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Human Resource Management


Industry insight

Learn from experienced staff and benefit from business connections

CIPD approved

Achieve a nationally recognised qualification

Solve real issues

Work collaboratively with well-known organisations

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, September start
13 Months
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Take your career to the next level with our full-time, one-year, Human Resource Management MA. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), this course is designed to help you apply your knowledge to business issues from a HRM perspective.

Our MA course is an exciting programme taught by industry practitioners and highly regarded academics. We combine fast-paced on and off-campus learning with professional accreditation to give you skills, experience, and the best chance for future employability in Human Resource Management (HRM).

Mapped to the CIPD Level 7 Certificate and Diploma*, you will study modules that are relevant to contemporary work issues, including Leading, Managing and Developing people and Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective. Our broad range of core and optional modules will work in challenging you to consider how different HRM approaches are the key to success in corporate environments.

At Staffordshire University, we have over 25 years’ experience of preparing students for their professional qualifications, and we want you to our ranks of former students at senior HR levels in local and national organisations.

If you have already achieved a Level 7 CIPD qualification you can top this up to a full masters in one year part-time – please enquire.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Human Resource Management

Course content

Our Human Resource Management MA is tailored to you. We combine core modules with optional modules that change dependant on the result of student surveys every year. You will start with core modules such as HRM in Context, Developing Skills for Business Leadership and Resourcing and Talent Management – these work to give you a firm background into the key concepts of HRM.

You will then move on to the student chosen optional modules, where we look to tailor your approach to HRM in a contemporary context. You can expect the opportunity to cover aspects of the management of employee relations, employment law and coaching and mentoring, amongst other exciting subjects.

Your course will culminate in a research-based dissertation that will be supported by an experienced supervisor. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to evaluate and develop a sustainable academic argument in your chosen area of study.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020. The range of modules available, and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Human Resource Management in Context
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Leading, Managing and Developing People
Resourcing and Talent Management
Research Methodology

Entry requirements

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.

You will have at 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 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.



After completing the Human Resource Management MA, you will be equipped to take on a variety of HRM and leadership positions including:

  •  Administrative Manager
  • Applications Specialist
  • HR Manager
  • Benefits Administrator
  • People Manager
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Staff Coordinator

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment


We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.


There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments for each module. These include assignment/essays/reports, group presentation, exams/ class tests, or case study-based assessments.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.


We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.


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.

Dr Andrew Hanks
Dr Andrew HanksSenior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

I joined Staffordshire University in the summer of 2015 after spending four years at Keele University whilst I completed a PhD in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. 

Before Entering academia as a career, I had spent sixteen years working for the Ministry of Defence in Shropshire. Initially this was as an electrician but then having got involved with the trade union I became an elected representative. This role gave me an insight into employee relations that is invaluable in my teaching.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£7,620 per course
International (Non-EU)
£12,750 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.


Stoke-on-Trent campus
Full-time, September start
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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