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Why study this course?

Successfully complete the Human Resource Management master’s course and you’ll receive a CIPD Advanced Level 7 Associate Membership Certificate. This will allow you to apply for an upgrade to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship depending on your professional experience. Whether you want to enter junior human resources roles or progress onto more senior roles, this MA will equip you with the skills and knowledge to do so.

More about this course

You can study full-time in 12 months or part-time (two evenings per week) over two years. This flexibility ensures you have the choice to continue work or other commitments. January and September start dates are available.

You’ll examine the theories of human resource (HR) strategy and practice, covering issues around employee engagement, talent management, and employment law. This will be applied to all business sizes, from entrepreneurial start-ups to large multinational companies.

Your analytical and critical thinking skills will be developed so you can use the theories to solve practical “real life” HR issues in your workplace. We’ll also help you improve your research skills so you can put together a scientific research report. This report will address the HR issues facing your organisation and how you could tackle them.

We’ve structured the course so your learning meets all the CIPD requirements.


The teaching staff on this master’s course are highly research-active in their chosen specialisms. This means you'll benefit from their expert academic perspectives on the important issues facing the HR profession today.

Guest speakers from private industry, not-for-profit, the public sector, consultancy and authors of highly-respected works will contribute to your learning.

You’re encouraged to join your fellow students at CIPD London branch events. This will further develop your HR expertise and professional HR network.

The high quality of education on our CIPD-related courses means you can expect the following benefits as commended by the CIPD:

  • an up to date and high-quality curriculum
  • excellent standards of teaching and learning
  • strong commitment and support from lecturers
  • effective use of action learning sets
  • a strong ethos and beneficial formative feedback


Assessment is both formative and summative, providing you with the opportunity for feedback on your work without it counting towards your final grade. whether you are of junior or more senior HRM experience, you'll find the assessments interesting and challenging.

The assessment methods include written report and essay assignments, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations and group work. There is also a 12,000 to 15,000 word HRM dissertation.

There are two exams. These exams take place in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes.

Professional accreditation

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

Upon successful completion of the MA, you’ll gain Associate Membership of the CIPD from which you can apply for professional upgrading linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD respectively, further enhancing your employability.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Contextualising Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Human Resource Management Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (core, 20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Employee Engagement (option, 20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (option, 20 credits)
  • Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (option, 20 credits)
  • Resourcing and Developing Talent (option, 20 credits)

After the course

The University has a high reputation for employability - 93% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gained full-time posts from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism, major international charities and the health sector.

Other graduates that have gone on to work in the private sector have moved from administrative and PA positions to being in charge of strategic HR projects. We also have graduates who have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.

Short courses

You can apply to study any of the option modules as a short course. The module leader will check whether you have the prerequisites to undertake the module.

While all the option modules are available for study in this way, the following courses have short course pages that you can read for more detail:

CIPD commendation

The CIPD has commended London Met’s CIPD-related courses for their:

  • high-level of commitment and support for students
  • currency and quality of curriculum
  • high standard of teaching and learning
  • use of action learning sets
  • strong ethos and benefits of formative feedback

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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




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