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Study full or part-time for this CIPD accredited Human Resource Management MA, to extend your understanding of business and personnel.

The management and development of human resources is a challenging task in any organisation. As the rapid pace of technological change continues, markets expand internationally and legislation becomes increasingly complex, the need to ensure both the business and its personnel adapt accordingly has become ever more important. 

This Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accredited course is designed for those who want to pursue senior level careers in human resource management (HRM). We aim to cover the essential theoretical knowledge, intellectual frameworks and practical skills required by today’s employers in a range of business contexts. 

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

Successful completion of this course fulfils the requirement for Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Associate Membership and the knowledge element required for Chartered Membership. Please check with the membership body for details.

Course information

Human Resource Management (HRM) examines the processes and principles associated with the management of work and people.

HR professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances, whether in the market, public or ‘third’ sectors irrespective of the size of their organisations or the types of goods or services provided. 

This programme of study has been designed to meet and reflect the CIPD’s professional standards and expectations, broadening your awareness of HR generalist and specialist functions in a UK and international context, considering how internal and external context impact upon HRM, the role of the HR practitioner and how HRM can lead to better work and better working lives. 

Aiming to give you wide exposure to a range of organisations, you should explore the relationship of HR to other functions in the organisation and the contribution of HR to achieving corporate objectives. The course also includes an optional work placement of a minimum of six to eight weeks within the HRM department of an organisation in the UK. Following a competitive application process, this could provide you with the unique opportunity to assess the theories introduced within the classroom, in the context of a specific work organisational environment. 

The course aims to help you develop a range of academic and employability skills, alongside HRM specific knowledge and understanding in line with the CIPD requirements. Modules will also offer experience of applied HR in practice, by developing HR policy or training solutions as part of your learning experience should you wish to develop a specialised focus.

Why choose this course?

Coventry has taught postgraduate personnel management for over 30 years and is now one of the largest Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved assessment centres in the UK. CIPD is the only HR institution in the world to recognise HR professionals through chartered membership.

We have received students from numerous well-known employers over the years, including the NHS, local councils, PDSA, Lloyds Pharmacy, Warwick University, Age UK, NFU Mutual, IKEA, Arcadia Group, Cross Country Trains, Sainsbury’s, Ministry of Defence, Corus, Network Rail, Hilton Hotels, Price Water House Coopers, Tussaud’s Group and GKN.

This course will aim to equip you with industry standard knowledge, understanding and skills to drive organisational performance. It is benchmarked against the CIPD’s HR Profession Map, which consists of eight behaviours and ten professional areas.


  • Decisive thinker
  • Skilled influencer 
  • Driven to deliver 
  • Collaborative personally credible
  • Courage to challenge
  • Role model
  • Curious 

Professional areas:

  • Organisation Development
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning
  • Strategy Insights and Solutions
  • Leading and Managing the HR Function
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Performance and Reward
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee Relations
  • Service Delivery and Information

We aim to offer an international student experience with the opportunity to attend international student conferences organised with partner universities in Italy and Portugal. You will have the chance to apply for an internship opportunity, helping to you to integrate theory and practice, developing postgraduate skills such as critical analysis, options appraisal and strategic decision-making. 

Career prospects

Within an internationally diverse learning environment, you should gain a clear understanding of a broad range of HR, managerial and business principles, practices and competencies.

You should develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and become a reflective HR professional with an appreciation of how properly conducted research can enhance your performance as a future manager. 

The design of the course is designed to help you select and focus on specific specialist areas of HRM or HRD, depending on your career specific aspirations within the human resources field. There will be opportunities to work with employers on problem-based assessments to gain experience producing policy documents relevant to the changing world of work.

Every student within the Faculty has a designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT), aligned to their area of study, to work with them throughout their course. 

Our Master’s course provides excellent opportunities to progress your career as a Human Resource Manager, Head of Human Resources, Personnel Manager or Performance Consultant. The CIPD qualification is required for nearly all UK-based HR jobs and you will graduate with the knowledge required at advanced level for CIPD membership, which can lead to professional membership at associate, chartered member or fellow levels.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

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




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