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Equip yourself with the skills and capabilities required for a strategic role in HR on this full-time programme. 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.

CIPD accreditation

We are pleased to confirm that students who complete our programme can benefit from accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) reflecting how our course aligns with professional qualifications in this sector. Upon successful completion of the programme students will also have the necessary knowledge criteria to upgrade to Chartered or Fellow membership (depending upon their level of work experience).

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 on set days, thereby minimising the impact on everyday work commitments.
  • Learn from 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.

Graduate viewpoint

Students on this programme come from a range of backgrounds and business sectors, from those with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to those looking to start a career HR.


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

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