MA Human Resource Management

Pursue a senior career in HR with professional accreditation

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2015
12 months full-time or 24 months part-time
Mode of study:
full-time or part-time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with 2:1 or above in a relevant subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 or more in all components. Full language requirements.
UK/ EU fees:
International fees:
Course overview

Our MA Human Resource Management is a highly valued postgraduate qualification with 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.

The programme has an international focus and draws on the leading research of our expert teaching team. This research-led teaching means that you will also receive an excellent grounding if you are interested in research careers or doctoral studies.

You will gain the essential knowledge required 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.

Our MA Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the only HR institution in the world to recognise human resource professionals through chartered membership. The CIPD is a global community of over 130,000 professionals working in HR, people management and consulting. Successful completion of the optional HRM Practitioner Pathway (see course content), combined with relevant work experience, allows you to apply for both Associate and Chartered levels of CIPD Membership.

This professional programme fits around your lifestyle. You can choose to study full time over one year, or part time over two or three years.

Course content
HRM Practitioner Pathway (for CIPD accreditation)

As part of the course, you have the option to choose an additional professional pathway called the HRM Practitioner Pathway*. This gives you the opportunity to become an Associate or Chartered Member of the CIPD. This pathway features additional practical and interactive skills sessions led by industry specialists.

These sessions become part of your weekly timetable and give you an opportunity to gain industry insight into the challenges you will face as an HR professional. You will also learn the behaviours and skills needed to manage these challenges, and have an opportunity to practice them in a supportive environment.

As part of the pathway students work in sector specific teams and are supported by a mentor from the CIPD.

Module choices: 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.

* An additional fee is payable for the HRM Practitioner Pathway in order to achieve CIPD accreditation.

For detailed module descriptions and assessment information please check the University Programme Catalogue. This shows what students are currently studying on this programme and provides indicative course content for 2015 entry. 

We constantly review the content of our degrees, therefore some modules may change.

Career opportunities
Farnaz Azari talks about how her career has progressed since graduating

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.

Recent graduates are now working for a range of organisations, including blue-chip multinationals such as Canon, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. The course also offers opportunities if you want to progress to further research studies.

Professional Development Tutor

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.

On the MA Human Resource Management, Marianne Savory will help you develop your interpersonal and professional business skills throughout the course, such as team working, presentation skills and cross cultural communication. 

Marianne also develops relationships with employers and alumni. With several years’ experience in HR and recruitment, she is well placed to provide specialist advice, signposting, coaching and advising on your career plans. Read more about Careers support.

Case study: working with employers - The Honeywell Challenge
A group of seven students gathered in the reception of Leeds University Business School

As part of the course students have the opportunity to work closely with businesses through a range of live projects and challenges.

Global Fortune 100 firm Honeywell recently set a live challenge with a brief to consider a proposed expansion strategy to a new country. Acting as teams of analysts with a group of peers from the course, students considered the associated HR commercial challenges of the venture. The teams with the most successful proposals were then invited to present their advice to a senior panel of representatives from the firm.

Dana Fletcher, a member of the team who won the challenge (pictured), explains her experience:

“Our submission was an analysis of the HR specific challenges and opportunities Honeywell would face when looking to increase their presence in a foreign country. We identified the significance of combining commercial awareness, HR theory and the organisation’s needs, in approaching a real-world case. We also recognised the value of teamwork in accomplishing a shared goal.

This experience has been really beneficial in helping me explore and identify my professional interests and strengths as well as areas of improvement. This self-awareness will be useful in future job-searches, interviews and professional roles.” 

The winning team were awarded a rare opportunity to visit the Honeywell HR team at their offices in Leicester, UK. This was a chance to learn more about the realities of working in HR for a global organisation. Yao Chen was also on the team and found the visit to be a valuable experience. She explains:

"My favourite part of the visit was the meeting we had with the Honeywell HR team in the afternoon. They shared case studies and explained how they managed HR issues in the company. For me personally, it widened my horizons to be exposed to a real HR environment. The professional way they acted while dealing with some of their challenges has made me more confident about being an excellent HR in the future."

Applying and entry requirements

Entry requirements

A 2:1 bachelor degree or equivalent usually in the social sciences, however applicants with a good quality degree from a non social science background will also be considered. If you have not previously studied in the UK please visit international equivalents to view entry requirements from non-UK countries.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you need to attain a recognised English language qualification e.g. IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with a score of 6 or more in each section. Read more information on English language requirements.


You can apply online now for 2015 entry.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £17,000

View full information on fees.


We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students.

There are several scholarships available for this course 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.

Academic excellence
Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) logo

Professors and lecturers on this Masters course are also involved in leading research in the areas of employment relations, human resource management and organisational change.

Human Resource Management research at Leeds University Business School is carried out through the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC), an internationally renowned research initiative. 

Our academics are involved in major new research projects funded by leading national and international research councils. These projects examine major societal issues and matters of significant importance to the HR profession. Their work is well known amongst policy makers and government circles in the UK and overseas.

Recent projects have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council; the European Parliament; European Commission; and the Trade Union Congress. The Centre has also been involved in the National Inquiry to debate the future management and governance of the National Health Service.

View current projects.

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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I liked the diverse range of modules, that it is research-driven and the international atmosphere on campus. Studying for the MA has also helped differentiate myself from other employees.

Davina Peverall, Albania
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