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Course content

Human resources professionals shape and inform strategic and operational decision making. They are concerned with ensuring that organisations employ the right balance of staff in terms of skills and experience, and ensuring that training and development opportunities are used to enhance performance and achieve objectives.

Course details

You consider topics such as human resource planning, learning and development, leadership and business performance, and management level research and development. You develop essential business skills and critically reflect on the knowledge and competencies required for HR practitioners in a range of professional contexts.

This course enables significant exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Professional accreditation

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is highly valued and widely accepted as a requirement of HR practice by employers. You are encouraged to apply for student membership of the Institute within the first few weeks of study. CIPD membership grades are dependent on knowledge and behaviours. This MA meets the underpinning knowledge requirements for the CIPD Professional membership grades, however the membership grade awarded by CIPD is also based on your practical workplace experience of HR. Completion of the MA allows you to apply for the CIPD professional membership level of Associate Member.

What you study

The programme consists of seven modules each focusing on a core principle of effective human resource management.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Business Research
  • Business Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Leadership and Business Performance
  • Leadership and Management Development
  • Learning and Development
  • Resilient HRM in Context

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

An interactive workshop approach is used to develop understanding through lectures, individual and group activities, case studies and presentations. For part-time students modules are delivered on a one day per week basis supported by guided learning materials accessed through the University’s virtual learning environment.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include examinations, assignments and presentations.


Career opportunities

Effective and professional human resource management is increasingly recognised by organisations as a key area in achieving business success. Consequently there is high demand for highly trained and skilled HR professionals. Our experience, and that of our past students, strongly suggests that the MA Human Resource Management at Teesside University Business School can provide that unique advantage in the jobs market.

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





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