Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

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MA Human Resource Management

The MA HRM programme at Glyndŵr has undergone a complete facelift.  The result is a more flexible, exciting and inspiring course designed to deliver good HR practice. The programme team focused on developing HR professionals and are passionate about giving you the tools you need to develop a successful career in Human Resources.

Working closely with the UK Professional Body (CIPD), the programme has aligned its module structure to the CIPD’s Advanced Diploma. For those students who are seeking a development opportunity without signing up to the full programme, there is the option to study individual modules for Continuous Professional Development purposes too.

In addition to the programme, Glyndŵr University is working hard to build its reputation as a hub of HR.  The programme has established links with the new Mid and North Wales CIPD branch and also the HR Directors Regional Forum and will be encouraging students to get involved to help establish their HR peer network.

The programme also includes a field trip to the CIPD conference to support the programme (conference cost is not covered by programme fees) and there will be a continued focus on delivering a dynamic HR Events Calendar, providing access to some of the leading thinkers in HR.



The course is relevant for Human Resource Management professionals in all types of organisation within the UK and internationally and aimed at experienced middle or senior level managers or HR professionals. Consequently they are likely to have relevant work experience as well as hold appropriate formal educational qualifications suitable for a Masters programme.

The programme makes sure students not only develop the knowledge they need, but also provides them with the know how to apply that knowledge and develop their skills as professional practitioners.

The MA HRM Programme team are all practitioners themselves, who work in the various specialism’s within HRM.  This means the tutors can support students with a real understanding of what it means to be an HR practitioner and are up to date in regards to what challenges organisations in a wide range of sectors are facing.  They can also easily demonstrate the links between theory and practice.

Key Facts

Course Delivery – There are two modes of delivery, Distance Learning and Blended Learning with the only difference between the two modes being the tutorials.  For Distance learning these will be asynchronous online forums, whilst Blended Learning students will attend once a month for face to face contact with the tutor.  Narrated lectures, subject guides and supporting material will all be delivered online.  Why?  Flexibility.  Busy working lives, and a turbulent environment mean that professionals don't have time for day release and it is reflective of how people want to learn in the digital age.

Residential Weekends - Which will take place once a trimester (5 during the programme in total) - these will be a mixture of experiential learning workshops designed to build skills and develop self awareness, visiting speakers sharing experience of HR in practice and application in practice sessions to demonstrate the connection between what the student has learned and what that means for them within their workplace through case studies, discussion and collaborative learning.

Mentoring programme throughout the Course - Students will be asked to nominate a mentor in their workplace who will become part of their programme of study with the development of learning contracts and scheduled mentoring sessions, the outcomes of which will form of part of the students Continuous Professional Development Record. 

Why are we doing this?  Because research demonstrates that most people who succeed have a mentor.  A mentor can inspire, provide connectivity, support the development of emotional intelligence, mental toughness and self confidence, empathise with the student, having been there, done that and bought the t-shirt, provide credentials that help open doors and give advice as to what it takes to succeed professionally.

Course Content

Module Structure - Is closely aligned to the CIPD's Advanced Diploma.  The advantage of this is that students are now able to take individual modules, to study for Continuous professional Development purposes.  If a student took their CIPD qualification some time ago and wants to refresh knowledge and skills in particular subject areas this is now possible. 

Or if a student began their studies and haven't finished all the modules in order to finish their studies and need to complete individuals modules to upgrade to Chartered Membership they can.  It also means that for those students taking the full programme only two modules will be studied and completed per trimester supporting students in being able to differentiate the subjects and regularly review their progress during the programme.  It also means that students can join in January as well as the start of the normal academic year (subject to viability of cohort)

Final Year - The dissertation which has been the mainstay of the Masters programme is being replaced with a Research for Publication module.  Students will be working towards the development of a publishable journal article.  And although publication is not guaranteed, the aim is that each year Glyndŵr University will see some of the MA HRM Programme students leave, not only with their Master's Qualification but also with a published journal article to add to their CV.  Our hope is that our students will not only be learning from contemporary research but contributing to it as well.

Year 1:

  • HRM in Context
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Resourcing and Talent Management

Year 2: 

  • Reward Management
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Investigating a Business Issue

Year 3:

  • Developing a Research Practitioner


Career Opportunities

The MA Human Resource Management is a highly valued postgraduate qualification designed for those who want to pursue senior level careers in Human Resource Management (HRM) and covers essential skills for students to develop their professional and future career potential. 

