Plymouth Business School

MA Human Resource Management (top-up)

Equip yourself with the skills and capabilities required for a strategic role in HR on this top-up course. Through lectures informed by active research and opportunities to gain important work related competencies, you will develop the necessary skills for contemporary HR management, in a business and organisational context.

Key features

  • Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by balancing your study around your work and personal commitments. Lectures take place in the afternoons and evenings thereby minimising the impact on everyday work commitments.
  • Learn from staff research active academics with professional and industry experience.
  • Add value to your professional development by combining academic knowledge and rigour, and build important work-related skills and competencies.
  • Complement your professional qualification with a masters’ degree in Human Resource Management when you successfully complete the  HR masters dissertation with a research methods module 
  • Join a diverse student body – this course appeals to both recent graduates who wish to enter the HR profession as well as those working in HR who wish to gain professional chartered status and strengthen their employment prospects. 
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a range of modules such as the critical role a human resources professional plays within the work environment, how best to lead, manage and develop employees, appropriate HR policies and strategies, maximising the contribution, growth and wellbeing of employees, including an ethical sensibility towards the practice of HRM.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • HRL704 HR Research Methods

      This module enables learners to understand the nature and processes involved in business and management research, equip them to carry out their own research and to be aware of the philosophical and ethical contexts in which research takes place. Students will be expected to develop a suitable and realistic research proposal.

    • HRL713 HR Research Project

      This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical, actionable and costed recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice. It will also enable learners to understand the nature and processes involved in business and management research in the context of their own research.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MA Human Resource Management 4330

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK/EU

A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

International

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

Scholarships

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Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU Check with School To be confirmed
International Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £2,700 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full and part time fees shown are per annum. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Cheryl Meek – MA Human Resource Management graduate

"Studying at Plymouth dramatically changed my career direction ... The support, people, resources and location all contributed to my achievement of a distinction and place on the Deans List for 2016. I have made many connections in the industry I now work in and get to see the theory I've acquired working in practice."

Find out more about Cheryl's experience

Emma Neave – MA Human Resource Management (top up) graduate

“For me, Plymouth University was an ideal place to study whilst still working full-time. It provided an opportunity to build a support network of HR professionals that live and work in the South West.”

Since graduating in 2015, Emma has gone on to become the HR Manager for Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay

Find out more about Emma Neave

Graduate viewpoint

Students on this programme come from a range of backgrounds and business sectors, from those with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to those looking to start a career HR.

Human Resource Management case studies

Find out what our current students have to say about the course and why they chose to study here.
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Study part-time

Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments. Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to:

  • study at a pace which suits you
  • obtain CIPD accreditation and develop your academic skills 
  • benefit from professional networking and the shared experiences of other part and full-time students


  • continue to work and develop professionally
  • plan ahead - teaching takes place on one day per week, Tuesday in year one and Wednesday in year two
  • complete your studies within two years. 

Further information

Two year part-time option 


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