Course fees (2017/18 entry)
|Option / fee||Value|
|Home full time annual tuition fee:||Full-time £5,950, Part-time £2,975|
|Home cost per credit:||n/a|
|International full time annual tuition fee:||£11,630|
About your course
Housed within a CIPD-approved centre, this MA programme of study into human resource management concentrates on the practical application of knowledge, within different organisational contexts, in a range of business sectors and areas of operation.
- LJMU is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre - assessment is set internally, with external examiner approval
- Study full-time for one year or part-time (afternoons and evening or evenings-only over two years)
- Completion of the Programme results in the award of MA Human Resource Management and accreditation against the Knowledge requirements of the CIPD’s Advanced Diploma Level Standards
- Option to ‘top up’ your CIPD Level 7 Diploma from another university or college to a Masters degree
I was attracted to LJMU by the course and its association with CIPD. One of the real highlights of the course has been the chance to mix with the students on the international programme. In terms of academic assistance, study support has been available throughout the calendar. I would advise anyone coming to LJMU for masters study to take the leap into the unknown, because once you are here you will be fully supported
Introduction to the School
The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional, business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.
The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application, delivered by supportive and approachable staff. Throughout its history, the School has served the business needs of the North West through programmes which focus on developing professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy. The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, generating innovation and growth.
Top class facilities
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.
As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area.
Redmonds Building is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Human Resource Management supports and adds value to business growth and development. Labour costs are amongst the most expensive operational spend for many organisations, and their ever evolving needs demand knowledgeable and capable Human Resource teams.
Effective Human Resource Management has a strong impact locally and in the wider economy. As a Postgraduate in this specialist area you will be part of a HR community of programmes, engaging in study and research with practitioner input through taught sessions, master classes and CIPD Liverpool Group and Branch activities in which you are actively encouraged to participate.
LJMU has an engaged academic team within HRM, who are committed to your development and continued success. All members of our teaching team have worked in professional HR and HR related roles and are Chartered Members or Fellows of CIPD, bringing a professional perspective as well as an academic focus to their sessions. The teaching team engage in research and author texts in the HR field as well as presenting within the CIPD schedule of events. In addition to presenting conference papers, members of the team also publish articles in academic journals. This work ensures that you experience the most up-to-date thinking, and a highly supported postgraduate experience.
Programme outline and structure
There is an emphasis on the need for human resource professionals to add value to their organisations and to develop throughout their career. This long established MA will develop your ability to apply advanced knowledge of HR into diverse environmental contexts, and to develop analytical and behavioural skills crucial when working in the profession.
The programme provides you with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced (Level 7) Standards. On completion of the programme, student members upgrade to Chartered Member, evidencing experience, behaviours and academic achievement. Specialist modules in Resourcing and Talent Management, Managing Performance, Employment Relations and Organisational Development are supported by core modules in Strategy, Leadership and Business Context. Research methods underpin the Dissertation stage which involves a detailed personal piece of work supported by tutors and peers through dissertation workshops.
The programme is delivered in three ways to fit with your personal requirements.
- Full time normally involves three days, currently Monday, Tuesday and Thursday both semesters with occasional Dissertation workshops on Wednesdays in semester two (subject to change until the final timetable has been confirmed).
- Part time afternoon and evening option involves a part day (2.00pm start) plus an evening (8.00pm finish).
- Part-time evening only. Evening only study is from 5.30pm to 8.00pm on both Monday and Thursday evening.
The taught element of the programme is completed within one year full time and two years part time.
