Human Resource Development MA 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

The MA in Human Resource Management enables you to build on your existing Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or Development in to gain access to a Master's level qualification in one year at the University of Huddersfield. This will give you an internationally recognised level of attainment and contribute towards your professional standing.

In the first term you are required to complete the Dissertation Planning module to explore and refine your topic area. Following successful completion of this module, you progress to the dissertation stage, which will be completed in eight months in the academic year of registration. The focus of your dissertation will determine whether you complete the course with an HR Management or HR Development Master's award.

The course is run on block attendance to optimise your time away from work. This comprises five group teaching days between October and January to consider key strategic HR issues and research methodology and to prepare you for the Dissertation Proposal submission. You are then assigned a personal tutor who will work closely with you to supervise your chosen dissertation topic.

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Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


1 year part-time

Entry requirements

You should hold a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management or HR Development (or an equivalent CIPD recognised predecessor qualification from pre 2013). This accredits you with two thirds (120 credits) of the points needed for a Master's level qualification (180 credits).


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Course content

The first term module Dissertation Planning module enables you to examine and analyse Human Resource Strategy from several perspectives and provides support for the dissertation and research methods. Your dissertation proposal informs your dissertation for the second term.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This Master's course builds on your knowledge and confidence of managing human resources in organisations, enabling you to become more effective in your current role and add value to the corporate strategy, with the potential for rapid career progression.

You may be able to apply to upgrade your membership with CIPD on completion of the course. You will need to demonstrate your relevant experience and continual professional development alongside the academic qualifications you will be awarded.

Past students have been awarded Chartered Fellow status. Members of the Business School at the University of Huddersfield will facilitate you through these processes.

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Professional links and accreditations

We are a long-established CIPD Approved Centre. Our links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch and the CIPD nationally offer additional advice, mentoring, and networking opportunities from the profession.

The Business School has strong links with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and we hold joint events, including workshops, guest lectures, and an annual prestigious lecture on campus.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching/learning methods include traditional lectures, as well as independent student learning, and seek to achieve a balance between theory and application, mainly through assignment and case study.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It is a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the School has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You will have comprehensive access to online resources through UniLearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group (LDG) can provide advice you on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for this course for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will be £2,878 - If you are progressing from the Human Resource Management/Development Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Huddersfield you will receive a £250 progression discount (no time limit applied).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance.

Additional routes

DBA and PhD research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Other information

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.

For advice and guidance on your part-time study options join us at our next Part-time Study Evening.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

Research in this subject area is this area is conducted by the Talent, Diversity and Development Research Group

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