MA Human Resource Management (CIPD)


Program Description

An organisation’s staff are an essential component of their operations, and Arden University’s MA Human Resource Management (CIPD) will help you to learn the contemporary theories and practices essential to leading the development of a workforce.

Arden’s online programme delivery makes it easier to develop your staff management skills alongside your existing commitments and responsibilities. This programme will ultimately help you to improve the HRM function within your organisation, and help take you closer to your career goals.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so you can be sure your career in Human Resource Management has the best foundation.

Accelerate your learning! This programme is offered in both full-time and part-time study modes. The full-time study mode allows you complete your postgraduate studies in just one year so you can move on with your career. Opting for the part-time study mode enables you to proceed through your modules at your own pace, at whatever speed is right for you.


Course Modules

Managing the Human Resource

Understand how HRM contributes to an organisation, and learn how the many different approaches to people management impact performance. You’ll develop an awareness of how the HR function contributes to an effective workplace, and how to implement motivation, development, and rewards into a strategy.

HRM in Context

Gain an appreciation of your organisation, and an understanding of the different ethical and social challenges it faces. You’ll take a look into market implications and gain the ability to analyse and evaluate how they impact an organisation and strategise people management from a professional perspective.

Reward Management

Recognition for a job well done is a central motivation of individuals, whether financial or otherwise. You’ll consider government policies, equality, business direction and external factors, and by taking into account a range of economic theories, be able to identify effective reward strategies that support and encourage motivation.

Learning and Development

This module looks at the process of creating a learning and development strategy, and how this is driven by business strategy. You will consider methods of identifying and developing talent in line with an organisation’s needs, and learn to advise them on different learning styles and approaches.

Resourcing and Talent Planning

Learn the most effective methods of HR planning with this module. Consider supply and demand forecasting, the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, and discuss the strategic need for HR to take a proactive role. Explore job analysis, recruitment, and performance management, and understand the technological issues faced by Human Resources teams today. Alongside this, you’ll learn the parameters set by employment law, and view this all within the challenging context of an international workplace.

Employee Relations

You’ll define and understand industrial relations in the modern era with this module, and learn its role in a contemporary framework ensuring a workable relationship between employees, management, and other key stakeholders. Consider the role of partnership agreements, collaborative approaches, and both hard and soft approaches to HRM.

Research Project

This vital project gives you a chance to research an area of your choice, related to the programme theme, and develop your critical abilities. You’ll create a research proposal and choose between a conventional dissertation, or an academic article and presentation. Then you’ll apply all of your knowledge from the programme, with the opportunity to link your research to your actual work needs.

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Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for this programme you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).
If you have work experience

We positively encourage and consider applications from those able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your personal statement, along with your CV and references in support of your application.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journ ... Read More

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journey into higher education, Arden has the tools and the passion to help provide you with a truly engaging and beneficial learning experience. Read less