MSc Human Resource Management (Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

Abi Newson during work placement at IBM

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Park, Cheltenham

Deepen your understanding of human resource management and network alongside professionals with a rich mix of experiences

Directly aligned to the CIPD’s knowledge requirements, the MSc and PGDip in Human Resource Management offers you the opportunity to build your network. You will be studying as part of a community of students with a rich mix of professional experiences which will enhance your awareness. The programmes are designed to develop your strategic thinking skills as you deepen your understanding of how human resource management creates competitive advantage for organisations.

The Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management follows a part-time curriculum designed to offer flexibility for those studying while working. As a student, you will learn in a community of like-minded professionals; you will receive excellent learning support and have access to the university’s extensive resources to develop your knowledge.

The MSc Human Resource Management is a fast track to CIPD membership: become a CIPD associate member in one year while gaining a masters degree. As a student you will study full-time, often alongside part-time students who are also practitioners; this creates a rich learning community where professional experiences can be shared and discussed. The course places a strong emphasis on active learning to complement theory. You will have the opportunity to attend an employment tribunal or other HR related event; you will also be required to attend on-campus CIPD events to enhance your knowledge and expand your professional network.

Study style

The MSc course is delivered on a full-time basis with both day and evening attendance, while the PGDip course is delivered part-time one afternoon/evening a week.

Entry requirements

To study the full-time MSc you will need:

  • A good undergraduate degree with an interest in the area;
  • OR  practical work / organisational experience at degree level;
  • OR an appropriate pre-masters programme and have practical work / organisational experience at degree level
  • In addition, international/non-native English speakers require an IELT score of 6.5, written 6.0.


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Advance your career within Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development by working towards senior manager and director level position. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc Human Resource Management offers Associate membership of the CIPD and provides the basis to work towards CIPD Chartered Member status.

Associated professional accreditations


CIPD approved; fast-track your CIPD membership

Benefit from our strong links with the CIPD, the leading organisation for human resource professionals. Attend regular on-campus events held by the local branch and aspire to become a Chartered Member or CIPD Fellow. Upon completion of the full-time masters degree, you can gain CIPD associate membership within one year.

Enhance your professional network

Study alongside like-minded, experienced HR professionals from different commercial backgrounds. Benefit from this diverse international HR community, which can advance your professional practice by adding breadth of perspective to your learning. Attend on-campus CIPD events and gain insight from other advanced HR practitioners from across the region.

Expert teaching

Learn from our expert tutors. Coming from a variety of commercial backgrounds, they have a wealth of experience as practitioners, consultants and researchers.

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