The University of Wolverhampton

MAHuman Resource Management

Why choose this course?

This course recognises that people management is a key force for successful economic growth, and enables you to develop your understanding of a range of management and business practices and the ability to apply them effectively and innovatively.

Providing opportunities to gain knowledge and skills pertinent to your development as a Human Resource (HR) professional, our programme is designed to give you the chance to operate in international environments and cultivate analytical and evaluation skills that can be applied to real work situations.

As a full-time student, you will have the chance to develop an understanding of complex and challenging business environments, with opportunities to visit companies working in an international context such as Toyota, JCB and Whitbread – giving you valuable experience of the concepts you study in class.

Coupled with an innovative assessment portfolio, you are provided with an inclusive and dynamic learning experience based on the principles of continuous professional development.

Postgraduate Bursaries:

If you commenced undergraduate study at any University in 2012 you may be eligible for a £10,000 bursary

What happens on the course?

Typical modules include:

Contemporary Issues in International Human Resource Management
You will consider the management of people in an international context and the effects of globalisation on workers, organisations and employment issues.

Organisational Change and Development
Focusing on decisions that have to be made on the most appropriate organisational structure(s) to ensure delivery of organisational activity, you will consider the importance of cultural awareness in managing outcomes of design and development strategies; the practical applications of organisation design and organisation development concepts; and the implications for the effective management of organisations and professional practice.

Human Resource Management in Context
You will explore how organisations respond to their ever-changing environment and how leaders and managers have to react to the reality that their decisions and choices are often not shaped by themselves, but the chosen environment.

People Resourcing and Reward
Focusing not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context.

Key Issues in Employee Relations and Employment Law
You will consider the contexts and external factors which impinge on the employment relationship and the differing political and ideological perspectives inherent within human resource management. You will also examine relevant employment legislation and how it affects employees, management and organisations.

Leading, Managing and Developing People
This module provides you with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development.

You will also undertake an Independent Business Analysis Project, which runs throughout your course.

Why Wolverhampton?

The University of Wolverhampton Business School currently holds devolved status from the CIPD. This is the culmination of 10 years of student performance above the national average in all areas.

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of HR, encouraging critical reflective thinking and developing independent personal development skills.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities outside of normal teaching these may include guest lectures, visits to companies or residentials. These activities are designed to enhance your knowledge, understanding as well as enjoyment of your course.

What our students think

Career path

For anyone wishing to pursue or further their career within the field of HR, it is essential that a CIPD postgraduate qualification is obtained, giving membership to the professional body.

International, national and local recruitment to the field of HR is growing and, as such, competition for employment is high. Our programme is a robust course that has been highly commended by the CIPD for many years.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate contemporary organisations in terms of their principal operating environments.
  2. Critically analyse how resourcing, talent management and reward strategies are developed and evaluate the different theories and perspectives within employment law and employee relations.
  3. Identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation in terms of research and research methods.
  4. Analyse and critically evaluate the historical and theoretical basis of organisational designs and their development in terms of their value and contribution to organisational life.
  5. Critically evaluate the practice, relevance and contribution of HRM and HRD to organisational success and effective change management using major contemporary research and debates in the field of HR.
  6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at Masters level.

Who accredits this course?

All modules are aligned to the national standards for the profession, and are endorsed by the CIPD. Completion of the course enables students to apply for professional membership.

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Entry requirements

All applicants

  • A first or second class undergraduate honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above.
  • A HND/HNC in a related subject area plus two years relevant organisational experience.
  • A Certificate in Personal Practice, a Certificate in Training Practice, a Certificate in Recruitment and Selection, or an equivalent CIPD certificated programme, plus two years’ relevant experience.
  • Applications are also invited under the widening participation agenda from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who may have significant organisational experience. In such cases, students will need to demonstrate at least 8 years relevant organisational experience, with at least three years in an HR role, or five years in a relevant role, for example a supervisory or management role. Admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to contribute to, benefit from and achieve the award.
  • A reference from a tutor who has supervised your undergraduate studies, or your employer;
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to the above.
  • You may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS APL Handbook. APL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.
  • Students holding the PgD Human Resource Management may be eligible to enter with advanced standing.
  • Entry also available to those who successfully complete the UWBS Masters Entry course.

Part time students only

  • Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant management experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award.
  • You will normally have appropriate and relevant work experience.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,800 £12,470
Part time £3,645

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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