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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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The MA Human Resource Management/Development programme is intended as a standalone course for students who have completed the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/Development; are Chartered Members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (achieved through the Education route) or have completed an Advanced level CIPD accredited programme. . Read more

The MA Human Resource Management/Development programme is intended as a standalone course for students who have completed the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/Development; are Chartered Members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (achieved through the Education route) or have completed an Advanced level CIPD accredited programme. 

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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

CIPD accredited courses have been running in various guises at the University for more than 20 years. The course operates as a community of HR practitioners and we draw on each other’s experiences throughout the programme. Many of the staff teaching on the programme have practical HR experience, conduct consultancy or knowledge transfer activity and are active researchers. We use a range of teaching methods and offer a very supportive learning environment and our track record is testimony to this. We build in time for reflection and urge you to do the same through continuous professional development and your everyday practice.

As part of the Research Methods module you will be required to write two assignments – one is a 1500 word essay on research methods and the second is a 1500 word essay on methodological issues.

Your dissertation will be in the region of 15,000 words with an additional 2,000 words for reflection.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This course is largely by self-directed study. You will need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation.

The research methods module will involve your attendance at three day schools at UCLan. These day schools are designed to develop your understanding of method and methodology. Two of the days will be at the start of the course in late September and the third day is in early November as a follow up to the first two assignments.

For your dissertation you must have your proposal agreed by your tutor. The proposal is informed by the research methods day schools. You will then be largely self-directed in your studies with support from both a tutor and a learning set. You will discuss your dissertation progress with your fellow students and you will also have the opportunity of one to one meetings with your tutor - David Vickers.



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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.

-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

This is a dual award course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), leading to CIPD Advanced Level 7 Qualification.

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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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 -. Read more

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

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard.

  • You can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership.
  • To qualify for membership you need to attend a series of skills workshops, with presentations by guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.
  • You join CIPD as a student member and when you have passed all course units (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.
  • There is an additional charge for both the required skill training and the CIPD student membership - contact the Masters Admissions Office for details.

Further information about CIPD qualifications, visit the CIPD website .

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

Student Prizes

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 undertaken in the final semester over the summer.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Employment security in domestic privately owned enterprises in South China
  • The role of unions in gender equality
  • The fairness of reward management and implications for staff retention
  • Disability discrimination
  • Organisational boundaries and temporary agency staff
  • Work-life balance in China

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

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.   

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.

Accrediting organisations

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) 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. Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the  CIPD website  

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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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.

The MSc and PG Diploma programmes are fully accredited by Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD), which means that successful completion of the course meets the requirements for Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM 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

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 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.

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.

-The MSc/PGDip 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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This academically challenging course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise, and the professional CIPD qualification, needed for a successful career in Human Resources. Read more

This academically challenging course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise, and the professional CIPD qualification, needed for a successful career in Human Resources.

Overview

The MSc Human Resource Management aims to give you the knowledge, expertise and the professional CIPD qualification needed for a successful career in Human Resources and Personnel.

The Programme is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in Human Resource Management.

You will be equipped with the specialist knowledge and skills to succeed in a career within the Human Resource Management industry and will have the opportunity to study advocacy, debate and negotiation skills. You will learn how to understand and to undertake high-quality research to aid your decision-making within industry.

Opportunities to network with members of the Human Resource industry will be available through our programme of guest speakers and through our links with the CIPD.

As well as learning from the pioneering research of our faculty members, you will work towards a professional qualification, Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a qualification required by most employers for UK Human Resource Management positions.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the CIPD. All students on the Programme may register to become a Student Member of the CIPD.

If you pass all modules of the MSc HRM programme with a mark of at least 50% you will be upgraded to Associate Member and may use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name. When you have obtained sufficient professional experience you may apply to the CIPD to upgrade your membership to full Chartered Membership (MCIPD).

Distinctive features

  • You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).
  • You will have the chance to attend practical workshops which help you develop your problem solving skills.
  • You will study a CIPD accredited programme.

Learning and assessment

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.

Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Career prospects

Graduates have gone on to successful HR careers in a range of industries including public and private sector businesses both nationally and internationally. A number of students have also pursued further learning by undertaking a research degree after completing their masters.



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Enhance your career prospects in human resource (HR) management, people management and people development. We will help you develop into a critical, efficient and reflective practitioner with the capabilities required for membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Read more

Enhance your career prospects in human resource (HR) management, people management and people development.

We will help you develop into a critical, efficient and reflective practitioner with the capabilities required for membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

We have been successfully delivering personnel and HR programmes for more than 40 years and the quality of our provision has been recognised by the CIPD and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Many large employers in the region have supported their employees to undertake this course, including Leeds City Council, Leeds NHS Trust, the Canal Trust and Wm Morrisons Supermarkets PLC.

If you have a PG Diploma Human Resource Management you could apply to study the final 60 credits of this qualification to gain the MA Human Resource Management.

Faculty of Business & Law website CIPD website 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Course Benefits

You will be taught by an experienced, highly-qualified and dedicated team of lecturers, including a Course Leader with significant experience of leading masters degrees. Compared to other institutions this course has a higher number of contact hours and the course is three semesters.

At Leeds Business School we have a great established history and high reputation for CIPD accredited courses. There are strong professional links with the national and local CIPD branch. Students come from all over the world for this course and demand for this course is growing every year. We offer personal tutoring and coaching, ensuring that you will be well supported.

Successful graduate Jo Bloor, despite having several medical operations during her MA was not only successful in completing all of her studies, but has now gone into partnership with a firm of solicitors where she will be providing a specialist HR and training service. Jo says "I appreciated the support I got from the course team in helping me make a difficult personal time a rewarding success." As a result, Jo has offered to give future students a placement in her business.

PGDip

Core modules

  • Investigating a Business Issue
  • Leading, Managing & Developing People
  • Skills for Individual & Organisational Effectiveness
  • Strategic Context of HRM

Option modules

  • Employee Engagement
  • Employment Law (HR)
  • Leadership & Management Development
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Performance & Reward

MA

Core modules

  • Developing Skills for Professional Practice
  • Leading, Managing & Developing People
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Context of Human Resource Management

Option modules

  • Performance & Reward
  • Designing, Delivering & Evaluating Learning & Development (online module)
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Developing Leaders & Managers
  • Coaching & Mentoring for Organisational Action & Development
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employment Law (HR)

Job prospects

This course will provide excellent opportunities to progress your career. The CIPD qualification is required for nearly all UK-based HR jobs. While studying your course, you will be able to join the CIPD as a student member, providing you with access to the professional body’s resources and support. You will graduate with the knowledge required for professional membership of the CIPD at either associate, chartered member or chartered fellow level.

  • Human resource manager
  • Head of human resources
  • Personnel manager
  • Performance consultant


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Globalisation and an ever-changing economic landscape are introducing new opportunities and practices to effective Human Resource Management (HRM). Read more

Globalisation and an ever-changing economic landscape are introducing new opportunities and practices to effective Human Resource Management (HRM). Our MSc in International Human Resource Management will develop your understanding of real-world HR issues, developing your knowledge and practical skills, with a focus on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations across the globe.

This course is particularly suitable if some, or all, of your career will involve working outside the UK or if you have an interest in global employment issues. Our MSc International HRM is fully accredited by the UK professional body (CIPD) and 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.

The course includes a work placement, and the opportunity of a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPD’s national conference.

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, including international HRM
  • 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
  • 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, including internationally
  • Staff are active in researching internationally, including comparative employment practices, studies of international management development with recent major projects in China, East-Asia, and Europe
  • You will be taught in the multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
  • 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. 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
  • We have strong links with the CIPD, which is increasingly international. Recent research from the CIPD suggests that over 30% of HR practitioners in the UK have an international dimension to their work, and the international links and partnerships between CIPD and lead bodies in other counties is growing. The CIPD has members located internationally In SE Asia, South America, Latin America, Africa, Middle -East, Europe and beyond
  • Business and Management research is supported, undertaken and applied in the Business School.
  • The Business School holds accreditation many professional bodies, including AACSB, AMBA, CMI, CIPD. Research firmly underpins our curriculum but we are also characterised by our strong external focus through the application of research to organisations and policy formation. See more here
  • 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
  • We also host Conferences, Workshops and Symposiums on a variety of HRM and HRD themes. 
  • Manchester Met Business School hosts the Manchester Industrial Relations Society which runs frequent (monthly) talks and debates by national recognised experts in the field.

