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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Human Rights at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Human Rights at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Environmental changes, ageing populations, the media and new technologies, asylum and migration, intergenerational justice, complex multilevel governance arrangements, the impact of trade and investment, poverty and inequalities, the rise of identity politics and the changing nature of the personal sphere are contemporary global challenges facing human rights calling into question the fundamental tenets of human rights law both in terms of its formulation and implementation through policy development and law-making.

Differentiated from existing LLMs, the LLM Human Rights explicitly focuses on these contemporary challenges and how best to respond to them though law, policy and practice. The Human Rights programme draws on the research strengths in the College of Law and Criminology, but also from other colleges, in its teaching; and, exploits strong relationships with external partners to integrate a distinctive applied focus to the Human Rights programme.

Key Features

Students pursuing the LLM Human Rights will benefit from a programme designed around high calibre research and impact in human rights. Human Rights students will also benefit from academics' strong relationships with external partners working in the field of human rights, giving the programme a distinctive approach centred on the implementation and application of human rights.

The focus on implementation and practice in human rights is complemented by a multidisciplinary approach. Human rights policy and practice often do not recognise disciplinary divides. The Human Rights programme allows students to experience teaching from other disciplines to enhance their knowledge and understanding of human rights as an integrated project (e.g. politics and international development).

Uniquely the Human Rights programme addresses diverse challenges in human rights faced by law and policy, and by practitioners at the global, regional, State and sub-State levels. The approach focuses on how these challenges might be effectively managed through law and policy. The Human Rights programme offers:

- The opportunity and choice to address a range of human rights topics and challenges across a number of thematic areas, with teaching by expert researchers in the field.
- A multidisciplinary approach reflecting the reality of human rights in practice.
- A practical and practice focused philosophy.


The LLM Human Rights is a modular programme, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts:

Part I consists of 3 taught modules, each 20 credits. Students will be required to undertake 2 compulsory modules, these are: International Human Rights Law and Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention. Students are also required to select 1 further optional 20 credit taught module from a range of available modules (see below for examples optional modules).

Part II gives students a choice of 3 optional modules, each 20 credits, from a range of available modules (see below for examples optional modules).

Students of LLM in Human Rights are also required to undertake a dissertation, which contributes 60 credits.

The following are examples of modules offered to Human Rights students (modules available for selection will be dependent on contingencies, e.g. whether a module leader is in study leave).

Human Rights and Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
Trade, Investment and Human Rights
Human Rights and the Media
Human Rights and Family Law
Human Rights and Identities
Accountability for Human Rights Implementation
Impact Assessment and Human Rights
Children’s Human Rights
Human Rights and Poverty
Human Rights, Migration and Human Trafficking
Human Rights and Criminal Justice
Human Rights and Terrorism on-line
Human Rights and Medical Law
Human Rights and Employment

Extra-curricular Activities

Throughout their studies Human Rights students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities to enhance their practical understanding of human rights. These include:

Guest lectures by expert practitioners in human rights.

Workplace learning through voluntary work and/or placement.
Involvement in collaborative research projects with research partners.
Engagement with the College’s projects focussed on practical implementation and impact from research (e.g. Cyberterrorism Project, Wales Observatory, Centre for Environment, and the Sex Work Consortium).

Careers and Employability

The LLM Human Rights will open the door to a range of careers, including:

- Human rights institutions: increasingly international and regional human rights institutions are seeking to support, monitor and influence State policy and social arrangements. Potential graduate destinations include: the United Nations and the Council of Europe as well as other regional institutions.
- The public sector, including government at all levels. Potential graduate destinations include: civil service, regional, national and sub-national government, local authorities and other public bodies, and, political and policy advice work.
- The private sector: human rights are increasingly the concern of the private sector in the realm of socially responsible capitalism. Potential graduate destinations include: global business (including institutions such as the World Bank); the business sector (from large scale business such as the banking sector, to smaller concerns seeking to appeal to the ethical consumer).
- The NGO sector: non-governmental agencies are well-established stakeholders in human rights. Potential graduate destinations include: international NGOS (e.g. UNICEF); regional or local level NGOS.
- Research and academia: research on human rights is a well-established concern for academia.

The LLM Human Rights enhances student employability as:

- The Human Rights programme ranges across a broad spectrum of human rights topics relevant to law, policy and practice and encourages a practical approach in these areas.
- Students will have the opportunity to engage with projects providing opportunity for hands-on experience of human rights research as well as dissemination to support practical application.
- The Human Rights programme offers a range of work place learning opportunities.
- Entrepreneurial skills will be developed by encouraging students to contribute ideas to project work and project activities.

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Queen’s Law School has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering an LLM in Human Rights Law. Read more
Queen’s Law School has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering an LLM in Human Rights Law. Throughout that period it has constantly reviewed and revised what it offers as part of the degree, shifting the content from time to time depending on the human rights issues that are most prominent and on the expertise of staff available to teach the various subjects. For the re-structured LLM starting in September 2015 we will be harnessing as much of our joint expertise as possible to provide a vibrant and relevant course which will stimulate the hearts as well as the minds of students who are taking it. The focus will remain on international human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas) but there will be concentration as well on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.

The protection of human rights at the international level is a relatively new branch of law. Since World War Two there has been a huge growth in the number and variety of human rights standards set out in international treaties and in other so-called ‘soft law’ documents. The problem is that these standards are not always fully implemented and the international mechanisms for trying to get them implemented are defective. This LLM provide students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth appreciation of what has gone right and what has gone wrong and to suggest ways in which human rights could be protected more effectively so that human beings everywhere can realise their full potential.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules

International Human Rights Law
Human Rights in Practice
Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words

Optional modules

Equality and Discrimination
Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Times of Conflict
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Migration and Human Rights
Protecting Human Rights in Europe, Africa and the Americas

Methodology mini-modules

Concepts of Human Rights
Human Rights Research Methods
Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Approaches to Legal Research

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On this programme you will acquire specialised and in-depth knowledge and understanding of international human rights law, political theory of rights and international relations relating to human rights. Read more
On this programme you will acquire specialised and in-depth knowledge and understanding of international human rights law, political theory of rights and international relations relating to human rights. The programme is interdisciplinary thus building on the strengths in this area of the Sutherland School of Law and the School of Politics and International Relations. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research in this area spanning the full range of international human rights law from asylum law and practice, the EU and fundamental rights to the law of privacy in Ireland.

