M.A. Human Resource Management

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
The University of Hertfordshire | Hatfield, United Kingdom
If you want to develop a career in human resource management or employment relations and are looking for both an academic qualification and professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), then this course is for you.

Description of Human Resource Management


Focusing on contemporary, critical and applied themes in the subject area, the course gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for the appropriate analytical, technical and behavioural responses to these issues.

The stages of the programme

The advantage of this course from the Hertfordshire Business School is it offers students the chance to study just four modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Human Resource Management from the University.

If you wish to take your study further and focus on the subject in more depth, by completing a further four modules including an HR Management Research Report you will ‘top up’ your PgCert to a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and meet the requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diplomas in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development and so be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

Finally, by successfully completing twelve modules, including a Dissertation/HR Management Research Report, you will achieve a full Master’s degree in HRM.

At this level you will also meet the requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diplomas in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development, and so be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

Part-time study

As a part-time student your classes will be held between 16.00 and 20.00 one day a week for two academic years from a September start date, and two and half academic years from a January start date. While these are our normal part-time patterns other options may be available, please contact Programme Tutor Michael Pye to discuss.

Why choose this course?
  • Gain a full Master's and the Knowledge required to gain Chartered Membership of the CIPD
  • Full and part-time study options to fit around your existing commitments
  • Choose your level of study to suit your career aspirations
Course length:
  • Full Time: 1 Years
  • Part Time: 2 Years
  • Part Time: 30 Months

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Full-Time: 28 September; Part-Time: 11 July.
Tuition fee
  • GBP 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5750 Year (EEA)
UK/EU Students
  • Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged on a modular basis. The cost is £480 for each 15-credit module.
Start date January  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Year 1

Core modules

  • HRM Practice and Perspectives A
  • Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice A
  • Organisational Behaviour: Theory and Practice A
  • Postgraduate Research Methodology for HRM A
  • Strategic Human Resource Management A

Optional modules

  • Comparative Employment Relations B
  • Cross Cultural Communication and Negotiation
  • Dissertation: Human Resource Management A
  • Employment Law Semester B
  • HRM Dissertation/Management Research Report A
  • Human Resource Management Research Report A
  • International and Comparative Human Resource Management B
  • Leadership and Management Development B
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • People Resourcing B
  • Remuneration Strategy and Practice B

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Human Resource Management

  • An honours degree with classification 2.2 or better in any subject from a UK university or the equivalent from a recognised university overseas.
  • Evidence of two or more years relevant work experience in human resource management, industrial relations, managing people, equal opportunities work, or as a trade union official or representative and two or more appropriate references. Or other appropriate experience as determined by the Programme Tutor and two or more appropriate references.

N.B. There is no guarantee that any or all applicants who meet the criteria will be accepted. In addition all students must produce evidence of their English Language proficiency.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:

  • GCSE English language grade A-C
  • Other English language tests are accepted

Work Experience for Human Resource Management

No work experience is required.

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