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Are you a HR or management professional? Hoping to build on your HR skills and broaden your career prospects? Southampton Solent’s flexible personnel and development master’s degree provides the ideal route to advance your management career, expanding both your decision making skills and your core personnel and development competencies. Read more

Overview

Are you a HR or management professional? Hoping to build on your HR skills and broaden your career prospects? Southampton Solent’s flexible personnel and development master’s degree provides the ideal route to advance your management career, expanding both your decision making skills and your core personnel and development competencies.

- A flexible study approach allows students to study around their job, with six classroom-based sessions held on Saturdays.
- Course tutors have extensive HR and industry experience, supporting students in translating knowledge into practical skills and real-life scenarios.
- Students can choose from a range of dissertation topics best suited to their professional interests.
- A one-year ‘top-up’ from the Postgraduate Diploma is available - http://www.solent.ac.uk/courses/2016/professional/pgd-personnel-and-development/course-details.aspx
- Former students are regularly invited to come in and share their study experiences and research.

The programme -

This higher-level course aims to help students develop the skills required to be an effective manager of people in changing employment conditions. Students will have the opportunity to explore a specific personnel issue in depth and develop both operationally and strategically. Through six weekend tuition sessions and online study, students are able to apply their studies to their current employment.

Students are guided as they write a dissertation and are encouraged to choose a topic that draws on their current working environment, enabling them to put knowledge gained into practice in a ‘real-world’ scenario.

The course is ideal for those involved in the management of people at a senior and strategic level and is particularly suited to HR professionals, middle and senior managers, and trade union officials.

The academic team has extensive and wide-ranging industry experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors. Their unique experience informs teaching and learning throughout the course.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The MA is classroom-based, with plenty of group discussion. You will be allocated a supervisor, with regular communication and meetings to support you during your studies.

Work experience -

You can choose a dissertation topic that draws on your current working environment and experience. This enables you to apply your skills and knowledge to real-world scenarios and situations.
Past students have covered a whole host of themes in their dissertations, such as work–life balance, employee wellbeing and engagement, leadership, bullying at work, talent management, HR and strategic HRM.

Assessment -

Assessment is via:
25 per cent research proposal – 3,500 words plus presentation, and
75 per cent dissertation – 20,000 words.

Attendance -

Early sessions: You’ll attend two consecutive Saturdays starting in the first week in October to learn about dissertation work and research methodologies.

Dissertation timescales: You will agree your dissertation topic with the course leader before the end of October. You are then matched with appropriate supervisors and begin work on your proposal.

Dissertation proposal: You will attend a session on the second Saturday in November and look at different methods of data collection and analysis, and completion of the dissertation proposal. You will submit your dissertation proposal in mid-December.

Presentation: A further session (on the second Saturday in December) gives students the chance to deliver a presentation on their research topic to their tutors and peers. Most students will gather their primary research data early in the New Year.

Write-up: A further session will be held shortly before the Easter break (second Saturday in February and third Saturday in March) to discuss any issues. You will submit the dissertation in late May.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City Living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

This master’s course will enhance your career prospects and broaden your opportunities in the HR field. The course has directly helped many of our graduates to progress to senior HR positions.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- HR
- Management
- Personnel
- Trade union official

Links with industry -

Our tutors have wide-ranging industry experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors, which informs teaching and learning throughout the course.

You will have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios from your workplace.

We invite former students to come in and talk about their study experience and research, which current students learn a lot from.

Transferable skills -

This course develops a range of transferable skills, such as research, independent working, effective organisation, writing and strategic/creative thinking.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

We find that our graduates are quickly promoted after completing this course or move to higher posts in other companies. Many graduates find themselves in very senior positions in HR after completing the course.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,640 per year for Years 1 and 2; £2,215 for Year 3

International part-time fees: £5,630 per year

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Are you ready to take the next step in your HR or management career? With its flexible learning approach and emphasis on applying theory to real-world scenarios, Southampton Solent’s personnel and development master’s degree is the ideal path to enhancing your career prospects in the HR field.

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The MSc in Human Resource Management is a one-year, full-time programme. It's for those of you who aim to pursue a career in the field of human resource management.. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc in Human Resource Management is a one-year, full-time programme. It's for those of you who aim to pursue a career in the field of human resource management.

