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The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management gives rapid access to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to upgrade to CIPD Chartered status. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management gives rapid access to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to upgrade to CIPD Chartered status. This course is suitable for existing HR practitioners and those keen to enter the profession. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

Moorgate in the City of London is the centre of world business and where you will study. Success in completing our Postgraduate Diploma in HRM in one year full-time or 18 months part-time will enable you to obtain the Advanced Level Diploma from HR’s professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is the highest professional award you can gain in the HR field. With this, and your own professional experience, you can achieve full recognition of your own abilities by applying for CIPD Chartered Member or Fellow status.

Besides our Leading, managing and developing people and Contextualising management core modules, the PG Dip HRM course offers you the opportunity to examine Resourcing and Talent Management, Learning and Talent Development, Employment Law and Practice, Managing Employee Relations in Contemporary Organisations and Employee Engagement through specialist academic option modules which include an international strategic perspective. You might wish to consider taking one or two of these PG Dip HRM option modules as short courses to give you a taster of the full PG Dip.

Your PG Dip HRM course leads you to propose changes in your organisation through your own research, through the production of a Management Research Report, and enables you to reflect on your own development as a change manager. Successful completion of the PG DIP HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme. This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply to upgrade to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership. Achieving the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad. Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status. We look forward to you joining our many successful alumni who, through their engagement with the academic and professional development of Human Resource Management, have contributed to the economic and social development of their chosen spheres of influence fully justifying their Chartered Membership and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

The CIPD has commended the following for this University’s CIPD-related courses:
-High level of commitment and support;
-Currency and quality of curriculum;
-High standard of teaching and learning;
-Use of action learning sets;
-Strong ethos and benefits of formative feedback.

Our staff are highly research active, bringing their cutting edge research into their teaching. The work of our research centres, the Centre for Progressive Leadership (CPL) and the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI), along with our excellent libraries, including our specialist Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library, inform much of the work of your lecturers and tutors and thus support your course; you are welcome to participate in their activities too. For example, you will be able to attend many additional seminars on subjects such as: the impact of globalisation; equality, human rights and social justice; public policy; sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as HRM and business law issues such as engagement, talent management, reward, work-life balance, work organisation and employment rights. In addition, a programme of guest speakers drawn from private industry, the public sector, not-for-profit, consultancy and authors of eminent works is incorporated into your course.

Assessment is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to - and test - students from a wide range of traditions. Methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations and group work. There are also two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. Exam briefing is given to help prepare you for these internally set assessments. There is also a 7,500 word Management Research Report.

Professional accreditation

Students gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and you can apply for professional upgrading with the Institute linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship following successful completion of your programme of study. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Modular structure

The course consists of six taught modules. In the first semester only, there is also one Saturday team skills workshop, one afternoon/evening assessment preparation/taught session and a two-day (Friday and Saturday) block release to address business and HRM strategy and exam preparation.

Core modules:
-Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)
-Contextualising Management (20 credits)
-The Reflective Practitioner (30 credits)
-Consultancy, Change and Professional Development (10 credits)

Optional modules - choose two from the following:
-HRM: Resourcing and Talent Management(20 credits)
-Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)
-Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (20 credits)
-Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)
-Employee Engagement (20 credits)

The 7,500 word management Research Report and action learning set presentation, which carries 30 credits, is contained within the Reflective Practitioner module. (30 credits)

Modules usually run in the evenings with daytime delivery depending. Delivery of all option modules also depends on their being sufficient demand for them.

After the course

Successful completion of the PG DIP HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme.

This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply for membership assessment via CIPD, and you can be upgraded to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership.

Achieving the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Completing the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM at London Metropolitan University leads to significant career advantage: on the strength of their Management Research Reports recent students have gained full-time posts from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism and major international charities. Many have gained significant promotion for instance in the health sector. Alumni in higher education for example have developed their careers significantly leading to positions such as the head of HR. In the private sector, students have moved from general administrative and PA positions to heading strategic HR project team initiatives while others have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.

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The MA Human Resource Management is of particular interest to those professionals who wish to further their careers and assume senior HR positions. Read more
The MA Human Resource Management is of particular interest to those professionals who wish to further their careers and assume senior HR positions. The course is suited both to those already working in HR (at any level) as well as those who aspire to do so. Successful completion of the course, not only gives you the award of the MA HRM but also gives you the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to apply to upgrade to CIPD Chartered status. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

If you want to advance your career by gaining appropriate professional qualifications within the field of human resource management and recognition for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) own awards, then this is the ideal course.

Based in Moorgate in the City of London, this course enables you to engage with research-led contemporary knowledge and build your own competencies in a global context based in the heart of this exciting world city.

Besides our leading, managing and developing people and contextualising management core modules, the MA HRM course offers you the opportunity to examine Resourcing and Talent Management, Learning and Talent Development, Employment Law and Practice, Managing Employee Relations in Contemporary Organisations and Employee Engagement through specialist academic option modules which include an international perspective. You might wish to consider taking one or two of these MA HRM option modules as short courses to give you a taster of the full MA. Besides these modules, we also offer a specialist cross-cultural management option module within the MA HRM to widen and deepen your knowledge in the HRM field.

Your dissertation will enable you to focus on an area of research and its practical application within organisations – such focus will mark you as an expert in your field and significantly enhances your employability. The dissertation is a key is a key cornerstone of the MA qualification. Before you embark on your dissertation, you will study a ‘Research Methods’ module which provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct your research. You will also be assigned a personal supervisor who will guide and help you throughout your dissertation.

Successful completion of the MA HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme. This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply for membership assessment via CIPD, and you can be upgraded to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership.

Achieving the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad. Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to charted status. We look forward to you joining our many successful alumni who, through their engagement with the academic and professional development of Human Resource Management, have contributed to the economic and social development of their chosen spheres of influence fully justifying their Charted Membership and Fellowship of the Charted Institute of Personal and Development.

As a teaching team we place particular emphasis on promoting a friendly, supportive environment. We realise that undertaking a Masters qualification can seem daunting at first and therefore, as academics, we aim to provide an approachable, helpful and enabling culture throughout.

