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Part-time MSc in Human Resource Management

Course Description

Fast-Track Your HR Career

Whether you’re already working in HR and want to further your career with a qualification or simply have an interest in the complex nature of people and organisational management, our part-time Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in HRM offer a route to professional recognition as well as personal and career development.

This exciting, innovative and flexible course engages you in an academically rigorous learning environment. It aims to develop the critical and analytical skills required by someone dealing with employment and work issues. The course reflects best practice and innovative thinking and research in HRM education and practice.

Postgraduate Diploma or MSc

The course is flexible in that you can decide at the end of the 1st year whether you wish to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma after 2 years or continue on into your 3rd year by completing your dissertation and achieving an MSc. We also offer a full-time MSc in HRM if this suits your lifestyle better - please contact us or visit the website for further details.

Am I Eligible?

You will normally need to have a minimum firstdegree qualification of 2:2, from an approved university, but not necessarily in business and management. However, we recognize that there are professionals who may not have these qualifications, in which case we encourage applications on the merits of career profile and achievements.

Professional Recognition

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) membership is highly valued and widely accepted as a requirement of practice by employers throughout the UK. Our successful re-accreditation by the CIPD means that completion of the Postgraduate Diploma/ MSc in HRM will provide the underpinning knowledge required to gain professional membership of the CIPD at either Associate, Chartered or Fellow levels.

Research Excellence

The programme is delivered by a team of expert lecturers who are active in researching and writing in the HR field and have strong links with the CIPD and the HR profession. The Higher Education Funding Council has rated our research as internationally excellent in some areas and nationally excellent in others.

Individual Support

Bradford will equip you with a wide range of management skills and techniques for creative thinking, problem solving and decision making that will help you make the most of your HR career. Our personalized Effective Learning Service will help smoothe your return to education, helping you make the most efficient use of your study time and enhancing your personal and professional skills, preparing you for Human Resource Management challenges.

So if you are considering an HR pathway now is the time to apply!

What You Study

As a part-time student you will, over two academic years (72 weeks), attend the School of Management on one afternoon and evening per week (normally a Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2), starting in September each year.

The programme has a broadly based first year and comprises three 20 credit modules. More strategic and specialist modules are offered in the second year, which differ depending on whether you choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Students continuing to the MSc will complete a dissertation in year 3 for the additional 60 credits required. Details of the course content is shown below.


-Leading, managing and developing people (20 credits)
-HRM in context (20 credits)
-Employment law (20 credits)


Postgradutae Diploma
-Developing skills for business leadership (10 credits)
- Human resource development (10 credits)
- Employee relations (10 credits)
-Investigating a business issue from a HR perspective (20 credits)
-+1 Elective (10 credits)

-Developing skills for business leadership (10 credits)
-Human resource development (10 credits)
-Employee relations (10 credits)
-Research methods (10 credits)
-+2 Electives

- Dissertation - 22,000 words

Students on the programme will be drawn from a wide range of organizations across Yorkshire and the north of England including large, medium and small firms in both the private and public sectors. The programme will also allow you to develop professional networks that will benefit you across your entire career.

Visit the Part-time MSc in Human Resource Management page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Whilst many applicants will have a first degree from an approved university (not necessarily in business and management), this is not always essential. We will consider applicants who do not have a first degree if they have substantial relevant work experience (normally a minimum of 5 years). Please contact us should you wish to discuss your individual circumstances further.It may also be possible, on occasion, to admit students onto the programme who do not have the necessary academic qualifications but who demonstrate a significant amount of work experience at a professional level.

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