MA Human Resource Management

About the course

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Course and module structure

If you want to develop a career in human resource management or employment relations and are looking for both an academic qualification and professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), then this course is for you.

Focusing on contemporary, critical and applied themes in the subject area, the course gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for the appropriate analytical, technical and behavioural responses to these issues.

The stages of the programme

The advantage of this course from the Hertfordshire Business School is it offers students the chance to study just four modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Human Resource Management from the University.

If you wish to take your study further and focus on the subject in more depth, by completing a further four modules including an HR Management Research Report you will ‘top up’ your PgCert to a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and meet the requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and so be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

At this level you will also meet the requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and so be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

Note: Prospective students’ are advised to discuss these options with the Programme Tutor before making final decisions.

Part-time study

As a part-time student your classes will be held between 16.00 and 20.00 one day a week for two academic years from a September start date, and two and half academic years from a January start date.  While these are our normal part-time patterns other options may be available, please contact Gary Pheiffer, Programme Leader to discuss. 

Why choose this course?

Approved Programme

The Hertfordshire Business School is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to enable students who successfully complete the programme to meet the equivalent requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, and so be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

The CIPD is Europe's largest professional institute for people management and development, read more about them here.

  • Gain a full Master's and the knowledge required to gain Chartered Membership of the CIPD
  • Full and part-time study options to fit around your existing commitments
  • Choose your level of study to suit your career aspirations

Professional Accreditations

The Hertfordshire Business School is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to enable students who successfully complete the programme to meet the equivalent requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diplomas in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development, and so be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

The CIPD is Europe's largest professional institute for people management and development, read more about them here.

Careers

The programme will appeal particularly to those interested in a career in human resource management, industrial/employment relations and also to those responsible more generally for managing people in organisations.

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination. 

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • HRM Practice and Perspectives - 15 Credits
  • Organisational Behaviour: Theory and Practice - 15 Credits
  • Employment Relations: Theory and Practice - 15 Credits
  • Postgraduate Research Methodology for HRM - 15 Credits
  • Strategic HRM - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Managing Across Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Remuneration Strategy and Practice B - 15 Credits
  • People Resourcing - 15 Credits
  • Leadership and Management Development - 15 Credits
  • International and Comparative HRM - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Employment Relations - 15 Credits
  • PG HRM Dissertation - 45 Credits
  • PG HRM Dissertation/Management Research Project (CIPD) - 45 Credits
  • Employment Law - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £6,450 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £540 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,100 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1010 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £8,000 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £665 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,500 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1040 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

  • An honours degree with classification 2.2 or better in any subject from a UK university or the equivalent from a recognised university overseas.

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  • Evidence of two or more years relevant work experience in human resource management, industrial relations, managing people, equal opportunities work, or as a trade union official or representative and two or more appropriate references. Or other appropriate experience as determined by the Programme Tutor and two or more appropriate references.

N.B. There is no guarantee that any or all applicants who meet the criteria will be accepted. In addition all students must produce evidence of their English Language proficiency. 

N.B. Prospective students must be aware that this is not an entry level programme.  It is designed for practitioners who are preparing themselves to move up to middle and senior management positions in their chosen careers and who concurrently want to achieve Chartered professional status through the CIPD.  People wanting to make a career move to HRM from another area of professional work should ideally have experience of managing staff.  If you have any concerns about the suitability of this programme for you please don't hesitate to contact Gary Pheiffer on  g.pheiffer@herts.ac.uk to discuss your options.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

2017

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23/01/201811/07/2018Apply online (Part Time)

2018

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28/09/201825/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)
24/09/201811/07/2019Apply online (Part Time)
23/01/201911/07/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

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28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
24/09/201911/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)
23/01/202011/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)