The CIPD has commended the following for this University’s CIPD-related courses:
-High level of commitment and support
-Currency and quality of curriculum
-High standard of teaching and learning
-Use of action learning sets
-Strong ethos and benefits of formative feedback

Our staff are highly research active, bringing their cutting edge research into their teaching. The work of our research centres, the Centre for Progressive Leadership (CPL) and the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI), along with our excellent libraries, including our specialist Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library, inform much of the work of your lecturers and tutors and thus support your course; you are welcome to participate in their activities too. For example, you will be able to attend many additional seminars on subjects such as: the impact of globalisation; equality, human rights and social justice; public policy; sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as HRM and business law issues such as engagement, talent management, reward, work-life balance, work organisation and employment rights. In addition, a programme of guest speakers drawn from private industry, the public sector, not-for-profit, consultancy and authors of eminent works is incorporated into your course.

Assessment is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to – and test – students from wide range of traditions. Methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio, presentations and group work. There are also two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. Exam briefing is given is giving to help prepare you for these assessments.

There will also be a dissertation which carries 60 credits. The dissertation requires you to conduct a piece of empirical research on a topic of your choice (and approved by your tutor). Most students choose to conduct their research on a key ‘people management’ issue within their own organisation.

Professional accreditation

Students gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and you can apply for professional upgrading with the Institute linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship following successful completion of your programme of study. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Modular structure

The MA Human Resource Management course consists of six taught modules and a dissertation. In the first semester only, there is also one Saturday team skills workshop, one afternoon/evening assessment preparation/taught session and a two-day (Friday and Saturday) block release to address business and HRM strategy and exam preparation.

Core modules:
-Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)
-Contextualising Management (20 credits)
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management (20 credits)

Subject-related option choices (a) – choose three from the following:
-HRM: Resourcing and Talent Management (20 credits)
-Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)
-Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (20 credits)
-Employee Engagement (20 credits)
-Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)

Students may choose to take one extension of knowledge option (b) from the list below in place of one of the subject-related option choices above:
-Cross-Cultural Management (20 credits) (delivered during the day only)
-Strategic International Human Resource Management (20 credits) (delivered during the day only)
-Diversity and Inclusion: Policy, Practice and the Law (20 credits)

Students may elect to take Cross-Cultural Management (20 credits, delivered during the day only) in place of one of these subject related option choices. Modules usually run in the evenings with daytime delivery depending on demand. Delivery of all option modules also depends on their being sufficient demand for them.

After the course

For candidates who already work in HR or who wish to specialise in particular fields within this profession: successful completion of this CIPD approved Masters Programme and attainment of Chartered Membership or Fellowship of the CIPD is often a vital component to career progression and advancement, either within your current organisation or within another organisation.

For candidates wishing to enter HR: in today’s marketplace, successful completion of this CIPD approved Masters Programme and attainment of Associate CIPD Membership is often a pre-requisite to successful entry to the field of HR within organisations.

Candidates on the MA HRM programme are employed in a variety of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

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The MSc HRM aims to develop the professional capability of human resource management practitioners through developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in Leadership and HR Management, including. Read more
The MSc HRM aims to develop the professional capability of human resource management practitioners through developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in Leadership and HR Management, including:

• people management and development,
• business understanding,
• professional and ethical behaviour,
• analytical and intuitive/creative thinking
• continuing learning and development

You can choose to complete the full Masters qualification or alternatively you can choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM instead. Both courses are approved by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and meet the CIPD Advanced Standards. This means on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you will become a fully qualified Level 7, Associate member of the CIPD. In addition both programmes provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.

7 reasons to study here

1. Frequent guest lecturers: Frequent guest lectures available in a vibrant campus to stimulate and enhance your learning.
2. Small classes means enhanced learning: Small classes which focus on the application of theory to real-life scenarios and enhance your strategic management capabilities.
3. CIPD approved: The course is CIPD approved. Successful candidates become fully CIPD qualified.
4. Professional networking opportunities: You will study with other HR professionals, great for networking possibilities.
5. Flexible study options: Attractive attendance mode (two evenings per week or one evening combined with one afternoon)
6. Superb location: The campus is just located next to Elephant and Castle tube station; and is a quick 12 minute tube journey from both the city and the west end.
7. Great facilities: Excellent library, modern campus, student facilities and personalised student support mechanisms.

Benefits of PgDip

The PG Dip HRM is designed for busy professionals working within the context of personnel/human resource management and the allied professions, seeking personal or career development but who may not have the time to commit to a full masters degree.

Benefits of MSc

The MSc course has all of the benefits of the PgDip – including CIPD accreditation – plus a research methods and dissertation module.

The dissertation involves the identification and refinement of an HR problem, undertaking an in-depth literature review, the collection of primary data, and the analysis and evaluation of this data so as to produce a set of implementable and/or secondary recommendations.

Modules

Students studying for the MSc HRM and PgDip HRM will be required to complete the 4 core units in your first year. In your second year you will take Research Methods plus one core unit and two electives. Each year of the programme features a residential weekend as an integral part of the overall course. The dissertation (MSc only) and the Management Research Report (PgDip only) provide you with the opportunity to link theory and practice within an organisational context.

The taught modules (15 credits) units are assessed by a mixture of individual assignments, group presentations and by examination at the end of some modules.

Year 1 (Core modules)

• Power and constraint: The Strategic Context (CIPD: The Strategic Context)
• Leadership and HR strategy (CIPD: Leading, Managing and Developing People)
• Leadership and management skills (CIPD: Developing Skills for Business Leadership)
• Resourcing and talent management (CIPD: Resourcing and Talent Management)

Year 2 (2 cores and 2 electives)

• Research methods for HR (Core)
• Managing the employment relationship (Core)

Plus 2 electives (subject to minimum numbers; at least one elective be taken from Group A)

Electives A:

• Managing reward (CIPD: Reward Management
• Employment law (CIPD: Employment Law)

Electives B:

• Leading and managing change (non-CIPD Module)
• Managing coaching and mentoring (CIPD: Managing Coaching and Mentoring
• Leadership and management development (CIPD: Leadership and Management Development)

Year 3

•Dissertation (20,000 words) (Only MSc)

Accreditation

The programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).This means on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you'll become an Associate member of the CIPD. In addition the programme provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.

