Manchester Metropolitan University

M.HRM (Hons) Human Resource Management

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • This is a dual award degree and on graduating you will qualify for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma as well as receiving your degree if you study the mandatory units.
  • You will be based at our award-winning Business School in central Manchester.
  • We recommend that you join the CIPD as a student member. You can then access the CIPD Student Resource Area and the latest research and surveys, receive the People Management magazine, and build your network and profile in the industry: 
  • The degree is taught by a group of staff active in HR research, which means that you will be taught cutting-edge theories from experts in the field.
  • The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

Whilst the first three years are broadly in common with the BA (Hons) Human Resource Management programme, you gradually integrate your undergraduate studies with organisational experience before developing higher-level, postgraduate skills and competencies.

We work with you to develop high-level transferable skills in people management (listening, negotiating, coaching and mentoring) and core business skills (time management, data analysis, presentation and communication skills).  Initially, your skills development will start in the Business School as you complete individual and group scenario-based exercises and assignments. You then apply and refine your skills through work-based learning tasks, completing projects for employers and undertaking a substantive work placement. 

Business School initiatives such as the mmuXchange enable you to add further to your CV by completing voluntary work experience assignments for employers. This portfolio of opportunities enables you to experience several different working environments during your studies and make an informed choice about if you would like to work in a specialist HR role in a large company with a dedicated HR function or if you would prefer to be in a small company where you are the HR advisor.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

You will study four 30-credit units:

  • Dynamic Business Environment
  • Finance and Accounting Information for Managers
  • Understanding and Managing People
  • Human Resource Management in Practice

Core Units
Dynamic Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of a range of dynamic factors in the business environment over which organisations have limited, if any control over but nonetheless need to mitigate against.  Topics studied include markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, and social, cultural and ecological factors.

Finance and Accounting Information for Managers

This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial statements with their analysis. Your studies will cover topics such as: management accounting techniques including costing, budgeting and investment appraisal and financial accounting fundamentals and concepts such as accruals, going concern and the preparation of an income statement, statement of financial position and statement of cash flows and finally IT laboratory sessions will be used to demonstrate how transactions can be recorded and processed using Excel models packages.

Human Resource Management in Practice

Identifies, applies and evaluates a range of key human resource management (HRM) concepts and theories related to management of people within a business context. Core themes covered in this unit include the employee lifecycle; recruitment, selection and induction; HRM planningof resources, employee relations, employee engagement, performance appraisal, training and development, grievance and disciplinary issues, along with contemporary issues and trends occuring in the market place.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this unit is to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the human aspects of understanding and managing people through the study of organisational behaviour concepts. It develops an appreciation of the importance of people within modern business organisations and an understanding of the major influences on human behaviour at work.  You will study themes related to the individuals, groups and social interaction, organisation and management, as well as personal and professional development. 

Year 2

You will study four 30-credit units:

  • Learning, Coaching & Development
  • Managing Effective Organisations
  • Employment Law & Employment Relationships
  • HRM Industrial Experience 1

Core Units
Employment Law and Employment Relations

This unit introduces you to the study of human resource management within a wider context. You will study employment relations and employment law which will help you develop an appreciation of the influence of these important areas on human resource management. In the employment relations element of the unit you will be introduced to employment relations, the parties managing the employment relationship and the themes of conflict and voice. The employment law element of the unit will introduce you to the sources of employment law, the institutions which influence employment law and significant legal issues impacting upon the employment relationship.

HRM Industrial Experience 1

This is a work experience unit that allows you to undertake a HR-related project for a real organisation. 

Learning, Coaching and Development

This unit has a dual purpose. It improves your self-awareness about the nature of learning and which coaching and development tools and techniques are most beneficial to you and enhance your performance at work. It also enables you to reflect on which coaching and development tools and techniques you would use with other people to improve their performance.

