The MA Human Resource Management via the direct entry route is aimed at HR professionals who already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (120 Level 7 credits) and want to top up their qualification to a full MA. It can be taken entirely online or via a mixture of online and on-campus study. It offers maximum flexibility, enabling you to study in your own time, wherever you are and in a way that suits your circumstances. Whichever way you choose, you experience a high level of personal support and learning resources.
So if you are already CIPD qualified to postgraduate diploma level, this offers you a straightforward and cost-effective way of achieving a full MA in Human Resource Management. If you are aiming for a Strategic/Senior Management role, the MA is a great way of showing your commitment to building an all-round high level performance profile.
Students studying online participate in individual and group-based learning, all within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with:
The MA Human Resource Management direct entry stage is a research-based programme that has been developed to help you progress to management roles or consultancy. Combining theory and practice, it gives you the opportunity to gain specific insights into organisational behaviour and design and then to focus on an area of HRM research that is of specific interest.
The module and dissertation below will be the only requirements to top up the PG Diploma to the full MA HRM award.
Understanding and Researching Organisations: In this module you will develop a framework for understanding, analysing and researching organisations. The content includes both a (traditional) focus on core research methods and an emphasis on ensuring that you have a sound understanding of the organisational context in which management research takes place. The module draws on a range of perspectives from organisation theory and supports a critical awareness of organisations including such things as job design, internal processes, cultural dynamics and change. This awareness will be developed in a manner which prepares students for the completion of high quality, rigorous and systematic management research required for a dissertation. As part of this, you will also develop an appreciation of the use of primary and secondary data common in organisational research as well as the full range of generic methodological issues, procedures and study skills.
The dissertation: This is an in-depth research project into an organisational issue. You will generate high quality, rigorous and systematic applied research. You will reflect critically on relevant theoretical and philosophical assumptions, alongside the ethics of undertaking management research. You will be assigned an individual supervisor, who will support you to develop and implement a rigorous research design collecting data in an organisation of your choice. One of the key skills for professionals in HR is to be able to investigate, diagnose and report on relevant business issues and make practical recommendations for change or improvement within an organisation. This dissertation allows you to develop and practise these skills at a high level.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from those listed here.
Students studying online participate in individual and group-based learning, all within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with:
Students studying through a combination of online and on-campus learning will also participate in a range of classes on our Headington Campus.
Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Business and Management within the Business School. There are some contributions from specialists in other departments. Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, consultancies and research bodies provide further input both online and on-campus.
Your Understanding of Research Organisations module will be assessed through a research proposal and a research methods portfolio. Your dissertation will be a 20,000 word report on the outcomes of your organisational research project.
At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities for our on-campus students. 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.
We're also investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.
Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:
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.
The MSc Real Estate Finance programme will help you understand real estate in the context of the international financial markets. The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in global real estate finance and investment management. It provides participants with the key quantitative and conceptual skills needed to make the complex decisions required in the real estate finance sector. It also places property investment into context with equity, fixed income and financial derivative products. This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is also recognised by the Investment Property Forum, facilitating fast-track membership.
The Real Estate Finance programme is particularly suited to graduates with a degree in a quantitative discipline who wish to develop specialist finance skills that can be used in the real estate sector. This programme not only examines investment in the underlying real estate sector but also provides extensive coverage of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Funding, Mortgage Backed Securities and Real Estate Portfolio Management.
This programme is offered jointly with our specialist finance faculty at Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre. You will gain a thorough understanding of financial theory and its application in the context of real estate assets through a combination of academic rigour and commercial relevance. The programme allows you to build a portfolio of skills and choose from a range of modules taught across the Business School.
The University of Reading’s long standing reputation in real estate ensures that students on our MSc Real Estate Finance programme have exposure to leading thinking in both academia and industry. You will have modules led by some of the world’s leading real estate finance academics. Guest speakers from industry will further enhance that experience. The field trip will be to a major global city; in the past we have visited New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto.
