UWE Bristol - MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Human Resource Management part-time

UWE Bristol

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Human Resource Management part-time

Bristol Business School has been a leading provider of professional HRM education for nearly 50 years. With one of the largest teams of HRM subject experts, long-established links with CIPD, and up-to-the-minute, practitioner-focused training, we are widely regarded as a leading name in the field.

Imaginative and expertly-designed human resource management (HRM) is seen by today's leaders as central to an organisation's success. HR practitioners are an integral part of that success, and as recognition of the distinctive contribution of human resource management grows, it is increasingly valued, both as a career in its own right and as a foundation for careers in other branches of management.

The MSc in Human Resource Management (part-time) is for students who are pursuing an HR career in the UK. Tailored to the needs of HR professionals the course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), providing a route into the people profession in a wide range of industry sectors. We'll consider applications from graduates of any discipline, as well as those with CIPD level 5 qualification and/or significant HR experience.

Teaching expertise

Bristol Business School has one of the largest and most diverse teams of human resource management subject experts of any British university. Many of the tutors on our HRM Master's are active in HR-related research and have worked in the industry across a diverse range of sectors.

Professional links  

We have long-established links with the CIPD and share their aim of championing better work and better working lives. Our courses lead to associate CIPD membership and satisfy the core knowledge and core behaviours standards of the new Profession Map. We have close links with the CIPD and encourage you to play an active part in your local CIPD branch.

Personal approach

Whether you study the course full or part-time, the Human Resource Management Master's is designed, above all, to target the needs of practitioners, with education that is intellectually stretching, practically relevant and up-to-the-minute. A particular feature is the personal interest we take in your development. Using people analytic tools,  behaviour development workshops and a range of practical activities, we'll profile your unique attributes, develop your strengths and offer extensive feedback on your progress throughout. Our mentoring programme offers every student a personal link to a local HR professional who will discuss your progress with you and help you to relate the content of the course to practice.

Preparing you for a leadership role in HR

Our intensive course prepares you to contribute immediately in an entry level HR role, or (if you are already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level. As a Level 7 qualification, the MSc Human Resource Management is designed to enhance your insight into the strategic role of HR in contemporary organisations and to equip you with a fundamental knowledge of organisations and management that will prepare you for a leadership role in HR. Our careers guidance programme offers practical tips and skills for developing your career. Past students say that the course helped them to advance within their own organisation or to move on to more fulfilling, challenging or senior positions elsewhere. Local employers approach us directly to fill HR vacancies.

Professional networking

Studying on the Human Resource Management Master's course means you will also have many opportunities for networking with fellow-HR practitioners across the South West.

Entry Requirements

  • an honours degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject, or a CIPD level 5 qualification
  • to be able to demonstrate a keen and informed interest in HRM.

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.

Career Prospects

Our intensive Master's course equips you with the professional knowledge and skills you will need to make an immediate contribution in an HR role, or (if you are already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level.

We prepare you for advancing in your career in a number of ways, including:

  • analytical profiling, to offer insight into your strengths and attributes of personality which are relevant to your career progression
  • guest speaker events and visits to local organisations where you can learn about current practice in different organisations
  • a mentoring programme, which offers each student a personal link to a local HR professional who will discuss your academic progress with you, help you to relate the content of the course to practice, and discuss your career development and progression
  • a careers guidance programme, which comprises talks by guest HR practitioners on career issues for HR professionals (such as becoming an HR Business Partner) and sessions targeting your CV and your presentation of yourself at interview.

Our award-winning Careers Service helps you develop your employability through careers coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Course Details

The course content has recently been reaccredited by the CIPD and the modules listed are aligned to core knowledge and behaviours of the new Profession Map.

The part-time course is intended primarily for employees who have already started their HR career, who are looking for a professional qualification to enhance their professional standing and career prospects. It's also ideal if you'rere employed outside HR and wish to join the profession. Contact Programme Leader Dr Tinkuma Edafioghor for more details.

The flexible structure of our human resource management postgraduate curriculum means that you can choose to complete the course to either a Master's level or a Postgraduate Diploma level, if you are not concerned about achieving a full Master's. Students who opt for the Postgraduate Diploma will complete the same taught programme as Master's students, but do not go on to complete the Research in HRM dissertation module.

The elective modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Compulsory modules
Critical People Analytics
Culture and Behaviour
HR Professional Portfolio
HRM in the Global Business Environment
International People Practice

Optional modules
Employee Relations and Employment Law
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion from a Comparative Perspective
International Employment Relations
Learning and Development
Managing Reward

Research in HRM module

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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