Human Resource Management with CIPD (Part-time)

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This course is suitable for those already working in HR who wish to become professionally qualified; professionals wishing to develop people management expertise or those seeking a career move into the HR profession.

The MSc and Pg Diploma programmes are fully accredited by Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD), which means that successful completion of the course meets the requirements for Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM and leads directly to Associate Membership of the CIPD with eligibility to upgrade to Chartered Membership for members with appropriate work experience. Please note that the PgCert does not hold the CIPD accreditation. 

If you are studying a CIPD qualification, you are required to join the CIPD as a student member at the start of your course. Upon successful completion of your course, you’ll automatically become an associate professional member which will entitle you to use Assoc CIPD after your name. This ensures your qualification is recognised by CIPD and that you receive access to HR and development resources to support you in your study and throughout your career. Please note that students join CIPD as individual members, so fees are payable directly to CIPD. More fee information is available here:

You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations. The option unit choices and the dissertation enable you to specialise in a particular area of HR.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field. Please note that in order to meet the CIPD Professional Standards, the PgDip in HRM with CIPD requires completion of 120 taught credits, shared with the MSc in HRM, followed by a Management Research report (15 credits), which is usually based
on your employing organisation. There is also a residentialevent that will focus on skills and professional development.

Features and Benefits

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Career Prospects

Human Resource Management is an increasingly attractive and well-rewarded career, and as a result is becoming more popular amongst graduates. This CIPD accredited course enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills. You will also have the opportunity to gain a coaching qualification and to develop your professional networks by engaging with the Manchester branch of the CIPD.

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Anthony Maxted, PG Dip Human Resource Management

We have an active Alumni Network and an Alumni Linked In group which provides ongoing professional connections for development and employability.

Dedicated careers support 

The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate.  With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.

You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships. 

You can read more about  careers in HRM and HRD on the CIPD webpages. This provides a range of case studies and videos of people working in HR at different stages of their careers and from various backgrounds. The profiles give a taste of what a 'typical' working day in HR might include. The CIPD site is an excellent source of information about HR salaries and where to find jobs in HR.

Typical student profile for this course

Our part-time students come with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. A large proportion of our students enrol  several years after graduating with an undergraduate degree in management, or a business related field. However, our students are diverse including those with first degrees in science, arts and humanities backgrounds, and some have much more time out between their first degree and moving to postgraduate study.

Some of our part-time students have had several years of work experience in HR, or a related field. However, we also have some mature students who have more work experience and wish to change or develop their career, and choose to study towards a formal HR professional qualification alongside a postgraduate study at university.

The majority of our part-time students are from Manchester and the North-West region, but we do find some students commute to study from further afield.   

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Entry requirements

You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent (including international), in any subject. We also consider applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.

However, for individuals who do not have a degree, and are presently working in a role involving elements of people management and HR, then our Certificate in Professional Studies HRM may be of interest.

At the time of commencing the course you must be working in Human Resources or a related area.

If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

Course details

You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations. The option unit choices and the dissertation or management research report enable you to specialise in a particular area of HR.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field through the Business School's Centre for People and Performance. 

Dr Sarah Crozier | Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Course Leader

You will study the following units:

  • Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law - Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of resourcing and managing employment relationships within a legally compliant framework. You will apply theoretical frameworks and employment law to critically evaluate contemporary practices.
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People - This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
  • HR in Context - This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision-making in business and in HRM.
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership – Studied in years one and two, this unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.

Note - Transfer from PG Diploma to Masters

Students who initially register for the PG Diploma programme may change to the Masters programme subject to suitable progress and supervisor availability, and in discussion with the Programme Co-ordinator (Cecilia Ellis, We  have designed our programme to allow flexibility and such decisions can be considered in Term 1 of the second year of study.

You will study the following units:

  • Developing Skills for Business - This unit will equip you with the professional management, leadership and HR skills that will support your continuinng professional development.
  • Research Methods in HRM – This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations’ strategies and practices and to peoples working lives.
  • Management Research Report - - (only applies to PGDip student) Following training in Research Methods in HRM, you will have the opportunity to work on a 7,000-word Management Research Report (MRR) on an HR  topic of your choice, including the collection and analysis of data (usually from your employing organisation) and reflection on what you have learnt from the whole research process.

    Students studying for the PG Dip undertake a shorter HR business research project and write a management report instead of those on the MSc who conduct a more substantial dissertation research project. Students who have registered for the MSc in HRM but wish to change to the PG Dip can do so during their first year of study, or later in Year 2 subject to timetable constraints and in agreement with their Programme Co-ordinator and Course Leader.
  • Dissertation - (only applies to MSc student) You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document (c 15,000 words)  of your achievements and conclusions.
  • One option unit

Option units:

Not all the units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least two HR options, plus others from the Masters Network. 

Performance and Reward (30 credits)

Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of managing performance and reward.  Topic will include HR Strategy and Performance Management, Performance Appraisal, Discipline, 360 degree feedback, Personal Development Planning, Reward Strategies, Pay, Job Evaluation, Performance-Related Pay, Incentives, Benefits, Total Reward.  

Business Psychology in Action (30 credits)

Use psychology to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace, and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you as a manager. Main topics will include communication, understanding individual differences at work , employee attitudes, spirituality in the workplace, selection, work-life, well-being and positive psychology,

Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development (30 credits)

Investigates the contribution strategic learning and coaching policy and practice make to organisational and individual performance. Theory and Practice of Strategic HRD,  Concepts of  learning,  talent and human development, design, implementation and evaluation of coaching and mentoring interventions.

Additional information about this course

In addition to tuition fees, a residential fee of £1,000 is payable on the Masters and the Pg Diploma. 

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Department of People and Performance

Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.

The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

In addition to tuition fees, a residential fee of £1,000 is payable.

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.


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