Taught course

Human Resource Management (Masters Stage Award)

University of Gloucestershire · The Business School
MSc top-up

Entry requirements

You will need a relevant HR postgraduate Diploma or CIPD Professional Assessment of Competence (PAC). EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters Stage Award is ideal if you already hold graduate membership (postgraduate diploma equivalent) from the CIPD or have demonstrated that you meet the knowledge requirements, typically a postgraduate diploma HR, HRM or HRD. In most cases this allows you direct entry to this award.

The focus is on strategic integration of human resource management through application via the dissertation and supporting research methods workshops. The programme is delivered as a part-taught provision.

If you already have a strong interest in human resource management and its various aspects, then you might be interested in this course. Potential applicants will mainly fall into two groups. The first group includes those who have worked in HR for a number of years and now feel it is time to provide some academic coherence and theoretical underpinning to work they have been undertaking for some time; they believe a masters qualification will further enhance their progression to more senior positions within organisations. The second group are those people who are relatively new to working in HR in a professional context and who believe that they have reached the juncture where a masters degree in human resource management will improve their prospects within the labour market.

Whilst the masters stage award is typically undertaken on a part-time basis, a full-time option may be available for suitably qualified applicants.

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Learn more at our postgraduate fees, loans and finance page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc top-up
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Part-time with day and evening attendance


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment75
Dissertation25 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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