Employability

The programme is designed for professionals or line managers who are working in the field of Human Resource Management or Development. Students who have successfully completed the course have found it has enabled them to take on additional responsibilities and/ or move onto more senior positions within HR and/or Management.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Effective people management is one of the most important issues in every sector of the economy and the role of Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals in advising and supporting line management to achieve an organisation's objectives has never been more vital. Read more
Effective people management is one of the most important issues in every sector of the economy and the role of Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals in advising and supporting line management to achieve an organisation's objectives has never been more vital.

The Business School is an eccredited CIPD Licenced Centre, with a wealth of experience in delivering high-qulity postgraduate HR courses. This CIPD accreditation is also a key element of the Business School's strong link with the professional body – particularly the CIPD's Kent branch.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/human-resource-management-cipd-diploma.aspx

Course detail

CIPD modules studied:

• Human Resource Management in Context
• Leading, Managing & Developing People
• Developing Skills for Business Leadership
• Investigating a Business Issue from an Human Resources Perspective
• Resourcing and Talent Management
• Learning and Talent Development
• Leadership and Management Development
• Employment Law

The modules are all standalone so it is possible to take them on an individual basis to meet the needs of your previous studies and personal circumstances.

You’ll be required to become a student member of the CIPD. This entitles you to full access to the CIPD’s website and the monthly People Management Magazine, plus many other related benefits including the opportunity to attend CIPD Kent Branch meetings and events.

Suitability

This part-time Level 7 Dipoma is designed to offer local HRM Professionals the opportunity to complete the academic requirements for Chartered Membership/ Felloship of the CIPD. The course also meets the needs of employers who rely on highly education HR managers to improve organisational effectiveness in the light of new challenges and demands.

Relevant experience could include:
• having the responsibility for Human Resource (HR) decision making within an organisation at operational, tactical or more strategic level;
• being an HR professional in a team or HR functional management role, seeking to enhance and develop your career;
• having responsibilities for the HR function and activities within an organisation without a specialist function;
• being an independent or employed consultant who supports organisations in meeting their goals.

On completion of the Diploma you will automatically be upgraded to Associate Membership of CIPD (Assoc.CIPD). Upgrading to Chartered Membership is dependent on appropriate workplace experience. We can work with you to help upgrade your membership to Chartered status.

Assessment

A range of assessments across the eight modules including case studies, group presentations, a management report and two CIPD examinations.

What can I do next?

This course will enable you to develop the skills necessary for a successful career in HRM.

Completing the Advanced Diploma give entry to the one year part-time MA in Human Resource Management.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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This course is suitable for those already working in HR who wish to become professionally qualified; professionals wishing to develop people management expertise or those seeking a career move into the HR profession. Read more
This course is suitable for those already working in HR who wish to become professionally qualified; professionals wishing to develop people management expertise or those seeking a career move into the HR profession.

It is fully accredited by CIPD to meet their Level 7 Advanced Diploma and leads directly to Associate Membership of the CIPD with eligibility to upgrade to Chartered Membership for members with appropriate work experience.

If you are studying a CIPD qualification, you are required to join the CIPD as a student member at the start of your course. Upon successful completion of your course, you’ll automatically become an associate professional member which will entitle you to use Assoc CIPD after your name. This ensures your qualification is recognised by CIPD and that you receive access to HR and development resources to support you in your study and throughout your career. Please note that students join CIPD as individual members, so fees are payable directly to CIPD.

More fee information is available here: http://www.cipd.co.uk/membership/membership-fees.aspx

Features and benefits of the course

-Manchester Met Business School has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching Human Resource Management to the CIPD standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields.
-This MSc/Postgraduate Diploma level of this course meets the professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD, leads directly to Associate Membership.
-The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field.
-You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
-You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations.
-The course includes a live research project leading to a Dissertation or Management Research Report, usually in your employing organisation.
-A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place early in the first term.

About the Course

You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations. The option unit choices and the dissertation or management research report enable you to specialise in a particular area of HR.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field through the Business School's Centre for People and Performance.

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Learn how to manage and develop employees, ensure their well-being and understand the latest changes in employment legislation. Read more
Learn how to manage and develop employees, ensure their well-being and understand the latest changes in employment legislation. The MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy information. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Barclays, KPMG and Tesco.

This course is suitable for graduates who have studied any subject who wish to secure their first HR job, or those taking a break and wishing to re-train or re-focus their career. Our MSc HRM is a dual award programme accredited by CIPD, giving full exemption against their Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM.

If you are studying a CIPD Diploma qualification, you are required to join the CIPD as a student member at the start of your programme. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will automatically become an Associate professional member which will entitle you to use Assoc CIPD after your name. This ensures that your qualification is recognised by CIPD and that you receive access to HR and development resources and student resources to support you in your study and throughout your career. It also means you’ll avoid paying a non-registration fee.

Features and benefits of the course

-You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisation
-The Business School has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching human resource management to the CIPD standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields
-The Postgraduate Diploma level of this course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to chartered membership. You can read more about chartered membership here: http://www.cipd.co.uk/membership/professional/chartered-member.aspx
-You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
-The course provides you with an opportunity to attend the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee
-A human resources work experience placement is part of the course which provides an opportunity to conduct a live research project leading to your dissertation. Many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement, including CV and job/placement application and interview skills preparation. These skills are an excellent foundation to enhance your employability on completion of your studies.
-A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place early in term one.
-We also host conferences, workshops and symposiums on a variety of HRM and HRD themes. We ran an ESRC/BAM HR Special Interest Group Symposium on the theme of “HRM and Employee Wellbeing” in May 2014. Click here for more details
-Manchester Met Business School hosts the Manchester Industrial Relations Society which runs frequent talks and debates by national recognised experts in the field. See http://www.mirs.org.uk/ for more information
-Our programme is closely linked to the MMU Centre for People and Performance, which conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations. Our experts deliver tailor-made solutions to organisational and sector-specific challenges and issues for a range of private and public sector clients and policy-makers. Many of the Centre for People and Performance staff teach on our HRM programmes, you can read more about our Centre and the staff here: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/cpp/

Placement options

The course includes a 10-day work placement, and an opportunity to do a HR research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event where you will have opportunities to develop professional HR skills and access to teaching and exhibitions at the CIPD's Annual national conference.