If you already have the CIPD’s Advanced Standards qualification and would like to gain a Masters degree, you can top up to Masters level. You will study the Research Methods for HR professionals module either one afternoon or evening each week from September to December and join the Dissertation workshop sessions on completion of your Research Proposal.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Developing Academic Business and Leadership Competencies
Develop interpersonal, leadership, critical analysis and financial skills, while demonstrating the application of sound business thinking
- HR Context
Critically analyse the major organisational and external contexts and constraints within which organisations operate across a range of business sectors, evaluating the impact on business and HR choices and strategies
- Strategic HRM
Critically evaluate HR's role within an organisation and its contribution to HR strategy
- Employee Relations and Engagement
Take into account a vartiety of contexts and legal frameworks to evaluate a range of perspectives, concepts and strategies for employment relations in contemporary organisations
- Managing Resource Strategy
Critique management strategies, particularly organisational strategy dedicated to attracting, managing and retaining talent. Examine the barriers, challenges and opportunities available to HRM to maximise talent potential in the workforce
- Development and Performance Strategies
Critique development and performance strategies and examine the issues and opportunities surrounding these two complementary, yet distinct HR functions
- Research Methods
Develop skills to research real-life workplace problems. Learn the whole research process through workshop participation and conducting online exercises. By working on a real research problem, you will develop your skills in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects
- Engagement in the Digital Age
Examine the impact of digital HR on academic and professional practice. You will be required to demonstrate digital knowledge and skills through the composition of a digital presentation
- Dissertation and Impact Report
Develop an independent and academically rigourous research project using primary research methods, with a methodology and full literature review. The report will culminate in a critical analytical discussion drawing out further areas for exploration, potential new theoretical contributions to your chosen subject, and recommendations for future academic research
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
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How will I be assessed?
Workshops for each of the modules are led by tutors who are specialists in their subject areas. We ensure that the CIPD and LJMU agreed syllabus is covered and that all course members are clear of the requirements for the assessment of each subject area.
A variety of learning approaches are used including: electronic resources such as e-journals and resources which can be accessed from on and off-campus; ‘Blackboard’ containing session notes which can be accessed in advance of sessions and module guides including indicative reading lists for each session which allow pre-reading of chapters prior to classes.
During the workshop sessions there is a mix of lecturer input; facilitated discussions of organisational approaches, case studies, presentations to develop learning of the whole group; discussion groups around research, journal articles, reading, organisational approaches/practice and case study work.
The range of assessments include:
- Written assignments reviewing the implications of major pieces of contemporary research for contemporary organisations
- Written assignments advising on and developing HR strategy and policy in specific organisation/sectoral contexts
- Two examinations (50% of each examination is based around a seen case study)
- Portfolio evidencing development
- Research proposal in preparation for the M level Dissertation
- The M Level Dissertation
There will be opportunities in workshops to discuss the assignment, clarify requirements with the module tutor and discuss possible approaches to the work with your colleagues in the group.
Two modules are assessed by examination, in these modules there will be discussion of approaches to examinations and a revision session at the end of the module, the case study is made available two weeks prior to the examination on ‘Blackboard’.
Staff research interests
Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.
Our research is concerned with important contemporary human resource management and organisational design issues ranging from family friendly and diversity initiatives in organisations, to executive coaching, the development of people as managers and resilience. Our research and research based activity is multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School’s areas of special expertise. This approach is evident not only in our research but also in the work we do with business and cultural organisations in the city. Within our team we have global researchers including Dr Mina Beigi and Dr Lilian Otaye and the HR team have authored texts and chapters in texts for CIPD and Sage publishing.
Our main areas of research expertise include:
- Resourcing and Talent management
- Learning and development
- Organisational Design
- Managing Performance
An annual research symposium brings together academic papers and practitioner case studies as we look to engage practitioners and learn from them.
Entry requirements (Home)
In order to be considered for this course you should have:
- An honours degree in any subject area 2:2 or above.
- Experience in the field of HR, Training, Development or related area OR aspiring to a career in these areas.
- Industry experience recommended but not essential.
- Additional qualifications considered - Level 5 CIPD Intermediate standards.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications and must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, via an IELTS test with a score of 6.0 ( 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans are available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
The CIPD’s Advanced (Level 7) Standards are recognised as the key HR qualification required by employers when recruiting HR Business Partners, Advisors and Managers.
Successful completion of the MA Human Resource Management gives you the knowledge requirements at Level 7 from which, with appropriate experience, you will be able to apply for Chartered Membership of CIPD. The LJMU Masters qualification gives you a valuable addition to your CV.
Liverpool Business School is proud to have strong links with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, members of the teaching team are active within the local branch and local group.
CIPD sponsor ‘postgraduate student of the year’ prizes each year to recognise outstanding achievement by two students completing the MA Human Resource Management. Nationally members of the teaching team operate as external examiners and panel chairs on behalf of CIPD for quality and approval of their programmes at other centres.
The emphasis throughout the Programme is on analysis and evaluation of different organisational approaches and academic perspectives which enables you to operate professionally across a range of organisation contexts.
The value placed on the LJMU Masters in Human Resource Management by employers is clear from the number of public and private sector employers who have sent their HR staff to study at LJMU on a repeat basis.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes