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MA Human Resource Management

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Why study HRM?

Enhance your managerial skills and career prospects with our MA in Human Resource Management (HRM), approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Do you want to enhance your managerial skills and career prospects to take on senior HR roles? This Masters will give you the expertise needed to assemble the right people and organisational structure to effectively carry out your organisation’s objectives, given the rapidly changing and increasingly globalised labour market.

We believe that managers learn with and from each other to find solutions to real-life problems at work so we encourage participative learning methods and work-based assignments so that it's not just you who benefits from your development, but also your employer. You can study with us while continuing to work.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). To seek this credit for your degree you should apply directly to join the CIPD and pay the appropriate joining and membership fee.


Leading, managing and developing people, HRM strategy and practice requires a skillset this MA in Human Resource Management will immerse you in. You’ll be equipped with an in-depth knowledge of schools of thought on strategic HRM and ability to accommodate and synthesise new knowledge from inside and outside your domestic economy, aware of your social and ethical responsibilities, able to communicate clearly and to solve problems. Able to formulate your own views you can work with confidence: independently, as a member, or a leader of a group.

What can I do after my MA in HRM?

After this course you’ll have a sound basis for taking on senior HR roles such as:

  • HR director
  • HR manager
  • HR officer
  • HR advisor
  • HR training officer

We help you understand what a team and a company needs, and know how to make that happen with people as a driving force. Your qualification is recognised by CIPD, the UK's most credible specialist human resources training and awarding body, as an advanced qualification (entry on this course does not confer membership – you will need to apply directly to CIPD for that).

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a PhD programme at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.


"I have used multiple of these services in my time at ARU, and they have been really beneficial to my studies, not only helping push up my grades, but also helping with things such as time management and wellbeing."


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