Human Resource Management MA

This course offers interesting and challenging modules and options. It will suit graduates intending to work in HR, as well as those already working in the field and wanting to advance their careers. Building on your understanding of the theory and practice of HRM techniques, it provides a professionally focused and research informed blend of academic and practical information, encouraging critical reflection on current HRM approaches.

Westminster Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre. The course has been accredited by the CIPD as meeting the 'knowledge criteria' for professional membership. This means that once you have successfully shown the CIPD relevant evidence of your practice in the workplace, you will gain professional level of Chartered Membership, with the joining and initial membership fee paid for by the University.

The emphasis in the classroom is on blending theory and practice, problem diagnosis and the selection of managerial tools to provide the best fit with the situation. Classes are often run on a workshop basis, giving you the opportunity for students to pool their experience, as well as drawing on the expertise of the tutors. You will also have the opportunity to develop essential HR practitioner skills by attending a series of practical workshops.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what students study on this course. All modules are subject to the CIPD and University of Westminster approval.

Core Modules

You will examine the working environment of HR practitioners by analysing the impact of economic, political, social and technological factors.

You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications for organisational success.

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop or evaluate, on the basis of empirical or conceptual research and analytic rigour, a specific area of human resource knowledge

This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of human resource management.

You will develop the interpersonal management skills and techniques you need to work both as an internal and external consultant to organisations.

A choice of two of the following CIPD modules:

Option Modules

This module encourages you to develop and reflect on your knowledge of UK employee relations from a number of different theoretical perspectives.

This module provides you with the theoretical underpinning necessary to critically evaluate both individual and organisational learning processes.

This module examines the ways in which organisational effectiveness is influenced by structures, technologies, culture, power and attitudes. You will use concepts and modes of analysis to critically evaluate, organisational design and development.

You will develop your critical awareness of the links between an organisation's need to achieve corporate objectives, and its need for people.

This module focuses on the management of reward systems, critically analysing the links between reward systems and employee behaviour, through the use of theory and case studies.

You will also choose two from the following additional option modules:

Additional option modules

This module focuses on a critical exploration of good practice in assessment at work.

The module focuses on the evolving role of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) in an environment of unprecedented economic uncertainty and intensification of competition driven by advances in globalisation.

The module provides you with the theoretical underpinning necessary to understand the processes of designing and delivering effective training.

You will develop your knowledge of, and ability to evaluate, UK employment law requirements.

This module concentrates on the international context of HRM, and the policies and procedures that organisations need to devise when designing international human resource strategies.

The module provides you with the ability to critically appreciate the philosophies, theories, models and techniques underpinning the management development processes at both the corporate and individual levels.

You will examine the ways in which corporate cultures impact on the management of organisational change. Through a critical analysis of relevant concepts, models and methods, you will develop the skills to manage change within different organisational environments.

This module explores and considers the structure and implications of difference and inequality within the employment relationship by examining the historical, sociological, economic and psychological basis of discrimination.


Westminster Business School will pay your CIPD joining fee and your membership fees for the first period of your studies. You will also be provided with text books which contain the essential reading for the core modules.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Download the Programme Specification

Course Leader

Cecilie Bingham

Principal Lecturer

Cecilie is a principal lecturer in Human Resource Management within Westminster Business School. Her relationship with the University of Westminster goes back to the late seventies.

She gained an Applied Social Science BA from Lanchester Polytechnic, followed by an Industrial Relations MA from University of Warwick. Her professional memberships include BUIRA and ILT. She is an Associate researcher with the Work Foundation and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Cecilie previously worked for Incomes Data Services as a journalist and senior researcher, and until recently, she was the Commissioning Editor for The Work Foundation's bi-monthly journal Managing Best Practice. Cecilie's book Employment Relations: Fairness and Trust in the Workplace is one of the nominees for 2016's Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year.

Her recent research papers have looked at flexibility and diversity within the workplace.

Cecilie's emphasis in teaching is on blending theory with practice, and the importance of diagnosing the causes of problems before ascertaining the most appropriate managerial tools to solve them.


After completing the course you can be expected to develop your career within HRM, either in the UK or abroad, or to continue your studies in HR-related fields. Providing a higher degree qualification in a well-established management area, the course will enable you to enhance your career prospects and marketability in the professional practice of HRM. Past students have become consultants (internal and external), HR managers, compensation and benefits managers, change management specialists, HR business partners/operations managers, civil servants and mediators. Employers of our students include the BBC, Cap Gemini, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Royal Household.

As a Human Resource Management postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in managerial or organisational roles which focus on human resources or people development. Past students have gone on to become consultants (internal and external), HR managers, compensation and benefits managers, change management specialists, HR business partners/operations managers, civil servants, and mediators.

With the MA Human Resource Management, you'll be particularly well-placed to pursue people focused career opportunities in areas such as change management and compensation and benefits.

The School is designated a Centre of Excellence by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The course has been approved by the CIPD as meeting the 'Knowledge Criteria' for Chartered Membership. This means that once you have successfully shown the CIPD relevant evidence of your practice in the workplace, you will gain the professional level of either Associate or Chartered Membership.

The Business Experience Team also offers full-time overseas postgraduate students the opportunity to take part in our Westminster Business School Mentoring Programme.

We will match students with a senior professional (mentor) from their field of expertise to give them an exact insight into British working practices and policies. Experienced professionals in any business field share their career experiences and knowledge with students who may wish to venture down a similar path in the near future.

Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including marketing, general management, finance and entrepreneurship. In addition, our mentors typically offer three hours of their time over a three month period to the mentee (student). In addition, to one-to-one meetings, students are encouraged to keep in touch with their mentor over email and telephone.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Student Highlight

Diala Ghandour

Human Resource Management MA

During my course, I learned how to research and build my knowledge in HR and to keep updating it consistently. The international experience in London is great. I found it really valuable to learn about employment law, employee relations, developing and delivering training and how HR can bring balance to organisations and make a difference.

Believe in yourself, believe that your degree will make you think differently and stay open to new ideas.

MA Award
September, January Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

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