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MA Human Resource Management

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

This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

It provides a rounded introduction to the principles of management and is designed to have immediate relevance and application in your current role whilst also providing potential for future progression in both study and your HR career.

The teaching hours are designed to have minimal impact on the working day and additional study is undertaken in your own time, so you can study while working, and won't need ask your employer to release you for significant amounts of time. You can, however, still benefit from regular contact with lecturers and your fellow students.

The MA Human Resource Management has two significant parts. Firstly, there is the Research Methods module. This is a stand-alone module but is also designed to act as the springboard for the next stage, the management report (also known as the dissertation).  The Research module is run over one term, usually between 5.00pm – 9.00pm, one day a week for six sessions. Normally the courses start in September and April each year, although this can vary. The MA (HR) course is intended to run over three terms, one for the Research module, and two for the completion of the Management Report (dissertation).

The MA in Human Resource Management is aimed exclusively for HR professionals who have already completed the CIPD diploma and want to use that to claim exemptions and to attain a full Masters qualification.

The focus is on personal development of the student group as HR professionals and on developing your managerial techniques, knowledge and skills that are required in the working environment. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to apply your studies to your organisation and to discuss your experiences in class to create a dynamic learning environment. As most students on this focused pathway are already in HR management positions, the opportunity to share in the experience and good practices of your peer group is an invaluable part of the course.

Part 1 – Research Methods:

  • (20 M level/Level 7 Credits)
  • Taken over one term.


Part 2 – The Management Report (Dissertation):

  • (40 M Level / Level 7 Credits)
  • Taken over two terms with an allocated supervisor.


Times of Study
Attendance for the Research Methods module is one day a week, six sessions per term.  Classes are usually from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.  The Management Report is guided study with supervisor meetings made by appointment to suit both the student and the supervisor.

As part of the course there will be an induction exercises to examine in more detail the research and writing skills needed to study at Masters Level, much of this is outlined in the Research Methods sessions. The includes such elements as library skills, IT applications, research skills and writing at Master’s level.

Course Outline
The MA consists of one taught module ’Research Methods’ (20 credits) and a Management Research Report module (40 Credits) of 11,000-15,000 words. This typically takes six months to complete.

Management Research Report
This will involve a detailed examination of contextual and methodological factors and result in well   supported proposals for modification of existing relevant HR management practices. You will be allocated a tutor who will advise as appropriate and who will also act as an examiner of the completed report.

Following an initial session to discuss the suitability of projects that might be undertaken, you attend a Research Methods course. The successful completion of the Research Methods module is a pre­condition of further progress. This progress is therefore dependent upon the approval of your full proposal of the area/topic to be investigated. Regular reports on progress are required from you; these are built into the period of registration.

Prospective members are then registered for the MA and have nine months to complete.

Many successful candidates from this course benefit from using their new found qualification and confidence to progress their careers with their current employer, or to use it to secure promotions or new employment elsewhere. Other candidates have used the qualification as a way to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.

The research methods module is run as a small group of usually 10-12 students. Students can expect some bespoke advice and the opportunity of individual tutorials. This will prepare students well for the management report, for this they will be allocated an individual tutor as a dissertation supervisor. Meetings with the supervisor are held on an individual basis at times to suit both parties. All tutors are selected to act as expert advisors for the research that needs to be undertaken by the student. Research reports should be focused on a real-world HR research issue and can be adapted for use in the workplace.

For the Research Methods students are required to submit a 5,000-word research proposal. This needs to be passed before students can continue to the Management Report.  For the MA, a 12,000-15,000-word Management Research Report (dissertation) is required. The minimum pass mark for these modules is 50%.

Students who have obtained a pass in a CIPD Diploma are eligible to attend this course. Students who do not possess a CIPD Diploma but have other qualifications may be consider applying for the DMS or MA in Management Studies. These programmes provide a route for students with differing educational qualifications and experiences.

There are usually two entry points, October and depending on numbers, April.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time  £3,200 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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


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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Applications for this course can be completed online, For the October start applications need to be submitted by the 8th September.  For the April start, before Good Friday.

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

Please note: A curriculum vitae detailing the applicant’s educational background, professional and managerial practice should also be included.

The candidates are interviewed by the Programme Director prior to being accepted onto the Programme. Students may be asked to complete a written piece of work as a basis for discussion.

For further information, please contact The Business School.


Tel: 01227 782197

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year part-time


  • September / October

Typical contact hours per week

  • Tuesday 4-8 pm

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.



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