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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This course in Human Resource Management provides students with a high quality graduate management education and development experience. Read more

This course in Human Resource Management provides students with a high quality graduate management education and development experience. Through an intellectually stimulating course of professional graduate education, Human Resource Management develops the operational skills and behaviours of human resource management and development practitioners.

The course can be taken as a standalone course or you can elect to take the subsequent Postgraduate Diploma HRM/D and MA. You can decide to do this at a much later date. 

INDUSTRY LINKS

Accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

CIPD accredited courses have been running in various guises at the University for more than 20 years. The course operates as a community of HR practitioners and we draw on each other experiences throughout the programme. Many of the staff teaching on the programme have practical HR experience, conduct consultancy or knowledge transfer activity and are active researchers. We use a range of teaching methods and offer a very supportive learning environment and our track record is testimony to this. We build in time for reflection and urge you to do the same through continuous professional development and your everyday practice.

We provide support and guidance for each form of assessment as we move through the programme. So for example you will have a session on exam techniques before you are expected to do an examination and a session on presentation skills before you are expected to carry out an assessed presentation. The University procedure for resits will be explained at induction and in the student handbook. We use a variety of assessment methods ranging from organisational reports, essays, short examinations, continuing professional development portfolios, case studies, skills assignments and group presentations.

GRADUATE CAREERS

A course module that will help you plan your career is available as a free choice module (called an elective), which you can study as part of your degree programme.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and Personnel practitioners and UCLan is recognised as an accredited centre which means it is empowered by the CIPD to award its own internally assessed courses. When you successfully complete the course you will receive the Diploma and will have completed the skills and knowledge elements on the route to CIPD associateship. The CIPD will then require you to complete a behavioural assessment and demonstrate the required experience before upgrading to Associate membership status.

This course leads to CIPD Associateship subject to 'behavioural' assessment.

The course is a mix of lectures, group activities and student presentations. Frequent use is made of case study and other student-centred materials. Students are expected to be active participants in the sessions. Groups or individuals may also seek guidance in tutorials with the course leader.



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Effective local, national and global people management is a critical part of any organisation’s success. Designed for graduates from a range of backgrounds, our MSc provides you with access to, and an opportunity to become a member of, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD); an ever-more essential requirement for a successful and rewarding career in HRM and employment relations.

With a strong focus on HRM practice and professional managerial skills development, our programme takes you further than the standard pathway. We meet the CIPD’s Advanced level criteria, so when you successfully complete the pathway you can apply for Associate, then Chartered, level membership, depending on your role and experience.

Course details

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. 

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 145,000 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.

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 £132). 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.

Learning and teaching

The programme begins in September and runs for twelve months on a full-time basis. The first nine months of the programme are spent developing knowledge through taught modules.

In addition, you will receive research training. This will form the basis for your final dissertation, which will be your focus during the last three months of the programme.

The programme is led by Dr Andy Hodder and includes members of staff who are internationally recognised in their fields of expertise. These include:

Employability

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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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 full-time MSc Human Resource Management is a dual award programme fully accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), giving full exemption against their Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM.

This inspiring one-year programme prepares you for a senior leadership position in HR. The programme gives you the tools you need to distinguish yourself from the competition; you'll develop the expertise needed to shape the HR agenda in any sector.

