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Human Resource Management

Our master's programme gives you insights into the practise of human resources management in organisations. After all, people are key to helping organisations achieve real competitive advantage. This course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the largest HR professional body in Europe.

Qualification: MA

Credits: 180

Study mode: Part-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: 27 months

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

HR professionals are in demand as the people who mobilise an organisation's greatest asset: its people. This master's will allow you to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to lead and manage people in the competitive business environment.

This course is designed for professionals who have an organisational responsibility for human resources at an operational, tactical or strategic level and are looking for professional and career development.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have accredited our course, adding value to you when you graduate.

Build the skills you need to give businesses an edge
Our course balances academic theory and practical knowledge and skills. You'll learn advanced theories and strategic insights alongside developing your organisational, leadership and management skills.

Our range of contemporary, optional modules give you the opportunity to specialise. Whether you're interested in organisational development, learning and development, occupational psychology or employment law, we give you the chance to further your knowledge in those areas.

Start your journey as a professional HR practitioner
Employers will value your master's. It is accredited by the CIPD, the largest body for HR professionals in Europe.

We also understand that many students on this course will already be working in the industry. This course is flexible and can be taken full-time or part-time.

If you would like to find out more about this course, come along to a postgraduate open evening.                                                             

Bucks Business School runs a wide range of courses designed to make students 'business ready'. We have an excellent teaching team that blend practical experience with leading research into business theory.

Thanks to our proximity to London, we've been able to build great industry links over the years that benefit our students. We have relationships with many local businesses and global organisations.

Share insights with industry professionals
We treat all our students as professionals, not as novices. We give you the opportunity to discuss and debate the latest concepts and developments in HR. Our guest lecturers will keep you updated on the industry with their own experiences.

Flexible teaching methods
We recognise that you may be taking this course while you're already working. To help fit with your working life, we offer a flexible approach to education, delivering a mixture of lectures, tutorials and group learning. While you'll have a set amount of contact hours, we make sure that every hour is packed with informative and beneficial knowledge.

At Bucks, we believe that one-to-one teaching makes a huge difference. Our tutors each have a wealth of HR experience and are experienced academics. You'll always have the full support of our staff. Their guidance will help you unlock your potential.

Expand all module descriptions

Year One

  • Leading Managing and Developing People
  • Performance Management
  • HRM in Context
  • Developing Skills for Effective Use of Information

Year Two

  • Essential HRM
  • Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective
  • Employment Law
  • Organisation Design and Organisation Development
  • Profiting from Diversity
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

To apply, you'll need either an honours degree (or equivalent) or a CIPD level 5 qualification. As we accept applications on an individual basis, we also look at your experience in HR as this can be just as valuable as a degree.

For the top-up programme only, applicants should hold a graduate/full CIPD membership or a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

We also interview applicants as part of our admissions. Interviews help us gauge who you are as a person as well as a prospective student.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Part-time Home and EU:

Year one: £2,450

Year two: £3,550

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

Full information on the application process can be found at bucks.ac.uk/apply.

What are my career prospects?

We've designed this course to give you an advantage when applying for a position in Human Resource Management and similar roles.

Recent graduates have gone on to jobs in positions such as:

  • Diversity manager
  • Employee relations specialist
  • External recruitment consultant
  • Learning and development manager
  • Learning design manager
  • HR Business Partner.

HR isn't limited to major businesses with hundreds of employees. Some of our graduates work as consultants, helping SMEs and start-up businesses.

There is a huge demand in HR advice, especially when a company can't invest in a full-time HR professional. Graduates have set up their own HR consultant companies and some work as freelance consultants.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
We help you find employment after graduation. We have a dedicated team of careers and employment specialists, who work in partnership with academic colleagues, employers and the Students' Union to prepare you for the world of work and guide your career management.

Our Careers and Employability team have their own recruitment agency - BucksTemps, who aim to find roles for our students and graduates. As well as a strong focus on employability throughout the course, we have mentoring schemes and peer support programmes to help improve your enterprise and leadership development.


Looking back my decision to push myself and join the MA HRM programme at Bucks is probably one of the best career decisions I have made to date. My two years at Bucks have increased my confidence and credibility in the field of HR and also provided me with a great professional network.

Alistair Gill