Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
- UK fees
- £15,250 (total)
- International fees
- £27,500 (total)
Developed with employers and HR analytics professionals, this innovative course provides you with an in-depth, critical understanding of strategic human resource management alongside the principles and concepts underpinning statistics and data analytics. Critically, you will gain a practical understanding of how these principles and concepts can be applied in the field of HR and people management.
The course will develop your skills in ‘data translation’. You will learn how to identify people-related business problems, understand how analytics can provide solutions for these problems, and identify and explain actionable insights. Delivered by highly qualified teaching staff with extensive research expertise and consultancy experience in the field of HR analytics, you will gain knowledge and understanding of advanced HRM concepts.
This course is shaped by the latest knowledge and critical thinking. Your learning will be informed by cutting edge research into the use of data and analytics in HR, developed at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), as well as specialist research from the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC).
Gain valuable, real-world insight from high profile industrial guest speakers. Recent speakers have included the former Head of HR for NHS England.
Graduate with the skills to tackle complex HR and organisational problems through a combination of: knowledge of the theory and practice of strategic HRM, and applied statistics and data analysis skills.
Our MSc Data Analytics and HRM is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the only HR institution in the world to recognise HR professionals through chartered membership.
This course will allow you to satisfy the entry requirements for associate CIPD membership and chartered CIPD membership (if you have relevant work experience).
There are three core pillars to the taught part of the course: the theory and practice of strategic HRM; the principles of statistics and data analytics; and the application of data analytics to HR problems. You will study these three core areas, as well as being able to choose from several optional modules to suit your interests.
In strategic HRM, you will think about how organisational strategy and context shape what might be considered ‘good HR’ in functional areas like workforce planning, recruitment and selection, training and development and pay and performance management.
In data and statistics for people analytics, you will study how these principles can be applied in HR. The teaching approach is non-technical with learning through doing. We focus on teaching you to understand and apply statistics and data science to solve problems in an organisational context.
In HR Analytics: Strategy and Practice, you will bring together the knowledge you have gained to think about how analytics can be applied to identify and address specific HR problems faced by organisations.
Professional Development and CIPD Membership
During you time at Leeds you will also have the opportunity to attend professional skill workshops as part of your regular timetable. These practical sessions are taught by professionals from business and you allow you to gain skills and insight to help you to effectively cope with the challenges of the world of work upon graduation.
You can choose to enhance your studies by opting to gain Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) membership alongside your degree. If you choose to gain Associate CIPD membership the requirements for CIPD qualification will be explained in detail during your Induction programme.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Strategic Human Resource Management||30|
|HR Analytics: Strategy and Practice||30|
|Data Analytics for Human Resources||30|
|HR Analytics Project||60|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Sustainable Futures: Climate Change, the Environment and Business||15|
|Sustainable Futures: Climate Change, the Environment and Business||30|
|Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations||30|
|Change Management and Communication||15|
|Creating Effective Data Visualisations||15|
|Digital Information and Organisations||15|
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. This may include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.
This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.
A Bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent, usually in business, management or the social sciences.
Quantitative skills are desirable but not essential. A willingness to engage with quantitative materials is required. Those with a degree in a non-business/social science subject will be considered on an individual basis.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Human Resource Management (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Human Resource Management (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
We operate a staged admissions process for this course with selection deadlines throughout the year.
If you do not receive an offer in a particular round, you will either be notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or we will carry your application forward to be considered in the next round.
Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you’ll need
- A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
- Contact details for two academic references
- A personal statement
- An up-to-date CV
- Your approved English Language test* (if applicable)
- A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.
* Applicants who have not yet completed an approved English language test may apply for a Masters course prior to taking a test.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
This course is taught by
Postgraduate Admissions Office
UK: £15,250 (total)
International: £27,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
If you choose to follow the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Pathway and qualify as Associate member of the CIPD then you will be required to pay a one-off joining fee and an annual subscription payment directly to the CIPD whilst you are studying at Leeds. Please visit the CIPD website for the most up-to-date CIPD fee information.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
We’re offering 50 Business School Excellence Scholarships to UK and International students starting one of our Masters courses in 2023. These scholarships offer a 50% fee reduction and will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants who demonstrate excellent academic, professional and personal achievements.
You do not have to submit a separate application for our Excellence Scholarships - you will be automatically considered when your course application is reviewed.
This course provides you with the academic knowledge and professional skills needed for a career in global human resource management with the opportunity to specialise in the rapidly developing area of HR analytics.
You will develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills and become a reflective HR professional.
The course also offers opportunities if you want to progress further to a research degree.
As part of this course, our dedicated Professional Development Tutor will provide tailored academic and careers support to help you achieve your career ambitions.
You can expect expert advice and guidance on your career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, support to boost your employability, as well as one-to-one coaching on developing the professional skills you will need to start a successful career, and how to evidence these to prospective employers.
You’ll also benefit from the University’s award-winning Careers Centre, where you can access range of support to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions, even after you graduate.