Human Resource Management/ Development MA

Human Resource Management/ Development MA

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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    One year - Mixed mode – 3 days teaching, 4 non-compulsory workshops, 1:1 supervision

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Why study this programme?

The MA Human Resource Management/Development programme is intended as a standalone course for students who have completed the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/Development; are Chartered Members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (achieved through the Education route) or have completed an Advanced level CIPD accredited programme.

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Entry Requirements

A CIPD accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or Development (or equivalent), or, a Diploma deemed by the professional body (CIPD) to be at ‘M’ level (postgraduate).

Programme at a Glance

The strength of our postgraduate course lies in its flexible delivery and developing critical thinking skills for practical application. Through the dissertation and our teaching input we provide a high level of intellectual stimulus and help students to explore linkages between theoretical constructs and practical workplace application.

Depending upon your dissertation topic you may graduate with either an MA in Human Resource Management (HRM) or an MA in Human Resource Development (HRD). The course is of value both to practicing HRM or HRD professionals and also to those who feel that people management will be a major element of their managerial career.

Further Information

This course is largely by self-directed study. You will need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation.

The research methods module will involve your attendance at three day schools at UCLan. These day schools are designed to develop your understanding of method and methodology. Two of the days will be at the start of the course in late September and the third day is in early November as a follow up to the first two assignments.

For your dissertation you must have your proposal agreed by your tutor. The proposal is informed by the research methods day schools. You will then be largely self-directed in your studies with support from both a tutor and a learning set. You will discuss your dissertation progress with your fellow students and you will also have the opportunity of one to one meetings with your tutor.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £2550 per year

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Learning Environment and Assessment

CIPD accredited courses have been running in various guises at the University for more than 20 years. The course operates as a community of HR practitioners and we draw on each other’s experiences throughout the programme. Many of the staff teaching on the programme have practical HR experience, conduct consultancy or knowledge transfer activity and are active researchers. We use a range of teaching methods and offer a very supportive learning environment and our track record is testimony to this. We build in time for reflection and urge you to do the same through continuous professional development and your everyday practice.

As part of the Research Methods module you will be required to write two assignments – one is a 1500 word essay on research methods and the second is a 1500 word essay on methodological issues.

Your dissertation will be in the region of 15,000 words with an additional 2,000 words for reflection.