The LLM in International Human rights differs from existing degrees in Ireland by having a distinct interdisciplinary nature flowing from the co-ordination between the School of Law and the School of politics and International relations (SpIre).

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmininternationalhumanrights/

Your studies

On this programme you will acquire a specialised and in-depth knowledge and understanding of international human rights law, political theory of rights and international relations relating to human rights in a single course.
Your core modules will include International Human Rights Law and the Politics of Human Rights. You will also choose from modules such as: International Security; Politics of Development; Discrimination Law; and, Media and Regulation. You will complete a supervised dissertation and will also have international exchange opportunities during the programme. On completion of your studies, you will:
- be able to understand and think critically about the intersections between law, politics and international relations in the study of human rights;
- be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to real and hypothetical situations;
- be able to conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers;
- have identified doctrinal and practical trends in legal practise and their impact; and,
- have an increased ability to identify and analyse problems from a legal perspective.

Studying abroad

The School affords its students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad as part of the Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL) Graduate exchange programme with our partner Universities in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Students participating in the programme will have their dissertations jointly supervised by staff in UCD and in the institution which
they are visiting. Successful completion of the semester abroad will lead to the award of a Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law.

Your future

The programme qualifies you to work in the field of human rights, either domestically or internationally, as a practising lawyer, legal-adviser, policymaker, advocate, researcher, or academic. Career opportunities exist in intergovernmental organisations (United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe), government departments, international and domestic non-governmental organisations, law firms, and Universities.


The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Reflecting its interdisciplinary nature, there are core modules that must be taken in both Law and Politics. The core law modules are

- International Human Rights considers the theoretical underpinnings and development of contemporary international human rights law, critically examines the institutional architecture developed by the UN system and regional systems to implement human rights norms as well as national methods of implementation of human rights law.

- Law of the ECHR offers a critical examination of key aspects of the operation and substantive law of the ECHR focussing on its incorporation into domestic law and an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the Court's jurisprudence for a number of substantive rights.

- Other Law modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:

- Comparative Constitutional Law discusses a number of constitutional issues from a comparative perspective including the influence of the ECHR and its jurisprudence on constitutional structures and systems.

- Media Regulation discusses the regulatory environment in which the media operates, and encourages a critical analysis of the implications which the current system has for media freedom, journalistic ethics and practices, democracy and governance


Any student admitted to an LLM programme in the Law School also can apply on a competitive basis to spend their second semester at one of our sister Law Schools:
- University of Antwerp
- Maastricht University
- The University of Mannhein
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
- Universite de Toulouse 1 – Capitole

Students must score 6.5 in IELTS or 90 in the internet TOEFL exams in the relevant language of instruction (English, French or German). Spaces are allocated on a competitive basis. Students who are accepted onto this programme graduate with an LLM and are awarded a certificate in International and Comparative Law (CIEL).


This programme will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capacity to work in the field of human rights, either domestically or internationally, as practising lawyers, legal-advisers, policy-makers, advocates, researchers or academics. Career opportunities in the field of human rights can arise in a variety of different contexts. These include, but are not limited to, intergovernmental organisations (United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe), government departments, international and domestic non-governmental organisations, law firms and Universities.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff, Dr. Oonagh Breen, and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to http://www.ucd.ie/careers/

Find out how to apply here http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmininternationalhumanrights/apply,80081,en.html

See the website http://www.ucd.ie/law/graduateprogrammes/llmininternationalhumanrights/


The University and UCD Sutherland School of Law have a list of scholarships that are open to Irish, EU and International applicants.
For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships
International students may wish to visit: http://www.ucd.ie/international

Why you should choose UCD

In the state-of-the-art UCD Sutherland School of Law, graduate students engage in advanced study with internationally renowned
specialists to develop the transformative potential of law.

The School is ranked by the authoritative QS World University Rankings as Ireland's number one law school and amongst the world's 100 leading law schools. Students benefit from the School’s strong links with university partners; businesses; NGOs; and, domestic, EU and international governments.
We place particular emphasis on the quality and breadth of our graduate programmes across Diploma, Masters and Doctoral levels. Our graduate degrees are available on a full-time or part-time basis, beginning in either January or September.
We also offer part-time Diploma programmes and single subject certificates with the possibility of securing CPD points and building study up to achieve diploma or masters awards.

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This programme offers graduates in law and related disciplines, or those with relevant professional qualifications, the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of human rights law at UK, European and international levels. Read more

Why this course?

This programme offers graduates in law and related disciplines, or those with relevant professional qualifications, the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of human rights law at UK, European and international levels.

The programme is intended to provide invaluable training and insights for those who have either a professional or academic interest in an evolving human rights culture.

There are three potential exit points from the course, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters. Assuming satisfactory performance, it's possible to change between these exit points. For example, a student who initially registers for the certificate may opt to continue studying to the Diploma or Masters qualification. Likewise, a student originally registered for the Masters can transfer to the certificate or Diploma.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/humanrightslaw/

You’ll study

The Human Rights Law programme may be completed over two years (part-time), or over one year (full-time).

The LLM is awarded on successful completion of six modules and a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor.

Successful completion of six modules will qualify you for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). A Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is awarded on completion of three modules.

- Dissertation
The dissertation is written over the summer and submitted on the last day of the academic year.

- Field dissertation
A recent innovative feature of this programme is the opportunity for you to undertake a field dissertation within a governmental or non-governmental organisation with an international focus. It can be either in the UK, or more likely, overseas.
This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis and typically lasts for up to 12 weeks. It's delivered through our partnership with Challenges Worldwide, an organisation with extensive international experience in volunteer work placements.
Work completed for the placement will focus on a specific area of law relevant to, or actually form the subject of your dissertation.
LLM students on the programme have travelled to countries such as India, Guatemala and Uganda to undertake projects in areas including right to water, law reform, developing sexual harassment policy and freedom of assembly.
The University of Strathclyde provides comprehensive travel and health insurance for all participants in the Field Dissertation. We also pay for the costs of your placement. Students are responsible for the costs of flights, visas, and accommodation and living expenses while overseas. Such costs have tended to be in the region of £1,500 to £2,500 per student.


Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You'll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

Student competition

There is an annual LLM Human Rights Dissertation Prize sponsored by Taylor and Kelly (a leading human rights law firm in Scotland).

International students

If English is not your first language you’ll be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency before you can begin the course.
The LLM in Human Rights entry requirements are IELTS 6.5 (with no category below 6).

Pre-Masters Preparation Course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

This course is taught mainly through face-to-face teaching. Each class is delivered through two-hour weekly seminars, which students are required to attend.
Full-time students are required to take three modules per semester, with part-time students taking three modules over two semesters. The face-to-face seminars will normally be held in the evening from 6pm to 8pm. A few classes may be held during the day.
The teaching and extra-curriculum activities on the LLM are supported by the Law School’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

In addition to regular Law School staff, external staff teach on the programme including:
- Alan Miller, the current Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
-Tony Kelly, a prolific human rights lawyer

Both are visiting professors in the Law School. Our faculty also includes experts in human rights and transitional justice, immigration law, equality, employment and labour law.


Classes will be assessed by a mixture of written exams, presentations and course work comprising research essays typically of 3,500-4000 words. There will be two-hour weekly seminars for each class. Although coordinated by a tutor these will be student-led and interactive.


Our graduates can, and have progressed to research studies like MPhil and PhD in Human Rights Law leading to an academic career.
Students may also go on to work with international non-governmental organisations in the area of human rights advocacy, practice and promotion like Amnesty International.
Qualification from the course is also relevant to careers in international human rights organisations, like UN agencies for example.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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This course offers an exciting opportunity to study human rights in the interdisciplinary context of law, politics and philosophy. Read more


This course offers an exciting opportunity to study human rights in the interdisciplinary context of law, politics and philosophy. The course content reflects that human rights is one of the key discourses of our times. The course is aimed both at people working in related fields (for example, professionals working in the fields of law, government and public sector, social services, human resource management, or human rights advocacy), and anyone else interested in further study in this area.

- The course is taught on a semesterised basis. Course content combines analysis of current human rights law and practices with a critical exploration of the structures, potential, and limits of law and legal reform, at the domestic, European, and international levels.

- The focus on ‘Globalisation and Justice’ emphasises the contemporary and interdisciplinary nature of the course. We do not aim at a simple endorsement of the discourse, but at a set of critical reflections that draw upon varied global and local human rights philosophies, policies and practice.

- Postgraduate students will find a range of support structures, including: research training; accessible staff supervisors; good library resources; access to postgraduate study rooms; and access to IT and legal research tools.

- This course builds on existing strengths of the Law School and SPIRE in research and teaching. Both Schools are committed to maintaining our teaching at the highest standard. Law and SPIRE are both highly regarded in their subject areas with international reputations for teaching and research. In the recent 2014 REF, Keele University stood out for its world-leading impact of research in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (with Philosophy and Politics both ranked first for Impact nationally). Keele hosts a wide range of seminars, workshops, lectures and visiting fellowships. Many of these activities are available without charge to Keele students. Both Schools are characterised by their energy and enthusiasm, as well as their friendliness and collegiality.

- Keele is located on a beautiful and safe campus – the largest of its kind in the country – and has constantly been ranked in the top 5 universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

Internship Programme:
As part of our concern to develop our students' experience in the field of human rights, one of our founding course team members and longstanding members of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Professor Patrick Thornberry will host students at the Committee's sessions in Geneva.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/humanrightsglobalisationandjustice/

Course Aims

- This Masters programme aims to enable students to develop strong practical and theoretical understandings of human rights law, politics and philosophy at domestic, regional and international levels.

- The course also aims to provide students with a set of critical reflections that draw upon the varied global and local social and political contexts in which human rights operates.

- The course aims to develop not only subject-specific knowledge and skills, but also transferable skills. In terms of the latter, particular attention is paid to research and analytical skills. The course also aims to provide a foundation for pursuing further study at doctoral level.

- Course content combines analysis of current human rights law and practices with a critical exploration of the structures, potential, and limits of law and legal reform at the domestic, European, and international levels.

Course Content

The programme consists of 3 core modules and 5 elective modules. Students taking the MA in Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice write 8 module essays and a dissertation of between 15,000-20,000 words.

The MA requires 180 credits, made up of taught modules (120 credits) and a 60-credit dissertation. The modules are taught between September and April, and the dissertation is submitted in the following September.

Students who prefer not to undertake a dissertation may conclude their studies with a Postgraduate Diploma, if they achieve 120 credits by taking 7-8 taught modules.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment of taught modules is normally by means of coursework. This requires a written assignment of 2,000-3,000 words for each module. The pass mark is 50% and students must pass each of the modules in order to progress to the dissertation.

Additional Costs

Modules across the programme will include recommended core and supplemental texts. Costs will vary depending on the particular text (Law textbooks vary between £20-40).

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.


Keele Law School is known internationally for our outward-looking and distinctive law degrees delivered in a supportive and dynamic learning environment. Students at Keele Law School learn from leading, internationally recognised academics that come from all over the world. We work hard to ensure that our ever-expanding body of international students joining us from around the world are given every support to help them succeed while studying at Keele in order to achieve their aspirations as well as providing plenty of opportunities for home students to broaden their horizons. We are committed to ensuring that your time at Keele Law School will be both successful and enjoyable.

We have staff with educational backgrounds in a wide variety of countries, such as Columbia, Canada, Bulgaria, Italy, Austria, Romania, Turkey, France, Japan, Bangladesh, Israel, and Germany who present their research all around the world. Students have the opportunity to hear visiting lecturers from various different countries, arranged through our ERASMUS partnerships.

International students will join established international communities at Keele, and will find plenty of support mechanisms in place to help them make the transition to study in the UK

Special Features

Opportunity to apply for an Internship at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Internships will be offered to 1-3 students, following an interview.

