Human Resource Management


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1 to 5 years
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MA Human Resource Management

Course Overview

Enhance your CV and develop your HR skills with this CIPD-approved MA Human Resource Management. On this course, you’ll learn the skills you need to progress to a management or leadership role, helping you to accelerate to the next stage of your career.

Our Master’s in Human Resource Management covers a broad range of HR topics, including team development, resource planning and employee relations. This makes it an ideal choice if you want to expand your knowledge in this vital aspect of business management. As with all our degrees, the MA Human Resource Management is strongly focused on the skills you need to build your career. It has been developed by industry experts, with an emphasis on applied learning, so you’re already putting your learning into practice long before you’ve finished the course. 

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so you'll leave with an Advanced Level 7 qualification in Human Resource Management, and Associate Member status. The cost of CIPD membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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By helping you to expand your knowledge of HR processes and strategies, and by giving you the opportunity to put these into practice, this course is designed to prepare you for the move into a HR management role.


  • Managing the Human Resource
  • HRM in Context
  • Reward Management
  • Learning and Development
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning
  • Employee Relations
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

We’ve designed our Master’s in Human Resource Management to include a variety of different assessment methods, so you can demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a number of ways. Assessment methods include:

  • Reports
  • Audits and Case Studies
  • Exams
  • Research Proposal
  • Skills for Business Leadership Portfolio
  • Research Project

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.

For UK Students

To be eligible for Arden's Master's in Human Resources, we need to see that you have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this course. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience. 

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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before you enrol onto any degree, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from and spending time with. The MA in Human Resource Management is taught by The School of Business & Management. This department is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors who design the courses alongside leaders from the business community

Studying a master’s in Human Resource Management at Arden University will help you to develop your existing skills and knowledge in relation to this area of business management. This makes it an ideal starting point, whether you want to improve your current career prospects or prepare to enter the HRM environment with confidence. You’ll also gain a wide range of transferrable skills that you can use in other areas of business too.

What can an MA Human Resources do for me?

Quite a lot! HRM remains a highly relevant area of business, so developing your skills in this discipline opens up a wide range of roles and opportunities. What’s more, whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Analyse and evaluate HR issues to inform business decisions
  • Demonstrate the effective verbal and written communication skills needed for a management position
  • Develop the ability to work independently, taking responsibility for your own learning
  • Demonstrate effective planning and decision making, taking into account ethical and social considerations

What can I do after Arden University?

As mentioned above, a postgraduate qualification in HR management opens up a wealth of different roles and opportunities. Every business needs HR!

Career prospects include:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • General Manager
  • Pay and Reward Specialist
  • Personnel Management
  • Organisation Development

Get ready to move into a management role. The MA Human Resource Management provides you with a wide range of HR-related skills and knowledge that can be applied to a variety of roles within the public or private sector.

What’s more, this course is more than a HR Master’s Degree. Upon completion, you’ll also be awarded the Advanced Level 7 CIPD qualification and Associate Member status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  From here, you will have the opportunity to progress to Chartered status by maintaining your Continuous Professional Development.  

With our study options, you can achieve your degree regardless of any other commitments you have. Our online learning model is designed to give you the freedom you need by fitting your studies around your lifestyle - so you can work at a time and pace that suits you.


As a mature student the key factors that I wanted when deciding which university was best for me was quality content, a flexible learning schedule, and programme accreditation. During my research I found that Arden really stood out, and I could study without having to give up my job.

Abdulrahaman Usman
Abdulrahaman Usman
Master of Business Administration
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Online Learning

How does it work?

Need to fit your studying in around a busy work/life schedule? Looking for a human resources distance learning course? With online learning from Arden you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. Interrupted mid-study? Simply pause and pick it back up later. But it’s not just about studying solo - collaboration is a part of the Arden online learning experience too. You’ll be encouraged to communicate with your tutor and classmates through online forums and email, to share ideas and experiences.