M.A. Human Resource Management

The University of Hertfordshire

Application deadline: Non EU: August 16
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,180 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,130 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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At the completion of this programme you will have acquired the required level of knowledge and understanding to apply for full professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe's largest professional institute for people management and development. Whether you are a human resource manager or industrial relations specialist, recent graduates or looking to develop a career in a related area, the skills and knowledge you gain on this course will enable you to progress in your chosen field.

This part time or full time course will appeal particularly to those practising human resource, industrial relations or equal opportunities specialists as well as to those seeking a career within these areas. It offers a focus on contemporary, critical and applied themes and the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for the appropriate analytical, technical and behavioural responses to these issues.

Teaching methods
We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered.

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.


Year 1 - full details
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


The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

* 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. The standard required is:

(a) a score of 6.5 or better on the British Council's IELTS test, or an equivalent score on a test recognised by the University of Hertfordshire;

(b) a score of 6.0 or better on the IELTS test, or an equivalent score on a test recognised by the University of Hertfordshire, plus four weeks of pre-sessional English language at the University of Hertfordshire;

(c) a score of 5.5 or better on the IELTS test, or an equivalent score on a test recognised by the University of Hertfordshire, plus successful completion of the University of Hertfordshire's Graduate Certificate in Business (or equivalent acceptable to the University of Hertfordshire).

This requirement will be waived if the student has successfully completed an undergraduate degree at a university in the United Kingdom, or another country acceptable to the University of Hertfordshire, where study was in English and the student was based in that universitys home country during study.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

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.


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