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MSc Human Resource Management and the Future of Work

University of Bristol
1 year
Full time
Master's degree

About this program

MSc Human Resource Management and the Future of Work

The MSc Human Resource Management and the Future of Work is an intensive master’s-level specialist programme for graduates who have a prior qualification in social sciences and wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the practice, theory and policy of the world of work.

The future of work has become one of the defining debates of our generation. Whilst the greening of our economies will create millions of jobs, many traditional forms of work will also disappear. The digital economy fosters greater connectivity and access to technologies, but also has the potential to disrupt labour markets. The future of work creates many challenges, but countless opportunities exist to improve the quality of working lives and reverse the damages inflicted by global inequality and the climate crisis.

This 12-month full-time programme will appeal to students who want to engage, respond to and be part of the global challenges related to Human Resource Management and the Future of Work. We aim to develop analytical and confident critical thinkers through research-led teaching. You will gain insight into the nature of Human Resource Management and the complexity of organisations from a variety of disciplines and will be armed with the relevant knowledge to apply theory to practice.

Admission requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an applied social science or related field such as Economics, Accounting, Management, Business, Policy Studies, Sociology, Development, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Politics, Psychology, International Studies, Political Economy and Human Geography.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level: Profile B

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Human Resource Management in the Global Economy
  • International Employment Relations and Governance
  • Work in Capitalist Society: Change and Continuity
  • Alternative Work and Organisations
  • Researching Human Resource Management and the Future of Work
  • Sustainable Work Futures in the Digital Economy
  • Dissertation in Human Resource Management and the Future of Work

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Annual tuition fees for 2021/22

  • UK: full-time - £14,100
  • Overseas (including EU): full-time - £27,100
  • Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time - £14,100


Awards available: MSc

Career paths

We aim to guide, teach, foster and develop knowledgeable, thoughtful and ethical practitioners who can thrive in a range of future job prospects within a global environment.

Group work, presentations and innovative assessments based on real-life organisations will develop the teamwork and communication skills expected in today's workplace.

This degree provides excellent preparation for all careers in Human Resource Management and you will graduate with many transferable skills suitable for general career development as well as for further study. Students graduating from this degree will find employment in a wide range of for and non-profit organisations as well as non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, trade unions, inter-governmental organisations and the third sector.

About this institute

University of Bristol

Bristol is a successful and ambitious university where we offer you the chance to learn from, and with, some of the leading scholars in the world. Here, you will enjoy the benefits of studying in a research-rich environment where we combine a rigorous approach to...

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