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The Human Resource Management course offers an opportunity for those students holding all four elements of the CIPD Professional Development Scheme to top-up to a Masters award.

The course offers an opportunity to study alongside UK practitioners from a wide range of business and professional backgrounds, and will deepen your knowledge of research methods.

The programme is designed for established Human Resource Managers seeking to enhance their career prospects at a senior management level. Applicants will have already gained the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM (equivalent to 120 Masters level points) under the current CIPD qualification structure, or will have already gained all four elements of the CIPD Professional Development Scheme (equivalent to 120 Masters level points) under the previous CIPD qualification structure.



Key Features

  • You can investigate your chosen specialism through an independent research project, giving you enhanced knowledge in this area. You will also gain skills in project management and problem solving, as well as planning, analysis, organisation and implementation techniques.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry Requirements

Applicants will have already gained all four elements of the CIPD Professional Development Scheme (equivalent to 120 Masters level points).


Additional information

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Business Postgraduate page.

Course content

What will you study?


The Research Methods module is followed by a supervised 10,000 word Dissertation which allows you to draw upon your knowledge of human resource management through applied research, focused upon organisation or sector-specific environments.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Study options

This part-time course is typically completed in one year.

The course offers an opportunity for those students holding all four elements of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Professional Development Scheme (Level 7 qualification) awarded by the CIPD, to top-up to a Masters award.


Typically lectures in Worcester Business School are two or three hours long. During this time, you will experience a range of learning activities intended to stimulate you and enable you to learn effectively.  Lectures usually begin with a classroom lesson that lasts around 45 minutes, introducing the underpinning concepts of a topic. You will be expected to participate here – by offering your opinion, by using an Electronic Voting System or by interrupting when you wish to challenge what the lecturer is suggesting. 

After the introductory lecture you will often be split into small seminar groups during which you will work individually or with two or three other students on case studies which will enable you to explore the subject in greater depth. We believe that collaborative learning with your fellow students is very important.

Between lectures you will carry out further study - we adopt an ‘open door’ policy and you will be encouraged to seek the help of lecturers. Most class materials will be uploaded to Blackboard (our VLE) before sessions and these materials can be downloaded at University or from anywhere with an internet connection. Many modules have set up on-line discussion facilities to enable you to collaborate with other students between sessions.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?


This course is designed to equip students who are either embarking upon a career in business, or are already established in their role, with both the generic skills required to successfully operate in a management role, and the more detailed expertise demanded from those working within the human resources area.


How much will it cost?

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Masters Programme Leader who will contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.

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