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Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis MSc

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We continue to welcome applications from all eligible candidates for September 2020 entry to this programme.

Learn about information for applicants and offer holders in response to Covid-19, and King’s teaching plans for September entry.

Our MSc in Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis is designed to prepare you for key challenges in human resources, learning and development, organisational development, and organisational change.

Today’s organisations are characterised by constant change.  For people professionals, success depends on acquiring the tools needed to navigate this turbulent landscape.  

Through our research-led, evidence-based, innovative teaching approach, we provide the foundation on which to build your career as a leading people professional of the future.

Study either full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional requirements.

Be Where It Happens

Located in the iconic Bush House on The Strand in Central London, King’s Business School benefits from established relationships with major city-based organisations within close proximity.

King’s College London is a member of the elite Russell Group of Universities and our academic staff are research leaders in their fields. Our academics publish extensively in prestigious international journals which equips them to provide high-quality education. 

Our evidence-based, research-led approach to teaching is delivered by our research-active academics. This approach provides students with direct access to experts at the forefront of knowledge generation and leaders in cutting-edge practice.

Your Career, Your Future

Benefit from the extensive employability services, support and networks offered by King’s Business School.  Our students gain from access to a dedicated team of careers consultants who provide guidance on careers and job applications and facilitate professional networking. 

CIPD Credentials

CIPD credentials are now highly desirable among employers in the people profession, both in the UK and in the wider global context. Completion of our CIPD-accredited MSc courses and our add-on Professional Stream Skills Workshop satisfy requirements for Associate Membership with the CIPD at the advanced Level 7 and provides:

  • A comprehensive, self-contained course on practice in the people profession
  • Automatic upgrade from student membership of the CIPD to Associate Level membership upon successful completion
  • Employability support and guidance for careers in human resource management
  • Guest talks and interactions with thought-leaders in the discipline

Student Experience

A key part of the student experience involves fostering connections with practice.  Laura Hinton, a partner at PwC, has worked with us as an Executive Fellow of King’s Business School (KBS) to offer you opportunities to connect with a worldwide leader in applied HRM.  In collaboration with Laura, HRM MSc students at KBS will, where available, have the opportunity to engage in a student visit of PwC's London offices and to connect with key members of PwC staff to learn more about their innovative and sustainable approach to the practice of HRM.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT (PT teaching scheduled during the day - Monday year 1; Tuesday year 2), September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Optional CIPD-accredited element of the programme provides the academic and related practical knowledge and skills that form the basis for membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students seeking to obtain the CIPD professional qualification will be expected to undertake additional study including organisational visits and workshops designed to develop core skills and knowledge.

Course intake Approximately 70 FT and PT

Course leaders Dr Duncan Jackson

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty King's Business School



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Become an In-Demand People Professional

Achieving an MSc in Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis from King’s Business School will equip you with in-demand and current knowledge and skills.  As organisations become progressively more turbulent and the solutions required to meet organisational demands become more diverse, we can help to future-proof your career in the people profession.

Our courses cover critical and challenging issues in the people profession, including strategy, organisational management, contemporary challenges in human resource management, high performance, well-being, and advanced qualitative and quantitative analytics.  The MSc involves completion of a dissertation, for which you will receive supervision by qualified academic advisors.

The programme is made up of optional and required modules and offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including the compulsory dissertation which will count for 60 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete, with 4 core modules making up your first year, and a mixture of core and optional modules in your second year. You will also complete your dissertation in your second year too.

In addition to our core MSc course, we offer the opportunity to gain CIPD accreditation through attendance at 14, self-contained workshops.  This is an engaging experience for students and involves input from high-profile guest contributors who are actively involved in the practice of the people profession.

Course purpose

We want to improve your career skills. Whether you’re working already or will start looking for a job on graduation, we’ll make sure you’re capable of great things.

With our international focus and our expertise in a wide range of HR issues, we’re committed to creating capable future leaders.

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Course format and assessment

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Module Lectures, seminars and feedback  Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module Between 20 and 30 hours which typically consist of a combination of lectures, case discussion and class activities; there may be some variation in the precise format. Each 15-credit taught module has 120 – 130 hours of self-guided learning time.
Dissertation module Dissertation workshops and one-to-one supervision. Approximately 592 hours self-study and project work.


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Your assessment on taught modules, which make up 120 of the final credits, will consist of a range of different forms of assessment. The written dissertation submitted in September each year makes up the final 60 credits. The dissertation will be assessed on one 12,000-word extended piece of writing.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Part-time students should plan to take 60 credits of required modules in their first year, and 60 credits of required modules and the dissertation in their second year.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

• The Management of Human Resources: Conceptual and Strategic Perspectives (15 credits)

• Research Methods in HRM and Organisational Analysis (15 credits)

• The Business and Financial Context of Management (15 credits)

• Approaches to the Analysis and Management of Organisations (15 credits)

• The New Workforce: Issues and Challenges (15 credits)

• Managing Diversity; Contemporary Issues (15 credits)

• High Performance and Employee Well-Being (15 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Students are required to take one of the following optional modules:

• The New Employment Relations (15 credits)

• International HRM (15 credits)

• People Analytics, Theory, Strategy and Practical Application (15 credits)

There is an option to gain a CIPD accreditation by attending 14 workshops (no credit towards MSc). This accreditation is optional and costs £1500.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Human Resource Management Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements

High 2:1


Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) required in a social science related area. Please note, you may be considered if you have a degree in another discipline, particularly if you have relevant work experience.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £100 applies. Your application will be assessed by academic staff in the department; we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, but during February, March and holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement that shows how your own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests.

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.


Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,375 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,251 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs
  • If students wish to take the additional CIPD course, there is an additional fee which is usually £1500.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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