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If you are CIPD qualified to postgraduate diploma level, our MA Human Resource Management allows you to top up your qualification to a full MA. The course is ideal if you are aiming for a strategic or senior management role and want to build an all-round, high level performance profile.

You can study on-campus or online from wherever you are, giving you the flexibility of learning in your own time. You can decide when and where to study to fit the degree in with your work and home commitments. And you'll enjoy a high level of personal support and online learning resources. 

Our teaching staff are both researchers and experienced HR practitioners. They are passionate about their subjects and will support you throughout your studies. 

We keep in touch with our graduates, their employers, and local CIPD branch activities. This puts you in touch with great people from across the profession. And once a year we invite all these groups to come together at our Annual Postgraduate HR Research Conference. 

Learning and teaching

You will study online and participate in individual and group-based learning, within a supportive online community. 

You will be provided with: 

  • highly structured, user-friendly written lecture and course materials
  • audio and video podcast materials recorded by course tutors
  • virtual tutorials, including in real time 
  • discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • access to our online library.

You will participate in a range of classes at our Headington campus if you are studying through a combination of online and on-campus learning. 

You'll learn from teaching staff, drawn from our Department of Business and Management within the Business School. You will also learn from visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, consultancies and research bodies.

Learning and assessment

You can progress to management roles or consultancy with the MA Human Resource Management direct entry stage. You will combine theory and practice and gain specific insights into organisational behaviour and design. And focus on an area of HRM research that is of specific interest to you.

To top up the PG Diploma to the full MA HRM award, you will study a single module and complete a dissertation.


The Understanding of Research Organisations module will be assessed with a research proposal and a research methods portfolio.

Your dissertation will be a 20,000 word report on the outcomes of your organisational research project.


There are two research clusters in the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice which relate to this subject:

Career prospects

This programme is an excellent way of providing you with a springboard to progress in your career in HR. Students who have completed it in the past report not only career advancement but also an enhanced sense of professional confidence and self-belief.

The programme enjoys a high completion rate and is guided by a tutorial team comprising research active and experienced HR practitioners.

Visit the Human Resource Management (Fast Track) - MA page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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