Inspiring, challenging and increasingly valuable to businesses in today's global work environment, human resource management (HRM) and development is an exciting discipline to master. Whether you're at the beginning or mid-stages of your career, this top up course will deepen your knowledge and add to your existing postgraduate qualification in HR through an applied dissertation with supervision from some of the country's leading practitioners and academics.
Why study MA Human Resource Management/Development (Masters Degree Top Up) at Middlesex?
Designed for candidates who have completed a postgraduate HR qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), our course will upgrade your qualification to an MA through an applied dissertation, deepening your knowledge and enhancing your employability opportunities.
By choosing to conduct your applied dissertation through our university, you are choosing one of the most respected HRM learning institutions in the country with one of the UK's top research profiles in the discipline. Our students and academics have excelled in a wide range of areas, including: Gender, Diversity and Work, Global Work and Employment, Health in Organisations, Human Resource Development, and International Human Resource Management
With flexible study options to support part-time and international students, our course features a weekend workshop on advanced research methods and the option for online supervision with access to distance learning research material. This personalised approach to learning allows you to fit your studies around existing work and family commitments, so that you can advance your professional development while maintaining your employment and still have time for family life.
One of the country's largest and most respected HRM departments with one of the UK's top research profiles in the discipline, ensuring you receive every academic opportunity and resource available to give you the best boost to your career
Our reputation for pioneering research with contemporary relevance will enhance your own project by helping you to investigate an area of current concern or changing context with expert guidance from academics with valuable industry links
Opportunity to explore methods of leadership development and organisational change through supervised 'action learning', helping you to navigate change while maintaining the effectiveness of your team
Available full-time or part-time to give working professionals and those with family commitments a chance to advance their studies while maintaining their outside responsibilities
Option for online supervision and access to distance learning materials creates a flexible mode of learning, perfect for busy professionals with commitments outside the classroom
This course builds on your existing postgraduate study of HR by bringing together the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout your previous learning and allowing you to apply them to an original research project – an applied dissertation.
With expert supervision from some of the UK’s leading HRM academics and practitioners, you’ll extend your knowledge of a selected HR topic and apply it to the formulation and design of a substantive investigation.
This course includes a weekend workshop on advanced research methods, with guidance on postgraduate study for those who need refreshing since completing their diploma. You’ll also be supervised in methods of leadership development and organisational change through ‘action learning’, a process of group reflection and discussion on challenges in the workplace to help you to learn and manage change effectively within your organisation.
As part of this course, we can provide online supervision with access to distance learning materials if needed, enabling those with work and/or family commitments to advance their academic and professional development while maintaining their employment and family responsibilities.
A series of workshops will develop your people management skills through exercises including role plays and interviewing practice. You will also attend lectures – including some by visiting speakers – and sessions on research methods, and even two residential weekends. You will work on case studies and group exercises as well as doing your own research and directed reading. At the end of the course you will submit a dissertation.
The course also includes a three-month work placement, which we will help you to find. Your placement will form the basis for your dissertation.
You will be assessed by means of exams, your dissertation and other coursework, including reports, presentations, group assignments and your record of learning and development. You will receive regular feedback on your work.
What are the entry requirements for MA Human Resource Management/Development (Masters degree top-up)?
Open to students who have already successfully completed a postgraduate level HRM diploma qualification
Applicants must have achieved graduate membership CIPD status.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
What are the career options with a MA Human Resource Management / Development (Top up)?
Our MA Top up course provides you with the opportunity to utilise the expertise gained in your final year having specialised in finance, marketing, operations or HR. The (optional) one year placement will give you experience of the real world for when it is time to seek employment in roles such as HR Manager and HR Adviser in organisations like UK Border Agency, Adobe, Hilton, PWC and Royal Mail.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.