The assessment for the MA in HR and Consulting is primarily based upon pieces of coursework:

  • an individual research practice essay (1,000 words)
  • a group-based presentation on an aspect of the design and dynamics of learning
  • an individual reflective essay on the design and dynamics of learning assignment (1,000 words)
  • a group presentation linked to Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management.
  • two individual research essays (1,000 and 2,500 words)
  • a consulting project, with both a written report and an oral presentation (group-based) on the group's findings
  • a group quantitative research assignment
  • an individual dissertation proposal (1,500 words)
  • an individual dissertation (15,000 words)

The papers offer a way of exploring ideas arising from the module content and related literature.

The dissertation generally involves some active primary research. The research essays enable you to hone your research skills. The dissertation proposal prepares you for undertaking your dissertation. Previous participants' dissertations have used a variety of research approaches.

  • There are also three exams spread across the programme. They are a requirement to be eligible for the Associate level of CIPD professional membership, and account for less than 20% (a fifth) of the programme. Most of the exams are based on case studies, and are an opportunity to apply your analytical, planning and communication skills.


Selecting dissertation topics

You choose your dissertation topic in consultation with your tutors and your learning group, and you are free to select a topic of particular interest from within the broad areas covered in the programme. Discussing proposed topics within your learning group then helps you to refine the focus of your chosen area.

The subjects selected vary enormously but the list on the right gives some indication of the breadth of topics undertaken recently.