Manchester Metropolitan University


Human Resource Management with CIPD

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • 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 organisation 
  • The Business School has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching human resource management to the CIPD standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields
  • The Postgraduate Diploma level of this course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to chartered membership. You can read more about chartered membership here:
  • You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus in central Manchester. 
  • The course provides you with an opportunity to attend the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee
  • A human resources work experience placement is part of the course which provides an opportunity to conduct a live research project leading to your dissertation. Many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement, including CV and job/placement application and interview skills preparation. These skills are an excellent foundation to enhance your employability on completion of your studies.
  • A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place early in term one.
  • We also host conferences, workshops and symposiums on a variety of HRM and HRD themes. We ran an ESRC/BAM HR Special Interest Group Symposium  on the theme of “HRM and Employee Wellbeing” in May 2014. Click here for more details
  • Manchester Met Business School hosts the Manchester Industrial Relations Society  which runs frequent talks and debates by national recognised experts in the field. See for more information
  • Our programme is closely linked to the MMU Centre for People and Performance, which conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations. Our experts deliver tailor-made solutions to organisational and sector-specific challenges and issues for a range of private and public sector clients and policy-makers. Many of the Centre for People and Performance staff teach on our HRM programmes, you can read more about our Centre and the staff here:

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement 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.

About the course

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.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

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).

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

There will be a range of written assignments, reports and case study analyses alongside a small number of written examinations. You will also have the opportunity to develop your professional skills, through practice and reflection. You will develop a record of your personal and professional development, including a plan for your future career development.

The assessment requirements for each unit is detailed below:

  • LMDP: One three hour exam (January 2018)
  • HRMiC: One three hour exam (January 2018)
  • ERRL: Two assignments (one in term 1 and one in term 2)
  • DSBL: One portfolio (Term 2)
  • Research Methods in HRM: Research Proposal (Term 2)


Following training in Research Methods in HRM, students have the opportunity to work on a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice, including the collection and analysis of data and reflection on what they have learnt from the whole research process.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical 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.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

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.

Apply online now

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.

Career options after the course

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. 

Read a graduate profile

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.

Confirmation of Regulator

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

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.