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Human Resource Management Masters - MSc/PgD/PgC

The Masters in Human Resource Management (HRM) is a well-established programme which is designed to provide a solid foundation for successful participants to develop, or enhance their careers, in HRM. 

The programme is delivered by the Cardiff School of Management, recognised across the world as a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) professionally​ approved centre. As such, the MSc HRM is fully approved by CIPD and you will be eligible for an ‘Associate’ membership of the CIPD when you have successfully completed the full Master’s programme. ​

The work environment has become more complex with significant changes in the organisation of work, an increasingly diverse labour force, new patterns of working and contractual arrangements. This is set against the background of a highly competitive global market. The attraction, retention and development of high-calibre people are sources of competitive advantage for organisations, and this places the role of HRM at the centre of high business performance and success.​

This programme will undergo review in in line with CIPD accreditation guidelines in May 2021. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed. 

Course Content

The Masters in Human Resource Management (HRM) critically explores the theoretical and practical implications of delivering HRM at a strategic and operational level in organisations. In this way, the latest business concepts and theories are applied to 'real world' settings.

The programme modules involve participants engaging with the key debates and themes that reflect contemporary issues faced by organisations. They further critically examine the implications for HRM strategies and policies, line managers, employees and the HRM professional.

The programme comprises three stages with a range of compulsory taught modules (120 credits), an option module and a final Research Dissertation (60 credits). The MSc will be awarded on successful completion of 180 credits. The details of the modules are as follows:

Semester 1 modules:​
Postgraduate Certificate = Completion leads to 60 credits:

  • Contemporary Issues in HRM (20 credits)​*
  • Managing Change & Organisational Learning (20 credits)*
  • Recruiting and Retaining Employees (20 credits)*

Semester 2 modules:
Postgraduate Diploma = Completion of Postgraduate Certificate, plus an additional 60 credits:

  • Employee Relations (20 credits)*
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)*
  • Research Skills (20 credits)*

Dissertation Stage:
Masters = Completion of Postgraduate Certificate & Diploma stages plus an additional 60 credits:

  • Masters Dissertation (60 credits)*.

​*These modules must be completed and passed to satisfy the CIPD requirements.

This programme will undergo review in in line with CIPD accreditation guidelines in May 2021. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.  

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of specific teaching strategies; case studies; practical exercises, supplemented by the use of appropriate support materials. Use of the Cardiff Metropolitan University Virtual Learning Environment is a key part of the learning and teaching strategy.

Active engagement with the subject material enhances learning and many of the learning strategies used attempt to promote this.

There is extensive support made available to students. The primary basis of student support is to be provided by the Programme Director and the associated administrative resource. In addition support will be provided by:

  • The school-wide student mentoring scheme. – This provides a point of regular and personal contact for all students studying with CSM.
  • An induction programme
  • Programme handbook and module guides.
  • The Moodle Virtual Learning.
  • Library and study skills packages.
  • Library and learning resources of Cardiff University (by arrangement).
  • A 24-hour open access IT facility on the Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses.
  • Unlimited worldwide web access.
  • The Personal Tutoring team which is dedicated to supporting all students at Cardiff School of Management in their personal, academic and professional development.


A range of assessment methods are used.

Modules are assessed using a variety of assessment methods, for example, coursework (includes assignments, reports, presentations and reflective journal) and examinations and a research dissertation. The exact assessment methods employed will vary between modules.

Assessments are designed to encourage students to apply knowledge, understanding and skills to specific organisational/HR issues and problems; to encourage enquiry-based learning, to approach problems in a systematic way, and to promote critical reflection.

Employability & Careers

The knowledge and skills gained from undertaking this Masters programme, coupled with the ‘Associate’ membership of the CIPD, provides a strong foundation for entry into, or enhancement of, a career in HRM.

The MSc HRM is also a valuable qualification to equip students for other managerial and leadership roles in organisations which value strong people management.


Entry Requirements & How to Apply

All students should hold a relevant first degree or equivalent, at Lower Second class (2:2) or above, that will need to be evidenced and verified and for which references will be sought. Whilst experience is not essential it is desirable.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection for this course is through an application form and where necessary an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service application system.

A minimum of one reference to be provided with your application.

For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Xiaoni Ren:
Tel: 029 2020 5871

Key Course Information

Accredited by:
Cardiff School of Management is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre. 

The Cardiff School of Management’s, MSc HRM is fully approved by the CIPD, and you will be eligible for an ‘Associate’ membership of the CIPD when you have successfully completed the full Master’s programme.

Course Length:
One year full-time.

25% Alumni Discount:
The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate courses.
See if you are eligible.

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Meet the Team:Dr Xiaoni Ren
Staff Profile

"I am very fortunate to be able to teach and research in my favourite subject area - Human Resource Management (HRM). Both teaching and research are hard because it is so important to deliver the best. They are also rewarding because successful outcomes have positive impacts on students and myself.

I have expertise in conducting both independent and collaborative research projects in the HRM field across cultural settings. I bring this into my teaching of the Research Skills module for MSc HRM students. My background enables me to guide and motivate students throughout their research project at each key stage. During my teaching of the International HRM module, I draw on my particular interests to stimulate class discussions of cross-cultural and international HRM issues."

Dr Xiaoni Ren, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the MSc HRM programme at Cardiff School of Management

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