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HRM and HRD: which degree should I apply for?

Human Resource Management (HRM) and Human Resource Development (HRD) share a common focus on the management of people within organisations. In general, however, HRD can be considered as a sub-area of HRM, with its specific focus on approaches designed to enhance learning, skills, knowledge and hence performance within the workplace.

By contrast, HRM is concerned with the strategies, policies and practices of managing human capital, though the aim of enhancing individual, team and organisational performance is shared. Both HRM and HRD draw on many of the same conceptual and theoretical foundations, and the boundaries within practice can be somewhat blurred.

We offer two degrees in this field:

Both of our degrees offer you the opportunity to contextualise your working/theoretical knowledge of HRD through case studies and participating in team presentations which mirror the employability skills that you are required to increasingly evidence in HRM and HRD contexts.

With respect to the construction of our degrees, there are four common modules taught across both the MSc HRM and MSc HRD and Consultancy. These provide a core foundation for practitioners.

All students take our Research Methods module and carry out an independent research project.

For those students studying MSc HRM, there are three additional modules, which provide a broad knowledge of HR strategies and practices. Overall this course prepares you for the broad range of work performed by both HR generalists and, usually at a more senior level, HR business partners. These modules also provide an introduction to the specialist skills necessary for a role in one of these HR areas.

For those students studying MSc HRD and Consultancy, three additional modules provide the basis for senior HRD and consultancy roles in this area. These modules provide the additional HRD knowledge and skills for working in this specialist field.

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