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MA in Strategic People Management

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of people practice and management in order to lead at a strategic and operational level in their organisations. It is suitable for individuals in a people practice or management role who wish to shape people practice and create value for their organisations. 

The PG Diploma and MA are accredited by the CIPD and students who complete the PG Diploma (part 1 of the MA) will achieve level 7 Associate status with the CIPD.

Contact Name: Julie Thomas

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
£1800 per year for two years.
£1200 for final year.

5 Reasons to study the MA

  1. To become CIPD qualified
  2. To develop the key skills and knowledge needed to lead people practice at a strategic or operational level
  3. Work with friendly, experienced practice-led tutors
  4. Become part of a network of professionals and gain access to additional professional development events and resources through our strong links with the local CIPD branch
  5. Benefit from a combination of small group learning supported by our virtual learning environment

What you will learn

Course Overview

Although the University has offered the Postgraduate and MA in HRM for a significant period of time, the qualifications have been updated for September 2021 in line with new CIPD requirements.

Both the PG Diploma and MA offer students the opportunity to engage in discussion with fellow students from all over South Wales and from a variety of organisations on topics of strategic relevance to people management. Modules are facilitated by lecturers with substantial experience in the field, including qualified employment law solicitors. Each module has been designed to directly align with the CIPD Profession Map and so provides students will all the underpinning core knowledge and behaviours required to successfully lead and manage people practice in modern organisations.

The first two years of each programme (PG Diploma and MA) are the same. All students are required to complete 8 compulsory modules (part 1 of the MA). At the end of the two years students complete a 15,000 word dissertation to achieve the full MA.

The qualification is suitable for:

  • Those aspiring to or already occupying a strategic people management role
  • Those who wish to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge to lead people practice and add value to their organisations
Module Topics

The following modules will be studied over three years:

  • Understanding the Business Context
  • Shaping Cultures and Behaviours
  • Driving Change and Building Business Cases
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Driving Performance
  • Supporting Learning
  • Driving your Development
  • Advanced Application of Employment Law
  • Dissertation

These modules have been mapped to the CIPD core knowledge standards which are based on the CIPD’s new Profession Map.


There are no exams. Assessment will be via reports, academic posters, port-folios, practical demonstrations, short presentations, the creation of learning resources for managers and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Applicants should normally hold one or more of the following:

  1. An honours degree or postgraduate qualification eg. BA, MSc
  2. A relevant professional qualification eg. CIPD Intermediate qualification, ILM, CIM
  3. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted to the course provided their professional or managerial experience is deemed to be appropriate.
Career Opportunities

The qualification will enable students to apply for positions requiring level 7 CIPD status and subject to one year’s experience, for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

Additional Costs

Additional costs include mandatory CIPD student membership and optional purchase of textbooks.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.