*||£10|
|MSc full course fee||£15736|
|PGDip full course fee||£13108|
|Individual module taken on a stand-alone basis for CPD (per module)||£1573|
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*The online examination administration fee is charged for each examination paper held online, including resits. This does not apply to any coursework submissions.
You will also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.
Graduates of this degree go on to become training professionals, motivators, careers advisers, managers and consultants within large multinational companies, government departments, or in any company where advanced knowledge of organisational psychology may be useful.
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
The MSc Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students who enrolled on the MSc Human Resource Management in the academic year 2022-23 and onwards will be eligible to join the CIPD as student members, and upon successful completion of the MSc become an Associate Member of the CIPD with the option to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow provided they have relevant work experience.
You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.
Tailored support for careers in the refugee and humanitarian fields is available through regular programme events, webinars and careers resources.
- January 2024 - application deadline closes