University of the West of England (Bristol)

University of the West of England (Bristol)

MA  Human  Resources  Management, full-time, one year or part-time.

The course offers several exit points with a professional qualification such as the  Postgraduate  Management  Foundation qualification (also known as core management level) and the  Postgraduate  Diploma (also known as core personnel and development and specialist and general electives). These qualifications also offer graduate membership of the CIPD.


Full-time – UK and EU, £5,276, International Fees £7,119
Part Time – Postgraduate Management Foundation Stage, £1,760
Postgraduate Diploma Stage, £,2344
MA Human Resource Management Stage, £1,172.

About the college

The University of the West of England’s (UWE’s) history can be traced back to 1595, when the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers established a navigation school, which was one of England’s first technical training institutions.

It was designated a university in 1992.

UWE has  over  26 ,000 students, based at four campuses spread in and around the city of Bristol, with Faculty of Health and Social Care regional centres in Bath, Gloucester and Swindon).

Bristol Business School (BBS) is based in the university’s main Frenchay campus, located close to Bristol’s industrial centre.

In the 2001 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) assessments, BBS scored 23 out of 24 points, 2001 the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), business and management research secured a creditable 3a rating.

The  School is home to the Employment Studies Research Unit (, where current research projects include employment restructuring, new management and HR systems, employee development, careers and skills, employee representation and trade unionism, and cross-national comparative employment systems.

Bristol Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Centre of Excellence and has an AMBA Accredited MBA.

The School contributes to teaching across the range of BBS undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Undergraduate modules include the employee relations HRM in an international context and comparative employment patterns.
Entry requirements

For the full-time courses, a first degree from a UK university in any subject, but applications from candidates with other qualifications are welcome.

Those who do not possess a first degree will be asked to complete a written exercise in their own time.

For the part-time route, see full details at
Star HR academics

Professor Kate Purcell,  Professor of  Employment  Studies and  Director of the Employment Studies Research Unit, who specialises in the interface between labour markets and organisations.

Current research includes a comparative study of contingent employment in Europe with colleagues from Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands and UK.

Recent publications include Scotland’s Graduates Moving On (with Peter Elias, Strathclyde University and the Industrial Society 2001), and Changing Boundaries in Employment (Bristol Academic Press 2000).

Professor Paul Stewart, whose research interest includes trade unions and the representation of non-standard workers. Stewart is editor of Work, Employment and Society and recent published works include: Team working in the auto industry: radical change or passing fashion? with J P Durand and J Castillo, London: Macmillan (1999). 
Contacts details

University of the West of England,
Coldharbour Lane,
Bristol, UK BS16 1QY

Telephone 0117 965 6261

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