Taught course

Human Resource Management

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Management and Business Systems

Entry requirements

For the PgDip, applicants must be either employed in human resources (HR), be in a line management/supervisory role within a related area or, for those not currently working, have previous work experience, as well as access to an organisation for research information. You will be expected to register as a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

For the MSc, Applicants should have completed the PgDip Human Resource Management or CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma.

Months of entry


Course content

This top-up course allows you to develop advanced research skills into HRM issues, gaining a master’s level qualification in nine months. As a qualified HR professional and already holding a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management, you will learn how to undertake research in HRM and write a dissertation that can persuade key stakeholders to change or adopt a particular policy and practice.

You will investigate a real HR issue that has relevance to your organisation and demonstrates that your methodologies are valid and robust, and will add value to your organisation. You will graduate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of your chosen research topic as well as solid research and communication skills preparing you for a range of senior professional HR positions.

Key features

  • Learn from tutors who have close relationships with the CIPD, expertise gained from industry experience, together with strong research in key areas of HRM including diversity management, international HRM and talent and reward management
  • Collaborate with other HR practitioners from a wide range of local, national and international organisations and attend networking events provided by the local CIPD branch

Career opportunities

Completing this course will enable you to progress into one or more of the following HRM areas and roles: strategic architect; expert HR roles in researching specialist fields; director positions; consultancy positions; or consultancy roles within organisations concerned with public policy matters.

Areas of study may include:

  • Dissertation
  • Performance achievement planning
  • Research methods

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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