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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year part-time/distance learning

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For Academic Year 19/20 only:

    Part Time: £2430 (60 credits)
    Distance Learning: £2,160 (60 credits)

  • Last Updated

    19 September 2019

Our MA Human Resource Management Top-up degree is specifically designed for those who have completed their Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Postgraduate Diploma and are looking to complete their postgraduate qualification with a higher degree. The Human Resource Management Top-up will build upon your existing qualification and top it up so that you obtain a qualification at Masters level.

This course offers you the opportunity to meet your continuing professional requirements as a human resource practitioner and enrich your career prospects.

Course Details

This course aims to extend your understanding and competence whilst enhancing your ability to think strategically about management and organisational change.

This course is designed to broaden your specialist knowledge gained at the professional level. The Research Methods and Dissertation module provides an introduction to research, types of research methodology, planning a research project, data collection and analysis and the presentation of research findings.

Following successful completion of your research methods project, you will undertake a dissertation related to an aspect of strategic significance for the organisation. Previous topics have included the following:

  • ‘An analysis of measures to re-engage the workforce after a major restructuring and downsizing programme’
  • ‘An investigation of the human effects of organisational change in a merger and the role of the HR Function in influencing and supporting culture change’
  • ‘Alternative strategies for identifying and tackling major HR challenges in the decade ahead’


The complete course runs over one year part-time or distance learning. Attendance for the part-time taught course is from January to March.

If you are studying this course via distance learning you should expect to spend between 10 to 20 hours per week for each module engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time. You are expected to undertake the Research Methods and Dissertation module in your first trimester and complete your Dissertation over the duration of the course. Typical time to completion is 12 months.

Facilities & Special Features

  • Converts professional qualifications into an MA
  • Networking opportunities with other professionals
  • Part-time study in Northampton
  • Distance learning worldwide supported by a dedicated website


As this course is designed to broaden your specialist knowledge gained at the professional level, and to think strategically about management and organisational change and is suitable for you if you are considering pursuing a career in a management role in HR.

Visit the Human Resource Management (Top-Up) - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!






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