Mixing theory and practice, this programme offers you the opportunity for in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. It allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Department of Human Resource Management is a CIPD Approved Centre. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

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

You’ll study

You’ll undertake a curriculum based on the following compulsory and optional taught modules. If you meet the eligibility requirements on the Postgraduate Diploma then you’re allowed to proceed to the dissertation to complete the Masters stage.

Business Skills Development sessions take place over both semesters.

- Management Research Report
During the second semester, you’ll produce a management research report based on analysing a human resources issue in an organisation.
You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research. You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

- Dissertation
MSc students also complete a dissertation on an approved topic over the period of June to August.

Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

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.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Students on this programme are also required to become Student Members of CIPD at the start of the programme. The admission fee and the membership fee is paid by you directly to CIPD. Membership fees are due annually in July. More information will be provided at the start of the programme but information about student membership can be found on the CIPD website https://www.cipd.co.uk/Membership/ .

Learning & teaching

There'll be a series of taught modules, seminars, guest lecturers by distinguished HR professionals, and a business skills development programme.

Assessment

The course modules are assessed by various methods which include essays, individual and group projects and final exams. The exams are generally held in January and April/May. Formal approval to proceed to the MSc stage is given by the end of June. The MSc stage requires the completion of the Dissertation. 

- Management Research Report
During the second semester, you’ll produce a management research report based on analysing a human resources issue in an organisation.
You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research. You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Record

You’ll keep a CPD Record that describes all your important learning activities and experiences during the course. Submission of a satisfactory CPD Record is a requirement for completion of the course.

Careers

- How much will I earn?
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the average salary for a graduate-level human resources (HR) officer is £24,375. HR officers with some experience can expect to earn in the region of £30,000+.*

- Where are they now?
Many our graduates are in work or further study in the area of HR.**

*information is intended only as a guide

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

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

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This a two-year, part-time programme. It’s intended for human resource professionals or line managers with people management or devolved HR responsibilities as part of their role. Read more

Why this course?

This a two-year, part-time programme. It’s intended for human resource professionals or line managers with people management or devolved HR responsibilities as part of their role.

Mixing theory and practice, this programme offers you the opportunity for in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. It allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Department of Human Resource Management is a CIPD Approved Centre. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/humanresourcemanagement-part-time/

You’ll study

The aim of this course is to develop an advanced level of knowledge and understanding related to the human resource management function in organisations.
Business Skills Development sessions take place over both years of the course.

- Management Research Report
The Diploma stage is completed by the submission of a 7,000-word management research report. This is usually based on a human resources issue within your place of employment. This is supported by a number of Research Methods Workshops throughout Year 2. The report is due for submission in June/July of Year 2.

- Year 3 MSc (post-diploma)
If you reach an appropriate standard you can choose to progress to the MSc. This requires a 15,000-word dissertation on an approved topic along with participation in a series of workshops on research methods.

Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Additional PGDip requirements

Applicants who hold a CIPD Intermediate level qualification or HND in a relevant subject may also be considered. Applicants must also have relevant experience in human resource management or in a people management role.

Alternative routes to entry may be available for candidates who hold a CIPD Foundation level qualification, or HNC in a relevant subject area, and have significant work experience in human resources or in a people management role.

Learning & teaching

There'll be a series of taught modules, seminars, guest lectures given by distinguished HR professionals, and a business skills development programme.

Assessment

The course modules are assessed by various methods which include essays, individual and group projects and final exams. The exams are generally held in January and April/May. The pattern and weighting of assessment methods varies between modules.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Record

You’ll keep a CPD Record that describes all your important learning activities and experiences during the course. Submission of a satisfactory CPD Record is a requirement for completion of the course.

Careers

- How much will I earn?
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the average salary for a graduate-level human resources (HR) officer is £24,375. HR officers with some experience can expect to earn in the region of £30,000+.*

- Where are they now?
Many our graduates are in work or further study in the area of HR.**

*information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

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

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Study our MSc Human Resource Management degree full time or online and gain relevant knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective HR professional. Read more
Study our MSc Human Resource Management degree full time or online and gain relevant knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective HR professional.

The MSc HRM degree has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This course is valuable for those who want to become a human resource practitioner, or needing to develop their professional qualifications in the field of HRM. We work closely with our Industrial Liaison Panel to ensure our course is up to date and relevant.

People, Performance and Productivity!

