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Human Resource Management

PG Diploma
Duration: 21 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Diploma
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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Our MSc in Human Resources Management is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for HR professionals, accredited by the CIPD. 

We offer a full-time MSc in Human Resource Management as well as a part-time Diploma and MSc for working professionals. They all provide a cost-effective, intensive route to progressing your career.

Our Master's in Human Resource Management programmes include:

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Why Bradford?

  • Our Human Resource Management Masters programmes are widely recognised and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and our students benefit from our close links with HR practitioners.
  • We are proud to be in an elite group of only 59 business schools in the world (less than 1%) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".


  • University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016

Entry requirements

You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.

English language requirements:

If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:

IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or 

Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or 

PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.

Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


As a part-time student you will, over two academic years (72 weeks), attend the School of Management on one afternoon and evening per week (normally a Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2), starting in September each year. 

The programme has a broadly based first year and comprises three 20 credit modules.

Year 1
Leading, managing and developing people (20 credits)
HRM in context (20 credits)
Employment Law (20 credits)

More strategic and specialist modules are offered in the second year, which differ depending on whether you choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Year 2 PG Diploma 
Developing skills for business leadership (10 credits)
Human resource development (10 credits)
Employee relations (10 credits)
Investigating a business issue from an HR perspective (20 credits)
1 Elective module

Learning activities and assessment

Learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, staff-led small group sessions, virtual learning environment (or equivalent) activities and guided private study. Sessions may be delivered weekly or in blocks. Small group sessions will use practical application of cases and case studies with oral feedback given in the class. Students will be directed to appropriate primary and secondary sources and be required to perform research and presentation exercises.  The Employment Law module is a good example of this where students are required to research legal issues and prepare an oral submission of their findings at tutorials. All teaching will be supported by information supplied on the University's virtual learning environment. As a programme leading to professional membership, personal development planning is particularly important. The Developing Skills for Business Leadership module focuses on personal and professional skills assessment and development, using an e-portfolio, PebblePAD to support this.

The programme is summatively assessed by a mixture of examinations, coursework (group and individual) and presentations (group and individual). Skills assessment is both individual, group and by e-portfolio including a reflective journal. Detail is provided in the mapping appendix. Note that CIPD requirements are an unseen element of assessment in the core modules, HRM in Context and Leading, Managing and Developing People. The final award of Master will be gained by a successful completion of a bound dissertation on an agreed topic, which evidences a critical exposition of primary data (20,000 words). The final award of PG Dip will be gained by a successful completion of a report in the Investigating an HR Issue from a Business Perspective module on an agreed topic, which evidences a critical exposition of primary data (7,500 words).

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • £6,000

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.