Strategic Human Resource Management (Top-Up) MA

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 2 Years
Course start September
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  • The CIPD qualifications are the most important route to achieving professional recognition and career opportunity in the Human Resources area.

  • A one year part-time programme designed to buid on the skills and knowledge gained in the CIPD postgraduate diploma.

  • A creative and diverse learning community with the participant groups representing employers from all areas of business and commerce.

  • The course focuses on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development.

  • Integrates on and off-campus learning as part of our problem and practice based learning approach.

Course outline

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The MA in Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) course aims to provide experienced practitioners who are CIPD qualified with a challenging programme that develops their 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.

The course is a 'top up' qualification intended to build upon the CIPD Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. It is designed as an extension programme linked to Continuing Professional Development. The programme is research oriented with the dissertation providing the 60 postgraduate level credits needed for you to attain a full Masters degree. An initial induction and then the option to participate in the Business Research Methodology sessions are the only 'fixed' times of on-campus attendance.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits within 1 year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,535 for your year of study.

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.”

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Course content

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 a personal tutor, knowledgeable in their chosen area of study and who will be available for support throughout the research.

There is also the option to participate in the Business Research Methodology sessions.

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Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM (or equivalent) and at have least two years' experience in a senior managerial, strategic role in order to allow you to contextualise the research and learning.

You would normally be an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You must demonstrate an appropriate level of experience and potential to benefit from the course.

Evidence of satisfactory English language skills is required for candidates where English is not their first language, such as IELTS 7.0 or above, or equivalent.


Accredited by the CIPD, leading to professional membership including chartered status.

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 Resourses 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.


Assessment will take the form of a research proposal and a final 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 Strategic 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.

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.

Student experience

  • 'Material is delivered in a way that helps students' learning.'

  • 'Approach is to relate theory to practice/reality which strengthens understanding of topics.'

  • 'Class activities supported theory and this was very helpful'.

  • 'Good assignment topics to help learning as well as application to work'.

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