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Arden University

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Master of Arts Human Resource Management (CIPD)

  • Masters (Coursework)

The MA Human Resource Management Master's Degree is approved by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1.5 - 5 years full-time
Study Mode
Intake Months
Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec
Domestic Fees
$14,812 per year

About this course

The Arden University MA Human Resource Management programme (CIPD), will prepare you for strategic senior HR roles both within the UK and internationally. This 100% online Distance Learning course, will help you develop an awareness of HRM disciplines in working practice, within a dynamic business context. 
The MA Human Resource Management Master's Degree is approved by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development. Using critical analysis, self-reflection and effective communication you will learn how to develop and implement strategic solutions and drive HR improvements to your workplace immediately. 

Entry requirements

To be eligible for Arden's Human Resource Management Master's Degree course you must normally 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, you must have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).

If you don’t have academic qualifications

We are more than happy to consider, and positively encourage, an application from you at Arden University if you have substantial suitable work experience (typically 5 years senior level experience) and can show us that you have the motivation to study the programme. 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 experiences.

Don’t have any of the above?

If you don’t already have an Undergraduate Degree, and you’re not quite there with the required amount of work experience for Postgraduate study, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our Undergraduate Degree programmes. We offer online Degrees in a range of subjects. As they are delivered via online learning, they can fit in around your current commitments. See our available online Degrees 


Assessments at Arden University are designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

  • Reports
  • Audit and Case Study Assignments
  • Exams
  • Research Proposal
  • Research Project

To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on every assessment you submit. If required, your Arden tutor may be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real life settings.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page


Please note: These fees are for students starting in July 2019. For new applicants starting from October 2019, fees will increase by £1,000. 

Pay in Full

You can pay for your Arden University course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way.


You can pay for your studies as you go along. That means no monthly payment obligations; you simply make the next payment when you are ready to start the next stage of your course. So if you can’t pay upfront or perhaps aren’t eligible for a student loan, you can pay in bitesize chunks.

We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard and UK Maestro), bank transfers and cheques. Unfortunately, we are currently we are unable to accept Amex cards for payment. Students can also pay via PayPal if they are paying in GBP.

English Language
IELTS 6.5+

Study locations


What you will learn

This professional online Postgraduate Master's Degree course exploring Human Resource Management will provide you with a detailed overview of specialist areas of HRM, including employee relations, learning and development, and reward management.

Upon completion, the MA HRM will provide you with an Advanced Level 7 CIPD qualification and Associate Member status. You will also have the opportunity to progress to ‘Chartered’ status by maintaining your Continuous Professional Development. 

Course structure

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

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.