MA Human Resource Management with Placement Year

Why choose Herts?

  • Professional Accreditation: Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) enabling graduates to become a Chartered CIPD Member 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.

Work placements offered


Funding available*

Professional Accreditations

This MA Human Resource Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Successful completion of the MA or PG Diploma, as awarded by the CIPD, means you are eligible to apply for CIPD Associate Membership, allowing you to use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name. You can apply to upgrade to Chartered Member if you have the relevant experience.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership enables you to use the designated letters CMCIPD further enhancing your employability.

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About the course

How and where people want to work is changing. Organisations need to quickly respond to external factors. Whether they are routed in Government policies, environmental issues, or changes in society. Our world is complex, and the challenges faced by organisations need an innovative approach. The course offers the option of a 30 week work placement which is organised by the student. This will provide useful work experience and an opportunity to develop real world experience.  

Central to this course are the themes of how to manage change and personnel development. Human resource (HR) practitioners need to think in radical ways to manage diverse attitudes and motivations of people entering the labour market. As a HR practitioner, you’ll need to find solutions to critical issues. You’ll work across departments to promote inclusive and productive environments, enabling the employee and organisation to thrive.

The intrinsic link between human resource management, an organisation’s strategic and operational requirements, and the impact on society, can be powerful. This course will give you the tools you need to improve a range of issues, from global and national equality to climate change. New ways of thinking about work and the role organisations play in the world is crucial. We will guide you to become a critical, inspiring leader of the future, starting today. You will be able to immediately apply the learning to the workplace.

Why choose this course?

  • You want to help people reach their potential
  • You want to add value to organisations and make a positive impact on society
  • You want the opportunity to immerse yourself in a 30-week work placement
  • You’re looking for inspiring course content, with a range of optional modules to tailor your studies to suit your interests
  • You’re looking to gain real-life application of theory. You value a fresh approach to teaching and learning, which focuses on practice
  • You want a flexible programme that gives you options. We offer the chance to specialise in global human resource management, work psychology or take a general route. 
  • You want to study for a two year MA
  • You’re looking to study alongside a diverse and inspiring cohort. We expect you to be studying alongside personnel and human resource managers, line managers, trade unionists and equal opportunity officers from a variety of backgrounds. This will be a valuable opportunity to learn from the experience and perspective of your peers.

What will I study?

We offer a problem-based learning approach to our teaching so you can gain real life skills for the workplace. Together we’ll explore complex issues arising from research, practices and current debates. You’ll analyse human resource management at an individual, organisational, national and international level. We’ll teach you how to recognise ethical dilemmas and corporate responsibility issues to ensure that the organisations you work with are sustainable. You’ll develop an inquiry practice-orientated mindset, showing expert problem-solving, decision making and evaluation skills.

We offer a blended learning approach, including individual and group work, one-to-one sessions, workshops, study trips, guest speakers and live projects/case studies. Formal lectures will be kept to a minimum (and available online if you can’t be with us in person or want to review later).

We value our students as HR practitioners in training. To reflect this, our teaching, learning and assessment will share this core value. For example, our tutors will facilitate and role model human resource management practice.

Our focus is on experiential real-life learning, where you’ll be immersed in activities that bridge the gap between theory and practice. You’ll be assessed in this way too, with each assessment having two sections: a critical review of theory and application of that theory to practice. For example, you could carry out small consultancy work, deliver a presentation or write a brief to the board of directors to evidence your knowledge.

The world of human resource management is complex and unpredictable. By studying at Herts, you’ll gain the skills and strategies you need to help individuals, organisations and your own career thrive.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    PG HRM Dissertation/Management Research Project (CIPD) 45 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for the Workplace 0 Credits Compulsory
    Work Placement Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Working Lives in a Changing Environment 15 Credits Compulsory
    Strategic People Management and Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Research in People Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Personal Effectiveness and Leadership 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Work Placement 60 Credits Compulsory
    Employment Law 15 Credits Optional
    Contemporary Employment relations 15 Credits Optional
    Sustainable Organisational Change and Development 15 Credits Optional
    Strategic Reward 15 Credits Optional
    People Resourcing 15 Credits Optional
    Strategic Learning and Development 15 Credits Optional
    Ethics In Business: A Global Perspective 15 Credits Optional
    Global HRM 15 Credits Optional
    People Management Across Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Effective Work Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Contemporary Issues in Work Psychology 15 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

    Adrian Thornley
    Programme Leader
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    Further course information

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

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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