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Human Resource Management MSc

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Part time


9 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Human Resources Management

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

This top-up course allows you to develop advanced research skills into HRM issues, gaining a master’s level qualification in nine months.

As a qualified HR professional and already holding a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management, you will learn how to undertake research in HRM and write a dissertation that can persuade key stakeholders to change or adopt a particular policy and practice.

You will investigate a real HR issue that has relevance to your organisation and demonstrates that your methodologies are valid and robust, and will add value to your organisation.

You will graduate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of your chosen research topic as well as solid research and communication skills preparing you for a range of senior professional HR positions.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop valuable research and communication skills building on the knowledge gained during your postgraduate diploma studies and your career to date.
  • Study relevant research philosophies and methodologies in semester 1 in order to investigate a HR issue in semester two, that has relevance to your organisation and demonstrates that your methodologies are valid and robust, and will add value to your organisation.
  • Learn from tutors who have close relationships with the CIPD, expertise gained from industry experience, together with strong research in key areas of HRM including diversity management, international HRM and talent and reward management.
  • Collaborate with other HR practitioners from a wide range of local, national and international organisations and attend networking events provided by the local CIPD branch.
  • Explore and exploit HR metrics and analytics for competitive advantage, allowing you to demonstrate strategic expertise and critical awareness of HRM issues and solutions from a collaborative and business perspective.
  • Benefit from a part-time course that fits around your work and home commitments and prepares you for a range of senior strategic and expert HR roles, such as director and consultant.

How will I be assessed?

The course aims to achieve a balance between the assessment of academic understanding and evaluation, and the assessment of research competences and skills that are valuable in undertaking research in organisations. Your learning development will be supported through a variety of summative and formative assessments.


Dissertation (SHR035-6) - Core
Research Methods (SHR020-6) - Core

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

University information

Formed in 2006, the University of Bedfordshire is a modern university boasting innovative state-of-the-art facilities. These are: Luton Bedford Milton Keynes Aylesbury Putteridge Bury The University is constantly investing in its campuses and facilities, having opened a brand new, four-storey STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) building in September 2019. They have also invested in a high-tech, seven-storey...more