MA Human Resource Management

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £7,250

Home (part-time, per year): £3,625

International (full-time, per year): £15,600

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About this course

LJMU's Human Resource Management MA focuses on the practical application of knowledge in different organisational contexts, business sectors and areas of operation.

  • Study in a CIPD-approved centre
  • Work towards accreditation against the knowledge requirements of the CIPD’s Advanced Diploma Level Standards
  • ‘Top up’ your CIPD Level 7 Diploma from another university or college to a Masters degree 

Increasing labour costs are amongst the most expensive operational spend for many organisations, and their evolving needs demand knowledgeable and capable Human Resource teams. This course helps support and add value to business growth and development.

As a postgraduate in this specialist area you will be part of an HR community, engaging in study and research with practitioner input through taught sessions, master classes and CIPD Liverpool Group and Branch activities.

The programme provides you with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced (Level 7) Standards. On graduation student members upgrade to Chartered Member, evidencing experience, behaviours and academic achievement.

The MA offers specialist modules in Resourcing and Talent Management, Managing Performance, Employment Relations and Organisational Development which 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.


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Professional body recognition

LJMU is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre and assessment is set internally, with external examiner approval. Completion of this programme results in approval against the knowledge requirements of the CIPD’s Advanced Diploma Level Standards.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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 the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The emphasis throughout the programme is on analysis and evaluation of different organisational approaches and academic perspectives, enabling you to operate professionally across a range of organisation contexts.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

This course is currently undergoing a review which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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Core modules

Developing Academic Business and Leadership Competencies
20 credits

This module aims to develop your interpersonal, leadership, critical, and financial skills and enable you to apply them in an HR context.

Strategic HR and Leadership
20 credits

This module will provide strategic knowledge related to HR organisation and policy, including leadership. It enables you to critically evaluate HR's role within an organisation and its contribution to HR strategy.

Dissertation and Impact Report
60 credits

This module aims to develop an independent, academically rigorous research project using primary research methods, with a methodology and full literature review. It 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 in your chosen area.

Employment Relations and Legal Framework
20 credits

Managing and Developing Talent
20 credits

This module aims to critique management strategies, particularly organisational strategy dedicated to attracting, managing and retaining talent. The module will enable you to examine the barriers, challenges and opportunities available in HRM to maximise talent potential in the workforce. An online component will be provided to deepen subject knowledge around case examples and you will use and critique digital HR systems like Oracle and Nexus in order to appreciate and develop digital HR knowledge and skills.

Research Methods for HR
20 credits

This module aims to develop student skills through researching a real-life workplace problem. Students will learn the whole research process by participating in workshops and conducting online exercises. Students will work on a real research problem that will develop their skills in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects. This module will equip you with the skills needed to analyse qualitative and quantitative data using software such as SPSS and NVivo. 

HR, Development & Performance in Context
20 credits

In this module, you will 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, with particular focus on performance and development.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The full-time programme (one year) will be running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students can expect to be in lectures between 10am and 4pm on both days.

The part-time programme covers two years and has two options: 

Afternoon and evening: Monday 14:00-16:00 and 17:30-19:30 


Evening only: Monday 17:30-19:30 and Thursday 17:30-19:30

This information is subject to change.

Teaching methods

A variety of learning approaches are used including: electronic resources such as e-journals and resources which can be accessed on and off-campus; our virtual learning environment 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.

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During the workshop sessions there is a mix of lecturer input; facilitated discussions of organisational approaches; presentations to develop learning of the whole group; discussion groups around research, journal articles; reading; organisational approaches/practice and case study work.

Applied learning

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.


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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessments on this course 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 exam is based around a seen case study)
  • Portfolio evidencing development
  • A research proposal in preparation for the Masters-level dissertation
  • The Masters-level dissertation

There will be opportunities in workshops to discuss assignments, clarify requirements with the module tutor and discuss possible approaches to the work with your colleagues in the group. In the examined modules there will be discussion of approaches to examinations and a revision session at the end of the module. The case study is available two weeks prior to the examination on our virtual learning environment. 

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Paul McEvoy Clarke

Paul McEvoy Clarke

Programme Leader

With ten years senior HR management practice in both private and public sector, Paul is passionate about bringing the student experience to life. The focus of his work is overall programme management, curriculum development, teaching and supervision. Paul’s particular interests and specialisms are employee relations, resourcing and talent management and equality and diversity. Paul has a specific interest in LGBT+ inclusion within the workplace and his current research focuses on transgender inclusion within UK organisations. As Chair of Liverpool CIPD Group, Paul continues to build a collaborative and meaningful relationship with the MA HRM programme and the HR professional body. 

Supporting students to make the link between academic theory and concepts with HR strategic working practice is the driving force behind our programme. I want our programme to challenge, develop, stretch and energise our students. I want our students to go out in to the workplace with the confidence and skills to make a difference in the world of HR.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It 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.

Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree
  • experience in the field of HR, Training, Development or related area OR aspirations to work in this area

Additional Information

  • Additional qualifications will be considered e.g. Level 5 CIPD Intermediate standards
  • IELTS 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic requirements: 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • You will not be interviewed
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
  • International students entering on a Student visa cannot study part-time

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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