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Course content

Equip yourself with the skills and capabilities required for a strategic role in HR on this full-time course. Through lectures informed by active research and opportunities to gain important work related competencies, you will develop the necessary skills for contemporary HR management, in a business and organisational context.

Key features

  • Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by balancing your study around your work and personal commitments. Lectures take place in the afternoons and evenings thereby minimising the impact on everyday work commitments.
  • Learn from staff research active academics with professional and industry experience.
  • Meet the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's qualification and membership structure. 
  • Add value to your professional development by combining academic knowledge and rigour, and build important work-related skills and competencies.
  • Complement your professional qualification with a masters’ degree in Human Resource Management when you successfully complete the HR masters dissertation with a research methods module 
  • Join a diverse student body – this course appeals to both recent graduates who wish to enter the HR profession as well as those working in HR who wish to gain professional chartered status and strengthen their employment prospects. 
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a range of modules such as the critical role a human resources professional plays within the work environment, how best to lead, manage and develop employees, appropriate HR policies and strategies, maximising the contribution, growth and wellbeing of employees, including an ethical sensibility towards the practice of HRM.

Course details

Year 1

Core modules

  • HRL700 Leading Managing and Developing People
  • HRL701 Contemporary HRM in Context
  • HRL702 Employee Resourcing
  • HRL703 Managing Conflict and Employment Relations
  • HRL704 HR Research Methods
  • HRL705 Managing Equality and Diversity
  • HRL713 HR Research Project
  • HRL714B International HRM

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MA Human Resource Management 17 18 4328

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Human Resource Management (Full Time) - MA page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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