The benefits of our course are:

•Our Partnerships with Industry
•The excellent facilities at RGU
•The strong emphasis we place on preparing our students for employment
•The tools we provide our students with to ensure their professional development and growth
•The career management facilities at RGU
•Our supportive learning environment
•CIPD Accreditation

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/postgraduate/human-resource-management

Course detail

The course is currently being redesigned, therefore there may be minor modifications to this structure. All students are required to join the CIPD as a student member within one month of commencing their course. (Please note that CIPD fees for first year only of study are paid by the university).

Stage 1

• Leading, Managing and Developing People
• Personal and Research Skills for Human Resource Management
• Lifelong Learning and Development
• Employee Relations

Exit Award: PgCert Human Resource Management

Stage 2

• Reward Management
• Resourcing and Talent Management
• Managing Human Resources in a Business Context

Plus one module from the following:
• Human Resource Management Masters Project
• Personal and Professional Development

Exit Award: PgDiploma Human Resource Management

Stage 3

•Human Resource Management Dissertation

Award: MSc Human Resource Management

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Part-time Study

Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

Distance Learning

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

•Virtual tutorials
•Live chat
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Placements and accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK's professional body for personnel and development specialists, since 1980. The course was successfully re-accredited in May 2011.

This course is currently delivered in full-time, part-time and online modes. Since June 2005 it has been CIPD accredited for online delivery via the University's Virtual Campus.

Students who attain the MSc will become Associate Members of the CIPD.

Careers

Study our MSc Human Resource Management degree full time or online and gain relevant knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective HR professional. All contemporary organisations need to have the right number of people with the right skills at the right time in place to ensure optimum productivity, hence the importance of HR practitioners. The MSc HRM degree has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This course is valuable for those who want to become a human resource practitioner, or needing to develop their professional qualifications in the field of HRM. We work closely with our Industrial Liaison Panel to ensure our course is up to date and relevant.

Employability means far more than simply ‘getting a job’. It is about the graduate being able to draw on a range of skills, behaviours and knowledge that can be applied in a range of settings and that vary from individual to individual. Nowadays a degree is no longer sufficient for success in the job market. Employability has to be an ongoing developmental process in the current occupational climate.

At Aberdeen Business School we believe there are three main components to Employability:
• Experience
• Enterprise
• Education

We ensure that within the course our graduates are given the opportunity to develop the skills and competences which comprise each of the components above. This is achieved by:

• Developing self-awareness
• Knowledge and application of a wide range of transferable skills
• A robust and structured CPD process
• Guest lectures from a wide range of industry representatives
• Networking with a range of occupational specific industry specialists
• The use of real life case studies
• The use of a simulated work environment
• Completing work based projects
• Knowledge of the appropriate occupational theoretical underpinning
• The application of that theoretical underpinning

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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

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

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

CIPD Membership

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

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

Semester 1

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

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

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

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

Semester 2

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

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

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

Semester 3

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

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

Course modules (16/17)

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

Methods of Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assessments

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

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

Facilities and Special Features

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

Careers

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

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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.

Careers

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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About the course. This programme will provide you with an opportunity for professional development and for enhanced career development at a time when a Masters qualification is becoming increasingly recognised by employers in all sectors of the economy. Read more
About the course
This programme will provide you with an opportunity for professional development and for enhanced career development at a time when a Masters qualification is becoming increasingly recognised by employers in all sectors of the economy.

The MSc Human Resource Management is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as meeting the knowledge requirements that are pre-requisite for Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD. This is the gold-standard for the HR profession with the CIPD having around 135,000 chartered and studying members in the UK.

Why study this course?

• develop your knowledge and understanding of the major elements of managerial, personnel and development principles and practice;
• enable you to demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary issues and current thinking about organisations and their management in relation to external and internal contexts;
• provide knowledge and a critical understanding of conceptual frameworks, perspectives and issues associated with the management of human resources, and enable you to apply this to practical, organisational situations;
• promote the understanding and critical evaluation of the contribution of particular HR strategies, processes, procedures and practices to organisational performance;
• develop your key managerial skills for personnel and development;
• enable you to promote a critical and analytical approach to the use of information in human resourcing situations;
• enrich your learning and enhance your self confidence by providing opportunities for you to make use of your occupational and organisational experience and skills;
• increase your awareness and understanding of the changing context for the practice of human resourcing;
• improve your career development and promotion prospects.