You’ll gain insights into the activities, functions and environment of an organisation, and how HR functions can make a key contribution to its success. The programme will give you a comprehensive grounding in the core disciplines of HR practice, including:

  • leading, developing, and managing people
  • employee relations
  • employment law

On successful completion you will automatically gain associate level of CIPD professional membership which will entitle you to use ‘Associate CIPD’ after your name. This will demonstrate your professional credibility to future employers in an increasingly competitive global graduate labour market. All students are required to join the CIPD as a student member within one month of commencing the course, and for successful graduates the CIPD joining fee and first year membership fee are paid by the University as an additional benefit for our students.

As a member of the CIPD you will have the ability to attend local events, opportunities to network with senior professionals and executives, access various training and development activities.

About our students

Find out about our MSc student cohort, broken down by nationality, age, and the level of award achieved.

Professional accreditation

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading UK professional body for HR specialists, accredits our programme in recognition of the fact that it meets rigorous academic and professional standards.

The programme provides the underpinning knowledge required to achieve professional levels of CIPD membership. More information is available on the CIPD website.

What you will study

This programme aims to prepare prospective human resource professionals to operate as effective practitioners who are able to comply with the highest professional standards and to continuously develop their professional capability.

This involves equipping students with the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in changing and challenging environments and to develop in them the competencies required to think critically and strategically within an organisational context.

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

You’ll apply your knowledge practically through case studies, project work and guest lectures, and debate the current challenges and dynamics affecting HR policy in an increasingly dynamic business and social environment.

There is a particular focus on ethical people management and social sustainability.

Assessment methods include exams, assessed essays, presentations, learning logs and an end of programme dissertation. The dissertation is a piece of research conducted in a business of your choice.

Career prospects

Our HRM graduates – aware of the complex nature of people management and regulation – will be able to demonstrate the value of being able to handle employees well in the modern working environment.

Career opportunities exist in human resources, recruitment and general management.

Among the organisations recently to have employed our graduates are Asda, Horton Housing and even the University of Bradford.

Study abroad

Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities.

Study support

All module leaders have ‘open door’ sessions where they are available to students on a weekly basis. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor throughout your studies, and a supervisor to guide you through your dissertation projects and act as a research mentor.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g. assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Research

All teaching staff are highly research active, and publish widely. As much as is possible, teaching staff incorporate their own research into the teaching.

There is a dedicated HRM research methods course which teaches HRM practitioners how to conduct people management research and analyse their findings. Students complete a dissertation (practical research project) to address an actual issue in a business as their final assessment.



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With more and more people working for international corporations or global international supply chains, the study of international human resources and industrial relations is becoming ever more important. Read more

With more and more people working for international corporations or global international supply chains, the study of international human resources and industrial relations is becoming ever more important. The increasing globalisation of the economy and pan-national employment legislation also means the ability to compare processes and practices across continents is a sought-after skill.

  • Gain understanding of the differences between the employment practices and industrial relations systems of varying countries and multinationals
  • Learn how variations in practice and systems are influenced by social and economic factors
  • Study the influence of economic integration on changing systems of employment and industrial relations

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. Visit the CIPD website  for further information.

If you are interested in domestic human resource management you might like to consider ourMSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations .

Teaching and learning

Assessment across the course units varies on the modules chose. It includes a combination of examinations, individual essay, course work, assignment and group project and presentation assessment. A dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words is undertaken during the final semester over the summer.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  Please note that certain modules have to be taken to achieve CIPD recognition

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Work-life balance: perspectives of female teachers from the UK and India
  • Demographic change in Germany and Japan and the implications for the labour market
  • A comparative study of gender discrimination at work in the UK and China
  • The impact of support practices on expatriate adjustment in a Russian multinational corporation
  • Coping mechanisms of Nigerian women balancing motherhood and managerial roles

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

It will be particularly helpful for those intending to pursue careers within multinational companies based in the UK or elsewhere and broaden the international understanding of HR professionals who wish to work in a global context .

Watch Marina Surguladze explain how to make the most of the services offered by the Masters Careers Management Team>>

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.

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. Further details including costs are available from the postgraduate administration team and you can visit the CIPD website .

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.

Specialist facilities

We have invested over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and created a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Completed in 2017 it contains:

  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre.
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations.
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe.
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

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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