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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Human Resources Management

Course type


Course Summary

HR practitioners are increasingly required to understand how to strategically manage human resources in line with an organisation’s intended future direction. Swansea Business School offers the opportunity for students to study a CIPD approved MA in HRM, focused on delivering creative and expertly-designed learning which will allow practitioners to improve the delivery of Human Resource Management in organisations which is future focused.

The MA HRM aims to develop business savvy HR professionals who will form an integral part of the success of the businesses they support.

The programme is also aligned to delivering the core values and behaviours of the CIPD profession.

Above all our MA in HRM is designed to meet the needs of HR practitioners with a programme that is not just intellectually stimulating but also practically relevant and up to date.

Course Overview

The MA in HRM provides the development of in-depth knowledge and understanding of HRM within a wider organisational and contextual framework.

Current issues in HRM are explored and students will develop techniques applicable to enable application of a range of HRM skills to organisations in which they are likely to operate. Students who successfully complete the MA will also receive the Internationally recognised CIPD recognition towards Chartered Membership of the CIPD.


Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and course work. Course work take various forms including a work-based project, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis, reflective statements and a skills portfolio. Part two requires a 15,000 word dissertation. Students on the full time programme or who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on companies from the extensive SBS employer network to provide alternatives to work based assignments.

Career Opportunities

Past students have enhanced their HRM careers in the private, public and voluntary/not for profit sectors in the UK and overseas.

Students also participate in a programme of organisational visits, workshops and CPD events (in liaison with the CIPD and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to provide application and networking opportunities. The content of the programme is vocationally focused, using real case studies of current organisations. Students are encouraged to share their own work experience and apply their knowledge and skills in creative and innovative ways.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



Human Resource Management in Context
Leading, Managing and Developing People
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Employment Law
Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
Managing Employment Relations
Resourcing and Talent Management
Investigating a Business Issue from a Human resource perspective
Research Methods

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold one or more of the following: An honours degree or postgraduate qualification eg. BA, MSc; A relevant professional qualification Eg. CIPD Intermediate qualification, ILM, CIM; Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted to the course provided their professional or managerial experience is deemed to be appropriate. Holders of CIPD Postgraduate qualifications may be offered exemption from part one of the programme, enabling them to ‘top up’ to a Master’s degree in a shorter time than the full MA programme.

University information

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the oldest higher education institution in Wales and one of the newest. In 2022 it will celebrate 200 years since the original Lampeter campus was founded in 1822. Its 1828 Royal Charter is the third oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge. A merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen in 2010, followed by Swansea Metropolitan University joining...more