Research course

Strategic Human Resource Management (Part Time)

Staffordshire University · Staffordshire Business School
MA by research

Entry requirements

You will have at have least two years' experience of working in HR in a managerial, senior managerial or strategic role and/or a first degree/CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate.

All candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability and will be provided with appropriate information, advice and guidance.

All applicants will be expected to have attained a level 2 qualification in Maths and English (e.g. Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Numeracy/Literacy) .

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is mapped to the CIPD Level 7 Certificate and Diploma. It is a three year part time programme encompassing the postgraduate certificate in year one, the postgraduate diploma in year two and progression to the dissertation stage of the MA in Strategic Human Resource Management. It is a challenging programme that develops your strategic competence. It is intended to provoke and challenge you in your thinking and expectations about how and why we manage people at work. The programme also challenges you to consider how different HRM approaches may be more effective in achieving corporate success.

You will study modules that are relevant to your work issues, and be assessed in an appropriate way, set by the university tutors. This means that you will achieve both a university award and a CIPD qualification. You will need to be a studying member of the CIPD. The membership fees of approximately £120 are in addition to the tuition fees quoted above and will be payable direct to the CIPD.

Staffordshire University has over 25 years’ experience of preparing students for their professional qualification and many of our former students are now senior HR executives in local and national organisations.

  • The course focuses on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development.
  • Integrates on and off-campus learning.
  • The teaching staff are all either experienced HRM/HRD practitioners and/or hold a relevant PhD.
  • The CIPD qualifications are the most important route to achieving professional recognition and career opportunity in the Human Resources area.
  • A three year part-time programme delivered on a Tuesday afternoon and evening designed to develop effective Human Resources professionals with skills and knowledge to support business change.
  • A creative and diverse learning community with the participant groups representing employers from all areas of business and commerce.
  • The course focuses on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development.
  • Integrates on and off-campus learning and has a highly regarded away-day linked to the Developing Skills for Business Leadership module delivered in year one. Please note that there will be an additional charge for the away-day (details to be confirmed).

Information for international students

An English language qualification of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required by all candidates.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44(0)1782 294400