Taught course

Human Resource Management - MA

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject or a three-year diploma in business that includes good grades in human resources (HR) subjects

In exceptional circumstances, applicants with significant HR experience at a senior level may be considered. Interviews are generally required for non-standard entry.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

Following successful completion of the Human Resource Management postgraduate diploma (or an equivalent course meeting CIPD requirements for the Advanced Level Diploma in HRM), you may be considered for direct entry to Human Resource Management MA with credit for up to five modules (100 credits) but will be required to complete 80 credits through the Research Methods in Human Resource Management module, which is worth 20 credits, and the Human Resource Management Dissertation module, which is worth 60 credits.

To be admitted to the Human Resource Management MA top-up course, you are normally required to demonstrate an average of 55% pass marks across the Human Resource Management postgraduate diploma, with 55% or more achieved in the dissertation/management research report/project.

An alternative Human Resource Module MA option module (20 credits) may be taken instead of the Research Methods in Human Resource Management module, provided that you can demonstrate that you have successfully passed an equivalent Research Methods HRM module and supply an accepted dissertation proposal. The assessment of this will be determined by the course/module leader as a condition of entering the Human Resource Management MA course.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why study this course?

The Human Resource Management MA is designed for professionals who wish to further their careers and assume senior positions in human resources (HR). The course is suited both to those already working in HR at any level, as well as those who aspire to work in the field. Successful completion of the course includes the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to apply to upgrade to CIPD Chartered Membership. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

If you want to advance your career within the field of human resource management, gain a professional qualification from the CIPD and study in the global city of London, then the Human Resource Management MA is the ideal course to benefit your career.

We place particular emphasis on promoting a friendly and supportive environment, and our research-active staff will use their own cutting edge work to enhance your learning. You’ll have access to our excellent libraries and specialist collections such as the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library, and will be welcome to participate in the activities these collections put on (see the Additional activities section for further information).

The core modules focus on leading, managing and developing people and contextualising management. Our specialist option modules also include an international perspective and give you the opportunity to examine resourcing and talent management, learning and talent development, employment law and practice, managing employee relations in contemporary organisations and employee engagement. The option modules are available as short courses, should you wish to get a taste of the subject matter before committing to the MA (see the Short Courses section for more information).

The dissertation is a cornerstone of the course, for which you’ll be assigned a personal supervisor who will guide and help you throughout. By focusing on an area of research and its practical application within organisations, you’ll become an expert in your field and significantly enhance your employability.

Successful completion of the MA and joining the CIPD, will grant you the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme. Combine this award with the relevant experience, and you’ll be able to upgrade to the chartered level of CIPD membership.

Assessment

The assessment for this course is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to – and test – students from wide range of human resource management (HRM) traditions. The methods are varied, and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio, presentations and group work.

Two exams take place in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. An exam briefing will be given to help prepare you for these assessments.

There will also be a dissertation which carries 60 credits. The dissertation requires you to conduct a piece of empirical research on a topic of your choice that is approved by your tutor. Most students choose to conduct their research on a key people management issue within their own organisation.

Professional accreditation

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

Upon successful completion of the MA, you’ll gain Associate Membership of the CIPD from which you can apply for professional upgrading linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

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

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Contextualising Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Human Resource Management Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (core, 20 credits)

Option modules include:

  • Employee Engagement (option, 20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (option, 20 credits)
  • Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (option, 20 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

Achieving the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is of major benefit for gaining HR roles in both the UK and abroad. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered Membership or Fellowship, which will allow you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Graduates of our Human Resource Management MA have gone on to employment in a variety of organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Those who already worked within HR have been able to use the course to specialise in particular fields within their organisation and sector, further enhancing their reputation and employability.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7650
International students
£11400

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200