The MA in HR and Consulting is a one-year full-time Masters programme designed to develop careers in human resource management, management consultancy, management development, education and organisational development.

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 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 Management Learning and Leadership'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.

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 structurelearning methods, the process of assessment – and what our graduates say.

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Why choose the MA?

Course tutor Kiran Trehan on reasons for choosing the Lancaster MA in Human Resources and Consulting.

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Sally Abou Ouf's MA experience

Sally Abou Ouf describes her experience on the programme and how it will help her in her senior HR job with Kraft in the Middle East.