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This part-time course has been developed for human resources management practitioners who want to gain the qualifications for professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). When you graduate you’ll be eligible to apply for associate membership of the CIPD.

Upon completing this course, you’ll be equipped with substantial knowledge of contemporary human resource management theory and the ability to apply that knowledge to real-life situations.

With the guidance of our expert academic team, you’ll acquire the necessary skills and competence to plan and manage HR activities at both an operational and strategic level in the public and private sectors. You’ll gain advanced knowledge in employment law, employment relations, organisational learning, resourcing and talent management as well as develop your business leadership skills to advance your HR career.

Throughout the course you will apply your knowledge to real  business environments, working on live case studies and projects. The course is delivered through informal, interactive seminars and workshops with opportunities to network with  regular guest speakers from practitioners and the CIPD.

We are looking for applicants who are currently in an HR role, have experience of people management and development, and who can apply theory to real-life situations.

The course is aimed at those with HR experience looking to study on a part-time basis. We also offer MSc Management with Human Resources for those wishing to study full-time.

“Our CIPDaccredited course is led by experienced academics and HR practitioners, and provides fantastic networking opportunities.”
Dr Simon Roberts, Programme Co-ordinator

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


27 months part-time


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject or equivalent, or completion of the CIPD Level 5 Certificate or Diploma in Human Resource Management. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information see our full entry requirements.

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Course details

The dates provided in this section show the provisional dates that each unit will running in the 2018/19 academic year.

Each unit will run on a Thursday from 2–7pm. If you choose to enrol on the full Master’s in September 2020 you’ll complete the units in year one in the academic year 2018/19 as shown and year two units in the academic year 2019/20 (dates will be available in December 2018 for units running in the 2019/20 academic year).

Download the programme specification (pdf 333kb)

Your application

Entry requirements


This course will provide you with the necessary skills and competence to plan and manage HR activities at operational and strategic levels in the public and private sectors.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the business sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course.