Taught course

Human Resource Management - MA

London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

You will need a good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject/ a three-year diploma in business that includes good grades in HR subjects. Exceptionally, candidates with significant HR experience at a senior level may be considered. Interviews are generally required for non-standard entry. IELTS: Minimum of 6. For more information about English qualifications please see our English Language Requirements page. Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma HRM (or an equivalent course meeting CIPD requirements for the Advanced Level Diploma in HRM), you may be considered for direct entry to the MA HRM ‘top up’ with credit for up to 5 modules (100 credits) but will be required to complete 80 credits via the HR7155 Research Methods in HRM (20 credits) and the 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits). You are normally required to demonstrate an average of 55% across their PGDip HRM/ALD HRM with 55% or more achieved in their dissertation/management research report/project to be admitted to the top up MA Human Resource Management course. An alternative MA HRM option module (20 credits) may be taken, instead of HR7155, provided that you can demonstrate that you have successfully passed an equivalent HRM Research Methods module and supply a pass standard dissertation proposal, with the assessment of this determined by the MA HRM course leader/HR7155 module leader, as a condition of entering the top up MA HRM course.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

If you want to advance your career by gaining appropriate professional qualifications within the field of human resource management and recognition for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) own awards, then this is the ideal course.

Based in Moorgate in the City of London, this course enables you to engage with research-led contemporary knowledge and build your own competencies in a global context based in the heart of this exciting world city.

Besides our leading, managing and developing people and contextualising management core modules, the MA HRM course offers 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 through specialist academic option modules which include an international perspective. You might wish to consider taking one or two of these MA HRM option modules as short courses to give you a taster of the full MA. Besides these modules, we also offer a specialist cross-cultural management option module within the MA HRM to widen and deepen your knowledge in the HRM field.

Your dissertation will enable you to focus on an area of research and its practical application within organisations – such focus will mark you as an expert in your field and significantly enhances your employability. The dissertation is a key is a key cornerstone of the MA qualification. Before you embark on your dissertation, you will study a ‘Research Methods’ module which provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct your research. You will also be assigned a personal supervisor who will guide and help you throughout your dissertation.

Successful completion of the MA HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme. This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply for membership assessment via CIPD, and you can be upgraded to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership.

Achieving the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad. Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to charted status. We look forward to you joining our many successful alumni who, through their engagement with the academic and professional development of Human Resource Management, have contributed to the economic and social development of their chosen spheres of influence fully justifying their Charted Membership and Fellowship of the Charted Institute of Personal and Development.

As a teaching team we place particular emphasis on promoting a friendly, supportive environment. We realise that undertaking a Masters qualification can seem daunting at first and therefore, as academics, we aim to provide an approachable, helpful and enabling culture throughout.

The CIPD has commended the following for this University’s CIPD-related courses:

  • High level of commitment and support;
  • Currency and quality of curriculum;
  • High standard of teaching and learning;
  • Use of action learning sets;
  • Strong ethos and benefits of formative feedback.

Our staff are highly research active, bringing their cutting edge research into their teaching. The work of our research centres, the Centre for Progressive Leadership (CPL) and the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI), along with our excellent libraries, including our specialist Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library, inform much of the work of your lecturers and tutors and thus support your course; you are welcome to participate in their activities too. For example, you will be able to attend many additional seminars on subjects such as: the impact of globalisation; equality, human rights and social justice; public policy; sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as HRM and business law issues such as engagement, talent management, reward, work-life balance, work organisation and employment rights. In addition, a programme of guest speakers drawn from private industry, the public sector, not-for-profit, consultancy and authors of eminent works is incorporated into your course.

Course structure

The MA Human Resource Management course consists of six taught modules and a dissertation. In the first semester only, there is also one Saturday team skills workshop, one afternoon/evening assessment preparation/taught session and a two-day (Friday and Saturday) block release to address business and HRM strategy and exam preparation.

The taught modules are:

Core modules:

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)
  • Contextualising Management (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management (20 credits)

Subject-related option choices (a) – choose three from the following:

  • HRM: Resourcing and Talent Management (20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)
  • Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (20 credits)
  • Employee Engagement (20 credits)
  • Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)

Students may choose to take one extension of knowledge option (b) from the list below in place of one of the subject-related option choices above:

  • Cross-Cultural Management (20 credits) (delivered during the day only)
  • Strategic International Human Resource Management (20 credits) (delivered during the day only)
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Policy, Practice and the Law (20 credits)

Students may elect to take Cross-Cultural Management (20 credits, delivered during the day only) in place of one of these subject related option choices. Modules usually run in the evenings with daytime delivery depending on demand. Delivery of all option modules also depends on their being sufficient demand for them.


Assessment is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to – and test – students from wide range of traditions. Methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio, presentations and group work. There are also two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. Exam briefing is given is giving 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 (and approved by your tutor). Most students choose to conduct their research on a key ‘people management’ issue within their own organisation.

Career opportunities

For candidates who already work in HR or who wish to specialise in particular fields within this profession: successful completion of this CIPD approved Masters Programme and attainment of Chartered Membership or Fellowship of the CIPD is often a vital component to career progression and advancement, either within your current organisation or within another organisation.

For candidates wishing to enter HR: in today’s marketplace, successful completion of this CIPD approved Masters Programme and attainment of Associate CIPD Membership is often a pre-requisite to successful entry to the field of HR within organisations.

Candidates on the MA HRM programme are employed in a variety of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Information for international students

IELTS: Minimum of 6.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,810 per year
International students
£12,500 per year

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202