MA Human Resource Management

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights


by CIPD (level 7)


course designed with busy professionals in mind



to network and attend CIPD conference


Why choose this course?

Our course is ideal for Human Resource Professionals in all types of organisations within the UK and internationally, and aimed at experienced middle or senior level managers or HR professionals. It ensures that students not only develop the knowledge they need, but also gives them the practical skills to develop as professional practitioners.

  • The course provides a thorough understanding of the importance of delivering an effective employment relationship and the facets within it. 
  • It is approved by CIPD, and graduates will achieve a CIPD level 7 award in addition to their degree.
  • The programme team are practitioners themselves, who work in various specialism’s within HRM. This means that the tutors can support students with a real understanding of what it means to be a HR practitioner, and are up-to-date in regards to what challenges organisations face in a wide range of sectors. 
  • Wrexham Glyndŵr University is a Bronze Member of the Business Graduates Association, and as such our business school students will be able to access a wide range of benefits, including consultative services and the BGA eLearning hub.  
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Key course features

  • There are two modes of delivery for the course: Distance Learning and Blended Learning. For Distance Learning, students will study mainly via asynchronous online forums, whilst Blended Learning students will attend once a month for face-to-face contact with the tutor. Narrated lectures, subject guides and supporting material will all be delivered online. 
  • Residential weekends will take place once every trimester (5 during the programme in total) - these will include a mixture of experiential learning workshops designed to build skills and develop self awareness, visiting speakers sharing experience of HR in practice and application in practice sessions to demonstrate the connection between what the student has learned and what that means for them within their workplace through case studies, discussion and collaborative learning.
  • Students will be asked to nominate a mentor in their workplace who will become part of their programme of study, with the development of learning contracts and scheduled mentoring sessions. This will form part of the students Continuous Professional Development Record. 
  • Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to network and attend the CIPD conference, as well as access different levels of CIPD membership (depending on your progress through the course).

What you will study

The module structure is closely aligned to the CIPD's Advanced Diploma. The advantage of this is that students are now able to take individual modules to study for Continuous Professional Development purposes. If a student took their CIPD qualification some time ago and would like to refresh their knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, they will be able to do so. Or, if a student began their studies and never managed to complete all of the modules on their course, they will be able to do so here and have the opportunity to upgrade to Chartered Membership. It also means that for those students taking the full programme, only two modules will be studied and completed per trimester, supporting students in being able to differentiate between the subjects and regularly review their progress during the programme. Students will be able to join in January as well as in September at the start of the normal academic year.



  • HRM in Context
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Resourcing and Talent Management



  • Reward Management
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Investigating a Business Issue



  • Research for Publication

The information listed in this section 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.



Entry requirements & applying

The entry requirements for the MA HRM are drawn up in accordance with Wrexham Glyndŵr University regulations, as indicated below. Additionally, applicants should not have less than two years work experience unless exceptional circumstances prevail.

A student must also satisfy one, or a combination of, the following criteria:

  • An initial degree from Wrexham Glyndŵr University, or another university approved degree awarding body.
  • A non-graduate qualification which the university has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission.
  • Relevant work experience that is deemed to compensate for the lack of formal qualifications, and where the candidate has held a position of management responsibility for a minimum of two years.

A student who has already achieved the current or previous CIPD Advanced Diploma may be given permission to proceed directly onto Year 3. Students with other qualifications may also be considered for full or part exemption from the programme in line with Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s RPL criteria.


Both Distance and Blended Learning modes require students to be able to access course material digitally. Access to the following hardware and software is required:


  • Desktop, Laptop or Tablet
  • Speakers (these may be built into your computer)
  • Microphone (which may be built into your computer)
  • Webcam (Likely to be in-built if using a tablet or laptop)


Some modules may require specific software to be installed in order to view different file types. The computer labs at Wrexham Glyndŵr University will have the software installed as standard. If students are having trouble viewing a file on their personal computer or device, they can download the following web applications for free:



 Adobe Acrobat Reader

 To view PDF files
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 Adobe Flash Player

 To view Flash content on websites
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 Quicktime Player

 To play Quicktime files
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 Real Media Player

 To play Real audio and video files
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 Windows Media Player

 To play a variety of media files, including Windows Media.
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Teaching & Assessment

Online submission of assessments by both Distance Learning and Blended Learning students will be used to avoid the requirement for students to present their submission in person during school office opening times. Web conferencing platforms are used in some MA HRM programme modules for live online assessments. Distance Learning students will be able to perform oral assessments, simulations and practical assessments using web conferencing platforms where required.

The dissertation, which has been the mainstay of the masters programme, is being replaced with a Research for Publication module. Students will be working towards the development of a publishable journal article. Although publication is not guaranteed, the aim is that each year Wrexham Glyndŵr University will see some of the MA HRM programme students leave, not only with their master's qualification, but also with a published journal article to add to their CV. Our hope is that our students will not only be learning from contemporary research, but contributing to it as well.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Both the Distance Learning and Blended Learning modes of the programme have been designed to be very flexible – meaning that students can generally fit their work around their study. Assessments are focused on individual research and work experience. It is therefore considered advantageous for a student to be in employment throughout their study, although students may apply their learning to an organisation with which they are familiar.


Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The MA Human Resource Management is a highly valued postgraduate qualification, designed for those who want to pursue senior level careers in Human Resource Management (HRM) and covers essential skills for students to develop their professional and future career potential. 

There is a high demand for qualifications that are linked to professional membership of the CIPD. The course will help students network with professional colleagues and allow access to the latest research and thinking in HRM. Successful completion of the first year (Postgraduate Certificate) will result in the student being automatically upgraded to Associate Membership of the CIPD. 

Successful completion of year two (Postgraduate Diploma) provides the qualification required for an application to upgrade to Chartered Membership of the CIPD. The final year of study provides seamless progression to the masters qualification for CIPD graduates. Applicants will need to join the CIPD and pay an annual subscription fee in order to qualify for professional membership.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for MA Human Resource Management are £5940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding page. 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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