De Montfort University

Human Resource Management MA/PG Dip

This course will develop your knowledge and skills in core areas of human resource management (HRM) to help you start or further your career as a HR professional. The course will also enhance your expertise in professional activities related to employee resourcing, employee development, employment relations and employment law. You will gain experience in practical problem solving informed by leading edge theory and research.

CIPD approved centre

We are an established CIPD approved centre with a track record of delivering high-quality provision. The department has robust links with the CIPD at both local and national levels.

CIPD assessment

Part-time study allows you to consolidate your experience while studying, which is important for your CIPD upgrade assessment.

Flexible study schedule 

Supported blended learning allows you the flexibility to coordinate your study around work and family life. The cross sectoral nature of the part time student group allows you a real opportunity to compare practices across organisations and to learn from the experiences of others.

Apply theory practically

A core advantage of being able to study and work is that you have the chance to apply your learning in practice. 


Entry requirements

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in a business-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or a CIPD Foundation or Advanced Certificate or Diploma with appropriate experience. All candidates for the part-time PG Diploma/MA are expected to be currently working in a role related to human resources.

Non-graduates who possess either a CIPD Foundation or Intermediate qualification or equivalent are encouraged to apply. Based on an assessment of your qualifications and professional experience, you will then be counselled as to the appropriate qualification route.

Some applicants with a Foundation Certificate or Diploma (e.g. Certificate or Diploma in HR Practice or Certificate or Diploma in Learning and Development Practice) may have a sufficiently strong experiential profile to progress directly to the advanced level – classes evening or day/evening.

For others, who may have spent only a short time in an entry-level HR role, the underpinning knowledge gained through an Intermediate Certificate or Diploma may be appropriate before attempting the rigours of postgraduate study.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available both before and during the course if required.

Course modules

Year One

Developing Skills for Business Leadership – seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership. These include thinking and decision making skills, the management of financial information, managing budgets, a range of team working and interpersonal skills, and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work

Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective – provides an opportunity to undertake a live consultancy project in order to produce an individual management research report for the client organisation. This module will also encourage individual reflection on personal and professional development during the research process, and will enable the mapping of individual skill acquisition an future development needs

Leading, Managing and Developing People – introduces the principal issues facing organisations in the 21st century in leading, managing and developing people. This module develops critical skills and competencies relevant to generalist HR practitioners and those wishing to enter the profession. Attention is paid to key features of the internal and external operating environments that influence the manner in which employees are led and developed in organisations
Employee Resourcing – introduces you to the principal employee resourcing issues facing organisations in the 21st century, and aims to develop critical skills and competencies relevant to resourcing specialists. This module pays attention to the key factors of the external operating shape labour markets and impact employee behaviour and attitudes. It develops knowledge and understanding in managing resourcing practices, following the employee journey from recruitment through to exit

Year Two

Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective – provides an opportunity to undertake a live consultancy project in order to produce an individual management research report for the client organisation. This module will also encourage individual reflection on personal and professional development during the research process, and will enable the mapping of individual skill acquisition an future development needs

Employment Relations - The subject of Employment Relations is concerned with the changing nature of work and how the terms and conditions under which people work are determined. Because employers and workers have different interests as buyers and sellers of labour, power is central to the subject. The power of employers and workers to exercise control over the terms and conditions of employment is influenced by a range of factors that operate at various levels - the workplace, the wider organization, and the national and international environment in which employers, managers, workers, trade unions and governments operate. Employment Relations studies how these parties to the employment relationship engage with each other and how this engagement is shaped by wider economic, social, political and cultural/ideological forces. This means that although the module focuses on British institutions and practices, it is of much wider relevance because it provides a theoretical framework for analysing employment relationships in a variety of national contexts with their different institutional arrangements.

Human Resource Management in Context – enables you to identify, understand and analyse the major internal and external environmental contexts within which HR professionals operate in the private, public and voluntary sectors. It develop insights into the creation and delivery of effective HR strategies, practices and solutions in different national and global organisational contexts

Human Resource Management in a Legal Context – this module seeks to analyse the role played by legal reputation in the management of human resources. It explores how managers perceive this role and their ability to understand the different consequences of legal developments in varying conditions and situations.

Research Methods and Dissertation (MA students only) – provides the academic framework and principal approaches to management research and design to equip you to carry out an independent piece of research, leading to the submission of a master’s dissertation. This module consists of two linked elements. The first is a guided programme of study to enable you to understand the key processes involved in identifying a topic for research. The second is designed to help develop awareness of ethical issues in the context of management research

Assessment methods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages.

Teaching contact hours

This is a part time course with one evening class per week.

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Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part time September 2019 £ 2,625 per Academic year (EU) Months
Master of Arts - MA (PG) Part time September 2019 £ 3,750 per Academic year (EU) Months

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