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MA People Management and Development* (CIPD Accredited) - *Formerly known as MA Human Resource Management

MA People Management and Development* (CIPD Accredited) - *Formerly known as MA Human Resource Management

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January, September
2 years part time
Part time
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The changing nature of people management and development in the contemporary workplace elicits a rethink of the body of knowledge and professional practice required to equip practitioners to drive productivity, quality and sustainability through people. Focusing on areas such as strategy, resourcing, reward management, organisational development and leadership, this MA is designed to develop recent graduates and those in the early stages of their career who want to delve deeper into the field and enhance career progression. Not only does the course address cutting edge people management and development research and practice, it is also grounded in the professional standards of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). This ensures those attempting gain both a masters level education and also meet internationally recognised HR benchmarks. 

CIPD Accreditation

As an approved CIPD Centre, Middlesex University’s Business School offers a fully CIPD accredited MA People Management and Development degree. Students, who are not yet members of the CIPD, will be awarded Assoc. CIPD membership upon the successful completion of the degree and the opportunity to progress to Chartered Membership and Chartered Fellowship.

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development)

Assoc. CIPD


  • Levels 3 to 6 qualifications
  • Work experience

Chartered Membership


  • Level 7 qualification
  • Work experience on senior level

Chartered Fellowship


  • Levels 7 to 8 qualifications
  • Work experience on senior management or Director level

Course Fees : Aed 94,500

The MA People Management and Development programme will be offered in Part-time (2 years) study mode only. The programme will consist of four compulsory modules that students will complete over an academic year. Year long modules will provide students with more time to assimilate the subject matter in each module. A range of 15 credit modules will be available as optional modules. These will typically last for one term. In addition to these modules, candidates will complete a 60-credit contextual applied dissertation module that will result in the submission of a research report on an approved topic. A variety of learning, teaching and assessment strategies are employed in order to enhance the student experience and ensure that as wide a range as possible of appropriate skills and learning outcomes are met.

These are the modules that you will study in the MA People Management and Development programme.

Principles of People Management and Development (0 Credits) - Compulsory

The module aims to encourage students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. It seeks to develop students’ professional practice and its application in ways, which ensure successful people management, development practice and effective leadership.

Metrics, Analytics and Data (30 Credits) - Compulsory

The module explores the role of HR analytics in providing an organisation with insights for effectively managing and leading employees, so that business goals can be reached quickly and efficiently. Students will critically evaluate the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data relating to people management and development. They will explore how metric and analytics are used to maximise return on the skills and abilities of employees.

People Management and Development in Business (30 Credits) - Compulsory

The module will enable students to promote and deliver people management and development activities to strengthen business performance. Students will gain the confidence to enhance leadership and management skills, create a good place to work, encourage collaboration and promote organisational authenticity. The module will consider how the changing employment landscape is influencing the impact, which people management and development activities have on a business.

Applied Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

The module will enable students to demonstrate a critical awareness of people management and development strategies. They will understand how research can add value to business, by critically reviewing current people management and development practice. Students will identify and undertake empirical research into a complex business issue from a people management and development perspective. Students will provide a 15, 000 word report.

Reward Management (15 Credits) - Optional

The module provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of reward management. Students will critically evaluate current reward theories and practices. It will develop the skills required to research and analyse reward within an organisational context, and to present findings and recommendations to senior management. It aims to give students credibility in the subject of reward, so that they can join, or progress further, in the HR profession.

Performance Management (15 Credits) – Optional

The module will develop students’ ability to analyse an organisation’s objectives and its human resources to determine what performance management (PM) strategy would be appropriate and what processes would best suit the environment in which they operate. Students will be able to explain and evaluate the different techniques used in PM and their connection to learning and development and performance related pay. They will be able to conduct a successful performance interview both from a manager and employee point of view.

Employee Engagement in Practice (15 Credits) - Optional

The module will develop students’ ability to critically analyse the concept of employee engagement and its relationship to organisational effectiveness. Students will review what engagement means to organisations and evaluate a range of definitions and tools used to measure and enhance engagement and, as a result, organisational performance. Students will be able to create plans to improve performance that are intended to fit the organisation and be sustainable.

Employment Law (15 Credits) – Optional

The module aims to provide students with a critical knowledge of employment law, an understanding of its development and how it applies in the workplace. It will focus on UK and EU employment law. Students will understand how organisations must comply with employment law, anticipate legal problems associated with proposed employment-related decisions or plans and defend their organisation against legal actions brought against them by employees.

Employment Relations (15 Credits) - Optional

The module aims to consider the motives, cases and underlying dynamics of contemporary employment relations. It considers the processes and outcomes of the interactions between the main actors within the employment relationship, with a particular focus on the institutions that govern employment relations in the UK.

Resourcing and Talent Management Practice (15 Credits) - Optional

The module aims to explore the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, and equip students with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. It will also discuss diversity management, employer branding, work–life balance initiatives and innovative approaches to job design, in the context of resourcing and talent management. Students will reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

Organisation Development (15 Credits) - Optional

The module aims to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the theories and historical development of the practice of organisation development. Students will identify organisational and individual capability requirements and align strategy, people and processes to optimise effectiveness and achieve organisation goals. They will also design interventions that drive the appropriate culture, behaviours, skills, and performance and provide insight and leadership on change management strategy, planning and implementation.

