MSc/PgDip/PgCert Human Resource Management with CIPD (Part-time)

Develop your people management expertise to take the next step in your HR profession.

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The global nature of today’s workforce means Human Resource (HR) professionals face new challenges and opportunities in the workplace. With specialist knowledge in the field of HR, you can be at the forefront of solving these issues.

This course is designed to give you a thorough grounding of the world of HR. It’ll help you develop the specialist skills you’ll need to progress to HR management (HRM) roles. 

Whether you already work in HR and want to become professionally qualified, or are looking to move into the field, we’ll help you to achieve your ambition.

Professional development

This part-time course is designed to fit in around your existing commitments. You will be able to conduct your management research report or dissertation with your current employer, allowing you to see how to put theory into practice.

The MSc and PgDip are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You’ll achieve a Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM and become an associate member of the CIPD when you graduate.

(It's worth noting, however, that the PgCert alone doesn't hold the CIPD accreditation)

Features and Benefits

  • CIPD dual award – receive a CIPD Level 7 qualification as well as your MSc or PGDip. Access CIPD resources as a student and after you graduate as an associate member.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Study around work – the part-time course allows you to balance study with existing commitments, while receiving the same level of support as our full-time students.
  • Outstanding reputation – our Business School is renowned for its excellence in teaching HRM to CIPD standards.
  • Live research project – put what you learn into practice at your current organisation with a live research project.
  • Taught by HRM experts – our research-active HR experts will bring theories to life by sharing examples from their careers.
  • Leading HR research – access cutting-edge research through the Decent Work and Productivity research centre.
  • Industry insights – hear from fascinating speakers and industry leaders at lectures and debates organised by the Manchester Industrial Relations Society.
  • Skills development – attend a management skills and self-development residential at the start of your course. Network with other students and through the local CIPD branch throughout the course.
“My postgraduate qualification, combined with my professional experience and CIPD Chartership, allowed me to tackle more complex projects, operate at a more strategic level and ultimately helped me move on to my current role overseas.” Anthony Maxted, PgDip Human Resource Management with CIPD (Part-time)

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

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

Cecilia Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Career Prospects

The HR landscape is incredibly varied, with a wide range of different career paths, specialisms and possibilities – and it’s always evolving. Study this course and you’ll be well equipped to chart a path that’s right for you.

Whatever your position today, achieving a postgraduate qualification shows employers that you’re working hard to do more tomorrow – that you value professional development and have a passion for HR. So, with the advanced understanding and professional skills you’ll develop, you can move up within your current company, move into a new organisation, or even make your first move into HR from another field.

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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.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


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Course details

HR Management is changing. An increasingly globalised workforce needs an increasingly globalised approach. New technology presents challenges and opportunities. The legislative landscape is always evolving. In short, it’s a field that demands up-to-the-minute understanding and specialist skills.

This course is the answer. It’s designed for professionals, not just in its practical focus, but also in its flexibility. The programme begins with a two-day residential – an intensive session covering self-development and management skills. From there, however, you’ll only have one day of classes a week, so you can fit your studies around work.

With the units you’ll study, we’ll give you a thorough grounding in HR, from managing and developing people, to employee relations and employment law. Going into your second year, work and studies become one, as you tackle real issues in your workplace through a management report or dissertation – vital experience for you, and a benefit for your employer. So, while you’ll learn from an exceptional academic team while you’re with us, you’ll also have the chance to see the theory in action.

With three different modes of study, it’s a programme that offers options to fit in with your ambitions and commitments: a certificate, diploma or full masters. So, while you can achieve an MSc with two years of part-time study, there are other options available within less time. (It’s worth noting, however, that the PGCert isn’t accredited by the CIPD.)

Whatever mode of study is right for you, we’ll equip you with the skills for a wide mix of roles in the field. You’ll be ready to make a real impact on business performance, as well as making sure people are happy and healthy on an individual level. In short, you’ll be ready to make your mark in HR.

In your first year with us, you’ll study a range of key issues around HR, with core units covering areas like employment law, business leadership and developing people.

*Please note, the Developing Skills for Business Leadership unit is studied in both Year 1 and Year 2.


The Developing Skills for Business Leadership unit is a compulsory unit on your MSc/PGDip course, and therefore all students need to engage fully with the content and taught sessions. The residential launches the unit and covers approximately one-third of the teaching content. The fee for the residential covers your hotel stay including meals and use of all hotel spa and leisure facilities, all course materials, toolkits and teaching provision.

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Core Units

Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law

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 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. The theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people are examined. 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

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

Firstly, the unit aims to introduce you to the major external environmental trends that shape both HR practice in organisations as well as decision-making at the strategic level. These include increased competitive intensity, major labour market developments and government policy. Particular emphasis is placed on globalisation and the role of international business.

Secondly, the unit introduces you to principal developments in the internal business environment, in particular key contemporary developments in finance, marketing and operations management. Their implications for the HR function are explained and debated.

Finally the unit focuses on the response of organisations, both now and in the future, to the environmental developments outlined. Particular emphasis here is placed on longer-term strategic responses in the HR field. The unit will draw on the Business School's 'Principles of Responsible Management'.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

This unit aims to equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.  The unit is structured around three broad themes as follows: Self-awareness and Development; Managing and Developing Others; and Specialist HR Skills.

Your second year offers more options, to help you guide your studies into the areas most relevant to you. As well as choosing an option unit from a selection of three, you’ll also pursue a research project of your own design. First, you’ll work on your research methods, then you’ll conduct your project – using your employer as a subject – before putting together a management report* or full dissertation.

*If you are studying the PgDip, rather than the full MSc, you will complete a Management Research Report in place of a full dissertation.

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Core Units

Research Methods in Human Resource Management

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 (HR)

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.

Likely Optional Units

Business Psychology in Action

This unit will explore the use of 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.

Performance and Reward

This unit provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of managing performance and reward. You will apply theoretical frameworks to evaluate contemporary practice in both areas. Indicative content may include: HR Strategy; Performance Management; Performance Appraisal; Discipline; 360 degree feedback; Personal Development Planning; Reward Strategies; Pay; Job Evaluation; Performance-Related Pay; Incentives; Benefits; Total Reward; The Business Context for Performance and Reward Management; Performance and Reward in a Global Context.

Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development

This unit investigates the contribution strategic learning and coaching policy and practice make to organisational and individual performance. The unit is based around two themes of learning: Strategic Talent and Human Development, and, Coaching and Mentoring. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

In addition to tuition fees, a residential fee of £250 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 £250 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).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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