Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Human Resource Management

This course is suitable for those already working in HR who wish to become professionally qualified, professionals wishing to develop their people management expertise and those seeking a career move into the HR profession. There are 2 distinct levels to this course, the PgDip, which means students complete all of the taught units to gain this award. The MSc level is achieved when students complete all of the taught units and the dissertation. The MSc and PgDip in HRM are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which means that successful completion of the course meets the requirements for the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Students receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing their knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations. The optional unit choices and the dissertation enable students to specialise in a particular area of HR. The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field. Please note, the PgDip in HRM with CIPD follows a slightly different approach from the normal PgDip route in order to meet the Professional Standards. It requires completion of 120 taught credits shared with the MSc inHRM, followed by a Management Research report (15 credits) which is usually based on the student's employing organisation. There is also a residential event that will focus on skills and professional development.

Entry requirements

You will normally have a good UK Honours degree (minimum 2.2), or international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have degree equivalent professional qualifications or significant management experience.

Course modules

Year 1: Core modules: employment resourcing, relations and law; leading, managing and developing people; HR in context; developing skills for business leadership. YEAR 2: Core modules: developing skills for business leadership (2); research methods in HRM. Optional modules (choose 1 from): performance and reward; business psychology in action; ethics responsibility and equality; strategic learning, coaching and talent development; organisational learning and knowledge management.

Assessment methods

There is a range of written assignments, reports and case study analyses alongside a small number of written examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Part-time - 8 months
PgDip Part-time - 16 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Business School Manchester M1 3GH North West

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