Human Resource Management MA Stage 3 only (Top-Up) MA

Postgraduate taught (12 months part-time)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

September 2017

Chelmsford (September): Semester 1: two three-day teaching blocks (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9am-5pm); Semester 2: one two-day teaching block (Thursdays, Fridays 9am-5pm) plus independent study

Cambridge (June): Trimester 3: one three-day teaching block plus independent study; Semester 2 (February): HRM in the Global Context plus independent study


Top-up your existing qualification to a valuable Masters degree in just one year. Our course will suit you if you already hold the advanced level CIPD qualification of professional practitioner standards awards or a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. You can study with us while continuing to work.

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Full description


Your qualification will be recognised by CIPD, the UK's most credible specialist human resources training and awarding body.

Our course has a strong focus on the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in human resource management. It’s essential if you’re preparing for, or aspiring to, managerial roles in HR either in UK or overseas.

Modules & assessment

Cambridge trimester 3 (June)

Cambridge semester 2 (February)

Chelmsford semester 1 (September)

Chelmsford semester (2 February)


We’ll asses your progress through modular assignments that incorporate written reports and essays, oral presentations, case study analysis, exams and a portfolio.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

Entry requirements

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You should hold the advance level CIPD qualification or professional practitioner standards awards or a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Ideally, you’ll also have at least one or two years’ experience in an HR post.

All external applicants will go through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process. Stage 3 entry is only available if your existing credits map to the Anglia Ruskin University Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and were completed within the last five years. If you’re already studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at Anglia Ruskin, you can progress directly to our Stage 3 MA.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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