Human Resource Management MA (full time)

This programme is designed for those who wish to further enhance or develop their career prospects by studying human resource management with a distinctive focus on the strategic and digital perspectives.

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This programme provides the opportunity to develop requisite underpinning values, core knowledge and behaviours to support access to the professional grades of CIPD membership. It will allow you to identify, develop and apply appropriate interpersonal, organisational and functional skills required to embark on a career in HRM as reflexive practitioner.

This programme integrates and explains the interrelationships between employment relation dynamics, legal, and strategic dimensions of managing and engaging people in organisations. It enables students to evaluate contemporary and future trends in HRM from critical perspectives. You will develop a critical understanding of Human Resource Management as a body of theory and practice and gives you the opportunity to become a graduate who can operate in a changing global context using a range of practical, analytical and in-depth research project skills.

*This accreditation is subject to approval from the professional body.

Key features

  • Benefit from membership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK’s leading professional body for all HR practitioners.
  • You will be taught by expert academics with first-hand experience of researching or working in human resource management.
  • Benefit from block teaching, where most students study one subject at a time. A simple timetable will allow you to really engage with your learning, receive regular feedback and assessments, get to know your course mates and enjoy a better study-life balance.



DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students. 



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DMU has been shortlisted for the Postgraduate Award in the 2024 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs), as voted for by students.

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme code: N60073

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2024

Fees and funding:

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students: £10,450

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Institution code: D26

Programme code: N60073

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2024

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for EU and international students: £17,950

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment



Core modules

Block 1: People Management: Leadership, Development and Analytics 

Block 2: Managing Employment Relations in a Legal Context 

Block 3: Sustainable Human Resource Management in the Contemporary and Global Context

Block 4: Employee Resourcing in the Changing World of Work

Block 5 & 6: Research Dissertation in Human Resource Management 

See detailed module descriptions

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

The learning and teaching methods on this programme embrace a broad range of approaches that have demonstrated effectiveness in postgraduate marketing education. These include both formal and informal inputs. Traditional lectures will outline the models, theoretical frameworks for the different areas of marketing, with a cutting-edge focus on strategic alternatives and considerations. Tutorial discussion and other interactive activities such as seminars, workshops, and case study analysis encourage students to examine further the core elements of marketing in a critically analytical manner. Other approaches might include videos, guest lectures, collaborative group work, such as presentations and projects, and individual presentations, simulations and computer modelling and the Dissertation or Marketing Consultancy Project.

Assessment strategy is based on testing a wide range of skills required for digital marketing management practice. Support is provided through feedback on initial work and general guidance. Examples include reports, infographics with tables and diagrams, presentations and coursework. Students are encouraged to showcase their work on LinkedIn because the work ties in directly to employability.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 2 hours of lectures, 6 hours of workshop and 2 hours of asynchronous activity each week. 


Our Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre.

You will acquire the underpinning knowledge to enable you to work towards full Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK’s leading professional body for all HR practitioners.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Learning Zone, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Students from the Human Resource Management MA programme have pursued careers in the NHS, oil companies, voluntary sector organisations, banking and finance retail. 

Many have continued their academic studies to complete their PhD.

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