Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time (MSc), 2 years part-time (PgDip)


If you're already working in Human Resources and have ambitious plans for your career, an MSc or PgDip Human Resource Management qualification can give you the skills, knowledge and postgraduate qualification you need to get ahead.

On this course, you'll develop your existing HR skills and knowledge, and grow your leadership and management skills too. You'll put the theory you learn into practice, and when you graduate, you'll have met the requirements for CIPD HR Professional Map at Advanced Level 7.

What's more, your MSc or PgDip can help you move up the ladder in your current workplace, and open doors to exciting new roles elsewhere. And you'll have transferrable skills too, so you can explore careers in recruitment or business development.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Graduates are entitled to apply for Associate membership of the CIPD.

On this course you'll:

  • Get to grips with the key themes in HR management, covering leadership and management skills, talent management, and employment relationships
  • Complete a work placement in an HR environment, where you'll get valuable experience and put theory into practice
  • Learn though lectures, case studies, group work and skills development workshops, where you'll contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
  • Benefit from our flexible approach to learning, with web, email and phone access to many of our facilities
  • Engage with HRM specialists and legal professionals

Careers and opportunities

We're an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so you'll graduate from this course with an approved qualification which meets the requirements of the CIPD HR Professional Map at Advanced Level 7. You'll also be eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD, and depending on your previous experience, you could meet the criteria for Chartered Membership.

You'll also have strong people management and HR-specific skills, you'll be able to reflect on your practice, and be ready to make an active contribution to business performance.

What jobs can you do with a Human Resource Management degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • Business development and consultancy
  • Management
  • Recruitment
  • Personnel
  • Human resources
  • Training
  • Benefits analyst
  • Human resource officer
  • Human resource systems manager
  • Personnel adviser
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Training and development coordinator

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

As a Masters student you will need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

As a PgDip student you will study 120 credits over two years, part time, typically covering 4 modules worth 15 credits each year, and have the option to complete a further 60 credits to achieve the Masters.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your HR skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.



Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • case studies
  • group work

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • presentations
  • exams

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)


UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
  • Full time: £10,700

EU students:

International students:
  • Full time: £16,400


UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
  • Part-time: £3,700 per year (subject to annual increase)

EU students:

International students:
  • Part-time: £5,470 per year (subject to annual increase)