Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management MA

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,250
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £3,125 per annum
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,250

Course type



Liverpool Business School

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

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

The MA comes with a CIPD level 7 qualification which opens up a lot of opportunities within HR. The staff are really helpful, in every module they really do support you

Neil Jackson, graduate

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

Sue Barry, graduate

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.

  • 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.
  • Part Time Afternoon & Evening: Mondays 1400-1600 and then 1730-1930 
  • Part Time Evening Only: Monday 1730-1930 and Thursday 1730-1930

The exact days and times are subject to change.

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.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.


    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; ‘Canvas’ 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 ‘Canvas’.

    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

    • Diversity
    • Organisational Design
    • Coaching
    • 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.

    Will I be interviewed?



    6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)



    Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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

    Financial support

    Tuition fees

    All 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 in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

    Funding sources

    There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

    Graduate employment

    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 Study

    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 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:

    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

    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.
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