About the course

Course and module structure

With a focus on areas such as HR strategy, leadership, training and development, recruitment, performance and reward management, employment relations and employee engagement, the MA in Human Resource Management will enable anyone looking to begin or develop their career in HR, to delve deep into the field and enhance their career progression. As well as receiving an academic qualification you can also gain professional membership to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

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 flexible part-time delivery option is a key benefit of this programme, making it ideal for fitting around your busy work/life schedule.

The programme

This well regarded and established programme provides a deep and critical insight into leading, managing and developing people. You will achieve an advanced and evidence-based understanding of human behaviour in organisations and HRM roles, perspectives and skills.

The course will develop your practitioner skills and you will learn how research and practice work together. This is an advanced HRM course and the modules look at strategic as well as operational issues. 

Key features

  • Acquire CIPD accreditation
  • Improve your employability and career prospects by enhancing your personal and professional skills
  • Benefit from the experience of well respected and successful Business School staff
  • Flourish in a supportive and challenging environment
  • Interact with international partners 

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 a half academic years from a January start date.  Please contact Dr Gary Pheiffer, Programme Leader to discuss any queries

Full-time study

The full-time course is held mostly on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the core modules. The course can be completed in one year.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA Human Resource Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MA Human Resource Management

Why choose this course?

  • 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
  • Career and study support
  • Unique blend of practice and theory 

Key staff

Dr Gary Pheiffer
Programme Leader
Find out more about Dr Gary Pheiffer

Professor Michael Brookes
MA HRM Professor
Find out more about Professor Michael Brookes

Professional Accreditations

Hertfordshire Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre.

Successfully complete the MA or PG Diploma and you’ll receive the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) Advanced Level 7 Diploma, and become an Associate member, meaning you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name.  You can apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow if you have the relevant experience.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designated letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD respectively, further enhancing your employability.

Similar Courses

We also offer a PGDip in Human Resource Management which has CIPD accreditation. 

Course details


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. In the classroom we blend theory and practice, with a focus on problem diagnosis and the selection of relevant HRM tools to provide the best results in the workplace situation.

The teaching staff are active researchers in their chosen specialisms. This means you'll benefit from their expert academic input on key issues for HR professionals. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered. Guest speakers from private industry, not-for-profit, the public sector, consultancy and published authors will add to your learning.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination. You will also complete a dissertation (management report) of 15 000 words that will investigate an HRM related issue in an organisation. ​​


  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    HRM Practice and Perspectives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Organisational Behaviour: Theory and Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Employment Relations: Theory and Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Postgraduate Research Methodology for HRM 15 Credits Compulsory
    Strategic HRM 15 Credits Compulsory
    PG HRM Dissertation/Management Research Project (CIPD) 45 Credits Compulsory
    Managing Across Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    People Resourcing 15 Credits Optional
    Remuneration: Strategy and Practice 15 Credits Optional
    Leadership and Management Development 15 Credits Optional
    International and Comparative HRM 15 Credits Optional
    Comparative Employment Relations 15 Credits Optional
    PG HRM Dissertation 45 Credits Optional
    Employment Law 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    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.


    • 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 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

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    • Part Time, 30 Months
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    We welcome applications from international and EU students