Postgraduate study
Business, Accounting, Marketing & Enterprise

This course is available for January 2019 entry

MA Human Resource Management (Applied)*

Human resources professionals shape and inform strategic and operational decision making. They are concerned with ensuring that organisations employ the right balance of staff in terms of skills and experience, and ensuring that training and development opportunities are used to enhance performance and achieve objectives.

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  • 2 years; January intake

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  • Not available part-time

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You develop and enhance your human resource management skills and benefit from structured time to spend working within a business to enhance these skills and gain experience.

This course equips you with the skills and knowledge for a higher level career in human resource management and allows you to develop employability skills and UK experience to further enhance your employability. You consider topics such as human resource planning, learning and development, leadership and business performance, and management level research and development. You develop essential business skills and critically reflect on the knowledge and competencies required for HR practitioners in a range of professional contexts. The work-based module in your second year provides access to an organisation to enable you to put into practice these skills and gain valuable experience of working within a UK-based organisation.

Professional accreditation

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is highly valued and widely accepted as a requirement of HR practice by employers. You are encouraged to apply for student membership of the Institute within the first few weeks of study. CIPD membership grades are dependent on knowledge and behaviours. This MA meets the underpinning knowledge requirements for the CIPD Professional membership grades, however the membership grade awarded by CIPD is also based on your practical workplace experience of HR. Completion of the MA allows you to apply for the CIPD professional membership level of Associate Member.

The programme consists of seven modules each focusing on a core principle of effective human resource management and one module which allows you to develop your work based skills.

Course structure

Core modules

Applied Practice

This module enables you to develop work-based solutions to real-world problems through a reflective learning approach. Through discrete, identifiable work-related activities focused on enhancing organisational knowledge and innovation, you develop personal and professional knowledge through a process of reflection, critical thinking and action. The module enables you to demonstrate an autonomous approach to professional learning and development within a work-based context to enhance your employability.

Business Research Methods

This module develops your awareness and understanding of the factors that impact research design for business and management students. You explore the ethical principles underpinning business research, research methodologies, data type, collection and analysis, research methods and how to present a research proposal and dissertation.


You will integrate your learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues, which are demonstrably concerned with development within the organisation. You are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that you are appraised of your on-going performance. Usually the dissertation should be completed within one year.

Human Resource Planning

Effective organisations need to develop a strategic approach to the attraction and retention of staff, analysing their key employment markets and gaining an understanding of their dynamics so as to enable them to compete more effectively, both now and in the future. Indeed, human resource planning to enable an organisation to meet its future demand for skills is an increasingly important HR role. This module focuses on the practical and strategic aspects of the key HRP processes including recruitment and selection, employee retention and employee release.

Leadership and Business Performance

To be effective, organisations need to develop continuously their strategic capabilities by implementing effective performance management systems to drive individual, team and manager performance. HR professionals have a central role to play in this process, supporting both individual managers and the wider organisation in the achievement of the organisational mission and objectives.

Leadership and Management Development

One way for an organisation to gain competitive edge is through the efforts of its people. In an ever-increasing turbulent world of work, with change classed as a given, organisations must now look at enhancing their human resource to deal effectively with the changes they face on a day-to-day basis as well as future challenges in the workplace. The latter of which has taken on a new role in terms of the global/international context. Therefore the focus of this module is on the development of leadership and management in facilitating organisational, team and individual change and growth. You will explore the differing approaches and interpretations of the concepts of leadership and management within a range of organisational contexts including public, private, not-for-profit, large, small, national, international and multicultural organisations.

Learning and Development

This module aims to facilitate an informed critical examination of the concepts relevant to the discipline of human resource development, and develop the professional competence required to perform effectively in roles associated with the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development.

Resilient HRM in Context

The aim of this module is to give an understanding of the complex and changing context that HRM finds itself in and the importance of HRM being resilient in these turbulent times. At the same time it gives you an awareness of contemporary HRM issues in readiness for being future-thinking practitioners with cutting-edge knowledge of HR developments.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

An interactive workshop approach is used to develop understanding through lectures, individual and group activities, case studies and presentations.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include examinations, assignments and presentations.

Career opportunities

This course includes an additional semester of work experience therefore enabling you to gain valuable UK experience to enhance your global career prospects.

Effective and professional human resource management is increasingly recognised by organisations as a key area in achieving business success. Consequently there is high demand for highly trained and skilled HR professionals. Our experience, and that of our past students, strongly suggests that the MA Human Resource Management at Teesside University Business School can provide that unique advantage in the jobs market.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is one of the following:

  • a good honours degree (at least a 2:2) in a business-related/human resources-related discipline
  • a post-experience or professional qualification
  • equivalent qualifications (including international qualifications).

Applicants without a formal academic qualification but with appropriate work experience and professional training will also be considered.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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* Subject to University approval

Course information


  • 2 years; January intake

More full-time details

2018 entry


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information