Support from a personal supervisor and tutors.

In campus accommodation.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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Commencing each September, this full-time MSc Human Resource Management provides the knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective Human Resources (HR) professional and manager of people. Read more

Why take this course?

Commencing each September, this full-time MSc Human Resource Management provides the knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective Human Resources (HR) professional and manager of people. It is an intensive vocationally-focused qualification for those who wish to become, or develop further, as a qualified professional working in human resource management. If you have a Diploma in Human Resource Management or equivalent, this Masters is available as a top-up course.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Complete a placement and apply your learning within an HR environment
Take part in skills development workshops where you will contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
Engage with HRM specialists and legal professionals

What opportunities might it lead to?

We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD is the professional body for HR specialists and is the world's largest Chartered HR professional body. This course provides an approved qualification meeting the knowledge requirements of the CIPD HR Professional Map at Advanced Level 7. On completion you will be eligible to seek Associate membership of the CIPD and you may meet the criteria for Chartered Membership (depending on your previous work experience).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development and consultancy
Human resources

Module Details

You will study current HRM-related theories and issues, with an emphasis on their practical application. Topics covered include, Research Skills for the HR Professional, the International HR Practitioner and research methods and dissertation.

Here are the units you will study:

Leadership Skills and Management: This unit aims to provide you with the rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people development and management in order to become effective managers, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.

Resourcing, Learning and Talent Management: This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for effective people management, including the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal. You will also explore learning, teaching and development in the workplace.

Managing Human Resources and Employment Relationships in Context: By studying this unit you will gain an understanding of HR strategy and the employment relationship. You will explore organisational contexts and how they apply to public, private and third sector organisations.

Research Skills for the HR Professional: This unit provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to identify a complex organisational issue from a human resource perspective. The unit content will equip you to explore and critically evaluate academic and practitioner sources of knowledge.

The International HR Practitioner: This unit aims to encourage the development of a critical understanding of HR theory and practice from an international perspective through evaluating leading edge research and practice.

The work placement is a key element related to some of the units studied. Our Placements Office will support you in maintaining and developing business contacts, advise you of vacancies and help you prepare for interviews and other selection methods.

Research Methods and Dissertation: For the dissertation, you will be allocated a supervisor who will support you to plan, research and write a 15,000-word proposal and dissertation. Your dissertation subject choice will determine whether the final award is MSc Human Resource Management or MSc Human Resource Development.

Programme Assessment

A combination of teaching methods is adopted, including lectures, case studies and group work. You will be expected to read in preparation and to make an active contribution to class discussions. The teaching team include staff actively engaged in Human Resource Management/Human Resource Development research and those with practitioner experience.

Assessment methods vary according to the unit content and include coursework, presentations and examination

Student Destinations

You will develop professional expertise within the HR field plus apply your knowledge to an HR issue during work placement. By choosing to study full-time, you have an opportunity to fast-track your career, knowing that you have gained essential knowledge required for future Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you currently have relevant HR experience, this course will help you progress more swiftly towards Chartered membership or even potential promotion if you are already in employment.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Benefits analyst
Human resource officer
Human resource systems manager
Personnel adviser
Recruitment consultant
Training and development coordinator

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Humber’s comprehensive Human Resources Management graduate certificate program covers all the key functions in this diverse field, including employment law, labour relations, training and development, pension and benefit plans, occupational health and safety, compensation, recruitment and selection. Read more
Humber’s comprehensive Human Resources Management graduate certificate program covers all the key functions in this diverse field, including employment law, labour relations, training and development, pension and benefit plans, occupational health and safety, compensation, recruitment and selection. The expertise, knowledge and management skills you acquire can be applied to any organization. Humber’s faculty draw on their many years of hands-on human resources experience and expertise to successfully guide you through this program.

The first of its kind in Canada, our program is in high demand because it prepares you to work in all areas of human resources. Core concepts are studied in a classroom setting and applied in a work placement to help you gain a practical understanding of human resources.

In two semesters, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to become a highly marketable human resources professional. Our program offers a comprehensive exploration of all the core components of the field including its power to influence key business decisions.

Professional Accreditations

This program is approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as meeting the course-work component for eligibility to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 - the exam requirement for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. The HRPA charges a fee to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE) for its CHRP designation.


Semester 1
• BISM 5000: Computer Analytic Skills
• HRM 5000: HRPD Seminar 1
• HRM 5003: Human Resources Management
• HRM 5004: Compensation
• HRM 5005: Recruitment and Selection
• HRM 5006: Occupational Health and Safety
• HRM 5007: Employment Law
• HRM 5008: Organizational Behaviour

Semester 2
• HRM 5500: HRM Management Finance
• HRM 5501: HRPD Seminar 2
• HRM 5502: Labour Relations
• HRM 5503: Training And Development
• HRM 5504: Human Resources Planning
• HRM 5505: HR Business Project
• HRM 5506: Pension And Benefit Plans
• WORK 5508: Field Placement

Work Placement

Get first-hand experience with a four-week work placement (minimum 160 hours required).

Your Career

People are organizations’ most important assets. Changing demographics and other factors revolutionizing industry are putting human resources professionals on the front lines as Canadian companies vie for a competitive edge. Human resources departments across all industries need trained professionals who understand the business of people and who know how to recruit, train, compensate, motivate and retain employees. The choices available within human resources are so extensive, your career will remain interesting and challenging for many years. The program equips you for roles such as health and safety officer, recruiter, labour relations assistant, compensation analyst, training co-ordinator and benefits administrator.

Potential employers include Rogers Media, CIBC, Loblaw, Weston Bakeries, Ontario Government, Peel Regional Police, Home Depot, Deloitte, City of Toronto, Fairmont Hotels, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Siemens, Habitat for Humanity, Hudson's Bay Company, L.A. Fitness, Mazda Canada Inc., Rexall, SNC-Lavalin, Thomson Reuters, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc., Enersource and Air Canada.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html


For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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This course adopts an intellectually rigorous and critical approach to international human resource management strategies and practices, assessing them from a range of theoretical and analytical perspectives, explaining them in terms of their social and economic context, and considering their implications and impact for a range of stakeholders and interest groups. Read more
This course adopts an intellectually rigorous and critical approach to international human resource management strategies and practices, assessing them from a range of theoretical and analytical perspectives, explaining them in terms of their social and economic context, and considering their implications and impact for a range of stakeholders and interest groups.

