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Human Resource Management

This course is CIPD accredited, developing HR professionals who understand the business, its context and their role in sustaining the business.


Study Human Resource Management at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The course fulfils the professional learning, training and development needs of those who are in the early part of their career in human resource management, training and development or employee relations.

It is also a means by which experienced HR or line managers can update their knowledge and understanding of best practice people management and anchor their experience within an applied theoretical context.

Graduates leave the course with a valuable academic qualification in the Master's in HRM and also a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Ulster University Business School has an excellent track record of teaching a current, professionally relevant and engaging curriculum from our full-time, subject expert, academic staff.


The aims and learning outcomes of the course are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning methods across the modules including lectures, seminars, tutorials, online learning, case studies, residentials and visiting speakers.

The course team contribute to the research base in areas of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development which provide excellent local and international case study examples to support teaching.

Students work towards a Postgraduate Certificate during the first year of the course, then a Postgraduate Diploma in the second year and then towards the full Master's qualification.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

Students are usually expected to have a second class honours degree or equivalent, English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and one year’s experience in an HR or HR-related role.

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee), they may be considered for entry to the course. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

An interview may form part of the selection process.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Exemptions may be given on the basis of other postgraduate qualifications and/or the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development’s (CIPD) Advanced Level modules completed at other institutions. Applications for exemption will be assessed by the Course Team on an individual basis.




The course lasts for a duration of 2 years.

Students attend lectures on Monday afternoon and Monday evening throughout semesters 1 and 2 (September through to December and February through to May). Each semester is 12 weeks in duration.

In year 2 students will also be required to attend a module in semester 3.

Careers or further progression

Career options

This course is very relevant to those in the HR profession, seeking to further their experience and/or career development opportunities. In addition, Professional Membership of the CIPD is vital for employability within the HR profession. CIPD are recognised in the UK and Ireland, Europe and increasingly further afield.

Employers' expectations confirm that successful HR professionals need to understand the business, its context and their role in sustaining the business. Above all, employers want the assurance that they are employing someone who can do the job so academic and professional recognition has become increasingly important for employment within the profession. This course attracts a diverse range of applicants from the public, private and third sectors and this provides great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Alumni from this course can be found in leading HR positions both at home and abroad.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) 

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Further enquiries

Jeanette Harrison

Nick Read

Subjects taught

There are eight taught modules on the programme as follows:

Year 1
- Leading, Managing and Developing People
- Resourcing and Talent Management
- HRM in Context
- Organisation Design and Development

Year 2
- Investigating a Business Issue
- Developing Skills for Business Leadership
- Employee Relations
- Employment Law

Alongside the year 2 modules, students also complete a Management Research Report (PgDip exit award) or a Dissertation (MSc HRM) with the guidance of an academic supervisor. Students can opt to complete the Dissertation during a third year of study.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

Students attend two lectures each week covering two subject areas. Assessment is via coursework and meets the requirements of the CIPD so that graduates from the course can leave with both a valued academic qualification from Ulster University and a professional qualification from CIPD.

Where possible teaching and assessment is made relevant to the students' workplace and role so that they may see an immediate value in studying for the qualification.

Innovative assessment methods are also employed on the course such as applied presentations and professional discussions.

The course is taught by subject experts and we also invite guest lecturers in to the course in order to explore some subject areas. Many of the teaching staff have experience in working outside the University and are able to bring their knowelege and experience into the classroom.

As students of the course all have some work experience examples from the workplace and students' own experience form the subject of discussion within modules. This allows students to network and learn from one another as well as from the lecturers.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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