About the Course

Our postgraduate business programmes aim to equip you with the specialist skills in management, leadership and strategy and are intensively focused on developing your employability skills so that you can develop rewarding careers as HR leaders.

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In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. Read more
In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. HR specialists help organisations achieve success by providing knowledge, expertise and insight into a wide range of HRM activities from talent resourcing and selection, performance management, learning and development, change management and employee engagement. HR can be an exciting, rewarding and challenging career that can take you anywhere in the world.

If you are seeking roles within HR, you may find that employers require a qualification that leads to membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This programme is accredited by the CIPD and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of HR professionals wishing to further their career and progress into senior roles.

If you have some experience within the working environment and want to develop your HRM knowledge or have completed an HRM (or related) degree, find out more about the opportunities on offer through the MA in Human Resource Management.

CIPD Membership

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the professional body for HR and people development which aims to champion better work and better working lives. As a HRM student you will become part of this professional body and on completion of the programme will be able to upgrade your status to a chartered member of the CIPD.

All students are required to enrol as CIPD student members and to remain in membership throughout the duration of the programme.

Subscription fee is payable direct to CIPD and excluded from the course fee. For more information on the fees please refer to the CIPD Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/

Students will be encouraged to join, support and participate in local CIPD branch activities. These are the Northampton and Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire groups. Although you will, officially, be a member of only one CIPD group, you are welcome to attend any of the group meetings some of which will be delivered by Northants branch as part of the programme.

For more information on the local branch see the Northampton (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/midlands-area-partnership/northamptonshire/default.aspx) or Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/bedfordshire-milton-keynes/) websites.

Course content

The aim of this course is to develop you as an HR professional. You will be introduced to specialised knowledge and research evidence giving you an in depth understanding of successful people management in organisations. Perhaps more importantly, you will practice the tools and techniques of strategic and operational HRM giving you practical, insight-driven experience which will help further your career.

The modules on this course are designed to provide you with expert knowledge of distinct HR subject areas together with exposure to contemporary debates, policies and practices, keeping you at the forefront of developments in your field.

You will develop an understanding of HRM within a range of organisational contexts, and you will be equipped with the analytical and diagnostic skills required of HR professionals.

In addition to the modules making up this course you will attend a two day off-site residential at the end of the taught programme focusing specifically on skills development activities. Attendance at the residential is a course requirement and the cost is included in the course fees.

Semester 1

HRM in Context – You will explore HRM in a business context to develop your understanding of the increasingly complex environments HR must work within both inside and external to organisations. This module allows learners to develop analysis skills to facilitate informed choices on which strategies may be most and least appropriate.

Investigating a Business Issue – You will diagnose and investigate a live business issue from a HR perspective, locate the issue within the body of contemporary knowledge, collect and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for change and enhancement of current practice.

Resourcing and Talent Management – You will evaluate strategies for resourcing and managing talent within the organisation. There is a focus on activities concerned with resourcing the organisation; the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, and also on the strategic aspects of planning an organisation’s long and short term human resource requirements. This requires analysis of external labour markets and considerations of flexibility, as well as consideration of how internal labour markets may be made more productive and effective.

Performance Management – You will investigate the management of employee performance within the organisation, exploring the evidence that people are a major source of competitive advantage and the challenge of how best to develop and manage people to maximize their performance. You will assess the major systems for enhancing the performance of employees at all levels and advise organisations on the most appropriate methods for managing performance.

Semester 2

Leading Managing and Developing People – You will analyse key factors in leading, managing and developing people for organisational success. Every organisation is made up of individuals whose behaviour, individually or collectively will impact on its ability to succeed. Organisational performance can be enhanced and competitive advantage increased through the strategic management, leadership and development of people. This module enables you to gain an in-depth knowledge of HRM and HRD and to explore major themes from the growing literature and research in this subject area.

Learning and Talent Development – You will develop a critical understanding of the role and influence of a range of contextual factors associated with the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development in a variety of organisational contexts. You will also explore and evaluate the contribution of learning and talent development strategies and practices in meeting the aspirations, ambitions and objectives of the organization and the individual. This is a seven week module.

Employment Relations – You will develop and reflect upon your knowledge and understanding of Employment Relations from a number of different perspectives. The holistic significance of employment relations within an organisation is emphasised together with the importance of aligning HR policies with business strategy, change processes, employee voice and involvement practices. Good employee relations are important for an organisation’s success in the achievement of its business objectives and for gaining employee commitment to those objectives. Increasing legislation in this area has also brought pressure to develop appropriate managerial strategies to ensure employee commitment to organisational success. This is a seven week module.

Semester 3

Research Methods and Dissertation – In this semester you will work on completing a 16,000 word dissertation. You will undertake this as self-study and you will be allocated a supervisor who will guide and support you through this process. Meetings with your supervisor are not compulsory but are strongly recommended.

At the end of teaching you will undertake a two day residential course that will explore how to put all the skills from the course into developing good HR practices.

Course modules (16/17)

-HRM in Context
-Leading, Managing and Developing People
-Investigating a Business Issue
-Performance Management
-Dissertation and Research Methods
-Resourcing and Talent Management
-Learning and Talent Development
-Employment Relations

Methods of Learning

The learning and teaching style on this course is designed to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and skills development within a caring environment facilitated by high quality academic support from tutors. You will be introduced to much of the core course content through activities that can be undertaken in your own time, off campus. These will usually be facilitated through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – a web-based portal where you will be able to participate in learning activities, on-line discussions, reading and reflection. During on-campus sessions, the emphasis will be on participative and interactive activities designed to consolidate and develop your understanding through debate, discussion, role-play and participation in events such as guest speakers and a mock employment tribunal.

The course uses a carefully balanced combination of in-course assignments designed to enrich your learning which include business projects, reflective activities, group work presentation, examinations and a substantial research dissertation

This course usually has a diverse student group and this diversity provides a rich basis for sharing of different experiences and thinking on organisational and people issues. Peer networking and action learning sets will be facilitated and encouraged to maximise the learning to be gained from different student experiences.

Full-time students will take four modules in both Semester 1 and 2, part-time students will take two modules in both Semester 1 and 2.

Each module will require you to attend a three hour workshop per week.

