• Gain the professional skills and knowledge for a career in Human Resource Management.
    Gain the professional skills and knowledge for a career in Human Resource Management.

MA Human Resource Management

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.

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.


Taught by one of the leading Human Resource (HR) groups in the UK, with a strong international reputation, this Masters course will provide you the academic knowledge and professional skills needed for a senior-level career in global HRM.

You will develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and become a reflective HR professional.

The course has an international focus, both in its coverage of the HR issues you will study, and also in the international mix of student nationalities you will meet in the classroom.

This Masters is fully accredited by the CIPD, a global community of over 130,000 professionals working in HR, learning and development, people management and consulting. Successful completion of the HRM Practitioner Pathway, combined with relevant work experience, allows you to apply for both Associate and Chartered levels of CIPD Membership.


As part of the MA HRM course, you have the option to choose an additional professional pathway called the HRM Practitioner Pathway*. The gives you the opportunity to become an Associate or Chartered Member of the CIPD. The HRM Practitioner 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 a 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 HRM Practitioner Pathway, students work in sector specific teams and are supported by a mentor from the CIPD.

Almas Madarwala, former student on MA Human Resource Management

The sessions added a practical outlook to our theoretical knowledge of HRM. Through the weekly tasks we transformed from being a group into becoming one harmonious team."

Almas Madarwala, read more about Almas' experience on the Pathway

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


Professional Development

Our dedicated Professional Development Tutors provide bespoke academic and careers support. They help you develop the skills to successfully progress through your programme, as well as the employability skills you need for your career. 

You can expect support and guidance on career choices, identifying and applying for jobs, coaching on interpersonal skills and exposure to professionals working in human resources. 

On the Masters programme, Marianne Savory will help you develop your interpersonal and professional business skills. She oversees and facilitates the core elements of the programme where skills such as team working, presentation skills and cross cultural communication are developed. 

Marianne also develops and manages 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 our professional development support.

Students talk about the skills they have gained from the programme and how these will enhance their employability.
Davina Peverall

The Business School helped me to broaden my analytical, presentation and communication skills, which are all relevant to my career… I got a job in Human Resources straight after completing the dissertation and have been able to use the knowledge I gained on the course to input ideas into key projects.” Davina Peverall
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Davina Peverall

[After graduating] I entered a postgraduate trainee programme at GDF SUEZ, one of the worlds largest energy and utility companies. After one year I was asked to take over the role as an HR business partner, serving employees and managers up to board-level at the German headquarters based in Berlin.” Jan-Dirk Fruechtenicht
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Watch the video below to hear students talk about the professional skills they have gained whilst working in activity teams as part of the programme:

Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change

Research–informed teaching

World-leading research - the Maurice Keyworth Building at Leeds University Business School

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

Our international human resource management research 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.

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Length of Course 12, 24 or 36 months
Mode of Study Full time or part time
Start Date September
Related Courses MSc Management

Module choices and the HR practitioner pathway

To cover the underpinning knowledge for CIPD membership, if you choose to take the HR practitioner pathway, you must choose Industrial Relations and either Training and Development or Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective. The third option is your choice.

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

Qualification Requirements

  • A good quality Bachelors degree usually in the social sciences or equivalent qualification and relevant experience. Applications with a good quality degree from a non social science background will also be considered.
  • If you are not from the UK please visit equivalent qualifications to find out about 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.

2015 tuition fee  
UK/EU: £9,000
International: £17,000

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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.

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Farnaz Azari

Most memorable was the relationship I had with the lecturers and other students on the course. Studying a Masters is quite intense, with a lot of hours spent studying together, so I made some really strong bonds.

Graduates have the skills and knowledge for a senior-level career in HRM. Recent graduates work for blue-chip multinationals such as Canon, Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace.

The course also offers opportunities if you want to study at research or doctoral level.