University of Northampton


Human Resource Management (Top-Up) MA

Our MA Human Resource Management Top-up degree is specifically designed for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) graduates looking to complement their postgraduate qualification with a higher degree. The Human Resource Management Top-up will build upon your existing qualification and top it up so that you obtain a qualification at Masters level.This course offers you the opportunity to meet your continuing professional requirements as a human resource practitioner and enrich your career prospects.


The focus of the course is to think strategically about management and organisational change and is suitable for you if you are considering pursuing a career in a management role in HR.

Course Content

The MA is designed for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) graduates and aims to provide a means by which the continuing professional and personal needs of human resource practitioners may be met. This course aims to extend your understanding and competence whilst enhancing your ability to think strategically about management and organisational change.This course is designed to broaden your specialist knowledge gained at the professional level. The Research Methods and Dissertation module provides an introduction to research, types of research methodology, planning a research project, data collection and analysis and the presentation of research findings.Following successful completion of your research methods project, you will undertake a dissertation related to an aspect of strategic significance for the organisation. Previous topics have included the following:

  • ‘An analysis of measures to re-engage the workforce after a major restructuring and downsizing programme’
  • ‘An investigation of the human effects of organisational change in a merger and the role of the HR Function in influencing and supporting culture change’
  • ‘Alternative strategies for identifying and tackling major HR challenges in the decade ahead’

Course modules (17/18)

  • Dissertation and Research Methods (60 Credits)
    • Module code: HRMM030
    • Core module Y

Entry Requirements

If you have successfully completed the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Postgraduate Diploma you will be eligible to apply for this course.

English Language Requirements

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language capability at a level approved by the University. The level required for study on masters degree courses is IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent. 

Funding Opportunities & Other Information

This Masters degree is awarded by the University of Northampton and is recognised by the NCFHE at MQF Level 7. This course is eligible for funding under the Get Qualified Scheme. Upon Successful completion of the course, students will be able to recover up to 70% of expenses on both the registration and tuition fees paid when starting the course. (Click here for more information)

Application Form

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