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Study a graduate program in human resources

What will I study a graduate human resources program?

Human resources is a growing sector which is becoming increasingly important to business. The sector is constantly evolving as companies recognise how important recruiting the right staff and motivating them is.
 
As such, large organisations are increasingly employing graduates with human resources qualifications into management roles. A graduate human resources program will teach you about employment law and discrimination, about resourcing and management development, and about how to improve individual employees’ output.
 
Assessment is usually set through a variety of examinations, coursework, group work and case studies.

Length of program

The length of a graduate human resources program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

In order to get onto most graduate human resources programs you should have a minimum second class degree qualification or an overseas equivalent. It is not normally necessary to have a previous qualification in business or a related social science.  

If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

A postgraduate course in human resources will provide you with the necessary skills to enter the human resources profession. Most graduates enter the industry as a human resources administrator and progress through the company.

The human resources industry is one where it is common for employees to move between companies regularly in search of career progression. You should also look for graduate human resources schemes where your postgraduate course qualification will allow you fast-track your career.

The skills you will gain through your graduate human resources program will also be transferable to the sales and marketing industries.
Some of the jobs included in this field are:

  • Human resources manager
  • Human resources adviser
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Careers adviser

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate human resources programs varies widely from country to country and also depends on the status of the course and university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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