MA Human Resource Management

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditation: Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) enabling graduates to become a Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow once they gain relevant experience.
  • Employment Prospects: Graduates have secured promotions with their current employers and work as HR Professionals for a variety of organisations, including KPMG, Tesco, and Ocado, as well as becoming independent HR consultants.
  • Industry Connections: You will have opportunity to attend school networking events to interact with our business partners, which include Tesco, BT, and the NHS

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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. 

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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.

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 

What will I study?

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. ​​

  • Level 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
    People Resourcing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Managing Across Cultures 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
    PG HRM Dissertation/Management Research Project (CIPD) 45 Credits Optional
    Employment Law 15 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

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

    Professor Michael Brookes
    MA HRM Professor
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Human Resource Management Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Human Resource Management Download
    MA Human Resource Management Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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