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The course will develop your managerial techniques, knowledge and skills and focuses on your personal development as a HR professional.

This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and profile in the workplace. It enables holders of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management to achieve an MA award.

This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and profile in the workplace. It enables holders of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management to achieve an MA award.

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.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

PGDip in HRM or equivalent recognised CIPD qualification

All about the course

The focus is on your personal development as a HR professional 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.

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

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.

As part of the course there will be induction exercises to examine in more detail the research and writing skills needed to study at Master's Level. This includes such elements as library skills, IT applications, research skills and writing at Master’s level.

Following an initial session to discuss the suitability of projects that might be undertaken, you undertake the Research Methods module. 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 and these are built into the period of registration. You will then be registered for the MA and have nine months to complete.

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

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.

This course is an excellent way to use prior learning on the CIPD Advanced Diploma to enhance your CV by obtaining a full Masters qualification.

Dr Jake MonkProgramme Director, MA Human Resource Management

How you’ll be assessed

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

Your future career

Many successful candidates from this course benefit from using their newfound 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 to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.


2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £3,840 N/A

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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Important Information on Tuition Fees

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 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.


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