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Human Resource Management (MA/ PGDip)

Course Description

Accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The MA in Human Resource Management is a two-year part-time master's programme which will progress your HR career and enhance your HR professional practice. It will develop core HR skills and knowledge and enable you to understand and evaluate strategic HR practice.

Studying alongside HR Professionals from different sectors and specialisms will also enrich your learning experience. The programme is fully accredited by the CIPD against the Advanced Knowledge Standards and you will gain Associate membership of the CIPD upon your successful completion.

In Year 2, you can choose to study for the PG Diploma in HRM or MA in HRM. There is a full briefing during Year 1 to help you make this choice.

You are taught by academics who are both researchers and experienced HR practitioners, passionate about their subjects and keen to support you throughout your studies.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/human-resource-management/

Why choose this course?

- Your career: Oxford Brookes University has been successfully offering development programmes for working HR professionals for many years. Our courses provide you the chance to accelerate your career.

- CIPD accreditation: Our courses are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Our association with the CIPD increases the value that your education adds to your organisation and your professional profile.

- Industry relevant teaching: You are taught by experienced Professionals in a way that is immediately relevant and applicable to your workplace. You will develop an appreciation of the legal framework in which the world of work operates.

- Professional community: We keep in touch with all our graduates, their employers, and our influential business partners. This puts you in touch with great people from across the industry, and once a year we all come together to hear about developments in the sector at our Annual HR Research Conference.

Teaching and learning

This part-time course is principally delivered through half-day and evening workshops. Workshops involve tutor input, analysis of case studies, problem-solving activities, virtual business simulations, presentations, analysis of data for decision making, and directed reading and research. Some skills development is best addressed in more intensive workshop modes

These intensive workshops will focus principally on:
- team building
- problem solving and time management
- people management skill sets (eg. interviewing, negotiating, managing disciplinary and grievances)
- leadership and influencing skills
- data handling and presentation skills using IT applications and statistical techniques

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Business and Management within the Business School. There are some contributions from specialists in other departments. Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually with a range of assessment methods being used. These include individual assignments, group work, examinations, a CPD portfolio and research reports. Some assessments include an element of peer and/or self-assessment. Some aspects of learning are managed by participants who meet regularly in action learning groups to share their experiences, which helps build practice-based human resource knowledge.

Specialist facilities

Our Business School Postgraduate Centre at Wheatley Campus has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in business and management and business examination papers.

Attendance pattern

The course is principally delivered through 12 weekly half-day and evening workshops. One full weekend plus three single day events are also provided in the certificate stage and one weekend in the diploma stage.

How this course helps you develop

- You will develop practical knowledge, expertise and valuable insights from visiting HR professionals and specialists from a wide range of industries who run workshops and deliver lectures.

- Through workshops and group working you meet HR professionals, develop your team working skills and build long-lasting networks, enabling you to share your experiences as you progress in your career.

- This programme is an excellent way of providing you with a springboard for progress in your career in HR. The programme enjoys a high completion rate and is supported by a tutorial team comprising research active and experienced HR practitioners.


Students who complete the programme achieve career progression to more senior roles in HR such as senior adviser or business partner. Completion of the MA provides the skills and conceptual abilities to seek senior management roles in HR.

We regularly welcome students from established organisations such as the NHS, Oxford University, BMW, Oxfam and Williams F1 Team onto the course.

One graduate Emma Miller said: "Module leaders are very understanding of the challenges with juggling work and personal commitments with study. While studying I received a promotion to HR Management."

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Research within the department of Business and Management brings together corporate strategy, competitive strategy, growth strategies, global business, international trade and foreign direct investment with subjects that focus on leadership, culture, motivation, practices, strategic human resource management and the management of the globalisation process.

Stemming from the nature of the department, this research covers a very wide range of subjects in the disciplinary area. Some examples within the field of human resource management include:
- employee relations;
- labour economics and reward strategies;
- migration labour;
- international human resource management;
- employee welfare and stress management;
- equal opportunities and diversity management.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around two clusters: International Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Operations and Organisation Studies.

Visit the Human Resource Management (MA/ PGDip) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Student Profiles

The Simon Williams Scholarship 2011 - 2 Awards

The Simon Williams scholarships have been established to commemorate the contribution to the Business School and the University of Simon Williams, Dean of the Business School from 1999 - 2005. The scholarship awards are £1,000 paid towards the cost of programme fees.Criteria
The award committee has identified several significant qualities associated with Simon which made his contribution so distinctive. A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate potential for achievement under these headings but the boundaries inevitably overlap and the committee will consider applications holistically, rather than expecting candidates to provide equally strong evidence under every heading. Candidates should, however, use the headings to structure the way in which they present their application.
1. Intellect
Academic achievement, both before and during an applicant’s time studying at Brookes, is one way of demonstrating intellectual potential but the committee will also be looking for other factors that indicate, for example, use of an analytical approach to solving practical problems or capacity to think creatively.
2. Industry
Under this heading the committee would expect to see evidence showing a high level of commitment to completing an undertaking, self-motivation and a willingness to work hard over and above general expectations.
3. Integrity
Under this heading the committee would expect to see demonstration of a candidate’s personal values in action – concern for others, understanding of the impact of their own behaviour on the groups to which they belong, high standards, loyalty and friendship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year Oxford Brookes University Business School undergraduate students are eligible to apply.This includes students studying at Nilai College (Malaysia), CCCU (Hong Kong), POU (Poland), IIMT (India) and IBS (Hungary).This scholarship can be held simultaneously with other scholarships and awards.The scholarships will be announced annually.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made in writing with supporting documentation to include the names of two referees no later than 1 July 2011. The scholarship committee will announce its decision shortly after the deadline.Contact Laura Cox (Postgraduate Admissions Tutor) with any queries at [email protected] or +44 (0)1865 485911.

Further Information



Alumnus Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

In recognition of the personal loyalty shown by recent graduates and alumni registering for a postgraduate degree, Oxford Brookes University Business School is pleased to announce a discount of 10% off tuition fees for its postgraduate programmes.Eligible students include any student who has graduated from Oxford Brookes University and wishes to stay on or return for an additional degree (e.g. an undergraduate student who then studies for a taught master's programme, or a taught master's graduate who enrols on another taught master's or a MPhil/PhD programme).

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount off tuition fees


Applicant must be an Oxford Brookes Graduate.

Application Procedure

Download an application form from our website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally graduates with at least one year's experience in a full-time HR role. Non-graduates require at least 3 years' experience in an HR role or a role with significant responsibility for people management. Direct entrants for the MA: A Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from a recognised institution.

Course Fees

Home / EU: First year fee £3,380; Second year Diploma £3,250, Masters fee £4,330

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