Data Analytics and Human Resource Management MSc

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Start date
September 2024
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
£16,750 (Total)
International fees
£30,250 (Total)

Course overview

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Developed with world-leading experts in data analytics and HR professionals, this innovative course provides you with an in-depth, critical understanding of strategic human resource management, alongside principles and concepts underpinning data science and statistics.

In addition to mastering cutting-edge data analytics methods, you’ll gain a practical understanding of how these principles and concepts can be applied in the fields of HR and people management.

The course will develop your skills in ‘data translation’. You'll learn how to identify people-related business problems, understand how analytics can provide solutions for these problems and identify and explain actionable insights.

You’ll learn alongside inspirational academics who are highly qualified teaching staff with extensive research expertise and consultancy experience in the field of HR analytics. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of advanced HRM concepts.

Course Highlights

  • 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 the theory and practice of strategic HRM, and applied statistics and data analysis skills.

Find out more about studying your Masters at Leeds University Business School.


Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

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).

Course details

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; the application of data analytics to HR problems. You'll study these three core areas, as well as being able to choose from several optional modules to suit your interests.

In strategic HRM, you'll think about how organisational strategy and context shape might be considered ‘good HR’ in functional areas such as workforce planning, recruitment and selection, training and development and pay and performance management.

In data and statistics for human resources, you'll study how these principles can be applied in HR. The teaching approach is practical, and we focus on teaching you to understand and apply data science and statistics to solve problems in an organisational context.

In HR Analytics: Strategy and Practice, you'll bring together the knowledge you've 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'll also attend professional skill workshops as part of your regular timetable. These practical sessions are taught by business professionals and allow you to gain skills and insight to help you to cope effectively 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.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Data Analytics and Human Resource Management MSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Strategic Human Resource Management 30
HR Analytics: Strategy and Practice 30
Data Analytics for Human Resources 30
HR Analytics Research Methods and Dissertation Project 60

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Sustainable Futures: Climate Change, the Environment and Business 15
Sustainable Futures: Climate Change, the Environment and Business 30
Employment Law 30
Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations 30
Diversity Management 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, allowing you to develop your skills in research and analysis.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help support your studies. This is a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the school, your course 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 both knowledge and essential skills development. 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.


Entry requirements

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.

International qualifications

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. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadline:

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.

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UK: £16,750 (Total)

International: £30,250 (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 on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

We’re offering up to 50 Business School Excellence Scholarships to UK and International students starting one of our Masters courses in 2024. 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.

International Excellence Scholarships (International applicants)

Masters Excellence Scholarships (UK applicants)

Read more about Masters Funding and Scholarships.

Career opportunities

A postgraduate degree from the University of Leeds has a high value out in the world.

This course will provide you with the academic knowledge and professional skills needed for a career in global human resource management. It will also provide you with the opportunity to specialise in the rapidly developing area of HR analytics.

You’ll 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.

Careers support

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 Service, where you can access a range of support to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions, even after you graduate.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.