Taught course

Human Resource Management (Top up)

University of Derby · College of Business

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for UK students: CIPD Advanced Level Diploma, or CIPD Professional Development Scheme qualification, or Postgraduate Diploma in HRM

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or an equivalent award, you can top-up your qualification to a masters degree in just a year of flexible part-time study at Derby.
Our MSc is an exciting vocationally related programme which advances your understanding of modern strategic practice and professionalism and equips you with key critical self-analysis and reflective practice skills to support your career development planning.
You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the HRM discipline both from a practitioner aspect and from a rigorous academic research-based perspective. The HRM specialism is set in the broader field of business and management, enabling you to build relevant understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate, and how they are managed.
We have a strong track record for delivering high-quality HRM programmes. We were one of the first centres approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to run the Postgraduate Diploma in line with their membership and qualification framework. The MSc has been mapped against CIPD learning outcomes, assessment strategies and skills development.
You will be taught by enthusiastic, knowledgeable academics who have a practical HR and management background, including experience of leading and managing HR functions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Our teaching team members are also active in research and consultancy, which means you will keep up to date with latest issues in people management.
The course is designed and delivered in close partnership with employers and the CIPD. You will benefit from guest lectures by representatives of companies such as Rolls-Royce and events run in association with the CIPD.
Masters level qualifications allied with CIPD membership are much sought after by employers looking to recruit to leading HR positions. Our graduates now work across the world in HR management and director roles in public and private sector organisations, including Boots, the NHS and Citibank.
Although the MSc is vocationally focused, it also paves the way for you to forge a career in research and academia. Your Independent Study module could provide you with a bridge to a PhD or DBA.
Course Content
Flexible and progressive, our MSc can be customised to meet your specific needs. You will undertake a 60-credit Independent Study project that allows you to explore in greater detail, and from a focused strategic perspective, an area of your choice.
It brings together all of your previous learning and experience, and provides evidence of the link between HRM/HRD and improved business performance. You can explore a theme that particularly interests you, an area in which you see your career developing, or an aspect of your current job role which your studies will benefit.
The topic must be approved by the programme leader. If you are seeking CIPD approval for the project, you also need to produce an action plan which includes a cost-benefit analysis.
The aim of the Independent Study module is to broaden and deepen your:
· Strategic thinking
· Research and analysis of external factors and trends impacting upon organisations
· Skills of analysis and synthesis by applying your knowledge to complex business contexts and scenarios
· Knowledge and understanding of how to apply research methods to explore contemporary business issues
· Ability to plan and execute a complex major research project
· Personal competence in a range of research skills and learning capabilities which are relevant to career development
· Capacity to understand and challenge your ways of thinking and behaving
· Ability to explore alternative ways of thinking and behaving in seeking solutions to complex business problems.

Fees and funding

UK students
To be confirmed
International students
To be confirmed

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

College of Business
01332 591896