Strategic Human Resource Management

Study options



Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021

A creative and diverse learning community

Participant groups represent employers from all areas of business and commerce

On and off-campus learning

Focused on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development

CIPD Approved

This course is mapped to CIPD approved module structure

Climb the human resources career ladder or forge a brand-new career in the development and management of employees with a professionally recognised qualification in strategic human resource management.

Our part-time programme is delivered on Tuesday evenings, between 5:00pm and 9:00pm and is designed to develop effective human resources professionals with skills and knowledge to support business change. Our course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is mapped to their level 7 Diploma qualification. The CIPD is the UK’s leading association for the recognition human resource professionals.

You’ll 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.

The course focuses on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development. You will Integrate on and off-campus learning and have the opportunity to attend a highly regarded away-day linked to the Developing Skills for Business Leadership module delivered in year one.

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.

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

Course content

In the first year, you will study the following modules in Human Resource Management in Context, Developing Skills for Business Leadership, Leading, Managing and Developing People, and Resourcing and Talent Management

In the second year, you will study one core module in Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective. You will also study two modules that will be determined via employer and student surveys, ensuring that you are studying the most relevant modules to your career. These include modules around managing employee relations, employment law, learning and talent development, and understanding and implementing coaching and mentoring.

The final year of the MA consists of a research methodology and 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.

Professional body accreditation

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

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), leading to professional membership.

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.


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Business Lounge

Serving Starbucks coffee, our brand new business lounge is the perfect space for hot desking and networking.


A cleverly designed room to allow you to work together in teams, communication is key in business and this space allows you to practice team dynamics in a safe space.

Transition Room

A space dedicated to you. The room has all the tech you need to work in groups on assignments, project plan and talk through your ideas.


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.

Teaching and assessment


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.


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.

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 and 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 Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.


For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £2,685 per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits, in your second year of study. Following this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each 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.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

Any optional study trips

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MA Part-time 20 September 2021 Apply now

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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