For full-time students, taught sessions will normally be delivered over two days each week. For part-time students, it would normally be one day per week.

To maximise chances of success on this course, we recommend students spend approximately 12 hours a week per module in self-directed study time to prepare for the sessions and complete assignments.

Assessments

Assessment will be undertaken by a range of methods including written assignments, business reports, projects, reflective activities, group work, presentations and examinations.

The 16,000 word Dissertation is a major component of this course and allows students to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and insight in their chosen topic area.

Facilities and Special Features

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional body supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations. The MA HRM reflects and incorporates CIPD knowledge and competence requirements. Completing the MA HRM will provide you with the underpinning knowledge required for Chartered CIPD membership. If you have the relevant experience you can then apply for full membership based on your workplace activities and behaviours through the CIPD.

Careers

The MA HRM opens the way for a career in HRM/HRD. The programme provides opportunities for individuals to develop enhanced, specialist, higher level knowledge, skills and leadership capabilities and equips students with enhanced career pathways in the HRM/HRD field within different organisational contexts.

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In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. Read more
In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. HR specialists help organisations achieve success by providing knowledge, expertise and insight into a wide range of HRM activities from talent resourcing and selection, performance management, learning and development, change management and employee engagement. HR can be an exciting, rewarding and challenging career that can take you anywhere in the world.

If you are seeking roles within HR, you may find that employers require a qualification that leads to membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This programme is accredited by the CIPD and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of HR professionals wishing to further their career and progress into senior roles.

If you have some experience within the working environment and want to develop your HRM knowledge or have completed an HRM (or related) degree, find out more about the opportunities on offer through the PG Diploma in Human Resource Management.

CIPD Membership

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the professional body for HR and people development which aims to champion better work and better working lives. As a HRM student you will become part of this professional body and on completion of the programme will be able to upgrade your status to a chartered member of the CIPD

All students are required to enrol as CIPD student members and to remain in membership throughout the duration of the programme.

Subscription fee is payable direct to CIPD and excluded from the course fee. For more information on the fees please refer to the CIPD Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/

Students will be encouraged to join, support and participate in local CIPD branch activities. These are the Northampton and Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire groups. Although you will, officially, be a member of only one CIPD group, you are welcome to attend any of the group meetings some of which will be delivered by Northants branch as part of the programme.

For more information on the local branch see the Northampton (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/midlands-area-partnership/northamptonshire/default.aspx) or Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/bedfordshire-milton-keynes/) websites.

Course content

The aim of this course is to develop you as an HR professional. You will be introduced to specialised knowledge and research evidence giving you an in depth understanding of successful people management in organisations. Perhaps more importantly, you will practice the tools and techniques of strategic and operational HRM giving you practical, insight-driven experience which will help further your career.

The modules on this course are designed to provide you with expert knowledge of distinct HR subject areas together with exposure to contemporary debates, policies and practices, keeping you at the forefront of developments in your field.

You will develop an understanding of HRM within a range of organisational contexts, and you will be equipped with the analytical and diagnostic skills required of HR professionals.

In addition to the modules making up this course you will attend a two day off-site residential at the end of the taught programme focusing specifically on skills development activities. Attendance at the residential is a course requirement and the cost is included in the course fees.

Methods of Learning

The learning and teaching style on this course is designed to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and skills development within a caring environment facilitated by high quality academic support from tutors. You will be introduced to much of the core course content through activities that can be undertaken in your own time, off campus. These will usually be facilitated through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – a web-based portal where you will be able to participate in learning activities, on-line discussions, reading and reflection. During on-campus sessions, the emphasis will be on participative and interactive activities designed to consolidate and develop your understanding through debate, discussion, role-play and participation in events such as guest speakers and a mock employment tribunal.

The course uses a carefully balanced combination of in-course assignments designed to enrich your learning which include business projects, reflective activities, group work presentation and examinations.

This course usually has a diverse student group and this diversity provides a rich basis for sharing of different experiences and thinking on organisational and people issues. Peer networking and action learning sets will be facilitated and encouraged to maximise the learning to be gained from different student experiences.

The course is only offered part-time. In Year 1 students will take two modules in Semester 1 and one module in Semester 2. In Year 2 students will take two modules in Semester 1 and two short modules in Semester 2.

Each module will require you to attend a three hour workshop per week. Class sessions would normally be on one day per week (pm).

To maximise chances of success on this course, we recommend students spend approximately 12 hours a week per module in self-directed study time to prepare for the sessions and complete assignments.

Schedule

Year One
Semester 1
HRM in Context – You will explore HRM in a business context to develop your understanding of the increasingly complex environments HR must work within both inside and external to organisations. This module allows learners to develop analysis skills to facilitate informed choices on which strategies may be most and least appropriate.

Investigating a Business Issue – You will diagnose and investigate a live business issue from a HR perspective, locate the issue within the body of contemporary knowledge, collect and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for change and enhancement of current practice.

Semester 2
Leading Managing and Developing People – You will analyse key factors in leading, managing and developing people for organisational success. Every organisation is made up of individuals whose behaviour, individually or collectively will impact on its ability to succeed. Organisational performance can be enhanced and competitive advantage increased through the strategic management, leadership and development of people. This module enables you to gain an in-depth knowledge of HRM and HRD and to explore major themes from the growing literature and research in this subject area.

At the end of your first year of studies, once teaching is over, there will be a two-day skills development workshop that will explore the skills required to be an effective HR leader. This is a great chance to consolidate your learning from Year 1 in a relaxed and informal setting with your classmates and tutors. The workshop is an essential and required part of the course.

Year Two
Semester 1
Resourcing and Talent Management – You will evaluate strategies for resourcing and managing talent within the organisation. There is a focus on activities concerned with resourcing the organisation; the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, and also on the strategic aspects of planning an organisation’s long and short term human resource requirements. This requires analysis of external labour markets and considerations of flexibility, as well as consideration of how internal labour markets may be made more productive and effective.

Performance Management – You will investigate the management of employee performance within the organisation, exploring the evidence that people are a major source of competitive advantage and the challenge of how best to develop and manage people to maximize their performance. You will assess the major systems for enhancing the performance of employees at all levels and advise organisations on the most appropriate methods for managing performance.

