Human Resource Management - MA

Having the ability to motivate and manage staff, anticipate, understand and navigate reactions to change within the workplace will make you a more effective leader – whether you work in-house or as a consultant in general management or within the field of Human Resources Management (HRM). Based on real-world application, our master’s course provides an excellent grounding in theory and practice. On successful completion, it can lead to Associate level membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and, following the required professional practice, Chartered Membership and Fellowship.

Month of entry

  • September, January

Mode of study

  • Full time


Subject area

  • Business and Management

Fees for 2024/25 academic year

  • UK - Full time £12,700 per year.
    International - £21,900 per year.

Duration of study

  • 1 Year or up to 20 months with entrepreneurship or placement pathway

Why study Human Resource Management at Keele University?

Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) allowing Associate Membership on graduation
Practical skills workshops focus on developing essential skills such as negotiating and resolving sensitive workplace issues and problems or applying legal remedies to workplace issues
Hear from industry practitioners which have previously included a representative from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Hands-on practical experience tackling real-life workplace issues in areas such as equality, dignity and respect, for example, ranging from the gender pay gap to sexual harassment
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Professional Accreditation

By studying this professionally-accredited master’s degree, approved by the CIPD, you’ll gain cutting-edge strategic knowledge to leverage the employment relationship, needed now more than ever in the turbulent, competitive world of work where being able to change and innovate are critical success factors.‌ 

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"I was attracted to the course as it is a comprehensive programme that covers all the HR functions and the diversity is outstanding in Keele, you will see tens of nationalities. The lectures were very supportive and helpful, and I felt safe and secure while living on campus. The whole experience was like an interesting journey and getting CIPD accreditation for the first time was great. It developed me theoretically and moved me to the next level. I started up my HR consultancy firm in London, which provides HR solutions to enterprises around the globe, which blend the HR theories I studied during the MA and my practical experience from professional employment."

Moustafa, MA Human Resource Management Graduate

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Postgraduate Study with Keele Business School

Keele Business School's range of postgraduate programmes aim to help you accelerate your career in business. Our authentic business school approach will help develop you in to one of the business leaders of tomorrow.

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"Completing my MA gave me the initial confidence to apply for a role in a quite intimidating sector in the police force. On paper, I had very limited recruitment history, however the theoretical knowledge I learned allowed me to demonstrate the relevant competencies in the interview. Within six months, I was promoted to look after all recruitment, selection and onboarding for new officers who join the force. My MA set me apart from other candidates and has certainly enhanced my employability. It has not only strengthened my confidence and employability, but the structure of the taught side of the course and my dissertation aided my organisational skills and gave me real insight into how to strategically manage my time and deliver outcomes."

Olivia, MA Human Resource Management Graduate

PRME Champions

Keele Business School (KBS) has been selected for the 2024-2025 cohort of PRME Champions. Consisting of 47 businesses and management schools from around the world, The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact, focused on raising the bar for sustainable business education. More information about PRME Champions can be found here.

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"As an international student, coming to the UK for my studies has been an exciting and eye opening experience. It has been a great learning opportunity for me as I am more aware of what to expect in a real-life setting and how to handle situations as an HR practitioner. I am looking forward to pursuing my career and being an HR manager in the future. The staff in this University are amazing and they do an excellent job ensuring that students fully engage in discussions as well as have a full understanding of the course. In addition, the support received, diverse environment and exquisite facilities have made Keele more than just a place to learn but home for me. I encourage anyone coming to study at Keele, to take the bold step."

Osarhieme, Human Resource Management Graduate

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Keele Postgraduate Association

Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.

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Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.

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