Why study this course?
Successfully complete the Human Resource Management master’s course and you’ll receive a CIPD Advanced Level 7 Associate Membership Certificate. This will allow you to apply for an upgrade to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship depending on your professional experience. Whether you want to enter junior human resources roles or progress onto more senior roles, this MA will equip you with the skills and knowledge to do so.
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More about this course
The Human Resources Management MA is an ideal next step to boost your future career opportunities.
You can study full-time in 12 months or part-time (two evenings per week) over two years. This flexibility ensures you have the choice to continue work or other commitments. January and September start dates are available.
You’ll examine the theories of human resource (HR) strategy and practice, covering issues around employee engagement, talent management, and employment law. This will be applied to all business sizes, from entrepreneurial start-ups to large multinational companies.
Your analytical and critical thinking skills will be developed so you can use the theories to solve practical “real life” HR issues in your workplace. We’ll also help you improve your research skills so you can put together a scientific research report. This report will address the HR issues facing your organisation and how you could tackle them.
We’ve structured the course so your learning meets all the CIPD requirements. For example, the CIPD’s Skills for Business Leadership requirements are delivered and assessed across all four of the core modules.
The teaching staff on this master’s course are highly research-active in their chosen research specialisms. This means you’ll benefit from their expert academic perspectives on the important issues facing the HR profession today.
Guest speakers from private industry, not-for-profit, the public sector, consultancy and authors of highly-respected works will contribute to your learning.
You’re encouraged to join your fellow students at CIPD London branch events. This will further develop your HR expertise and professional HR network.
The high quality of education on our CIPD-related courses means you can expect the following benefits as commended by the CIPD:
- an up to date and high-quality curriculum
- excellent standards of teaching and learning
- strong commitment and support from lecturers
- effective use of action learning sets
- a strong ethos and beneficial formative feedback
Assessment is both formative and summative, providing you with the opportunity for feedback on your work without it counting towards your final grade. Whether you arrive to the course with junior or more senior HRM experience, you’ll find the assessments interesting and challenging.
The assessment methods include written report and essay assignments, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations and group work. There is also a 12,000 to 15,000 word HRM dissertation.
There are two exams. These exams take place in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes.
Where this course can take you
The University has a high reputation for employability – 93% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.
Complete our Human Resources Management MA and you’ll possess a significant career advantage. Recent graduates have attained full-time positions from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism, major international charities and the health sector.
Other graduates that have gone on to work in the private sector have moved from administrative and PA positions to being in charge of strategic HR projects. We also have graduates who have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.