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Human Resource Management PG Cert/ PG Dip/ MSc

Course Description

The programme 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 good practice and ground their experience within a theoretical context.

Key benefits

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

- The 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.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/human-resource-management-8864

Course detail

- Description -

The aims and learning outcomes of the course are achieved through the application of 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 provides excellent local and international case study examples to support teaching.

- Format and assessment -

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) 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.

Students attend two lectures each week covering two subject areas. Assessment is via coursework and meets the requirements of the CIPD so that graduates from the course can leave with both an Ulster University and a CIPD qualification.

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.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Human Resource Management PG Cert/ PG Dip/ MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nicola Barber

"Having completed the CIPD Professional Development Scheme I felt that as an HR Professional it was important to continue to focus on my continuing professional development. The MSc HRM course was attractive as it offered the opportunity to complete comprehensive research in an area of HR that I am interested. I found the course both challenging and intellectually rewarding. From an organisational perspective the research undertaken as part of the programme has offered strategic solutions contributing to sustained organisational performance."


Entry Requirements

A degree (or equivalent), or an equivalent standard in a professional qualification. In addition, applicants should normally have gained a minimum of 1 year’s experience in an HR role. English language entry requirements: View Website

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