Taught course

Human Resource Management/Development

University of Central Lancashire · Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Entry requirements

A recognised university undergraduate Honours degree, with at least a lower second class classification, or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is intended for those with little or no work experience since graduation. Depending upon your option module choices and dissertation topic, you may graduate with either an MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) or an MSc in Human Resource Development (HRD). The programme is of value both to those who intend to be either HRM or HRD professionals and also to those who feel that people management will be a major element of their managerial career. UCLan is an Accredited Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which means that it is empowered to award its own internally assessed MSc course which gives full exemption from the CIPD's professional education route to membership. Thus, students who successfully complete the course will receive the University's MSc in HRM or HRD and will also have fulfilled the CIPD's skills and knowledge requirements for membership. If you wish to join CIPD and eventually gain chartered membership, you will be required to complete a behavioural assessment and provide evidence that you have gained the necessary work experience in HRM/D. The programme will enable you to critically evaluate the principles and practices of HRM/D from an academic and organisational standpoint, to develop ideas and arguments and identify appropriate professional responses, to develop and apply key skills and knowledge and to demonstrate your continuous professional development (CPD). The programme meets the requirements to join the CIPD.

In Semester 1, you will learn about:
Human Resource Management in Context
Managing, Leading and Developing People
Research Methods
Developing Skills and Business Leaders

In Semester 2, you will learn about:
Critical Issues in HRM
Organisational Design and Development
Leadership and Management Development
Two option modules. Not all options may be available each year, but the HRM and HRD pathway options available may include:

HRM pathway options:
- Employment Law
- Managing Employee Relations
- Employee Engagement
- Performance Management
- Reward Management
- Talent and People Resourcing

HRD pathway options:
- Learning and Talent Development
- Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Training
- Instigating Coaching and Mentoring
- Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning

In semester 3, you will complete a Master's dissertation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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