This MSc has a substantive international content (centred on the analysis of MNC strategies and practices), combined with a significant comparative dimension, considering national, regional and global contexts.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscihrm.aspx

Why choose this course?

- It adopts a rigorous analytical approach to international human resource management.

- You will be taught by professors and academics who are working on cutting-edge quality research, relevant to the course.

- You will be engaged in exciting teaching, contributing regularly in class discussions and seminars.

- You will develop a solid knowledge base equipping you to work in the area of international human resource management with confidence.

Department research and industry highlights

Our professors and academics are all engaged in active research relevant to this course. You can find out more about our current research by visiting our staff profiles and research groups.

Course content and structure

You will study five core units over the first two terms. In the third term, you will complete a dissertation, giving you the opportunity to analyse an international human resource management issue in depth.

Core course units:
- Globalisation and Employment Relations
You will gain a broad overview of some of the major areas of international human resource management and employment relations policy within multinational companies (MNCs). These policy areas will be examined within the context of frameworks for understanding MNC strategies and structures, as well as competing arguments about the impact of national and regional differences upon international HRM.

- Managing Across Borders - Contemporary Challenges
National borders continue to matter. Even within regions which have removed formal barriers to the flow of goods, finance, labour, and knowledge, a variety of differences (institutional, legal, cultural, identity, and so forth), albeit not static, exist between, and within, countries. These multi-level, multi-dimensional differences shape the contexts of ongoing transnational operations and reorganizational programmes. You will focus on the unique managerial challenges and differences between and within, that countries create for companies’ operation in multiple countries.

- International and Comparative Employment Law
You will critically evaluate national and regional differences in the regulation of labour, and their implications for international human resource management practitioners. This unit focuses on the nature of the employment contract in comparative perspective, as well as specific areas such as discrimination, recruitment and termination law.

- Organisational Learning, Change and Innovation
You will examine how organisations learn, create and utilise knowledge and respond to the competitive pressures in a globalising knowledge-based economy. This unit focuses on the interactive relationships between societal institutions and the micro-dynamics of organizational learning and innovation.

- Strategic International Human Resource Management
You will gain an understanding of the major current themes and debates in the field going beyond operational approaches to managing people and focusing on core international HR issues and functions at the strategic level. It emphases on the integration of organisational strategy and IHRM, and explores how the issues and problems in managing a global workforce can be conceived strategically and operationalized through organisation practice.

- European Employment Relations
You will explore how the European Union and other regional groupings affects the development of employment relations across the member states. Employment relations are generally studied comparatively - for example, in the 'varieties of capitalism' literature - or through the lens of multinational companies, in terms of how HR practices may or may not transfer across borders.

The regional level examines areas such as free trade areas, common markets and currency unions and how the process of economic integration has shaped its institutional development and how it has influenced pressures to harmonise employment policy and individual EU employment policies – such as equal opportunities, health and safety, employee participation and corporate social responsibility – and assesses whether these function in the interests of business competitiveness or not in relation to the rest of the world.

- Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
This unit helps prepare you for your dissertation. You will recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based. This will equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis. You will then be able to conduct research, and evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner.You will also evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.

- Dissertation
This is an excellent opportunity to analyse a particular international human resource management issue in depth. By the end of the dissertation, you will be able to plan and manage a project, define aims and objectives, identify appropriate data sources and collection methods, be aware of and deal with potential pitfalls, execute a dissertation plan, and construct an effective argument.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- demonstrated the ability to critically evaluate the practice of international HRM, and consider the kinds of contextual factors that international HR managers need to consider when making decisions

- gained an appreciation of national and regional variations in social and economic conditions, and how these affect the way the employment relationship is conducted

- grasped the significance and efficacy of transnational comparative analysis

- become familiar with the various approaches to the management of human resources within multinational companies

- equipped themselves with the necessary understanding of key policy areas to make an effective contribution as international HR practitioners.


Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different related areas. You will be well prepared for careers in international human resource management, management consultancy, public policy research, government advisory and research roles, the civil service, think tanks, employers’ organisations and trade unions. This course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies. Example job profiles include:
- Researcher at Hays Specialist Recruitment
- International Relocation Case Manager at IBM

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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Are you interested in a career in managing people both as an HR specialist and a senior line manager?. Read more
Are you interested in a career in managing people both as an HR specialist and a senior line manager?

With a focus on contemporary issues in the UK and around the world our CIPD accredited and SHRM recognised programme combines critical analysis of theory with leading industry practices for managing an organisation's human resources from a number of perspectives including: multiple stakeholder, international, ethical, cultural, legal, operational and strategic.

Our programme will prepare you for strategic and operational roles, where a key responsibility lies in managing, supporting and developing an organisation's human resources, in domestic, international and/or culturally diverse settings.

This course is available part time, for more information, view this web-page: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P00853-1PTAB-1617/Human_Resource_Management_(HRM)_(Pt)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Description

Our MSc Human Resource Management programme builds on and complements your first degree and or previous learning and experience with the development of academic knowledge and practical skills to align you to a career in human resource management as a Human Resource Management specialist.

By the end of this programme, you will have gained a broad knowledge of managerial and leadership activities, as well as specialised HR areas. Great emphasis throughout the programme is on the translation of student learning to the work situation and the development of (HR) professional, managerial and employability skills.

The programme allows you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of HR within a wider organisational and contextual framework.

Modules have a skills element which is assessed separately from any written requirements. Effort has been made to ensure students engage in real-life issues through, for example, case studies, investigative projects and exposure to best practice. Both full and part-time students have the opportunity to add value to their work/organisations through a Business Investigation Report (PG Diploma) or HRM Research Project (Masters).

Study is available full-time or part-time.

Why choose this degree?

