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MA Human Resource Management

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

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Gain the confidence and skills to take the next step in your Human Resources career with our Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) aligned master’s in human resource management.

You will develop your understanding of business concepts, theoretical and legal frameworks and leadership skills. Recent graduates have gone to secure positions, including Employee Relations Specialist, Learning and Development Manager, HR Business Partner and Diversity Manager.

The MA Human Resource Management at BNU has far exceeded my initial 'logistical' requirements and has given me so much more confidence, not just academically, but to be able to apply critical thinking in my workplace too.
Jane Whiley
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Why study this subject?

If you are looking to become a socially responsible, ethical, knowledgeable, creative and dynamic practitioner then look no further than a postgraduate human resources degree.

Taught by industry-experienced academics our degree will help you explore specialist areas within human resources, from organisational psychology to employment law and develop your skills so you can contribute to business and society as a whole whilst applying and maintaining the highest professional standards.

Companies are always looking to invest in their success and one way they do this is through recruiting skilled and qualified leaders and managers. Having a good balance of academic qualifications with professional skills is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd and impress employers. Our MA Human Resource Management will help you communicate and deliver effective business solutions that optimise the people resources of your organisation in the key areas of Responsible and Sustainable Growth; Wellbeing, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and Talent Management and Development.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Once you join Buckinghamshire New University you become part of our vibrant and diverse community. We are dedicated and focused on ensuring you receive the best possible experience whilst studying with us. We know that everyone is different and our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you are treated as an individual and will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your MA. In short, we want you to build upon the experience you have gained in industry and expand your abilities so you can graduate with the relevant knowledge to progress your career.

We offer a range of core and optional modules to ensure you can create a degree that truly reflects your interests and evolves your skill set. Optional modules seek to cover global HR for a broader comparative perspective, enabling an evaluation of a range of crucial issues on a global scale.

A live consultancy project, paired with self-reflection assessment, rounds off your journey by cementing and displaying your professional competencies developed as part of the programme. 

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What will I study?

We know that taking the next step in your career is can be an exciting but daunting prospect, studying a postgraduate qualification can be the perfect way to learn the vital knowledge and skills needed to advance whilst having the support of industry experienced academics to help you put your ideas into action.

From wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion to talent management, and human resource leadership to employment law and relations, by the end of the programme you will have developed a strategic, integrated and holistic perspective on organisations and management. You will be confident in your leadership capabilities and be prepared for senior human resources management career advancement.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This programme has been designed to cultivate the ethos of an engaging and inclusive learning community that is responsive to different learning styles and allows you to develop to your full potential. This is partially achieved through the arrangement of numerous events and opportunities each semester beyond the taught modules to engage with, which include academic, policy and practitioner events and issues explored through invited speakers, seminars, workshops, activities and conferences, both off and on-campus.

An applied approach to lecturing is used, with lectures interspersed with seminars and workshops. A multitude of industry norm exercises are incorporated into the modules, where both student and lecturer lead seminars are utilised, current and topical case study analysis is explored, group activities such as those seen in assessment centres and away days are woven into the fabric of modules, debates on contemporary issues facilitated, and a strong focus on own ownership of learners’ independent learning promoted. 


Did you know?

We are one of the Top 10 (4th) best UK small schools for business (Capitalontap, 2022), find out more about this excellent news here.

MA Human Resource Management Programme Specification

What are the course 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.

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. If your first language is not English or your language of instruction at undergraduate level was not English you be required to demonstrate English proficiency at a score of IELTS level 6.5 or its equivalent.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees

Home fees, Academic Year 2023-2024:
  • Year 1 fees: £3,550
  • Year 2 fees: £7,050
International fees, Academic Year 2023-2024:
  • Year 1 fees: £3,550
  • Year 2 fees: £7,050

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

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

We see your journey with us as much more than a degree, we are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

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. There is a huge demand in HR advice, especially when a company can't invest in a full-time HR professional or for SMEs and start-up businesses. Some of our graduates have set up their own HR consultant companies and some work as freelance consultants.

Did you know?

We are one of the Top 10 (4th) best UK small schools for business (Capitalontap, 2022), find out more about this excellent news here.

After completing the MA in Human Resource Management, I am now heading up a small HR team and love my job.
David O'Reilly
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