University of Hertfordshire - MA Human Resource Management with Advanced Research

University of Hertfordshire

MA Human Resource Management with Advanced Research

How and where people want to work is changing. Organisations need to quickly respond to external factors. Whether they are routed in Government policies, environmental issues, or changes in society. Our world is complex, and the challenges faced by organisations need an innovative approach. The course offers an opportunity to develop a more in depth and advanced insight into human resource management (HRM). This is achieved with a focus on consultancy skills and an exploration into a HRM issue with a major project.

Central to this course are the themes of how to manage change and personnel development. Human resource (HR) practitioners need to think in radical ways to manage diverse attitudes and motivations of people entering the labour market. As a HR practitioner, you’ll need to find solutions to critical issues. You’ll work across departments to promote inclusive and productive environments, enabling the employee and organisation to thrive.

The intrinsic link between human resource management, an organisation’s strategic and operational requirements, and the impact on society, can be powerful. This course will give you the tools you need to improve a range of issues, from global and national equality to climate change. New ways of thinking about work and the role organisations play in the world is crucial. We will guide you to become a critical, inspiring leader of the future, starting today. You will be able to immediately apply the learning to the workplace.

Entry Requirements

Students need to have an honours degree with classification 2.2 or better in any subject from a UK university or the equivalent from a recognised university overseas


a CIPD level 5 qualification and two years Human Resource Management experience

Career Prospects

This course will give you everything you need to become a critical, practical, ethical and sustainable HRM practitioner or consultant in human resource management. It will particularly appeal to those interested in a career in human resource management, industrial/employment relations and also to those responsible more generally for managing people in organisations.

The advanced research route helps you to develop advanced research and consultancy skills, relevant to developing as a business-facing HRM practitioner. 

What job can I get?

The course will develop your HRM expertise and facilitate real-world HRM skills. When you graduate you could work as an HRM practitioner in fields as varied as general HRM, learning and development, change management and talent management. This course sets you on a path to become an HRM practitioner or consultant in areas of people management.

Course Details

We offer a problem-based learning approach to our teaching so you can gain real life skills for the workplace. Together we’ll explore complex issues arising from research, practices and current debates. You’ll analyse human resource management at an individual, organisational, national and international level. We’ll teach you how to recognise ethical dilemmas and corporate responsibility issues to ensure that the organisations you work with are sustainable. You’ll develop an inquiry practice-orientated mindset, showing expert problem-solving, decision making and evaluation skills.

We offer a blended learning approach, including individual and group work, one-to-one sessions, workshops, study trips, guest speakers and live projects/case studies. Formal lectures will be kept to a minimum (and available online if you can’t be with us in person or want to review later).

We value our students as HR practitioners in training. To reflect this, our teaching, learning and assessment will share this core value. For example, our tutors will facilitate and role model human resource management practice.

Our focus is on experiential real-life learning, where you’ll be immersed in activities that bridge the gap between theory and practice. You’ll be assessed in this way too, with each assessment having two sections: a critical review of theory and application of that theory to practice. For example, you could carry out small consultancy work, deliver a presentation or write a brief to the board of directors to evidence your knowledge.

The world of human resource management is complex and unpredictable. By studying at Herts, you’ll gain the skills and strategies you need to help individuals, organisations and your own career thrive.

Advanced business research
Professional and consultancy skills
Major research project (hrm)

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