Effective Coaching and Mentoring (15 Credits) - Optional

The module aims to develop knowledge necessary to design, deliver and evaluate coaching and mentoring programmes and services in organisations and their application in supporting personal and performance development through an evidence-based approach.

Leadership and Management Development (15 Credits) - Optional

The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the complexities and contested nature of leadership and management, as well as opportunities for further development. It seeks to develop leadership and management in facilitating organisational, team and individual change and growth. Students will draw on knowledge and theory in leadership and management, and also in learning and development.

Effective Individual Learning and Development (15 Credits) - Optional

The module aims to develop the skills necessary to design and implement effective and fit for purpose learning and development interventions to support personal and performance development of individuals in organisations. It will provide students with strategies and tools required to assess the impact of learning and development.

NOTE: Not all optional modules may be available each year, as they are dependent upon student interest and minimum numbers of registrations.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus (Blocks 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive advanced notice for these. You can expect to attend one session per week per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable and for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills, which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

A variety of teaching methods and assessment methods are used at Middlesex University, and vary depending on the content of the modules being taught. Each module has a detailed module handbook with information on teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods and reading material. In addition, each module has a comprehensive range of online resources available to enhance your studies with us. The success of our Masters provision is built on the substantial experience of the staff that combines industrial experience with a strong ability to teach, consult and research.

The programme is structured to include core modules and optional modules.

MA People Management and Development


The core modules of the course provide a platform for students to develop the knowledge, critical thinking and ability to applying theory to practice. This part of the course will enable the acquisition of threshold concepts and models, develop people management and development skills, enhance students’ understanding of the principles of professional and ethical practice, and allow them to explore tools and techniques for influencing others.

Unique to the MA People Management and Development programme is the development of capabilities in utilising people related data, metrics, and analytics for insight-driven and informed practice to further the priorities of the 21st century organisation. The course also utilises a number of activities such as case studies, student-led appraisals and applied learning experiences, which combine an understanding of the application of theory in practice. In an ever changing business environment, organisations are looking to HR professionals to respond to and shape future performance and success, facilitate management and development within a global context, and embrace innovative approaches that will ensure they meet the demands they face confidently and proactively.

Aims of the Programme

The MA People Management and Development programme aims to provide students with a sound platform for those seeking to pursue, or further develop a career in a people management and development role.

This will be achieved by developing students’ professional practice skill set, which is pivotal to successful people management and development practice and to effective leadership. Developing the knowledge to enable students to design, deliver and evidence people management and development activities that strengthen business performance. Students will be required to challenge traditional views of the role and purpose of human resource management and development practitioners and consider how the changing employment landscape is influencing the focus and the desired impact that people management and development activities have on a business.

The programme will enable students to critically analyse the concept of insight driven people management and development and its connection to the meaningful analysis of organisational data. It will provide them with a critical view of contemporary theory and practice in their chosen areas and develop their abilities to apply this knowledge to their own practice in a current or future role.

Academic Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

  • A second class honours degree 2:2 or above in an appropriate subject with an applied quantitative element;
  • Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience, or
  • Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 4

For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on

This programme is specifically designed to:

(1) Allow the graduating student to begin a career in the field of human resource management or 
(2) For a student already in an early stage career position in human resource management to develop their knowledge to progress their career further or
(3) For the more experienced HR practitioner to further advance their career and enable them to apply to the CIPD for Chartered Member status. 

Julian Panther, MA Human Resource Management

Julian Panther

"I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Middlesex University Dubai for my MA Human Resource Management. The course has complimented my day job perfectly by giving me the theoretical knowledge required to carry out my practical role as a Group HR Manager. I also feel the acquisition of this level of CIPD accredited master’s degree has allowed me to further develop my employability when potentially searching for more senior positions in the future not only in the UAE, but worldwide. I have been impressed with the consultative style of the lecturers thus encouraging a two way learning process. This style of lecture suited the way I liked to learn! The lectures would have been tough (after a long day at work) had the lecturer been purely focused delivering theory for 3 hours each time we met. Getting back into studying as a mature student was daunting especially while holding down a demanding day job, but the support you receive from the administration, tutors and Unihub at Middlesex University made things extremely easy and comfortable from day one. Thank you Middlesex University Dubai."

Olga Sadikova, Marriott International

Olga Sadikova

"My experience in completing the Master’s Degree in HRM at Middlesex University Dubai was a true journey! Being a full time working parent I found the faculty and staff of Middlesex University Dubai to be very understanding and supportive throughout the entire program."

"The subjects taught in class are well structured and explained, which has helped me put theory into practice in my field of specialisation from day one. The individual and group assignments have great relevance to the world of Human Resources which enables to critically evaluate current practices used in the organisation and propose and strategically manage HR Interventions. The studies are well paced and offered during a convenient time of the day. I definitely recommend Master’s Programme in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University Dubai to all aspiring and current HR and L and D Professionals who wish to make strategic contributions to the business and advance in their professional development."

Nidhi Ullal, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Nidhi Ullal

"Choosing the MAHRM programme accredited to the CIPD was only obvious after conducting intensive research to choose a holistic course for myself. I consider this a must take for any HR professional. The opportunity to be a real HR leader and impact your organization and the world at large comes from the experienced faculty, customized modules, diverse class of students and the extraordinary learning environment provided at Middlesex University, Dubai. Perhaps the best thing I can say about this course is that it has caused me to rethink what I want to be doing five years from now. I realize my possibilities are endless and feel prepared for the years ahead!"

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