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Course content

The MA Human Resource Management/Development programme is intended as a standalone course for students who have completed the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/Development; are Chartered Members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (achieved through the Education route) or have completed an Advanced level CIPD accredited programme. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


CIPD accredited courses have been running in various guises at the University for more than 20 years. The course operates as a community of HR practitioners and we draw on each other’s experiences throughout the programme. Many of the staff teaching on the programme have practical HR experience, conduct consultancy or knowledge transfer activity and are active researchers. We use a range of teaching methods and offer a very supportive learning environment and our track record is testimony to this. We build in time for reflection and urge you to do the same through continuous professional development and your everyday practice.

As part of the Research Methods module you will be required to write two assignments – one is a 1500 word essay on research methods and the second is a 1500 word essay on methodological issues.

Your dissertation will be in the region of 15,000 words with an additional 2,000 words for reflection.


This course is largely by self-directed study. You will need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation.

The research methods module will involve your attendance at three day schools at UCLan. These day schools are designed to develop your understanding of method and methodology. Two of the days will be at the start of the course in late September and the third day is in early November as a follow up to the first two assignments.

For your dissertation you must have your proposal agreed by your tutor. The proposal is informed by the research methods day schools. You will then be largely self-directed in your studies with support from both a tutor and a learning set. You will discuss your dissertation progress with your fellow students and you will also have the opportunity of one to one meetings with your tutor - David Vickers.

Visit the Human Resource Management/Development - MA page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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