Human Resources and Consulting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #150 (WUR) ,
Organisational and individual development helps to drive forward companies, which are constantly having to adapt to new challenges and build new skills within the workforce. On the one-year full-time Masters in Management and Consulting, you’ll find it’s not just about understanding theories in management and leadership development – it’s about knowing how those can be applied effectively in practic


Organisational and individual development helps to drive forward companies, which are constantly having to adapt to new challenges and build new skills within the workforce. On the one-year full-time Masters in Management and Consulting, youll find its not just about understanding theories in management and leadership development its about knowing how those can be applied effectively in practice. A vital part of your skill-set as a human resources professional.

Using the Department of Management Learning and Leadership's world-famous expertise in how managers learn, well help to broaden your vision of what approaches you can use exposing you to many different ideas and concepts of organisational learning and management development.

Whether you are already working in HR, management education or consultancy, or relatively new to the field, youll be stretching your mind as we train you to think critically about all of these. And youll also have plenty of opportunities to test things out for yourself, through a series of practical projects and research assignments, some of them commissioned by clients.

Its a year full of challenges, but youre not on your own. Working collaboratively and sharing your ideas and experiences with your international classmates and a team of supportive tutors is key and, as our graduates tell us, its often how you learn the most.

What the programme provides
  • A combination of taught modules and experiential learning including a client consultancy project
  • Rigorous training in research methods
  • Learning groups to support individual and group learning processes
  • Direct links to practice through interaction and debate with HR practitioners

Programme Structure

The modules on the MA in Management and Consulting are taught over three terms, with a break at Christmas and Easter.

The related coursework assessment is not necessarily connected to one individual module but gives you scope to explore themes and issues arising from more than one area of study.

Term 1: October to December

The programme begins with an Induction Week, setting the scene for the MA as a whole. Groupwork activities are used to help students get to know one another and to reflect on styles of individual and team learning.

In Term 1 you study four modules:
Introduction to Human Resources and Consulting

Providing the essential building blocks for the programme and links to subsequent areas of study, this module covers the nature and purpose of HRD and reviews management and organisational learning as a field of enquiry. It also develops interpersonal and collaborative learning skills and links these to associated theories. The Term 3 module on International HR and Leadership provides a more in-depth approach to some of the ideas and issues raised.

Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management

Despite the growing importance of knowledge management for organisations large and small, the systems introduced have often not lived up to expectations, largely because they fail to take account of the learning processes within organisations. This module reviews the development of ideas about organisational learning and knowledge before considering how these ideas apply to real-life organisations including those in which programme participants have working experience.

Research I

This first research module introduces you to various research methods (e.g. interviews, participant observation, focus groups), with practical sessions to help you develop the necessary skills. It looks at the ethical and technical aspects of research methods and provides background on theoretical perspectives which are drawn upon in HRD and consulting as well as more widely in management studies.

Design and Dynamics of Learning

The focus of this module is on the design of education, development and training events and on the processes that create the best environments and conditions for learning. These topics are explored in the context of both face-to-face delivery and virtual learning environments. The module has a significant practical element as you are invited to carry out your own learning designs, using the ideas and theories you have been introduced to, and you also participate in a networked or virtual learning experience.

Term 2: January to March

In Term 2, you study three further modules:

Advances in HR and Leadership

This module focuses on how leadership ideas can be transformed into actionable knowledge within organisations. You are challenged first to identify cutting-edge ideas about leadership, then to explore how such ideas can be communicated to a range of audiences. Working individually and in groups, you extend your experience in how to transmit new and innovative ideas effectively by developing and testing your own small leadership training modules that could be used in a variety of contexts.

Organisational Diagnosis and ConsultingThis module gives you practical experience of working as a consultant and is highly relevant both to subsequent dissertations and to future employment in HR or organisational development. It looks at the nature of consulting and the role of internal and external consultants both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint. It considers the research skills required for consultancy work and examines various ways of managing projects and organisational interventions. Working in small teams you then undertake a live consultancy for a client organisation, analysing the issues in the clients brief and advising them on an appropriate course of action.

Research 2

The second research module goes into more depth on different research methods (e.g. interviews, participant observation, focus groups) with further practical sessions to help you develop your research skills. The module also explores the various issues involved in compiling a literature review and reading around a topic or subject. It provides particular theoretical perspectives in relation to data analysis and helps you with techniques for analysing your own data.

Term 3: April to September

In the final stage of the programme you complete three further modules:

International HR and Leadership Development

This module provides a foundation for understanding the different cultural and institutional factors that affect the major economies of the world. It then considers the dilemmas currently faced by multinationals, and the solutions that they have developed in order to provide robust human resource development for their people.

Quantitative and Survey Research Methods

This module provides detailed guidance on undertaking large-scale research, using a range of quantitative research methods. The main methods covered are descriptive data analysis, statistical relationships (correlation and regression analysis), hypothesis testing, data reduction analysis (factor analysis) and data classification analysis (discriminant analysis).


Occupying the final three months of the programme, the dissertation allows you to undertake an extended piece of research in an area of particular personal interest, and to study that topic in depth. The research for the dissertation is frequently carried out in a company or across a series of companies/organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following CAE score:

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Honours degree or equivalent;
  • IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 250 if first language is not English

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    10500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.