Human Resource Management with CIPD

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Learn how to manage and develop employees, ensure their well-being and understand the latest changes in employment legislation.  The MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy information.  Our graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Barclays, KPMG and Tesco.

This course is suitable for graduates who have studied any subject who wish to secure their first HR job, or those taking a break and wishing to re-train or re-focus their career. Our MSc HRM is a dual award programme accredited accredited by CIPD, giving full exemption against their Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Please note that the PgCert does not hold the CIPD accreditation. 

If you are studying a CIPD Diploma qualification, you are required to join the CIPD as a student member at the start of your programme.  Upon successful completion of your studies, you will automatically become an Associate professional member which will entitle you to use Assoc CIPD after your name. This ensures that your qualification is recognised by CIPD and that you receive access to  HR and development resources and student resources to support you in your study and throughout your career. It also means you’ll avoid paying a non-registration fee. Please note that students join CIPD as individual members, so membership fees are payable directly to CIPD. More information about fees is available on the CIPD webpages

"I wanted to start a career in HR, however, I had never studied business or management before, so I wanted a course that could teach me all the basics on those topics, but also fully prepare me for a HR career." 

Damiana Casile | MSc Human Resource Management with CIPD

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.

Our 10-day work placement scheme provides our full-time postgraduate students with direct experience of working alongside managers and HR practitioners.

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. 

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Damiana Casile, MSc Human Resource Management

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.

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

There are no 'typical' students joining this course, everyone is unique and we have individuals with a wide range of background and experiences.

We have found that each year we have a blend some students come directly from, or soon after graduating with an undergraduate degree in management, or a business related field. However, many come from other science, arts and humanities backgrounds.

Some of our full-time students have several years of work experience in HR, or in non-HR fields and wish to take time out and concentrate on obtaining an Advanced  CIPD qualification over a 12 month period to enhance their career prospects. We also have some mature students who are returning from a career break, and choose to study full-time.

We have an interesting and diverse mix of students from the UK, Europe and from a wide range of countries around the world.

Some of our full-time students are from Manchester and the North-West, others come here specially to study with us.

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Entry requirements

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

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

This is a dueal award course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), leading to CIPD Advanced Level 7 Qualification.

Our postgraduate business programmes aim to equip you with the specialist skills in management, leadership and strategy and are intensively focused on developing your employability skills so that you can develop rewarding careers as HR leaders.

"The CIPD HRM programmes are designed to develop world-class HR professionals with the skills and knowledge to make a valuable contribution to organisational performance." 

Cecilia Ellis | Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and Postgraduate Programme Leader

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Teaching expertise on the MSc Human Resource Management programme comes from the Department of Management which includes a rich mix of research-active and industry experienced academics. 

Meet the lecturers: 

Dr Sarah Crozier | Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

Dr Anna Sutton | Senior Lecturer in Management

Our research in human resource management

Reflecting our research ethic and international outlook, the Centre for Business and Society is the overarching research function of the Faculty of Business and Law.  Bringing together the collaborative strengths of five synergistic research centres, this includes the Centre for People and Performance which undertakes independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people. 

The Centre for Business and Society is also home to the Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster, which brings together the latest psychological knowledge and research to improve people’s work lives, both through teaching and consultancy.

You will study the following core units and choose one option unit. 

Core units

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits) 

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.

  • Human Resources in Context (15 credits)

This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision-making in business and in HRM.

  • Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law (30 credits) 

This unit 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 to critically evaluate contemporary practices and apply employment law during in-class exercises

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits) 

This unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.

  • Research Methods (15 credits) 

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 people's working lives.

  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue. Supported by a dissertation supervisor, you then produce a substantial written document of your findings, achievements and conclusions. You will make practical recommendations and provide an implementation plan. Students write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied to personal development and practice in the future.

Option units*

*Not all the option units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least two HR options, plus others from the Master's 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.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

Placements options

The course includes a 10-day work placement, and an opportunity to do a HR research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event where you will have opportunities to develop professional HR skills and access to teaching and exhibitions at the CIPD's Annual national conference.

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: Full-time fee: £7,125 to £9,500 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: Full-time fee: £11,625 to £15,500 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.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,000 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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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.


Programme Review
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