-One of only four programmes in the UK to be recognised by both globally renowned HR professional bodies - SHRM and CIPD.
-This programme exposes you to a depth of Human Resource Management knowledge providing an excellent strategic and practical background.
-You will establish a core set of transferable skills which will provide a base from which personal development and self awareness can enhance your career opportunities
-Full-time programme includes an industry placement within a Human Resources setting of an organisation, which allows you to experience your future career in practice.
-Award-winning support from induction through to graduation. Our induction programme and ongoing support prepares you both professionally and academically.
-Innovative teaching that focuses on learning for the real world and the employability of our graduates
-Flexible study – Full-time or part-time available.


Balance of formative and summative assessment including academic essays, practical skills, unseen examination observation, group presentations and on line questionnaires.

Industry Placements

A key feature of the programme is the work placement. Students are based in the HR function of an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector.

The placement is an integral part of the learning process where the student has the experience of studying, appraising and evaluating a particular human resource management issue. It provides a suitable means of both assessing the student's analytical skills and promoting a realistic view of organisations and their human resource management problems.

For the student the placement provides a valuable way of gaining some experience to discuss at interviews and demonstrate to potential employers that they have hands on experience and skills developed in a real environment. The organisation also benefits as a significant issue is investigated and they gain a report of value to them.

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed for students who would like to pursue a career in Human Resource Management (HRM). This CIPD accredited and SHRM recognised qualification will assist you to either gain entry at a professional level or facilitate the career advancement as an HR practitioner.

This programme prepares graduates for a variety of both specialist and generalist roles in HR and line management in people intensive environments.

Graduates in recent years have enjoyed a high rate of success in gaining professional employment in a diverse range of sectors with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, ScottishPower and Sky BSB. Graduates of the part-time programme have gone on to advance their careers through internal and external promotion.

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Explore what it means to be human. If you’re interested in what it means to be human, where we came from and how humans developed and adapted, the MA/MSc in Early Prehistory is for you. Read more
Explore what it means to be human

Why choose this course?

If you’re interested in what it means to be human, where we came from and how humans developed and adapted, the MA/MSc in Early Prehistory is for you. You will work alongside the UK’s foremost academics in early prehistory to delve into the origins of humanity and explore the evolution of cultures, customs, religions, art and technology. The flexible nature of the course enables you to pursue your own particular interests.

The archaeology of human origins is a fascinating and dynamic area of research, with new evidence and theories constantly changing our interpretation of who we are. The work of staff and researchers on this course regularly gains media attention, with recent studies of Neanderthal children and the origins of compassion attracting widespread coverage.
-Explore the archaeology and approaches to human origins
-Work alongside internationally renowned specialists in early prehistoric archaeology and human evolution
-Work on pioneering studies with the potential for significant media exposure
-Gain ‘hands on’ experience of museum collections at the York Museum
-Visit Upper Palaeolithic rock art on a field trip to Creswell Crags
-Choose modules to support your own research interests
-Use the latest techniques and equipment to build key practical skills
-Receive advice on developing your career and research interests from knowledgeable staff

What does the course cover?
The course addresses fascinating questions such as: what makes us ‘human’? How did early human societies work? How different were Neanderthals from ourselves and why did they die out? What was life like in the Ice Age? We debate these questions and many others within a lively research environment as you build up your knowledge and experience of early prehistoric societies from three million to 5,000 years ago.

Who is it for?
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in human origins, human evolution and what defines us as a species. Most students taking the course have a degree in archaeology or a related subject. However, people with relevant experience or a passionate interest in the subject may also be admitted to the course.

What can it lead to?
This course does not lead directly to a specific vocation, but offers a broad range of essential skills and expertise, specialist knowledge and insight, which are relevant to a wide variety of careers or further study. Many of our students go on to pursue research at PhD level while others have taken up careers in heritage, conservation, the archaeology sector and academia.


By the end of your MA/MSc in Early Prehistory you will:
-Have developed an awareness of the scope of Early Prehistory and knowledge of key early prehistoric societies
-Be able to identify key transitions in human evolution
-Be aware of the issues of interpreting archaeological evidence for early prehistoric societies
-Have developed a critical understanding of the key debates in the period
-Have developed your ability to gather and organise information and arguments in a critical and independent manner through writing essays and producing projects
-Have undertaken a piece of independent research on a topic within early prehistory
-Have developed your presentational skills through the delivery of seminar papers on a range of diverse themes

The skills, knowledge and insights gained on the course can provide a launchpad for a wide range of archaeological and heritage careers, as well as further study and research.

Course postgraduates have gone on to take up research degrees, academic posts and careers with prominent heritage, conservation and archaeological organisations.

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With this CIPD accredited master's degree, graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Read more
With this CIPD accredited master's degree, graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

On this MSc Human Resource Management course you will develop your career in the Human Resources profession, either as HR practitioner or consultant. This course is ideal if you are a general manager seeking to develop your people management responsibilities. You will build on your professional HR knowledge whilst developing your core HR skills. This master's course has many innovative features including skills development workshops and visits to organisations to examine their HR practice.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to Advanced Diploma knowledge standards.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/human-resource-management-msc/

Why choose this course?

- Employability: This course helps you develop academically and professionally through professional skills workshops held throughout the course. This enhances your future employment potential. We host a number of networking events with the local HR community, enabling our students to meet with local employers and HR professionals. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre.

- Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Human Resource Management. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. We have received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

- Opportunities: We host an annual HR Research conference. This conference is a chance for past MSc students to present their research to those currently completing the course and prestigious speakers such as HR Directors from Amey and BMW have presented the keynote speech.

- Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.

- Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world’s great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

Professional accreditation

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the world’s largest Chartered HR development professional body.

Teaching and learning

Throughout the course you will attend practical workshops to develop your essential HR skills. This practical applied learning helps you to develop the skills and understand the challenges of HR in practice and improve your employment prospects. Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed using a range of different methods including examinations, assignments, individual or group reports and group presentations. This range of assessments will help you to develop the analytical and presentational that employers within different organisations look for.

Specialist facilities

The Business School Postgraduate Centre at has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including more than 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in business and management and examination papers.