There is a high demand for qualifications that are linked to professional membership of the CIPD. The course will help students network with professional colleagues and allow access to the latest research and thinking in HRM. Successful completion of the first year (Postgraduate Certificate) will result in the student being automatically upgraded to Associate Membership of the CIPD. 

Successful completion of year two (Postgraduate Diploma) provides the qualification required for an application to upgrade to Chartered Membership of the CIPD. The final year of study provides seamless progression to the Masters qualification for CIPD graduates. Applicants will need to join the CIPD and pay an annual subscription fee in order to qualify for professional membership.

Employability & Assessment


Glyndŵr University is committed to ensuring all of our graduates are well-equipped for the world of work. Click here to read more about the success of our employability support.


Assessment of modules is predominately a mixture of course work and unseen assessments in relation to the main topic/theme of the modules and is normally based on research within the student’s host organisation. 

Online submission of assessments by both Distance Learning and Blended Learning Students will be used to avoid the requirement for students to present their submission in person during school office opening times.  Web conferencing platforms are used in some MA HRM Programme modules for live online assessments.  Distance Learning Students will be able to perform Oral Assessments, Simulations and Practical assessments using web conferencing platforms where required.

For online assessments to be possible Distance Learning Students must have a webcam, microphone, headset and direct high-speed internet connection. Students are responsible for ensuring that their computer system and internet connection will support the web conferencing platform prior to any assessment.  The assessments conducted via Web Conferencing Platforms will be run in ‘real time’ and will be recorded for external moderation purposes.

Entry Requirements & Applying

The entry requirements for the MA HRM are drawn up in accordance with the Glyndŵr University regulations, as indicated below.  Additionally, applicants should not have less than two years work experience unless exceptional circumstances prevail.

Both the Distance Learning and Blended Learning modes of the programme have been designed to be very flexible – meaning that students can generally fit their work around their study.  The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma are a mix of both academic and vocational study and assessments are focused on individual research and work experience. It is therefore considered advantageous for a student to be in employment throughout their study, although students may apply their learning to an organization with which they are familiar.

A student must also satisfy one, or a combination of, the following criteria:

  1. An initial degree of Glyndŵr University, or another University approved degree awarding body.
  2. A non-graduate qualification which the University deemed to be of satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission
  3. Relevant work experience that is deemed to compensate the lack of formal qualifications and have held a position of management responsibility for a minimum of two years.

A student who has already achieved the current or previous CIPD Advanced Diploma may be given permission to proceed directly onto Year 3.  Students with other qualifications may also be considered for full or part exemption from the programme in line with Glyndŵr University’s RPL criteria.

Technology Requirements

Both Distance and Blended Learning modes require students to access course material digitally, access to the following hardware and software is require to study on the MA HRM Programme.


  • Desktop, Laptop or Tablet
  • Speakers (these may be built into your computer)
  • Microphone (which may be built into your computer)
  • Webcam (Likely to be in-built if using a tablet or laptop)


Some modules may also require specific software to be installed in order to view different file types. The computer labs at Glyndŵr University will have the software installed as standard. If students are having trouble viewing a file on their personal computer or device, they can download the following web applications for free:



 Adobe Acrobat Reader

 To view PDF files
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 Adobe Flash Player

 To view Flash content on websites
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 Quicktime Player

 To play Quicktime files
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 Real Media Player

 To play Real audio and video files
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 Windows Media Player

 To play a variety of media files, including Windows Media.
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Applying for the course

If you are applying as a Home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

To find out more about the course email


Course Duration & Fees

Course duration:

Part-time Blended Learning/Residential  - 3 years

Part-time Distance Learning/Residential – 3 Years


Online and Wrexham Campus

Start month:

September or January

The content of this MA emphasises the importance of linking theory to HR practice. It takes a critical perspective on both current practice and likely future developments.


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. To find out more email:

Alternative Options

You may also be interested in the following courses:

MSc Management

MBA: Master of Business Administration

MBA: Human Resource Managment

Executive MBA

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Senior lecturer Mike Green on the MA Human Resource ManagementSenior lecturer Mike Green on the MA Human Resource Management