Human Resource Management, MA

Human Resource Management, MA

MA Human Resource Management is one of our courses fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) against its latest professional standards, giving students the opportunity to apply for Chartered (Full) Membership. Based in Greenwich London, The MA is aimed at both aspiring and experienced HR professionals.

This course will help you to become adaptable, well-informed and proficient in a range of managerial skills, developing a critical awareness of current problems and insights in the discipline of HRM.

You can study part-time (two evenings a week for two years) or full-time (four evenings a week for one year) plus three workshops over the duration of the course. See 'key facts' for further details.

The aims of this degree are:

  • To establish a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and insights in the field of HRM, informed by cutting edge academic research and professional practice
  • To develop a range of business skills applied to the management of people and organisations
  • To encourage a conceptual understanding of HRM that enables the student to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship.


Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour


Greenwich Campus


2 years part-time (2 evenings per week 6-9pm) 
1 year full-time (4 evenings per week  6-9pm)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above from a recognised university or higher education institute (with ideally two years relevant work experience)

OR an equivalent qualification (Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss)

* Professionals with any previous Level 7 CIPD qualifications are welcome to apply to enter the programme with advanced standing at appropriate points (subject to completion of a minimum number of credits).

* Students who have not undertaken their previous study in English require an IELTS score of normally 7.0 or equivalent (with no component score less than 6.5).


Students are assessed through examinations, essays, reports, online learning logs and a dissertation. Assessment approaches will vary according to the course studied.

Professional recognition

The MA usually leads towards students obtaining full Chartered membership of the CIPD. Candidates are advised to check the Chartered membership requirements directly with the CIPD.

Career options

Graduate may pursue opportunities in HR-related disciplines.

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Come and visit us at the CIPD Learning and Development show 2016. 11-12 May 2016, Olympia London.

You will get the opportunity to meet lecturers and network with fellow HR professionals. As well as, discuss our MA and see how the degree can enhance your personal development and leadership. Find out more.

Course content

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits)
  • Human Resource Management in Context (15 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Scholarship and Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Learning and Talent Development. (15 credits)
  • Resourcing and Talent Management (15 credits)
  • Reward Management (15 credits)
  • Human Resources Strategy (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits)

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Human Resources Management

Our human resources management programmes give you the professional development you'll need, whether you're just starting out or wanting to progress to a more senior role

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We have a good working relationship with our local CIPD branch and host annual CIPD events.  Find out more about CIPD upcoming events.

Student Experience 

"The most interesting thing about the MA is that it is different. It is not your typical degree, it is very interactive, you get an opportunity to mix theory with practice and that is, very useful in my profession. 

I would recommend the MA Personnel and Development because it will improve your expertise in terms of becoming a human resource practitioner and whilst studying you will be gaining your professional qualification at the same time. There are vast career opportunities, and I think it's a programme that helps you develop as an individual as well as your working styles and practices."
Tashoy Ashley
Personnel and Development, MA

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