Field trips

- International Business in Practice: Study Trip
This study trip provides you with experience of global business, with a focus on the economy of the country visited. There is no credit towards your master's degree from this module but it will give you practical insight. You will meet global business leaders, receive presentations from academic experts and tour company facilities. You will develop an understanding of the state and development of the economy and how leading companies operate in a variety of industries, looking at the impact of social, cultural and historical influences.

Having successfully completed the assessment (pass/fail), this module will appear on your transcripts, which will enhance your employment potential. Please note that the number of students who can join this field trip is limited and the cost is not included in the course fees.

Free language courses for students

Free language courses are available to all full-time postgraduate students. These include:
- French
- Spanish
- Italian
- Japanese
- Mandarin

How this course helps you develop

The course provides you with the knowledge, skills and experience to help you start a successful career in HR Practice, HR Consultancy or general management. This course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Many career opportunities open up for individuals who gain their professional HR qualifications.


Graduates from the MSc in Human Resource Management course have pursued a number of different career routes. Many of these are in HR roles, across a wide spectrum of organisations, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large global commercial organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Some students develop academic careers and others pursue consultancy opportunities or general management.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Research within the department of Business and Management brings together corporate strategy, competitive strategy, growth strategies, global business, international trade and foreign direct investment with subjects that focus on leadership, culture, motivation, practices, strategic human resource management and the management of the globalisation process.

Stemming from the nature of the department, this research covers a very wide range of subjects in the disciplinary area. Some examples within the field of human resource management include:
- employee relations;
- labour economics and reward strategies;
- migration labour;
- international human resource management;
- employee welfare and stress management;
- equal opportunities and diversity management.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around two clusters: International Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Operations and Organisation Studies.

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*This is a new course and is subject to academic approval. The course may be subject to change and confirmed details of the content of the course will be published in our online prospectus from June 2016, subject to the course having been approved for delivery. Read more
*This is a new course and is subject to academic approval. The course may be subject to change and confirmed details of the content of the course will be published in our online prospectus from June 2016, subject to the course having been approved for delivery.

Engage with human rights practice by linking the legal, theoretical and technical skills needed to work in international organisations, fighting injustice, oppression and persecution.

You will study contemporary debates in human rights promotion and protection, researching the stories of violations, asylum, surveillance, peacekeeping and torture that are behind many of today's news headlines. Working with your tutors and alongside industry professionals, you will have the opportunity to investigate claims of human rights abuses, gather evidence and build cases for legal proceedings.

Your course will also hone your research and project management skills and develop your ability to write compelling funding applications and construct budgets, which are essential requirements for a career in this area.

Created in collaboration with tutors from our Leeds Law School, your course will provide you with the expertise and practical skills to help protect human rights and tackle abuses.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/internationalhumanrights_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Careers options include working for Non-Governmental Organisations, legal and security services and international organisations. Employers will value your critical and analytical skills and personal effectiveness. Our expert staff engage with many major organisations, which will benefit you when looking for a career in this field.

- Research & Project Manager
- Grant writer & Fundraiser
- Campaigner
- Human Rights Practitioner

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will learn from a highly-skilled and research-active teaching team who are experts in human rights law and practice, security, peace studies, evidence-gathering and crime investigation.

Our team of academics include Dr Steve Wright, an expert on torture technologies and surveillance employed by governments across the world, Dr Robin Redhead an expert on indigenous people and women's rights, Professor Eddie Halpin who is Chair of HURIDOCS, the Geneva-based human rights information and documentation centre and Dr Rachel Julian who was invited by the international NGO Nonviolent Peaceforce to evaluate their project in Georgia using unarmed civilian peace-keepers.

Other tutors have worked closely with organisations such as Amnesty International, CND, the UN and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Guest lectures will provide you with the chance to engage with professionals working in the field, ensuring your course is at the cutting-edge of human rights practice. Recent speakers include Andrew Gilligan, London Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Tony Bunyan, Director of Statewatch and Stephen Bowen, Director of the British Institute of Human Rights.

John Willott

Senior Lecturer

"I love working with students from across the globe - seeing them learning from each other and sharing experiences is a big part of our course. Our involvement in international research, consultancy and advocacy, and links to key organisations means we know the kinds of knowledge and skills graduates need to develop their careers and make a difference."

John has recently been working on a UN-funded project to combat violence against women in Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal. He authored 'Acid Violence in Uganda: A Situational Analysis', helping develop a co-ordinated action plan to address the problem, which was presented to the government and legal, health and social services.


- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Study areas
Our City Campus has plenty of dedicated social areas for you to work with your peers. You will have modern spaces and the latest IT equipment which will allow you to debate and discuss ideas with fellow students.

- Teaching spaces
Our classrooms and lecture theatres offer the ideal space to learn about the experiences and opinions of expert academics and visiting industry speakers.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Our high quality and distinctive programme is designed for those wishing to pursue in-depth academic study in the field of human resource management and associated disciplines, with a view to working, researching or teaching in the subject area. Read more


Our high quality and distinctive programme is designed for those wishing to pursue in-depth academic study in the field of human resource management and associated disciplines, with a view to working, researching or teaching in the subject area. Keele Management School is a main provider of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses and research in the UK. Students on this course come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines and from all around the world. The teaching team is active in research and publication, focusing on international and national employment and equalities aspects of public policy, spanning both private and public sectors and typically featuring high levels of engagement with employers, trade unions and government bodies.

