Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Human Resource Management

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. 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. PG Certificate and PG Diploma options also available.

Entry requirements

MA: 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) .

Course modules

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.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 7,620 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,620 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,620 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,620 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,620 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,620 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 12,750 per Whole course (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) ST4 2DE West Midlands

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