Course details

Enhance your career prospects in human resource (HR) management, people management and people development.

We will help you develop into a critical, efficient and reflective practitioner with the capabilities required for membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

We have been successfully delivering personnel and HR programmes for more than 40 years and the quality of our provision has been recognised by the CIPD and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Many large employers in the region have supported their employees to undertake this course, including Leeds City Council, Leeds NHS Trust, the Canal Trust and Wm Morrisons Supermarkets PLC.

If you have a PG Diploma Human Resource Management you could apply to study the final 60 credits of this qualification to gain the MA Human Resource Management.

Course Benefits

You will be taught by an experienced, highly-qualified and dedicated team of lecturers, including a Course Leader with significant experience of leading masters degrees. Compared to other institutions this course has a higher number of contact hours and the course is three semesters.

At Leeds Business School we have a great established history and high reputation for CIPD accredited courses. There are strong professional links with the national and local CIPD branch. Students come from all over the world for this course and demand for this course is growing every year. We offer personal tutoring and coaching, ensuring that you will be well supported.

Successful graduate Jo Bloor, despite having several medical operations during her MA was not only successful in completing all of her studies but has now gone into partnership with a firm of solicitors where she will be providing a specialist HR and training service. Jo says "I appreciated the support I got from the course team in helping me make a difficult personal time a rewarding success." As a result, Jo has offered to give future students a placement in her business.

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be interviewed and required to attend a pre-course induction session. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

This course will provide excellent opportunities to progress your career. The CIPD qualification is required for nearly all UK-based HR jobs. While studying your course, you will be able to join the CIPD as a student member, providing you with access to the professional body’s resources and support. You will graduate with the knowledge required for professional membership of the CIPD at either associate, chartered member or chartered fellow level.

  • Human resource manager
  • Head of human resources
  • Personnel manager
  • Performance consultant

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Core modules

Developing Skills for Professional Practice

Leading, Managing & Developing People

You'll be introduced to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management. You'll also learn about the four main strands of HRM: learning and development; resourcing; reward and employment relations.


You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Strategic Context of Human Resource Management

Evaluate the principal internal and external environmental settings of contemporary organisations, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty.

Option modules

Performance & Reward

Develop an appreciation of the interrelationship between management functions especially in performance and reward management, and the ability to link these strategically to the organisation.

Designing, Delivering & Evaluating Learning & Development (online module)

Managing Employment Relations

Understand, analyse and evaluate competing theories and perspectives associated with managing employment relations strategies, policies and procedures and their outcomes on organisational climate, employees and management.

Developing Leaders & Managers

Focus on the learning and development of leaders and managers within organisations so you can assess the value of leadership and management development to an organisation's success.

Coaching & Mentoring for Organisational Action & Development

Employee Engagement

Undertake a critical study of employee engagement from the perspectives of the practitioner and the academic. Relate employee engagement to factors such as leadership, performance, well-being and organisational commitment.

Employment Law (HR)

Develop a conceptual understanding and evaluative skills, which are essential for effective personnel practice in an advisory capacity at both strategic and operational levels in an organisation.

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.



Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

The Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Hydra Suite

You will use Critical Decision Immersive Simulations in this facility to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. The simulations replicate the complexities of real-life scenarios that would challenge decision makers, aiming to improve your decision making, critical thinking and communication skills.

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1 - 2 years
6,500 GBP
UK/EU students. International students: £12500 per year.
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