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Human Resource Management MA 2019/20 entry

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1 year full-time



Coventry University


September 2019



2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £10,650

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Study full or part-time for this CIPD accredited Human Resource Management MA, to extend your understanding of business and personnel.

The management and development of human resources is a challenging task in any organisation. As the rapid pace of technological change continues, markets expand internationally and legislation becomes increasingly complex, the need to ensure both the business and its personnel adapt accordingly has become ever more important. 

This Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accredited course is designed for those who want to pursue senior level careers in human resource management (HRM). We aim to cover the essential theoretical knowledge, intellectual frameworks and practical skills required by today’s employers in a range of business contexts. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

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An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

Successful completion of this course fulfills the requirement for Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Associate Membership and the knowledge element required for Chartered Membership. Please check with the membership body for details.

Course information

Human Resource Management (HRM) examines the processes and principles associated with the management of work and people.

HR professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances, whether in the market, public or ‘third’ sectors irrespective of the size of their organisations or the types of goods or services provided.  

This programme of study has been designed to meet and reflect the CIPD’s professional standards and expectations, broadening your awareness of HR generalist and specialist functions in a UK and international context, considering how internal and external context impact upon HRM, the role of the HR practitioner and how HRM can lead to better work and better working lives. 

Aiming to give you wide exposure to a range of organisations, you should explore the relationship of HR to other functions in the organisation and the contribution of HR to achieving corporate objectives. The course also includes an optional work placement of a minimum of six to eight weeks within the HRM department of an organisation in the UK. Following a competitive application process, this could provide you with the unique opportunity to assess the theories introduced within the classroom, in the context of a specific work organisational environment. 

The course aims to help you develop a range of academic and employability skills, alongside HRM specific knowledge and understanding in line with the CIPD requirements. For example, students can select from two specialist modules, critical to the employee lifecycle. Modules will also offer experience of applied HR in practice, by developing HR policy or training solutions as part of your learning experience should you wish to develop a specialised focus.


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Course Specification
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This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.


  • Semester 1

    • HRM in context
    • Skills for Study and HR Leadership
    • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    • Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Semester 2

    • Employee Engagement and Relations
    • Applied Resourcing and Talent Management
    • Ethical HRM and HRD
  • Semester 3

    • Enhancing your Employment Skills
    • Research-based Dissertation or Management Consultancy Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Fulfils the requirement for CIPD professional accreditation by mapping to their learning outcomes, leading to CIPD Associate membership and Chartered Status.
  • Opportunity to attend field trips to organisations within a range of sectors and industries, showcasing diversified HR functions. Recent visits have included Jaguar Land Rover, BBC Midlands and Interserve.
  • The Business School is an active member of The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the most important European Business School Association, as well as the Association of Business Schools (ABS).
  • Our annual HR Leaders’ Events provide an opportunity to hear first-hand about recent developments in the HR profession from current practitioners, which have previously included the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group Director of HR, New Talent and Technical Development Programme Manager from Severn Trent Water and the Associate Director of HR (Operations) from University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire speaking with students about change management.

Opportunity to graduate with triple awards – from the University, CIPD (Associate Membership) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Subject to successful obtainment of qualifications.  

Our main study themes are: 

  • Human Resource Management (HRM) in context: You should gain an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. We will look at how leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts and how leaders and managers in organisations need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone, but by internal and external forces beyond their immediate control. 

  • Leading, managing and developing people: We will examine contemporary research on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice, including research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes and major contemporary changes and developments in practice. We will explore the current debates, theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management to enable you to become an effective manager as well as an effective HR specialist, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.  

  • Ethical HRM and Human Resource Development (HRD): Standards, values, morals and ethics have become increasingly complex in a post-modern society where absolutes have given way to tolerance and ambiguity. This particularly affects managers in HR, where decisions will affect people’s jobs and their future employment types and the way in recruitment, reward and talent retention practices need to change to reflect cultural diversity of business. We will explore ethical dilemmas encountered in the workplace, discussing ethical behaviour and values that relate to critical human resource development (CHRD), examining current practices in the workplace and their links to corporate social responsibility.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and part-time over two years. The programme is divided into two 10-week semesters starting October and February. Modules will normally be delivered over four days per week with one full day free of classes.

We also encourage you to attend CIPD local branch events, most of which are free of charge to students.  

We provide opportunities for you participate in a range of employability skills development workshops, specifically designed to develop skills required for working in the areas of HR. These feature a range of learning tools: simulation exercises, team building and motivational activities, case studies, and working with specialist guest speakers on a range of problems to develop the competences identified in the CIPD Profession Map. You will also have the opportunity to participate and run assessment centres.

You will study four mandatory modules in Semester One and two mandatory modules in Semester Two, plus a choice of one from two options. In Semester Three, you have the option of undertaking a dissertation or internship. 

Full-time students will receive additional work experience preparation through the ‘Preparing for Work in People Management’ module, receiving support from the Business Partnership Coordinator (BPC) in finding their placement; previous students have worked with Interserve and BNP Paribas. The work placement is a mandatory element for students wanting a CIPD award and is subject to successful completion of the first two semesters. 

You can choose instead to conduct a piece of research and write up a dissertation in your final semester. Past students have covered topics as diverse international reward strategies and ethical practice and the HR professional.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars and workshops.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include a dissertation/management consultancy project, reports, written assignments, practical coursework, presentations and formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HRM and related subjects outlined in the CIPD HR Profession Map.
  • Appreciate ethical, legal and financial factors and their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations.
  • Exercise sound judgement in the selection of different methods and approaches available to deal with financial, cultural and legal business problems nationally and internationally.
  • Use financial skills to communicate and work effectively to persuade and influence others to make decisions.

In a typical week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Large group teaching: 1-hour lecture each week per module.
  • Medium group teaching: 2-hour seminar with focused tutor contact each week per module.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 40 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on course assignments.

The inclusion of internationally-focused case studies helps to foster an international focus across the programme. We look at global organisations, such as Costa Coffee, to understand how their business model impacts on employment practices in different parts of the world. We also promote group working which encourages cross-cultural collaboration and intercultural competency, for example, designing and delivering a group presentation in the ‘HRM in Context’ module.

Students in the past have been offered the opportunity to attend conferences in Italy and Portugal, funded by the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) and a reciprocal arrangement has been made so that the conference attendees will have the opportunity to come to the next conference to be held in Coventry. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to complete a successful interview with the programme management team.

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to complete a successful interview with the programme management team.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to complete a successful interview with the programme management team.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £10,650 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £10,650 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £15,050 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Within an internationally diverse learning environment, you should gain a clear understanding of a broad range of HR, managerial and business principles, practices and competencies.

You should develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and become a reflective HR professional with an appreciation of how properly conducted research can enhance your performance as a future manager. 

The design of the course is designed to help you select and focus on specific specialist areas of HRM or HRD, depending on your career specific aspirations within the human resources field. There will be opportunities to work with employers on problem-based assessments to gain experience producing policy documents relevant to the changing world of work.

Every student within the Faculty has a designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT), aligned to their area of study, to work with them throughout their course. 

Our Master’s course provides excellent opportunities to progress your career as a Human Resource Manager, Head of Human Resources, Personnel Manager or Performance Consultant. The CIPD qualification is required for nearly all UK-based HR jobs and you will graduate with the knowledge required at advanced level for CIPD membership, which can lead to professional membership at associate, chartered member or fellow levels.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have found employment positions within generalist HR, general management, specialist pay and reward, people development and employee relations roles.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.