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MA Human Resource Management

A part-time 'top-up' course enabling holders of a PG Diploma in HRM or similar to achieve an MA award.

Effective people management is one of the most important issues in every sector of the economy, and the role of Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals in advising and supporting line management to achieve the organisation’s objectives has never been more vital.

The Business School is an accredited CIPD licenced centre with a wealth of experience in successfully delivering high quality postgraduate HR programmes, including more recently the MA in HRM Business Partnership. This CIPD accreditation is also a key element of the Business School’s strategy for building strong links with the professional body, especially the CIPD’s Kent branch.

This part-time course is for HR Professionals who have completed the academic requirements for Chartered Membership of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) through the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM (or equivalent award) and would like to complete their studies achieving the full award of Master of Arts in Human Resource Management.

It is designed to meet the needs of HRM professionals who are seeking promotion or wishing to enhance their personal effectiveness and understanding of HRM thinking and disciplines.

The course also meets the needs of employers who rely on highly educated HR managers to improve organisational effectiveness, and remain efficient in the light of new challenges and demands, and therefore provides an ideal base from which to develop your career in HRM.

There are three entry points (January, May and September) to the MA in HRM, and it is anticipated that you will complete the overall Masters programme within one calendar year, on a part-time basis.

Following on from the CIPD Advanced Diploma, or the Postgraduate Advanced Diploma, the MA HRM course consists of two modules.

Research Methods (20 M-level credits) taught over six sessions develops the research skills necessary to design and undertake a substantial HRM research project.

HRM Management Research Report (40 M-level credits). This usually takes a minimum of six months to complete part-time and is a self-managed piece of work with academic supervision and support. You'll explore a significant HR management problem (usually identified in your employing organisation) which is likely to add value to your organisation and/ or to your chosen area of study.

You'll gain experience in undertaking a focused research project, at a strategic level, into a significant HRM issue, through which you'll demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness in the context of your own professional HRM practice, whilst also reflecting on current HRM theory and practice. You’ll critically reflect on your ability to identify and apply relevant methods to collect, organise and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data, and make actionable and valuable recommendations.

The MA (HRM) is designed to enhance your career prospects in HR.


The 2015/16 and 20016/17 tuition fees for this course are:




Part-time £3,000


Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Research Methods module is assessed through the production of a written 4,000 word equivalent research proposal. The HRM Management Research Report is assessed through a written research report of 12,000-16,000 words.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

For an informal discussion and more programme information please contact:

Maxine Blades, Programme Director, or

Patrik Melis-Cuga, Programme Administrator,

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  • 1 year part-time

Entry requirements

  • You normally qualify for entry to this course if you hold either: a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or recognised equivalent e.g. CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM, or the CIPD PDS/ Graduateship qualification or an equivalent postgraduate diploma in HRM from a recognised University.
  • You'll also need to have at least two years' relevant HR experience and be in a role or business partnership that enables you to be able to undertake the research project.



Contact us

Jo Todd 
Business School Administrator
T: 01227 782197

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