Semester 2
Learning and Talent Development – You will develop a critical understanding of the role and influence of a range of contextual factors associated with the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development in a variety of organisational contexts. You will also explore and evaluate the contribution of learning and talent development strategies and practices in meeting the aspirations, ambitions and objectives of the organization and the individual. This is a seven week module.

Employment Relations – You will develop and reflect upon your knowledge and understanding of Employment Relations from a number of different perspectives. The holistic significance of employment relations within an organisation is emphasised together with the importance of aligning HR policies with business strategy, change processes, employee voice and involvement practices. Good employee relations are important for an organisation’s success in the achievement of its business objectives and for gaining employee commitment to those objectives. Increasing legislation in this area has also brought pressure to develop appropriate managerial strategies to ensure employee commitment to organisational success. This is a seven week module.

At the end of teaching you will undertake a two day residential course that will explore how to put all the skills from the course into developing good HR practices.

Assessments

Assessment will be undertaken by a range of methods including written assignments, business reports, projects, reflective activities, group work, presentations and examinations.

Facilities and Special Features

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional body supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations. The PG Diploma HRM reflects and incorporates CIPD knowledge and competence requirements. Completing the PG Diploma HRM will provide you with the underpinning knowledge required for Chartered CIPD membership. If you have the relevant experience you can then apply for full membership based on your workplace activities and behaviours through the CIPD.

On successful completion of the PG Diploma in HRM, students are eligible to continue their studies on the MA HRM (top-up).

Careers

The PG Diploma HRM opens the way for a career in HRM/HRD. The programme provides opportunities for individuals to develop enhanced, specialist, higher level knowledge, skills and leadership capabilities and equips students with enhanced career pathways in the HRM/HRD field within different organisational contexts.

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The MSc HRM (with CIPD Pathway) has a stronger focus on HRM practice and skill development than the standard pathway. It is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and provides access to membership of this professional body (www.cipd.co.uk). Read more
The MSc HRM (with CIPD Pathway) has a stronger focus on HRM practice and skill development than the standard pathway. It is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and provides access to membership of this professional body (http://www.cipd.co.uk).

Membership of the CIPD is widely regarded as providing a distinct advantage to those who wish to pursue a career in the fields of HRM and Employment Relations and is increasingly seen as an essential requirement. The CIPD currently has 135,000 members and job advertisements for HRM posts frequently make reference to the need for CIPD membership. CIPD status is nationally recognised in the UK but is increasingly recognised on an international basis (see http://www.cipd.co.uk/global/).

This pathway meets the CIPD’s Advanced level criteria enabling those that have successfully completed and passed the pathway to apply for Associate and then Chartered level membership depending on their HR role/level and experience. The CIPD charges a student membership fee (currently £170). Associate and Chartered membership levels are granted by the CIPD. The modules included in the pathway are detailed below. There are no electives, as students need to complete and pass each module.

About the Birmingham Business School

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Our dedication to providing our students with a rich educational experience within our Business School has led to increased investment in our career services and corporate relations programme. This will further enhance the already excellent career prospects of our graduates, with additional opportunities for project work and internships with leading global businesses.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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People are at the heart of any organisation, so the ability to manage and develop employees, ensure their welfare and understand changing employment legislation is essential to business survival. The course aims to produce well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge and relevant hands-on experience.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the course is designed to
-Develop a critical appreciation of the theoretical foundations and empirical practice of HRM and IR
-Expose you to a wide variety of organisational practices by use of teaching materials based on high quality contemporary research conducted by lecturers and their own research for an independent individual dissertation
-Enable you to develop practical skills in the subject area to equip you for a career in or further study of the HR/IR field and gives you a grounding in research methods which you can apply appropriately either in the business world or in academic research
-Provide you with the opportunity to gain graduate membership of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) which is extremely advantageous in securing a career in HRM.

You have the opportunity to attend skills development workshops run by expert HR practitioners to acquire practical HR skills, to attend a live employment tribunal case, and to undertake a group project in an organisation to develop teamworking and practical HR and research skills.

CIPD Course recognition
This course is approved to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard and you can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership. If you decide to do so, you can attend a series of skills workshops, hear from guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You will join CIPD as a student member and on passing all of the modules of the Masters degree (including the dissertation) and the CIPD components, your CIPD membership will be automatically updated to Associate Member. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace, you can apply for Chartered membership.

Please note: There is a £450 administrative fee payable to Alliance Manchester Business School on arrival if you choose to register with the CIPD, plus you join the CIPD for two years - the year of your course, and the year of graduation. The current fee to join the CIPD is £178 for the 1st year and £138 for the 2nd year.

If you are particularly interested in international human resource management and /or comparative industrial relations you might like to consider our MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations.

Special features

The Business School presents three prizes associated with the CIPD programme. One is for best Portfolio, one for best Management Research Report and one for overall best student. Further details of the prizes will be available during the programme.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, essays, course work, assignment, report and group presentations. A dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words is also normally undertaken.

Course unit details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. Compulsory course units include:
-Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice
-Industrial Relations
-Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems
-Research Methods for Organisations
-Employment Law
-Employment Policy and Practice
-Human Resource Management: Context and Organisation

Optional course units include:
-Comparative Industrial Relations
-Human Resource Management in Asia
-International Human Resource Management
-International Labour Law and Regulation

Career opportunities

Graduates from the programme have gone on to a wide variety of careers and further study, mostly, but not exclusively, in related fields. These include HR consultancy at PwC, HR roles at BP, Deloitte, Tesco, the NHS, Marks and Spencer, Fujitsu Services, Halliwell LLP, local government, Co-operative Insurance, employment law consultancy and lecturing/research.

Accrediting organisations

This Masters is accredited to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You will join CIPD as a student member and on completion of the Masters and CIPD components you will have achieved the underpinning knowledge towards a level of professional membership.

Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace you will be in a position to apply to CIPD for a membership upgrade.

Students wishing to gain CIPD membership attend a series of skills workshops with guests invited from a wide range of companies, to enable them to develop practical HR skills.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and the MA in Human Resource Management will progress your career and enhance your HR professional practice. Read more

The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and the MA in Human Resource Management will progress your career and enhance your HR professional practice. You will develop core HR skills and knowledge as well as the ability to understand and evaluate issues of strategic importance to HRM.

