Course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years †

Course level




Start date



Enterprise Centre

Course description

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This MSc doesn’t just scratch the surface; with the recognition and respect of its professional body, it digs deep, asks searching questions and ultimately alerts employers to your strategic understanding and ability to apply payroll, pensions and reward management practice.

Run in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), the programme is ideal for individuals who already hold a CIPP qualification or degree or equivalent, or have relevant payroll, pensions and/or reward experience who are looking to further their career. You will gain the skills to operate at a strategic business level within your organisation.

It is delivered through blended learning which is a mix of access to online core materials and tools and face to face tutorials. Tutorials enable you to get together with your fellow students to exchange ideas and experience and this module interaction encourages discussion, debate and application of real work based issues. 

Tutorials are held at the start of each module and help you to settle in to the course material. They commence on Friday mornings and finish on Saturday afternoon.

Benefits to employers

By completing the programme, not only will you benefit as an individual, but your employer will benefit too, gaining a highly skilled individual who can underpin existing industry knowledge and who will be transformed in to a strategic business leader.

As part of the programme you will be required to submit evidence for continual professional development (CPD), which shows your employer you are up to date with current legislation and policy.

Visit the CIPP website for help on presenting a business case to gain approval for CIPP qualification from your employer. See Key Information section.

What you will study

The MSc Business and Reward Management is a part-time programme that runs over three years.

You will study these modules:

  • Appreciating Skills for Career Development and Leadership (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management of Remuneration (20 credits)
  • Leading a Dynamic Organisation and its Workforce (20 credits)
  • Developing a Strategic Approach to Reward Management (20 credits)
  • Strategic Business Finance for Non-accountancy Professionals (20 credits)
  • Research Methodologies (20 credits)
  • Managing International or Global Remuneration Practice (20 credits)
  • Independent Study (40 credits)

How you will learn

The MSc is delivered by blended learning which is a mix of access to online core study materials and tools, with face to face workshops. This means you can remain in employment whilst enhancing your career prospects through qualifications.

It allows you to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your own home, while still feeling confident of adequate support.

Each module has a two day workshop which takes place at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre (DE1 3LD).

Module dates are available on the CIPP website.

Entry requirements

You should hold either:

If you do not hold any of the above qualifications, but have knowledge and experience in a strategic role you may be awarded direct access onto the course if you can demonstrate experience via Accredited Prior Learning (APL). APL can be:

You must hold at least three years’ experience within a business, payroll or pensions environment. In addition your experience should include strategic aspects such as project management, managing change and team leadership. This is subject to final assessment by the University of Derby. To enquire further, please contact CIPP.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

This course is run through the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). Please visit the CIPP website for the latest fees.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please apply directly to CIPP

All applications and enquiries for this programme are dealt with by CIPP.

Visit the CIPP application website for information on how to apply.


There is a demand for business and reward management postgraduates at masters level and you'll have the relevant quantitative and qualitative skills on completion to pursue such positions.

Contact details

Course: For more information contact CIPP +44 (0)1217 121000 (0)1332 591167 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

Part-time blended learning, online and workshops

Download programme specification

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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