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Human Resource Management and Development (CIPD Accredited)
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Human Resource Management and Development (CIPD Accredited)

Middlesex University
London, Great Britain
1564 Points
1 Year

Program Description

This Masters' course is designed for those wishing to embark on a career in HR/People Management and for those already in an HR position wishing to enhance their professional development. The course is accredited to Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) professional standards allowing Associate Membership of the CIPD upon graduation.

Middlesex University has been providing HR professional education, in one form or another, for over 50 years: making Middlesex (and its predecessor institutions) one of the longest established providers of HR professional education in the UK. The current MA HRM&D is the most recent incarnation of this history. The course is taught by a team of academic experts informed by research and professional practice.

Course highlights:

- Student membership of the CIPD for the duration of the taught part of the course is paid for as part of your fees.
- As part of the innovative “Principles of People Management and Development” students will attend an interactive two-day weekend event or an extended virtual workshop designed to achieve the same learning goals (normally in January), incorporating activities to develop personal and professional practice.
- Your fees also include the provision of free e-book for every module on the course.
- The course provides you with an understanding of fundamental topics such as principles of people management and development, reward management, organisation development, leadership, coaching and mentoring, employee relations, and employee engagement.
- Also linked to the “Principles of People Management and Development” module is the innovative People Leadership Network (PLN), linking students to alumni and others with external contacts.
- The PLN also offers opportunities – supported, though not included in fees – for further networking opportunities. Previous students have, for example, travelled to meet with Middlesex University HRM students at our Dubai campus for a network event.
- The course is taught by academics who have close links with the CIPD, and/or who have researched and published on employment law, employment relations, reward and performance management, mentoring and professional development.
- There are strong and robust student support structures within the University to ensure you receive help when you need it.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Insitute (TEI)
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.
TOEFL (internet based)
Required Documents
Certified Copy of the Degree Certificate/Diploma
Certified Copy of the English Certification
ID Certified Copy
Passport Certified Copy
Personal Statement - Motivation Letter
Detailed Transcript
Academic Reference Letter (1st)
Student Visa
Academic Reference Letter (2nd)

Other accepted qualifications:

  • We normally make offers in an appropriate subject with an applied quantitative element.
  • Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience.
  • Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

Alternative English language requirements:

  • ESB ESOL International: Level 2‐Step 1
  • European Baccalaureate Language 1: Grade 7.0
  • European Baccalaureate Language 2: Grade 7.0
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 SELT (SELT version ONLY): B2 High Pass overall and min 33/50 in each skill
  • Duolingo: Overall 110

More information:

  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study.


Principles of People Management and Development Practice

This module aims to encourage you to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses as a manager and/or colleague. It seeks to develop your professional practice and its application in ways which ensure successful people management, development practice and effective leadership. - (0 credits) Compulsory

Metrics, Analytics and Data

This module explores the role of HR Analytics in providing an organisation with insights for effectively managing and leading employees, so that business goals can be reached quickly and efficiently. You will critically analyse the concept of insight driven people management and development and its connection to the meaningful analysis of organisational data. You will critically evaluate the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data relating to people management and development.

You will explore the use of metrics and other measures and the context in which they are used. Also, you will explore how metric and analytics are used to maximise return on the skills and abilities of employees. You will have the opportunity to develop ethical and sustainable measurement practices suitable for both challenging economic circumstances and organisational growth situations. - (30 credits) Compulsory

People Management and Development in Business

This module will enable you to promote and deliver people management and development activities to strengthen business performance. You will develop the confidence to build leadership and management skills, create a good place to work, encourage collaboration and promote organisational authenticity. The module will consider how the changing employment landscape is influencing the impact which people management and development activities have on a business. - (30 credits) Compulsory

Applied Dissertation

This module will enable you to demonstrate a critical awareness of people management and development strategies, business orientation, and how research can add value through critically reviewing current people management and development theory and practice. In order to achieve this, it is this module's purpose to develop your ability to identify and undertake a live empirical piece of research into complex business issue from a people management and development perspective that will inform both current theory and practice.

Through a comprehensive review of the literature, you will: locate, discuss and critically evaluate their research within current literature, collect and analyse data, critically review their findings in relation to the literature, develop conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations. The applied nature of the dissertation requires a critical approach, academic research and business report writing skills. It also requires you to reflect on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint.

You will identify and undertake empirical research into complex business issues from a people management and development perspective and produce a 15,000 word report. - (60 credits) Compulsory


Enhanced understanding of people management and development within organisations, as well as the development of core competencies, can enhance your career in human resource management. The ability to challenge traditional views and assumptions, as well as embracing innovation are highly valued skills in the profession. Careers specific to people and HR management include:

  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Consultant
  • Training Manager
  • Employment Relations Adviser

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