These part-time programmes are studied through a combination of on-campus and online learning. You will benefit from the flexibility of our virtual learning environment and also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.*

The programme is fully accredited by the CIPD against the Advanced Knowledge Standards. You will gain Associate membership of the CIPD on successful completion of your course.

In Year 2, you can choose to study for the full MA in HRM or opt for the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. Both lead to Associate membership of CIPD and there is a full briefing during Year 1 to help you make this choice.

If you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM from any educational provider, you can make use of our Direct Entry MA Human Resource Management Top Up option. This involves one module and a dissertation over one academic year and results in an MA HRM award.

Course structure

The MA HRM and PG Dip HRM are practice-based and academically rigorous, providing you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the challenging role of a human resource professional. Both programmes are fully accredited by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and mapped against the Advanced Diploma in HRM. Both programmes enable you to gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and as these qualifications are at Advanced Standard, this enables higher membership grades of the CIPD to be achieved with experience, rather than further study.

Please refer to the following course subject charts:

MA Human Resource Management structure chart

Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management structure chart

CIPD membership

It is a requirement of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development that all students enrolling on a CIPD HR Programme are student members of the CIPD and pay membership fees to the CIPD. The cost of this is not included in your Oxford Brookes fees. If you are already a student member you are still required to register your continuing professional development with the CIPD, and we ask that you provide us with your CIPD number. You can find details of the CIPD's current student membership fees on their website.

Teaching and learning

On-campus sessions involve tutor input, analysis of case studies, problem-solving activities, virtual business simulations, presentations, analysis of data for decision making, and directed reading and research. Some skills development is best addressed in more intensive workshops and such events will focus principally on:

  • team building and problem solving
  • people management skill sets (eg. interviewing, negotiating, managing disciplinary and grievances)
  • leadership and influencing skills
  • data handling and presentation skills using IT applications

Both on-campus and online learning are fully supported by our library, with almost all resources (journals, reports and many books) now being available electronically 24 hours a day.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually with a range of assessment methods being used. These include individual assignments, group work, presentations, examinations, a portfolio to demonstrate continuing professional development, and individual research reports. Some assessments include an element of peer and/or self-assessment.

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

Specialist facilities

We're investing over £30m to create a modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Faculty of Business.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Attendance pattern

The course is mainly delivered through two taught semesters per year running from September to May. Each individual module consists of up to 12 sessions offered through a blend of on-campus and online learning. For each semester the on-campus element will take place through up to five early evening sessions (5-8pm) and three full-day Saturday sessions. In year one the evening sessions are on a Tuesday; in year two evening sessions are on a Wednesday. In addition, there is one full weekend workshop in the first year. Those sessions offered online will on occasion require you to join a virtual classroom at a specific time in the early evening but will mainly be completed in your own time, using online learning materials and taking part in online discussion fora.

If you study the full MA Human Resource Management rather than the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management you also complete your dissertation over a third semester in the summer of the second year. If you’re completing the full MA, you have the option to do your research methods and dissertation modules entirely online. Note: this revised course delivery pattern is subject to CIPD approval.



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Progress your HR career while fitting your studies around work and home commitments with our ‘day release’ course. Our postgraduate qualification is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) and held by HR professionals around the world. Read more
Progress your HR career while fitting your studies around work and home commitments with our ‘day release’ course. Our postgraduate qualification is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) and held by HR professionals around the world.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/human-resource-management-cipd-day-release

If you’re aspiring to be an effective HR practitioner – whether you're working as a manager or consultant in a generalist or specialist role – this is the must-have qualification. It will allow you to develop your understanding of organisations and the changing environment in which HR teams operate. Using critical analysis, self-reflection and problem-solving techniques, you’ll learn how to develop and implement creative, strategic plans that drive organisational performance.

CIPD approved centre logo
You’ll study part-time while continuing to work, coming to campus once a week and using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at other times. You can choose to study with us in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough.

Our students register as associate members of CIPD, and enjoy exclusive access to journals, reports, time-saving resources, library services, as well as professional development guidance and networking opportunities. Once you’re in work, you’ll be able to upgrade to full membership.

Here at Lord Ashcroft International Business School, we have over 25 years’ experience of delivering CIPD qualifications and a high achievement rate: 100% of our MA Human Resource Management graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE, 2014). So by studying with us, we think you have the best chance of success.

Please note: if you've achieved the CIPD Professional Development Standards in the last five years, or the Advanced Diploma Standards, or the Anglia Ruskin Postgraduate Diploma in HRM on the block or part-time route, you can top-up your award to progress to the MA in Human Resource Management by undertaking two modules focusing your international and global understanding alongside a dissertation.

For immediate progression to the full-time MA in Human Resource Management programme in Cambridge, you have the option of undertaking Global HRM and a Masters dissertation at completion of your award.

Cambridge: Monday 1-7pm
Chelmsford: Monday 1-7pm
University Centre Peterborough: Wednesday 2-9pm

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/human-resource-management-cipd-day-release

Careers

Our course has a strong focus on the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in human resource management. It’s essential if you’re preparing for, or aspiring to, managerial roles in HR either in UK or abroad.

Your qualification will be recognised by CIPD, the UK's most credible specialist human resources training and awarding body.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules:
Human Resource Management in Context
Resourcing and Talent Management
Leading, Managing and Developing People
Developing Skills for Business Leadership

Year two, core modules:
Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
Employment Law
Managing Employee Relations
Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective

Assessment

We’ll assess you in a number of ways, including written reports and essays, oral presentations, case study analysis, exams and a portfolio.

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations.

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and successful completion of it qualifies you for the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management. Read more
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and successful completion of it qualifies you for the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management. It also grants you automatic Associate Membership of the CIPD. You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of human resources (HR), developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how HR can add value to organisations. This course is designed to build your practical knowledge and develop your skills through real experiences of human resource management.

Primarily aimed at people who are working or entering the HR profession who wish to become professionally qualified, this course allows for career progression in this specialist field. On completing this course, you are automatically eligible to continue directly to the PgDip/MSc in Human Resource Management at Manchester Met. The Master’s course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). This qualification enables you to distinguish yourself from other candidates in today’s competitive job market.