Managing Effective Organisations

Through exploring research and best practice on how people are managed and organised at work,  this unit prepares you to engage critically with the concept and practice of management. The unit examines some of the most significant activities and processes associated with management, including the ways in which culture, ethics, gender, politics and power come to shape how management is seen and practiced. The unit also looks to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner.

Year 3

You will study four 30-credit units:

  • Psychology at Work
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management
  • HRM Industrial Experience 2

Core Units
Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management

Critically assesses the strageic environment which shapes HRM, focuses on strategies for leading a HR function and examines key people strategies that organisations expect to deliver enhanced performance

Global Human Resource Management

This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.

HRM Industrial Experience 2

This unit is project-based, which intentionally builds on the knowledge and skills you acquired in HRM Industrial Experience 1. In this unit, you will focus on management practice, particularly on an organisation’s internal processes and operations.

Psychology at Work

Use psychology to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace, and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you as a manager.

Year 4

The Master’s level units in the final year are designed to develop the high-level transferable skills that are valued by employers such as communication and presentation skills, data analysis, team working, and project management, whilst your studies focus on strategic areas of HRM, leadership and management.

You will study 120 credits: 

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits)
  • Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law (30 credits)
  • Human Resources in Context (15 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management (15 credits)
  • Management Project Research (30 credits)

Core Units
Developing Skills for Business Leadership

This unit aims to equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to
support your continuing professional development.  The unit is structured around three broad themes as follows: Self awareness and Development; Managing and Developing Others; and Specialist HR Skills.

Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law

This unit provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of resourcing and managing employment relationships within a legally compliant framework. You will apply theoretical frameworks and employment law to critically evaluate contemporary practices.

HR in Context

This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision making in business and in HRM. 

Firstly, the unit aims to introduce you to the major external environmental trends that shape both HR practice in organisations as well as decision-making at the strategic level. These include increased competitive intensity, major labour market developments and government policy. Particular emphasis is placed on globalisation and the role of international business.
Secondly, the unit introduces you to principal developments in the internal business environment, in particular key contemporary developments in finance, marketing and operations management. Their implications for the HR function are explained and debated.
Finally the unit focuses on the response of organisations, both now and in the future, to the environmental developments outlined. Particular emphasis here is placed on longer-term strategic responses in the HR field. The unit will draw on the Business School’s “Principles of Responsible Management”

Leading, Managing and Developing People

This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. The theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people are examined. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.

Management Project Research (HRM)

This unit enables you to acquire the knowledge and skills required to identify and
investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to
organisations’ strategies and practices and to people’s working lives. The unit will require you to specifically carry out and write up an empirical research
project based on a suitable Human Resource Management issue.

Research Methods in Human Resource Management

This unit will enable you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations’ strategies and practices and to people’s working lives. The unit will explore key themes including: the nature of management and employment research; the research/practice gap; the research process; critically reviewing literature; identifying and framing issues for research; drawing up a research proposal; research design; research philosophies and methodologies; research methods; data analysis; writing up research findings. Ethics of research.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

 Students need to score a average of 60% in year 2 (level 5) to continue on to year 3 (Level 6).

Students who do not reach this average will be transferred to the BA (Hons) Human Resource Management degree. Those wishing to seek a placement would be given appropriate support.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 4 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 1 45% coursework; 55% examination
  • Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
  • Year 3 55% coursework; 45% examination
  • Year 4 65% coursework; 35% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form

Your career prospects after the course

This is a dual award degree and on graduating you will qualify for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma as well as receiving your degree.

As this is a four year integrated Master’s degree, you will be able to stand out in the employment market, as the final 4th year of this course will help you gain the advanced strategic HR skills that employers will be looking for.

Typical careers may include those that are centred around developing and training staff in organisations or looking at how organisational needs of a business relate to the overall competitiveness of organisations.

You could take up roles such as: HR Manager, HR Director, HR Consultant, Project Management, HRM Researcher, Organisational Behaviour Specialist.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Confirmation of Regulator

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

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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