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Business Administration (Human Resource Management) MBA

Become a change maker. Contribute to dynamic debate on strategic human resource management. Develop skills in finance, strategy, marketing and business innovation as you take your HR career to the next level.


Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: October 2024
October 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Business Management
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Business School
Four students brainstorm together during a seminar in the Business School.

Find out what it takes to make it to the top by studying Business Administration (Human Resource Management). Our strategic perspective will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to make it to the top in HR.

You’ll discover how to grow a business using effective people management. We’ll help you explore the impact of a well-designed HR strategy and explore labour process theory.

Uncover the value of key financial data and strategic marketing. Gain insights from case studies on innovation and the impact of the consumer. You’ll study contemporary business theory and learn to challenge your own assumptions as you debate with business experts.

Haven’t got a business or management degree? No problem. Our students have varied work and academic experience, often with a science or technology background.

Course features

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

Uncover the human face of business success. You’ll study the theories and systems that see staff as a competitive asset, and we’ll teach you how to develop people as part of growing a business.

We’ll help you master strategy as a core leadership skill. You’ll also learn how to find competitive advantages through marketing and plan for success. You’ll unlock insights in the financial data available to managers making decisions and study how to put it in context.

Discover how businesses innovate. Question what that means for different industries and organisations. You’ll get the tools you need to effectively assess innovation and take an idea from paper to production.

Our strategic perspective will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to join the discussion in the boardroom. By the end of our MBA Business Administration (Human Resource Management), you’ll understand critical aspects of business in a global context.

Compulsory modules:

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Critical Perspectives on Managing Human Resources
Financial Decision Making
Human Resourcing as Competitive Strategy
Organisational Research
Strategic Marketing Planning
Strategy: Foundations and New Perspectives

How you'll study

As well as preparing for and attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, you will spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, portfolios and presentations. Learning from your colleagues is an important part of the course and many exercises will require you to work in teams.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

Throughout the programme, there is a combination of different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability, and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based working and utilises case studies and problem solving exercises. Examinations take a variety of forms, with both seen and unseen questions.

Who will be teaching you

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

All of our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The MBA is delivered by specialists in human resource management and experts in accountancy, marketing, e-commerce, and small and medium sized enterprises. The team includes active researchers who publish in academic journals, as well as academically and professionally qualified staff. All team members are people with an energy and enthusiasm for their subject area.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required.

Ideally you should also have two years of relevant work experience gained after graduation, although well qualified and motivated candidates without this will be considered.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Edge Hill Business School.A stunning £8million building provides impressive teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.

The contemporary three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Where you'll study

Business School


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


for the course

UK Part-Time

£84 per credit

for 180 credits



for the course

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Complete our MBA Business Administration (Human Resource Management) to set yourself up for exciting career opportunities in both general management and specialist roles. Typical career sectors include:

  • accountancy
  • administration
  • banking
  • education
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • marketing
  • public and private sector management
  • retail
  • enterprise

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