Features and benefits of the course

-This course is designed to build your practical knowledge and develop your skills through real experiences of human resource management in a range of different organisational settings.
-The course will provide you with an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focussing particularly on how HR can add value to organisations.
-This course has been specially designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for a career in HR, covering key aspects of policy and practice (such as resourcing, reward, performance management, employment law, and training and development) as well as developing the skills to be an effective practitioner.
-Successful completion of the course leads to automatic Associate Membership of CIPD.
-The course leads to the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HRM.
-Successful completion of this Certificate can provide a route for entry to our highly regarded Postgraduate Diploma in HRM, which gives full exemption from the CIPD Advanced Diploma - the gateway qualification to becoming a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
-This programme is taught at the Business School by professionally qualified staff with relevant academic and workplace experience through a range of inter-active lectures, workshops, case studies and project-based assignments.

About the Course

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers from the Department of Management, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field through the Business School's Centre for People and Performance.

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This programme is designed to prepare and develop students for careers in Human Resource Development. The philosophy of the programme derives from the principles of reflective practice and experiential learning, or using the CIPD term, to develop ‘thinking performers’. Read more
This programme is designed to prepare and develop students for careers in Human Resource Development. The philosophy of the programme derives from the principles of reflective practice and experiential learning, or using the CIPD term, to develop ‘thinking performers’. The programme therefore combines academic, professional and personal development.

Course Overview

The course provides the development of in-depth knowledge and understanding of HRD within a wider organisational and contextual framework.

Current issues in HRD are explored and students will develop techniques applicable to enable application of a range of HRD skills to organisations in which they are likely to operate.

Students who successfully complete the PgDip will also receive the Internationally recognised CIPD recognition towards Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

Modules

Students will study the following modules:
-Human Resource Management in Context
-Leading, Managing and Developing People
-Developing Skills for Business Leadership
-Employment Law
-Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
-Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning
-Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring
-Investigating a Business Issue from a Human resource perspective*

*Students will be required to complete a piece of research on an HRD issue within an organisation for this module.

Key Features

-To become CIPD qualified
-To develop the key skills and knowledge needed to progress in an HRD career
-Work with friendly, experienced practice-led tutors
-Become part of a network of professionals and gain access to additional professional development events and resources through our strong links with the local CIPD branch
-Flexible study patterns to suit your lifestyle and work commitments
-Benefit from a combination of small group learning supported by our virtual learning environment

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and course work. Course work take various forms including a work-based project, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis, reflective statements and a skills portfolio.

Students on the full time programme or who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on companies from the extensive SBS employer network to provide alternatives to work based assignments.

Career Opportunities

Past students have enhanced their HRD career advancement in the private, public and voluntary/not for profit sectors in the UK and overseas.

Students also participate in a programme of organisational visits, workshops and CPD events (in liaison with the CIPD and Chartered Management Institute (CMI)) to provide application and networking opportunities.

The content of the programme is vocationally focused, using real case studies of current organisations. Students are encouraged to share their own work experience and apply their knowledge and skills in creative and innovative ways.

Professional Accreditations

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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This course is highly relevant to the workplace and it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Read more
This course is highly relevant to the workplace and it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Course overview

Are you looking to make a difference to the way that organisations improve motivation, foster career development and treat people well? This course provides specialist postgraduate training in Human Resource Management (HRM).

This Human Resource Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). These accreditations show that our postgraduate HRM courses fully align with the latest academic and professional advancements, both within the UK and internationally.

Successful completion* of the course fulfils part of the requirements for professional membership of the CIPD. Membership of a professional body such as this, will further boost individual employability and help students progress towards senior managerial roles.
The course explores the Human Resource Management in areas such as leadership, employment relations, recruitment, selection, training, development and managing. The teaching is informed by current academic debates and the latest research. Core modules include ‘Managing, Leading and Developing People’, ‘Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective’, ‘Developing Skills for Business and Leadership’ and ‘Learning and Talent Development’. The Human Resource Reflective Project will focus on a strategic HRM issue within an organisation which students identify themselves with the support of an academic tutor.

The University will ensure that the student’s learning is rooted in a real-world context by inviting guest speakers to share their practical HRM business experience together with arranging an external organisational visit.

Sunderland Business School is ranked Best in the Noth East for Course Satisfaction, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015. Our teaching is informed by the latest research and up-to-date approaches and in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) research in the business area was rated 'world-leading'.

* Please note that students must achieve a 50% pass mark in all CIPD related areas to gain Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors. Modules on this course include:
-Developing Skills for Business and Leadership (15 Credits)
-Human Resource Management in Context (15 Credits)
-Managing, Leading and Developing People (15 Credits)
-Learning and Talent Development (15 Credits)
-Leadership and Management Development (15 Credits)
-Resourcing and Talent Management (15 Credits)
-Investigating a Business Issues from a Human Resource Management Perspective (30 Credits)
-Human Resource Reflective Project (30 Credits)

Plus choose one module from the following list of three modules:
-Employee Relations (15 Credits)
-Employment Law (15 Credits)
-Organisational Development and Change (15 Credits)

Plus choose one further module from the following list of five modules:
-International HRM (15 Credits)
-Managing Diversity (15 Credits)
-Employee Relations (15 Credits)
-Employment Law (15 Credits)
-Organisational Development and Change (15 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

The University uses a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, case studies and workshops all of which are supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, Sunspace.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent reading and research.

Assessment methods include individual and group assignments, business reports, presentations, case study analysis, portfolios of work and time-constrained activities as well as the Masters Reflective Project.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently the University developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, students benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s library, many of them in online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision students can choose from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

This Masters course equips students with advanced skills and knowledge that will help you progress rapidly to more senior roles in Human Resource Management. It is accredited by the CIPD and SHRM, which means that students have access to additional HR research, conferences, training and development.

The average salary of a HR officer is £25,000 and HR directors typically earn between £75,000 and £100,000 (source: Hudson 2013 Salary & Employment Insights). CIPD-accredited qualifications can significantly enhance your career opportunities.

Previous Sunderland graduates are now working at senior and strategic levels in HRM in a wide range of industries including Caterpillar, BT and Nissan.

Your Masters degree will also enhance opportunities for academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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