This programme provides a thorough understanding of the employment relationship and an excellent grounding in the theory and practice of human resource and labour management. It locates these through historically informed treatment of the subject area, examining key institutions, problems and issues in contemporary human resource management and employment relations. The main focus is on the UK but this is set within a broader comparative perspective, enabling an assessment of contrasting systems of employment relations and an evaluation of a range of crucial issues on a European and global scale.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/humanresourcemanagement/

Course Aims

The course aims to:
• Provide you with an academically rigorous education in human resource management, employment relations and associated disciplines
• Develop your analytical skills
• Develop a critical approach to human resource management literature, issues and practice
• Prepare you for further study or career progression

Course Modules

Some modules offered for 2016 entry include

• Foundations of Human Resource Management
• Employee Resourcing and Development
• Employee Relations and Reward
• Strategic Human Resource Management
• Professional Skills and Practice in HRM
• Research Methods
• Research Dissertation/or Applied Company Research Project

Teaching & Assessment

The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods, predominately coursework based.
On completion of the taught modules students will have a choice of either undertaking a research dissertation or an applied company research project to complete their course.
Students taking the postgraduate diploma follow the taught modules only.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Attributes Statement is designed to raise awareness of the attributes that will be developed whilst you are a student at Keele University. It explains each of the attributes in detail, tips on how to achieve them and how they relate to your chosen programme of study.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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This module is an option module for. -MSc / PG Dip in Health and Social Care Management. -MSc / PG Dip in Leadership Management and Change in Health and Social Care. Read more
This module is an option module for:
-MSc / PG Dip in Health and Social Care Management
-MSc / PG Dip in Leadership Management and Change in Health and Social Care

The aim of this module is:
-To provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of human resource management (HRM) theory and practice
-To provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyse different approaches and techniques to human resource management

The learning outcomes for the module are to enable the student to:
-Critically analyse different theories and approaches to human resource management
-Critically analyse and evaluate different HRM techniques
-Critically evaluate HRM theories and tools to effectively manage human resources
-Analyse and apply different HRM developments and practices in the health and social care sectors
-Develop skills in the analysis of Human Resource issues and the formulation of appropriate HRM responses


The syllabus for the module includes:
-An introduction to the different theories and models of Human Resource Management
-HRM in health and social care
-Strategic Human Resource Management
-Human Resource Planning and factors affecting this; workforce issues (eg planning the future dementia workforce), recruitment, selection and retention policies and procedures
-Human resource management and labour market analysis, the concepts of flexibility, alternative ways of working; skills mix and skill substitution
-Managing equality and diversity
-Learning and development
-Strategic aspects of performance, performance management and reward; performance review, performance development plans, managing absence and attendance, managing difficult performance
-Developing and sustain employee engagement
-Emerging issues in HRM; work-life balance, the future of work; sustainable HR management practices

Learning activities and assessment

A 4000 word applied written assignment which allows a student to critically analyse a chosen aspect of HRM.

Career support and prospects

The module sits within programmes designed to meet the needs of existing (middle or senior) or aspiring managers in health or social care organisations, social enterprises and the voluntary or independent sector who wish to develop strategic management skills.

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This MBA course is a flagship qualification designed to meet the needs and aspirations of early career individuals through the combination of a general management education with the specialist area of Human Resource Management (HRM). Read more
This MBA course is a flagship qualification designed to meet the needs and aspirations of early career individuals through the combination of a general management education with the specialist area of Human Resource Management (HRM).

It is designed for individuals who want to develop their leadership and management skills along with their interest in Human Resource Management and for those seeking fast track career progression opportunities.

This postgraduate degree aims to enhance your professional prospects by developing your capability to apply the latest thinking relating to organisational development and change in the competitive global context. Successful completion of the MBA (Human Resource Management) highlights your potential to have a real impact on the transformation of the organisation you join.

Our courses are designed to be engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace. There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/business-administration-human-resource-management

Course detail

The course adopts a practical and applied business curriculum and aims to develop an advanced knowledge of organisations and their effective management in the dynamic competitive global context, and the ability to creatively apply this knowledge and understanding to complex issues to systematically and innovatively enhance strategic business and management practice.

This offers a challenging learning opportunity to encourage the integration of theory and practice supported by experienced academics with substantial management experience.

You will work with academics and professors of practice on live consultancy projects with leading employers in organisations across private, public and not-for-profit sectors to support your personal and professional development as a creative and innovative leader with the knowledge and skills needed in the global, knowledge-based economy.

You will develop the attributes and skills expected of post-graduates confirmed by partner industry bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Confederation of British Industry, including team-working, negotiation skills, leadership, confidence and the ability to apply critical and creative thinking to complex and unclear problems to develop innovative solutions


• Leading and Managing Organisational Resources
• Strategy and the Global Competitive Environment
• International and Comparative Human Resource Management
• Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Management Practice
• Theory into Practice Project


Assessments are rooted in real life and practical workplace scenarios to enable learning to be transferred to the workplace. Later assessments allow for greater integration and synthesis. Exams are kept to a minimum as the focus is on practical skills such as report writing, presentation and projects.

A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, including:

• Individual written reports that allow you to apply theory to case studies for in-depth analysis
• Business Reports that allow you to demonstrate contextual insight and report professionally on practice
• Project Plans that requires you to use your knowledge and skills of project management
• Seminar Papers that allow progressive development of critical analysis skills
• Project Reports that integrate learning throughout the course applied in practice
• Business simulation where you demonstrate the impact of your strategic decision making


The successful completion of your MBA provides a strong foundation for your professional prospects with potential to join an employer in a variety of positions and potential for fast track career progression opportunities.

It has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

• Apply contemporary approaches to strategic management and leadership in complex organisations to systematically and creatively evolve the business, while understanding real life challenges and uncertainties.

• Inspire collaboration and synergistic team work by managing relationships, sharing skills and experience and objective consideration and evaluation of alternative perspectives, in contributing to professional, ethical and innovative practice.

• Synthesise a range of information in the context of new situations using informed judgment to develop innovative approaches to organisational challenges and opportunities.

You will be in a good position to demonstrate your potential to employers. Recruiters value the skills to work in a team, the ability to continue to learn, analytical abilities and a broad understanding of management.

Whatever you decide to do, the successful completion of your MBA should have laid a strong foundation for you to become a positive change agent in any organisation and an obvious champion for the added value of a dynamic and innovative organisational culture. You will also have had extensive and continuous opportunity for reflective and critical evaluation of your capability as a team worker and leader.

As part of a large and multi-cultural learning community, you should gain a valuable network of friends and contacts for the future. Our MBA Alumni organisation will help you keep in touch with your MBA contacts.

Further study

It is anticipated that you will enter employment after this course and the applied nature of the programme reflects that expectation. Later study options might include more specialist study as you develop your own functional focus or a DBA.

Successful completion of the MBA provides the foundation for progression to further study and research and many students continue to work towards the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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