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The course fulfils the professional learning, training and development needs of those who are in the early part of their career in human resource management, training and development or employee relations.

It is also a means by which experienced HR or line managers can update their knowledge and understanding of best practice people management and anchor their experience within an applied theoretical context.

Graduates leave the course with a valuable academic qualification in the Master's in HRM and also a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Ulster University Business School has an excellent track record of teaching a current, professionally relevant and engaging curriculum from our full-time, subject expert, academic staff.


The aims and learning outcomes of the course are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning methods across the modules including lectures, seminars, tutorials, online learning, case studies, residentials and visiting speakers.

The course team contribute to the research base in areas of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development which provide excellent local and international case study examples to support teaching.

Students work towards a Postgraduate Certificate during the first year of the course, then a Postgraduate Diploma in the second year and then towards the full Master's qualification.

There are eight taught modules on the programme as follows:

Year 1

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People 
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • HRM in Context
  • Organisation Design and Development

Year 2

  • Investigating a Business Issue 
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment Law

Alongside the year 2 modules, students also complete a Management Research Report (PgDip exit award) or a Dissertation (MSc HRM) with the guidance of an academic supervisor. Students can opt to complete the Dissertation during a third year of study.



The course lasts for a duration of 2 years.


Students attend lectures on Monday afternoon and Monday evening throughout semesters 1 and 2 (September through to December and February through to May). Each semester is 12 weeks in duration.

In year 2 students will also be required to attend a module in semester 3.

Professional recognition

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

Career options

This course is very relevant to those in the HR profession, seeking to further their experience and/or career development opportunities. In addition, Professional Membership of the CIPD is vital for employability within the HR profession. CIPD are recognised in the UK and Ireland, Europe and increasingly further afield.

Employers' expectations confirm that successful HR professionals need to understand the business, its context and their role in sustaining the business. Above all, employers want the assurance that they are employing someone who can do the job so academic and professional recognition has become increasingly important for employment within the profession. This course attracts a diverse range of applicants from the public, private and third sectors and this provides great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Alumni from this course can be found in leading HR positions both at home and abroad.

Visit the Human Resource Management - PGCert/PGDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!






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