Human Resource Management MA

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,350 per course
  • International students: £12,500 per course
Course start September
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Duration: 1 year full-time - plus dissertation

Course outline

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The MA in Human Resource Management is an exciting programme of study which is the perfect follow on course for anyone who has completed a Management/HRM first degree or the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate/Diploma in HRM. People with experience of working in a managerial or strategic HR position for two years or more are also encouraged to apply.

Mapped to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 7 Certificate and Diploma*. It is a challenging programme that develops your strategic competence. It is intended to provoke and challenge you in your thinking and expectations about how and why we manage people at work. The programme also challenges you to consider how different HRM approaches may be more effective in achieving corporate success.

You will study modules that are relevant to contemporary work issues, and be assessed in an appropriate way, set by the University tutors. This means that you will achieve both a University award and a CIPD qualification. You will need to be a studying member of the CIPD. The membership fees of approximately £120 are in addition to the tuition fees and will be payable direct to the CIPD.

Staffordshire University has over 25 years’ experience of preparing students for their professional qualification and many of our former students are now senior HR executives in local and national organisations.

  • The course focuses on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development.
  • Integrates on and off-campus learning.
  • The teaching staff are all either experienced HRM/HRD practitioners and/or hold a relevant PhD. In addition, the majority are fellows or senior fellows of the Higher Educational Academy.

* subject to CIPD approval

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Course content

Module overview

  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective

The remaining two option modules are determined via student surveys. This ensures that the University is delivering the modules that are appropriate for
the needs of our students. Examples of option modules available include:

  • Managing Employee Relations
  • Performance Management
  • Employment Law
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Understanding and Implementing
  • Coaching and Mentoring

The final part of the MA consists of:

  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation

The dissertation is the essential component of this Masters course. It is a demonstration of your ability to research a topic using both primary and secondary research techniques. Considerable emphasis is placed on your ability to evaluate critically, to analyse, synthesise and develop a sustainable academic argument in the area of study, and to make significant comments on HRM in practice at the strategic level. You are supported by an  experienced supervisor, knowledgeable in your chosen area of study and who will be available for support throughout the research.

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Entry requirements

You will have at have least two years' experience of working in HR in a managerial, senior managerial or strategic role and/or a first degree/CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate.

All candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability and will be provided with appropriate information, advice and guidance.

All applicants will be expected to have attained a level 2 qualification in Maths and English (e.g. Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Numeracy/Literacy) .

An English language qualification of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required by all candidates.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and on completion of this award, in addition to professional experience as laid down by the CIPD, learners will be able to apply to progress their membership status to chartered membership.

Teaching and learning

Be prepared for a challenge: the pace will be fast. Instead of relying on theory, the course is based on 'problem and practice based learning', where real and live business issues provide the foundation of your study. Whilst some of these issues form part of the core teaching, many will be drawn from your experiences in Human Resources and those of your fellow colleagues.

This means you'll work collaboratively with well-known organisations, fellow professionals and teaching staff to tackle real-world, authentic problems at every stage. Applying yourself to practical problems will help you develop the skills that you need more quickly and more robustly than conventional classroom learning.

There will be a combination of lectures, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops, seminars and technology supported learning to complement and enhance traditional, face-to-face learning experience. Knowledge and skills will be developed through case-studies, role-plays, presentations, projects, reflective personal development plans and the use of technology supported activities.


You will experience a wide range of assessment techniques across the three years. There are not only the more conventional individual written assignments and examinations but also individual and group presentations using a variety of different media.

Assessment for the final year will take the form of a research proposal and a dissertation on a topic within the area of strategic HRM.

Employment opportunities

You will usually be in full or part-time employment with varying degrees of HR working experience. The programme allows you to achieve an award of real value to the HR professional. It has both an academic and professional standing within the HR community and beyond. It is seen as an essential qualification for HR career progression. Moreover, the course will also contribute to your continuous professional development; you will have the opportunity to develop as independent learners able to apply both academic and practical skills to your current work and in more challenging HR roles in the future.

Graduate destinations

The MA in HRM will enable you to further your career in Human Resources and upon successful completion, you will also be in a position to upgrade your CIPD membership* to chartered or fellow status.

Graduates have progressed to senior HR roles at organisations large and small, both locally and internationally, including Alton Towers and Virgin Media.

*Subject to CIPD accreditation

Meet the experts

All of our staff are internationally-recognised experts in the field of HR and Organisational Behaviour. In addition they are members of the CIPD, and as well as teaching they publish in leading international journals, books and regularly consult external organisations on a range of business needs and research projects.

Utilising both research and professional practice, they’ll be creating a wide range of authentic and challenging learning experiences throughout your course to help you fulfil your potential.

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