MA Human Resources & Consulting

The MA develops the skills you need to act as a change agent – designing and implementing interventions that develop human resources in pursuit of organisational objectives.

Stretch your mind

Organisational and individual development helps to drive forward companies, which are constantly having to adapt to new challenges and build new skills within the workforce. On the MA in Human Resource and Consulting you’ll find it’s not just about understanding theories in management and leadership development – it’s about knowing how those can be applied effectively in practice. A vital part of your skill-set as a human resources professional.

Using the Department of Leadership and Management's world-famous expertise in how managers learn, we’ll help to broaden your vision of what approaches you can use – exposing you to many different ideas and concepts of organisational learning and management development.

Whether you are already working in HR, management education or consultancy, or relatively new to the field, you’ll be stretching your mind as we train you to think critically about all of these. And you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to test things out for yourself, through a series of practical projects and research assignments, some of them commissioned by clients.

It’s a year full of challenges, but you’re not on your own. Working collaboratively and sharing your ideas and experiences with your international classmates and a team of supportive tutors is key – and, as our graduates tell us, it’s often how you learn the most.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Our MA in Human Resources and Consulting is recognised as equivalent to the CIPD Advanced Level Diploma in Human Resource Development. Upon successful completion students can gain Associate (Assoc CIPD) level of professional membership. As a level 7 award this provides a route for future upgrade to Chartered CIPD membership.

What the programme provides

  • A combination of taught modules and experiential learning – including a client consultancy project with a real client organisation.
  • Rigorous training in research methods
  • Learning groups to support individual and group learning processes
  • Direct links to practice through interaction and debate with HR practitioners

Find out more about the programme's approach, its design and structure (with videos about the course content), learning methods, the process of assessment. You can also find out what our graduates say.

Why choose the MA in HR and Consulting? Play this video

Why choose the MA in HR and Consulting?

Ana Maria talks about her experiences on the course.

An overview of HR and Consulting MA Play this video

An overview of HR and Consulting MA

Dr Dermot O’Reilly, the programme director, gives a brief overview of the programme.

Why is CIPD accreditation important? Play this video

Why is CIPD accreditation important?

Peter Cheese, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, explains.

What links does the CIPD have with the MA Human Resources and Consulting? Play this video

What links does the CIPD have with the MA Human Resources and Consulting?

Peter Cheese talks about the organisation's relationship with the course.