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Liverpool John Moores University, Full Time MA Degrees in Business & Management

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Housed within a CIPD-approved centre, this MA programme of study into human resource management concentrates on the practical application of knowledge, within different organisational contexts, in a range of business sectors and areas of operation. Read more
Housed within a CIPD-approved centre, this MA programme of study into human resource management concentrates on the practical application of knowledge, within different organisational contexts, in a range of business sectors and areas of operation.

•LJMU is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre - assessment is set internally, with external examiner approval
•Study full-time for one year or part-time (afternoons and evening or evenings-only over two years)
•Completion of the Programme results in the award of MA Human Resource Management and accreditation against the Knowledge requirements of the CIPD’s Advanced Diploma Level Standards
•Option to ‘top up’ your CIPD Level 7 Diploma from another university or college to a Masters degree


There is an emphasis on the need for human resource professionals to add value to their organisations and to develop throughout their career. This long established MA will develop your ability to apply advanced knowledge of HR into diverse environmental contexts, and to develop analytical and behavioural skills crucial when working in the profession.

The programme provides you with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced (Level 7) Standards. On completion of the programme, student members upgrade to Chartered Member, evidencing experience, behaviours and academic achievement. Specialist modules in Resourcing and Talent Management, Managing Performance, Employment Relations and Organisational Development are supported by core modules in Strategy, Leadership and Business Context. Research methods underpin the Dissertation stage which involves a detailed personal piece of work supported by tutors and peers through dissertation workshops.

The programme is delivered in three ways to fit with your personal requirements. Full time normally involves three days plus one evening of study. Part time involves a part day (2.00pm start) plus an evening (7.30pm finish). Year one classes for part time are on Mondays and year two classes on a Thursday. Evening only study is from 5.30 to 7.30 on both Monday and Thursday evenings. The taught element of the programme is completed within one year full time and two years part time.

If you already have the CIPD’s Advanced Standards qualification and would like to gain a Masters degree, you can top up to Masters level. You will study the Research Methods for HR professionals module either one afternoon or evening each week from September to December and join the Dissertation workshop sessions on completion of your Research Proposal.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Developing Academic Business and Leadership Competencies

Develop interpersonal, leadership, critical analysis and financial skills, while demonstrating the application of sound business thinking

HR Context

Critically analyse the major organisational and external contexts and constraints within which organisations operate across a range of business sectors, evaluating the impact on business and HR choices and strategies

Strategic HRM

Critically evaluate HR's role within an organisation and its contribution to HR strategy

Employee Relations and Engagement

Take into account a vartiety of contexts and legal frameworks to evaluate a range of perspectives, concepts and strategies for employment relations in contemporary organisations

Managing Resource Strategy

Critique management strategies, particularly organisational strategy dedicated to attracting, managing and retaining talent. Examine the barriers, challenges and opportunities available to HRM to maximise talent potential in the workforce

Development and Performance Strategies

Critique development and performance strategies and examine the issues and opportunities surrounding these two complementary, yet distinct HR functions

Research Methods

Develop skills to research real-life workplace problems. Learn the whole research process through workshop participation and conducting online exercises. By working on a real research problem, you will develop your skills in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects

Engagement in the Digital Age

Examine the impact of digital HR on academic and professional practice. You will be required to demonstrate digital knowledge and skills through the composition of a digital presentation

Dissertation and Impact Report

Develop an independent and academically rigourous research project using primary research methods, with a methodology and full literature review. The report will culminate in a critical analytical discussion drawing out further areas for exploration, potential new theoretical contributions to your chosen subject, and recommendations for future academic research

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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The MA Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University is a stand alone qualification designed to enhance your career prospects in roles linked to criminal justice agencies, the probation service, social science departments, the police and community based correction/treatment agencies. Read more
The MA Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University is a stand alone qualification designed to enhance your career prospects in roles linked to criminal justice agencies, the probation service, social science departments, the police and community based correction/treatment agencies.

•Course available full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Teaching from research-active staff and local criminal justice professionals ensures that you will critically engage with the theory, policy, and practice of the institutions and agencies of criminal justice
•Extensive range of module options, including an MA International Criminal Justice pathway
•Our focus on research training will equip you with the key transferable skills required to undertake original, empirical research
•Opportunities for careers involving criminal justice agencies, probation services, the police, academic departments and community based correction and treatment agencies

The Masters in Criminal Justice offers the opportunity for students, practitioners, and criminal justice professionals to critically engage with a broad range of issues that impact upon the effectiveness and integrity of the workings of the criminal justice system.

Through exploring a series of theoretical and policy-orientated debates relevant to the delivery of contemporary crime control and management, and assessing their cultural, social and symbolic consequences, the course helps you to develop a comprehensive and critically aware understanding of the manufacture and delivery of criminal justice policy.


During the programme you will evaluate discriminatory practice in the criminal justice process and the causes of miscarriages of justice. Your evaluations will be informed by a critical understanding of sources of data and research methodologies and, through option modules, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of particular issues relating to criminal justice in England, Wales and elsewhere.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

The module aims to develop advanced knowledge and critical understanding of specific issues relating to the principles and practice of criminal justice in England and Wales

Research Dissertation

Provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of a specific criminal justice issue, by constructing a sustained and coherent assignment and showing a critical ability to apply appropriate research methods

Researching Crime and Criminal Justice

Prepares you for the compulsory dissertation by developing an advanced understanding of the politics and practice of crime and criminal justice research

The following option modules are typically offered:

Sex, Crime and Society

Develops your knowledge and understanding of the principles, policies and doctrines relating to the criminalisation and de-criminalisation of sexual, and sexually-related behaviour within society

Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice

Provides a broad critical understanding of the different paradigms and perspectives on substance (mis)use and relevant policy in relation to crime and criminal justice

The Police, Policing, and Governance of Security

Explores the complex and dynamic relationship between policing services/agents and members of the diversity of publics these organisations serve

Crime, Power and Victimisation

Considers various definitions of crime and the relationship between these and the various sources of power within society
Delivering Rehabilitation

Encourages you to critically evaluate, at an adavnced level, the role and function of the prison and probation services in relation to the delivery of state punishment and rehabiliation

Youth Justice

Develops an analytical approach to understanding the treatment and experiences of young people within, and at the hands of, the criminal justice system

The United Nations, International Security and Global Justice

Enables you to understand and critically evaluate the effectivness of the United Nations as an actor capable of contributing to international security and global justice

Contemporary Issues in International Criminal Justice

Develop advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical concepts that underpin policy and practice with regard to International Criminal Jutsice and the issues in dealing with transnational crime

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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