Real Estate & Planning
Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school. Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.
We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.
Henley Business School
Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.
Plus specialist electives from a range that may include: Real estate funding, Real estate securities , Real estate portfolio management, Housing economics, Financial econometrics and other selected modules offered by the ICMA Centre subject to timetable constraints.
This programme is ideal for those wishing to pursue a successful career in real estate finance, investment management and research. Since its launch, graduates from the MSc Real Estate Finance have secured employment at a variety of firms, including JP Morgan, Unibail-Rodamco, Schroders, CBRE Finance, LaSalle, LNR Partners, ICG Longbow, DTZ, Grosvenor and Knight Frank.
Students are supported by a dedicated careers adviser and the Reading Real Estate Foundation. Our innovative mentoring programme pairs students with professionals in the industry, both in the UK and overseas.
The School of Real Estate & Planning has a worldwide reputation and a long history of providing postgraduate education in real estate. All our postgraduate programmes open up many options for employment in the real estate industry around the world.
Graduates from the Reading real estate masters are highly sought after and you will be well placed to take up positions across a wide range of positions in real estate investment, finance, portfolio & fund management and research. RICS accreditation also facilitates entry into the main property service and advisory firms. Since its launch graduates from the MSc Real Estate Finance have secured employment at firms such as JP Morgan, Unibail-Rodamco, Schroders, CBRE Finance, La Salle Investment Management, LNR Partners, Grosvenor, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Savills, Knight Frank and Gerald Eve.
The MSc Real Estate Finance is accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is also recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF), facilitating fast-track membership.
This programme has been designed to enable you to achieve both high-level academic understanding of contemporary developments in Human Resource Management (HRM) and the development of relevant advanced HRM skills. We aim to prepare you for a long-lasting and highly successful career in HRM.
The programme has been designed to map on to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) advanced learning outcomes, providing you with the opportunity to complete these and become a member. You can complete a Postgraduate Diploma, leading to the CIPD accreditation, in nine months full-time as a stand-alone qualification or take the MSc which contains the taught element of the Postgraduate Diploma and finishes with a Dissertation which you will complete over the summer months.
The programme is suitable for both full-time and part-time study, with part-time students completing the Postgraduate Diploma qualification over 21 months or the full MSc programme over a period of 24 (fast-track) / 30 months. Through a series of bespoke modules, the programme covers all aspects of contemporary HRM practice, including recruitment and selection, leadership and performance management, the development of individuals and organisations, employment law, reward management and approaches to HRM in an international context. This will give you an understanding a broad range of topics within HRM which you can focus on when developing ideas for written assignments and, for MSc students, your Dissertation.
Unique to this programme is the opportunity for you to participate in two three-day residential courses which take place in October and May. A mix of tutor-led, professional skills and group work sessions, these residential study courses provide a unique setting for students to collaborate and challenge one another in an engaging environment outside of the traditional classroom setting.
The variety of teaching and learning styles you will experience through the programme are supported with extensive additional reading and further learning materials which will be provided using the University’s online virtual learning environment.
The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.
This programme is available for study in both full-time and part-time formats and students can complete either the 180 credit Masters programme or the 120 credit Diploma programme. The Diploma programme contains all of the taught elements of the Masters programme and can be completed in 9 months full-time or 21 months part-time.
The dissertation element of the programme is undertaken between June and September by students on the full-time MSc programme or during the ten months following the completion of the taught element of the programme for part-time (30 month) students on the MSc programme.
Students on the part-time 24 month fast-track variant cover the same subjects and assessments as those on the longer standard programme. They do so, however, in a shorter, more concentrated time frame. This involves attending classes on two afternoons a week for a period in the second term and starting to work on the dissertation a year earlier than those who are enrolled on the 30 month programme.
Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.
• Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/
Recent examples of modules are as follows; Leading, Managing and Developing People [Both PGDip & MSc]; Resourcing and Talent Management [Both PGDip & MSc]; Human Resource Management in Context [Both PGDip & MSc]; Human Resource Development (HRD) [Both PGDip & MSc]; Employment Relations [Both PGDip & MSc]; Employment Law [OR BEMM059 for both PGDip & MSc]; International Human Resource Management [OR BEMM046 for both PGDip & MSc]; HR Skills [Both PGDip & MSc]; Management Research Report [PGDip Only]; Research Methods [MSc Only]; and Masters Dissertation (HRM) [MSc Only].
This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying theories and their practical application in fire investigation. You will also experience extensive practical experience of the major techniques, methodologies and approaches used in fire investigation. In addition you will develop your skills in critical thinking using a range of academic paradigms by undertaking an extensive research project in the field of fire investigation.
If you commenced undergraduate study at any University in 2012 you may be eligible for a £10,000 bursary
Fire Science and Building Construction
This module will introduce you to the basic science that underpins the investigation of fire scenes. You will be introduced to the chemistry of combustion, including consideration of the effects of ventilation, physical properties of combustible materials and ignition sources. You will look at the ontogeny and progression of combustion events, but also the legal and health and safety aspects underpinning fire science.
Evidence Gathering at Fire Scenes
This module will cover all aspects of the practical steps needed to identify and gather evidence at Fire Scenes. Integral to this module will be an appreciation of issues of continuity and integrity and an awareness of the differences between criminal and other investigations of scenes of fire.
Fire Scene Investigation Practical
You will gain direct practical experience of undertaking a fire scene investigation at the Oldbury facility of the West Midlands Fire Service. This module will expose you to a simulated fire scene, where you will have to carry out the full investigation of documenting and recording the scene, followed by evidence identification and recovery.
Interpretation of Fire Scenes
This module will allow you to utilise the various evidence strands that are present in fire scenes to work out the cause, origin and spread of fires. You will then discuss the effects of fire and products of combustion on the human body, including human behaviour.
Managing Fire Scene Investigations and Report Writing
This module will provide an in-depth analysis of the considerations surrounding the management of the investigations of fire scenes. There will be an overview of personnel involved, their roles and contribution to the investigation. The module will also describe the preparation of written and oral testimony for courts of law. Finally the presentation of the report in oral testimony will be reviewed.
provides you with the necessary skills to undertake a research project in this exciting area. The module will include a project specific literature review, experimental design and project planning, an oral presentation and an introduction to statistics in investigating experimental questions.
The research project in Fire Investigation is an integral part of the course and is intended to develop research skills in persons undertaking careers in forensic mark comparison. As well as applying the scientific approach to research coupled with statistical validation of results from the research methods module, genuine case-based research will be undertaken at the University, in one of the course partners or at a number of alternative providers.
a) The delivery of the course would involve a partnership between one of the leading centres of fire investigation in the UK and the University. Both partners have an established track record in delivering training and education with a vocational aspect in this area.
b) The Oldbury Fire Investigation facility will allow the student a unique hands-on practical experience that is not offered by any other MSc course in the Midlands region.
c) There are opportunities for experienced fire investigators and forensic scene investigators to fast-track to the MSc.
Unfortunately, fires are always going to happen. There will always be a need to investigate these as the consequences of fires are extensive damage to persons and property. The applied nature of this course means that a number of career paths are available to you. These include:
At the end of this course you, the student, will demonstrate:
By studying MSc Computing Systems at a postgraduate level at Nottingham Trent University, you will learn the high-level skills necessary to pursue a career in software engineering, specifically for industrial and business systems.
The MSc in computing systems is a fast-track conversion course for those with no computing qualification but would like a career in the computing and IT industry.
This course aims to produce individuals who have the skills relevant to applied software engineering for computing systems in industry, business and research, and are able to hit the ground running in their chosen careers. On completing these courses, you should be able to use suitable programming languages and their development environments to produce new software solutions.
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