Taught course

Human Resource Management (MA)

Oxford Brookes University · Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally graduates with at least one year's experience in a full-time HR role. Non-graduates require at least 3 years' experience in an HR role or a role with significant responsibility for people management.

Students who already hold a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Mamagement from a recognised institution can apply to take the MA in one year using their diploma as a fast-track entry route; that is “Admission with Credit”.

For Direct entrants for the MA: A Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from a recognised institution.

Candidates are required to provide a reference evidencing their work experience and may need to provide a supporting academic reference as well as proof of qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Progress your career and enhance your HR professional practice with our Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and the MA in Human Resource Management.

You will develop core HR skills and knowledge. As well as the ability to understand and evaluate issues of strategic importance to Human Resource Management (HRM).

These part-time courses use a combination of on-campus and online learning. You will benefit from the flexibility of our virtual learning environment and face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

In Year 2 you can choose to study for the full MA in HRM or opt for the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. Both lead to Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD and there is a full briefing during Year 1 to help you make this choice.

The programme is fully accredited by the CIPD against the Profession Map (2018). The Profession Map specifies the Knowledge and Behaviours expected of people working in HR and gaining membership of the CIPD.

Information for international students

Pathways courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-Time: Masters - £9,230 (Year 1 - £3,980; Year 2 - £5,250)

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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