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MA Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management



Study level
Part time
1 year+
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Now more than ever, people are the most highly prized asset in any company, and successful organisations are now committed to the well-being and retention of highly motivated employees. Arden’s MA Human Resource Management degree focuses on managing people from a social, cultural, and political point of view, while developing your senior-level management skills and encouraging creative thinking.

On our master’s in Human resource management course you’ll study a broad range of HR topics, including team development, resource planning, and employee relations. This makes it an ideal choice if you want to expand your HR knowledge and gain the professional abilities needed to secure a career in this rewarding industry. 

The course has been developed by our highly experienced academic team in partnership with industry experts - all with the needs of future HR leaders like you in mind and with an emphasis on applied learning. After graduation you’ll be able to confidently demonstrate how human resource activities drive growth for organisations; knowledge that will enable you to become the leader you aspire to be.

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Course details and modules

By helping you to expand your knowledge of HR processes and strategies and giving you the opportunity to put these abilities into practice, this course prepares you senior HR management roles in practically any industry. Your course modules have been designed to ensure you learn the most up-to-date knowledge in HR management, and you’ll graduate with abilities that will make you a valuable HR leader in any organisation.

Simon Henry

I’ve found the Arden MBA has given me a much more comprehensive foundation of knowledge around the topics I don’t often encounter in my work role, including financial decision-making, ethics and strategy. This knowledge will enable me to progress to more strategic roles in the future.

Simon Henry
MBA Online


  • Managing the Human Resource
  • HRM in Context
  • Reward Management
  • Learning and Development
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning
  • Employee Relations
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

We’ve designed our Master’s in Human Resource Management to include a variety of different assessment methods, so you can demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a number of ways. Assessment methods include:

  • Reports
  • Audits and Case Studies
  • Exams
  • Research Proposal
  • Skills for Business Leadership Portfolio
  • Research Project

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Abdulrahaman Usman

As a mature student the key factors that I wanted when deciding which university was best for me was quality content, a flexible learning schedule, and programme accreditation. During my research I found that Arden really stood out, and I could study without having to give up my job.

Abdulrahaman Usman
Master of Business Administration

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy.
Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

For UK Students

To be eligible for Arden's Master's in Human Resources, we need to see that you have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this course. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience. 

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

At Arden University, we develop our human resource management degree programmes to give you the most relevant, useful, and forward-thinking people management skills, so you are prepared to succeed in current and future work environments across diverse industries. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business 

Career prospects

Studying a master’s in human resource management at Arden will help you to develop your existing skills and knowledge in relation to this area of business management. This makes it an ideal starting point, whether you want to improve your current career prospects or prepare to enter the HRM environment with confidence from another profession. The course prepares you for senior roles that come with senior responsibility, accelerating your progress towards well-paid leadership positions. 

What can an MA Human Resources do for me?

Quite a lot! HRM remains a highly relevant area of business, so developing your skills in this discipline opens up a wide range of roles and opportunities. What’s more, whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Analyse and evaluate HR issues to inform business decisions
  • Demonstrate the effective verbal and written communication skills needed for a management position
  • Develop the ability to work independently, taking responsibility for your own learning
  • Demonstrate effective planning and decision making, taking into account ethical and social considerations

What can I do after Arden University?

As mentioned above, a postgraduate qualification in HR management opens up a wealth of different roles and opportunities. Every business needs HR!

Career prospects include:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • General Manager
  • Pay and Reward Specialist
  • Personnel Management
  • Organisation Development

Industry skills

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a professional body which sets the industry standards for human resource management and people development.

For Arden students, the cost of your CIPD membership is also included during your studies, giving you a range of additional resources and access to events.

Arden graduates will also have the chance to upgrade their membership and become a prestigious Chartered Member (Chartered MCIPD), a mark of your pursuit of continuous professional development in the field of human resource management.

Career Development Resources

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.