MA Human Resource Management 2016

Pursue a senior career in HR with professional accreditation

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) usually in a social science subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Additional cost information

This highly valued qualification has an international reputation for quality. It is designed for those who want to pursue senior level careers in human resource management (HRM) and covers essential skills for your professional development and future career.

With an international focus, the programme draws on the leading research of our teaching team and our Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change.

You’ll gain essential knowledge to become a HR professional, covering key topics including employment law, industrial relations, gender and equality, training and development, and global perspectives on employment relations. There is a strong emphasis on applying this knowledge in practical business environments, with opportunities to work closely with companies on live projects and challenges.


Our MA Human Resource Management is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the only HR institution in the world to recognise HR professionals through chartered membership.


This programme will allow you to satisfy the entry requirements for associate membership and chartered membership (if you have relevant work experience) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) if you take certain modules and complete an additional chapter in your dissertation (the CIPD Management Research Report).

Course content

Across the two taught semesters you’ll study core modules introducing you to the principles and concepts of HRM in different contexts. You’ll think about the economic labour market, social and cultural contexts of HRM and different patterns of people management.

At the same time, you’ll build an understanding of research methodologies to prepare you for your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice that you’ll submit by the end of the year.

Beyond this, you’ll choose optional modules that allow you to focus on your interests and career intentions. You could gain specialist knowledge in topics such as training and development, employment law, occupational psychology, diversity management and many others.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

The course also provides the opportunity to become an associate or chartered member of the CIPD.

CIPD Pathway

You can choose to enhance your studies by taking an additional professional pathway, which enables you to gain CIPD membership alongside your degree. You’ll take specific elements as part of your studies, and also have the opportunity to attend our HRM in Practice skills development sessions.

Part of your regular timetable, these practical sessions are taught by professionals with first-hand experience of HRM in the workplace. You’ll gain insight into the challenges you’ll face as a practitioner, whilst learning the behaviours and skills needed to manage them. There’s also the opportunity to practise your skills in a supportive environment, working in small teams with support from an external HR practitioner.

If you choose to take this pathway, your optional modules must include Industrial Relations and EITHER Training and Development OR Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspectives. The third option is your choice. You will also write an additional dissertation chapter about the practical implementation of your findings.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules
Optional modules
- Human Resource Management Research Methods and Practice
- Human Resource Management
- Human Resource Management Dissertation
- Occupational Psychology
- Training and Development
- Employment Law
- Employment Relations
- Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations
- International Employment Policy and Labour Mobility
- Diversity Management
- Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective

For more information on typical modules, read Human Resource Management MA Full Time in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Human Resource Management MA Part Time in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are experts in their fields. Many are involved in high-profile national and global projects and their work is well-known among policy makers in the UK and overseas. This cutting-edge research informs their teaching. We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from their expertise such as group learning, lectures, seminars and tutorial among others. Independent study is also crucial, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions.


You’ll be assessed by various methods that allow you to build a broad base of skills, including reflective logs, exams, written assignments and essays, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) usually in a social science subject. Applicants with a good degree in another subject will also be considered.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Human Resource Management (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Human Resource Management (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU: 31 August 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry

Apply (Full time)

Apply (Part time)

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £9,500

International: £18,500

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

An additional fee is payable for the HRM Practitioner Pathway. This pathway is optional and should you choose to take it you will need to pay an additional fee of £500.

If you choose to become a CIPD member you will also pay a CIPD admission and membership fee. For the academic year 2015/16 this fee is £130. Please visit the CIPD website for the most up-to-date fee information.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.

Career opportunities

This course provides you with the academic knowledge and professional skills needed for a senior-level career in global Human Resource Management. You will develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and become a reflective HR professional. The course also offers opportunities if you want to progress to further research studies.

Recent graduates are now working for a range of organisations, including blue-chip multinationals such as Canon, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.

As part of the course you will have the opportunity to work closely with businesses through a range of live projects and challenges. Read more about opportunities to work with employers.

Careers support

Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides bespoke academic and careers support, helping you develop the skills to successfully progress through your course as well as the employability skills you need for your career.

You can expect guidance on career choices, identifying and applying for jobs, coaching on interpersonal skills and contact with professionals working in HR.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

One of our recent HRM graduates shares their career story in the video below.

Not only did I enjoy my course and meet some great people but it helped enormously to re-start my career. Without the support of tutors and skills gained on the course I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Catherine Coady, United Kingdom
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One of the most notable qualities is the genuine academic, personal and professional support... it makes the learning experience that much more enjoyable.

Dana Fletcher, Jamaica
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The teachers were inspiring and showed their passion for the subject. I welcomed the services... take-away course material after the lectures and a very well structured library.

Jan-Dirk Fruechtenicht, Germany
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The University introduced me to Honeywell, the company I am currently working for, something I never expected. The support helped me feel confident about the working world.

Claudia Horak, United Kingdom
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The content is both research-based and incorporates contemporary issues, which is the key element for me. My teachers were highly dedicated...they constantly push you to improve.

Almas Madarwala, India
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