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Course Essentials

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 is part of the School of Business and Management and 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for Arden University’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.

Course Content

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.


  • 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.


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 University 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.

Career Prospects

Our online Human Resource Management Masters’ Degree programme at Arden University will enable you to develop your existing skills and knowledge to improve your current career prospects or to prepare you to enter the HRM environment with confidence. You will also gain a wide range of transferrable skills that will be applicable to other opportunities.

Transferable skills gained through this course can include:

  • Analysis and evaluation of HR issues to inform business decisions that will generate relevant and workable solutions
  • Effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills required within a management position
  • The ability to work independently, taking responsibility for your own learning, as well as the ability to work within a team
  • Effective planning and personal development, including the awareness of ethical and social consideration in decision making

Positions you can end up in include:

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

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to embark on further study. Courses you may consider with Arden include:

  • MBA – Distance Learning
  • MBA – Blended Learning

What is Distance Learning?

In today’s busy world it’s often difficult to find time in your day-to-day life to pursue a higher education programme full-time. Things are different with Arden University. We offer online Distance Learning courses that enable you to study for an internationally-recognised qualification without putting your life on hold.

You can choose from a wide range of online courses and we offer many different qualifications, allowing you to study for a Degree, Top-up Degree, Master’s or MBA via 100% online learning – including our latest MBA, The Karren Brady MBA.

Distance Learning could be perfect for you if you are:

  • A busy professional looking for the next step in your career
  • A school leaver wanting to gain valuable work experience without sacrificing your education
  • A parent or carer wanting to return to education but needing to maintain your responsibilities

Over 50,000 people worldwide have studied and achieved their qualifications through online and Distance Learning with us.


How does Arden Distance Learning compare to traditional university study?

It’s simple really. There are no lectures to attend on-site anywhere, no fixed timetable and your study portal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! The qualification you gain at the end of your course is the same as any other UK university course.

We provide you with all the study materials you need online, a team of expert tutors and other support to help you gain your Degree, Master’s or other qualification.

The only difference between a qualification from Arden University and a more traditional on-site university is the flexible way we deliver the course. We offer:

  • An innovative virtual classroom, ilearn, available 24/7.
  • Access to multi-media learning materials* via ilearn, developed by our Arden University subject specialists.
  • Accessible learning from any device – you can learn from your computer, laptop, tablet or phone.
  • The flexibility to study from any place in the world, at a time to suit you, as long as you can access the internet.

Studying online gives you everything you need, plus you still get support from us from the moment you apply, with our friendly Arden Admissions Team on hand to answer any questions you have about your chosen course.

Throughout your course, you’ll also have a dedicated course tutor who can be emailed if you need help with your studies and we even have a community for our Arden University students so you can get in touch with others on your course.

Take a look below at our available online Distance Learning courses and discover the Arden University difference.

*Please be aware that there are also specific software requirements for some Arden University courses.






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