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Wolverhampton Business School

Human Resource Development and Organisational Change

MSc Part-time 2 years

This course is essential for anyone engaged in the development of organisations through staff and stakeholders in current and future economic climates of change.

This course is essential for anyone engaged in the development of organisations through staff and stakeholders in current and future economic climates of change.

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  • Start Date(s) 16 September 2020
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton Business School

Why choose this course?

This course is essential for anyone engaged in the development of organisations through staff and stakeholders in current and future economic climates of change. Failure to understand the underpinning theories and practice of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Organisational Change will result in organisations failing to work in a proactive manner, become leaner and fitter, and maximise its human resource effectively and efficiently.

This award aims to develop your research skills for effective operation at a strategic level in an organisation, particularly in the areas of organisational development, change and transition. It will assist you in making a strategic contribution to any organisation and enable you to compete for higher level posts within the field of HRD.

As a student on this award, you will have the opportunity to initiate or improve your critical understanding of complex managerial, HR development and organisational change issues. This will be achieved through honing critical reflective thinking and developing robust, independent, personal and professional development skills.



Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The CIPD is the foremost HR Institute in the world, and for anyone wishing to pursue or further their career within the field of HR or HR Development and Organisational Change, it is essential that a CIPD postgraduate qualification is obtained for those leading change and developing people in organisations.

Most organisations who recruit HR professionals require applicants to either hold a CIPD qualification or be studying to achieve one.

Graduates from the award should be able to operate effectively in strategic roles or in positions of strategic influence, and bring higher levels of expertise to bear than previously. They should also be able to move up their organisational hierarchy more quickly, or seek and secure employment in another organisation at a higher level, or set themselves up as an independent consultant.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The University of Wolverhampton Business School currently holds devolved status from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which enables you to gain a professional CIPD qualification whilst studying. 

International, national and local recruitment to the field of HR is a growing industry 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. More recently, the MSc Human Resource Development and Organisational Change has been subject to nationally recognised awards for teaching innovation and programme innovation.

Completion of the course enables students to apply for professional Chartered Membership or Fellowship of the CIPD.


At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary organisations in terms of their principal operating environments.
  • Critically analyse how learning and talent development strategies are organisedand understand, analyse and evaluate coaching and mentoring in organisations.
  • Identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation in terms of research.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the historical and theoretical basis of organisational designs and their development in terms of their value and contribution to organisational life.
  • Critically evaluate the practice, relevance and contribution of HRM and HRD to organisational success and effective change management using major contemporary research and debates in the field of HR.
  • Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at masters level





Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21

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.

All applicants 

    • A first or second class undergraduate honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above.
    • A HND/HNC in a related subject area plus two years relevant organisational experience.
    • A Certificate in Personal Practice, a Certificate in Training Practice, a Certificate in Recruitment and Selection, or an equivalent CIPD certificated programme, plus two years’ relevant experience.
    • Applications are also invited under the widening participation agenda from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who may have significant organisational experience. In such cases, students will need to demonstrate at least 8 years relevant organisational experience, with at least three years in an HR role, or five years in a relevant role, for example a supervisory or management role. Admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to contribute to, benefit from and achieve the award.
    • A reference from a tutor who has supervised your undergraduate studies, or your employer;
    • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above overall (5.5 in each element) or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to the above.
    • You may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS APL Handbook. APL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.
    • Students holding the PgD Human Resource Management may be eligible to enter with advanced standing.
    • Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant management experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award.
    • You will normally have appropriate and relevant work experience.   


    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

    Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

    Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

    You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

    * Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

    EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

    The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

    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 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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