Wolverhampton Business School

MA Strategic People Management and Human Resources (Top Up)

Start date(s)
13 January 2025,16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time Day and Evening (1 year)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

This Top Up allows students who already hold a CIPD Post Graduate Diploma or equivalent to gain a Masters level qualification. 

The course is designed for those professionals looking to enhance and develop their postgraduate level strategic level knowledge and behaviours to provide the necessary skills, competencies and knowledge to achieve a Masters in the area of People Management (including Human Resources, Learning and Development and Organisational Development). 

What happens on the course?

The course provides input for study skills at Masters level and the completion of a Masters Professional Project Module is an independent study unit which provides an opportunity to identify a People Management related issue and develop the critical thinking skills to analyse and recommend approaches to address the issue.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The CIPD is world renowned for developing the standards for the People Management profession and for anyone wishing to pursue or further their career within the field it is essential that a CIPD postgraduate qualification is obtained, giving membership to the professional body.

Most organisations who recruit People Management professionals require applicants to either hold a relevant level of CIPD qualification or be studying to achieve one. International, national and local recruitment to the field of Human Resource Management, Learning & Development, Organisational Development is growing and as such competition for employment is high. Our programme is a robust programme that has been highly commended by the CIPD for many years

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Part-time Day and Evening £3077 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time Day and Evening £3230 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time Day and Evening £3230 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time Day and Evening £3392 per year 2024-25

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

The entry requirement for the part time MA Strategic People Management & Human Resources (Top-up) is a CIPD postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management or equivalent CIPD approved postgraduate diploma qualification

The Business School currently holds devolved status from the CIPD. This was the culmination of over ten years of student performance above the national average in all areas.

The course aims to develop students Masters’ levels skills to work within the People Management Profession such as Human Resource Management, Learning & Development, Organisational Development by developing knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of strategic People Management, encouraging critical reflective thinking and developing independent personal development skills.  

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate on-site programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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