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Bournemouth University

Professional Development (Human Resources Management)

This dynamic course has been developed for human resources management (HRM) practitioners who wish to gain the qualifications for professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The course is aimed those looking to study on a part-time basis. Upon completing this course, you'll be equipped with substantial knowledge of contemporary HRM theory and the ability to apply that knowledge to real-life situations. We also offer MSc Management with Human Resources for those wishing to study full-time.

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.

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent or completion of the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. 

Course modules

The dates provided below show the provisional dates that each unit will running in the 2017/18 academic year. Each unit will run on a Tuesday from 2-7pm. If you choose to enrol on the full Master’s in September 2017 you’ll complete the units in year one in the academic year 2016/17 as shown and year two units in the academic year 2017/18 (dates will be available in December 2016 for units running in the 2017/18 academic year).

Additional attendance dates for the academic year 2017/18 include:

  • Induction: 19 September 2017
  • Revision: 12 January 2018
  • Exam: 23 January 2018
  • Revision: 15 May 2018
  • Exam: 29 May 2018

Year 1

Core units

(26 September, 3, 10, 17 & 24 October 2017)

  • Leading, Managing & Developing People: This unit offers you a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development. You'll reflect on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, providing opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

(14, 21, 28 November, 5 &12 December 2017)

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership: Successful HR professionals have different approaches to work, but share a range of traits and beliefs. These underpin skills proficiency, but cannot be described as ‘skills’ themselves. Yet they're often central causes of a manager’s effectiveness and are developed consciously over time with an awareness of differing cultural contexts and operating environments. You'll be encouraged to develop a sense of self-awareness and of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague.

(30 January, 6, 13, 20 & 27 February 2018)

  • Human Resources Management in Context: The internal and external environments of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context in which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. You'll examine how leading organisations respond to these contexts. Managers and HR professionals in different types of organisations (small, large, national, global), not only have opportunities and choices when taking organisational and HR decisions but also face constraints on their autonomy in determining their futures.

(17, 24 April, 1 & 8 May 2018)

  • Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning: Explore the connection between knowledge management and organisational learning, and personal and professional skills linked with designing and executing management strategies that promote organisational learning.

You can exit the course here with a Postgraduate Certificate.

Year 2

  • Managing Employment Relations: Gain an understanding of national and international employment relations perspectives and debates, from theoretical and behavioural perspectives. You'll evaluate competing theories linked with managing employment relations strategies and their outcomes on organisational climate, employees and management.
  • Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective: Qualified professionals should be able to research and write reports that can persuade key stakeholders in the organisation to change or adopt policy and practice. You'll have the opportunity to investigate a live, complex business issue from a HR perspective, locate the work in the body of contemporary knowledge, collect and analyse data, to develop supportable conclusions an make practical recommendations for changing and improving current practice.
  • Employment Law: The knowledge and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law, and to give up-to-date, accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles at work in different jurisdictions. The unit will cover the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law, their purpose, the major defences employers can use when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and reputational risks associated with losing them. The focus is on situations that occur regularly in workplaces.
  • Resourcing & Talent Management: This unit focuses on the practical and strategic aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, to teach you about knowledge and skills for resourcing and talent management in a global context. Skills can be sourced by hiring employees and other means such as employing agency workers, subcontractors and consultants and through outsourcing arrangements.

You can exit the course here with a Postgraduate Diploma.

  • Research Project: An opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed applied research in an area that interests you. This adds value to you and your employer.

After completing your Research Project, you'll be awarded your Master's Degree.


For courses starting in September 2017, the fees are paid over the duration of the course as follows:

  • Year 1 (15 credit units x4) - £3,250 (option to exit with PG Cert)
  • Year 2 (15 credit units x4) - £3,250 (option to exit with PG Dip)
  • Year 3 (60 credit research project) - £3,000 (exit with MSc)


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time £ 9,500 (Whole course) Home/EU 3 Years
PgCert Part-time £ 3,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PgDip Part-time £ 6,500 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 Years
MA Part-time £ 14,500 (Whole course) International 3 Years

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