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This course is approved by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and provides a thorough understanding of the employment relationship and an excellent grounding in the theory and practice of Human Resource Management. 


The MA programme in Human Resource Management (HRM) is approved by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and provides a thorough understanding of the employment relationship, covering issues such as pay, employee resourcing/development and professional practice. You have the choice of either a dissertation or applied company research (working with a company on a specific project and presenting solutions to them) after completing the taught modules.

The course will enhance your skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  • Through developing the critical thinking skills that are so important to problem solving and innovation in today’s competitive labour market – and that are not easily replaced by automation; these skills are specifically nurtured in semester 1 to be utilised more extensively in semester 2;
  • Students will gain an understanding of the complexity of managing people and how interventions by the different parties to the employment relationship (employers, workers and the state) can provide challenges for the successful application of even the best developed HRM policies and practices;
  • Graduate attributes can only be developed if students are able to locate, evaluate and synthesise complex information; opportunities to acquire these abilities are developed through discussion and practice in tutorials, lectures, English language development (for those who need additional help), sessions designed specifically to train students in accessing data and considerable support from the teaching team, especially in semester 1;
  • Students will also gain a more nuanced appreciation of the challenges posed by globalisation, including the economic, social, legal and ethical implications of HRM interventions and how to respond to an ever-changing employment market, which will help them to thrive in a diverse range of careers after graduation;
  • Through developing the ability to reflect on learning and development and through participating as an active citizen, perhaps as a Student Voice Representative or through the HRM Society (among other opportunities), students will develop the skills to communicate verbally and in writing and develop practices expected of today’s professionals.


Keele Management School is renowned for exceptional student satisfaction across our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Through our research led curriculum and passion for teaching we produce graduates that are intellectually curious about the application of knowledge. This enables our graduates to be highly employable and have successful careers within their chosen professions.

In summer 2019, we will be moving to a new multi-million pound facility that will house both the Management School and state-of-the-art facilities for business collaboration and incubation in a Smart Innovation Hub - read more about this exciting development.


A wide range of teaching methods are used including traditional lectures, workshops and small group tutorials.


Assessment of modules comes in the form of examinations, report, literature reviews, oral presentations and essays.


On the MA Human Resource Management programme you will study four core modules in the first semester, two of which are worth 15 credits, one module (HRM-40042 Foundations in HRM) is worth 30 credits and one of which, MAN-40084 Introduction to Research which is non-credit bearing.

In the second semester you will study four core modules. Students choose to take either MAN-40058 Creativity and Personal Development or HRM-40040 Research Methods as the final module of semester 2.

For the final part of their programme students have the choice between writing a dissertation or applying for an applied company research project.

The list of modules below are offered in the 2018/19 academic year. We expect to offer the same modules in the future but this may change due to staff availability. If the modules change we will inform you during the admissions process.

Module structure


After you have completed the taught modules you will undertake a large independent and original project.


The Consultancy Project

Entrepreneurship pathway (UK/EU students only)

Placement pathway


UK/EU students £9,195 per year

International students: £14,835 per year

There may be additional costs for textbooks and inter-library loans.


Keele University is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town. Student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the teaching buildings. This is a very cost effective way to live and to reduce your living costs.


The University is committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Each year we offer a range of prestigious scholarships;

UK/EU students - more information on scholarships and funding

International students - more information on scholarships and funding


Our students enter a wide variety of careers after completing their degrees, including as HRM specialists in the health service, police force or specialist recruitment agencies, financial sector, starting their own businesses, becoming lecturers in the subject, government or third sector (charities) employment.

Visit the Human Resource Management MA page on the Keele University website for more details!




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