You will complete five core modules:

• HRM in its Business Context
• People Resourcing and Talent Management
• Learning and Talent Development
• Research methods and Professional Skills
• Dissertation

With our specialist elective modules you can develop skills and knowledge in an area of your own particular interest. Whilst completing your dissertation in your second year you will also undertake three elective modules. The specialist options we offer may include:

• Managing Employee Relations and Engagement
• Performance Management
• Reward Management
• Employment Law
• Leadership and Management Development
• Organisation Design and Organisation Development
• Developing Coaching Competence
• Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
• E-HR
• HRM in an International Environment
• CSR and diversity in HRM

Opportunities for progression
Graduates from our previous HRM Masters programme report that the learning has enhanced their credibility at work and improved their career prospects, for example, former students have gone on to establish their own businesses, study for a PHD and gaining promotions

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have a first degree or other qualification at an equivalent level or be able to provide sufficient evidence of capability to successfully complete a programme of study at Masters level. Applicants should also have relevant work experience related to management and/or human resource management.

Applicants with educational qualifications at a lower level than a first degree will be asked to provide some evidence of capability to study on a Masters programme. Typically these applicants might be asked to complete a short assignment that would be assessed at interview by the Programme Leader. If applicants have completed the Certificate in Personnel Practice or the Certificate in Human Resourcing Practice they would be assessed on an appropriate piece of work from that programme.

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With a strong focus on the global perspective, the MSc International Human Resource Management develops your expertise in managing people effectively in diverse international and cross-cultural environments. Read more
With a strong focus on the global perspective, the MSc International Human Resource Management develops your expertise in managing people effectively in diverse international and cross-cultural environments.

One of only four programmes in the UK to be accredited by the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and recognised by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) headquartered in the USA, our Masters provides you with a high-quality, professional qualification recognised around the world.

Building on your first degree and/or professional experience, you’ll study contemporary theory on leading and managing people and be exposed to leading industry practices to develop your expertise in the effective management of people in international and multicultural contexts. This is achieved by building relevant knowledge and developing key competencies required including cross-cultural capability and a global mindset.

We emphasise translating academic research and learning to real work situations in order to develop your professional, managerial and employability skills. We do this by engaging you in real-world issues through, for example, case studies, placement or own organisation based investigative projects and the use of industry experts in lectures. We assess key HR skills separately from written assessments. Both full and part-time students have the opportunity to add value to their own work/organisation through a Business Investigation Report (PG Diploma) or HRM Research Project (Masters).

Our graduates are poised to meet the growing demand, particularly in large national and multinational organisations, for high calibre people managers with global perspectives and mindsets. You’ll be prepared for range of managerial and operational roles, where a key responsibility lies in managing, supporting and developing an organisation's human resources in global and culturally diverse settings.

-Students on the full-time programme will undertake an industry placement within a Human Resources setting of an organisation, which allows you to experience / investigate multi-cultural contexts and issues in practice.
-Coursework and your final project will focus on issues relevant to people management in multicultural and international organisations.
-Award-winning support from induction through to graduation.
-Our induction programme and ongoing support prepares you to engage effectively academically and develop cultural sensitivity.
-Innovative teaching that focuses on learning for the real world and the employability of our graduates.
-Study is available full-time or part-time.

This course also has starts in JANUARY 2017 (full or part time), JANUARY 2018 (full or part time) and SEPTEMBER 2017 (part time). Please view the respective web-pages for more information.

January 2017 (full time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P01677-1FTAB-1617/International_Human_Resource_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2017 (part time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02984-1PTAB-1617/International_Human_Resource_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

September 2017 (part time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02984-1PTA-1718/International_Human_Resource_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (full time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P01677-1FTAB-1718/International_Human_Resource_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (part time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02984-1PTAB-1718/International_Human_Resource_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Professional Accreditations

Our programme is distinguished by recognition from both globally renowned HR professional bodies, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Only four programmes in the UK have achieved this status, two of which are taught by GCU.

As of September 2013 CIPD and AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) have announced mutual recognition of professional membership for individuals holding corresponding professional grades of membership. This means that members joining under counterpart organisation (either the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development or the Australian Human Resources Institute) will have their existing credentials recognised, providing access to the equivalent grade of professional membership.

Industry Placement

A key feature of the full-time programme is the HR work placement. You’ll be 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 and provides a valuable way of gaining some hands on experience and developing key skills in a real environment, which is valued by employers.

The placement is linked with the final project. Drawing on academic theory, you’ll be directly involved in investigating a particular human resource management issue in practice. Along with developing your knowledge and analytical skills, the placement gives you a realistic view of organisations and the human resource challenges faced. The organisation you’ll be working with also benefits from the findings and recommendations from your investigation.

Assessment

Balance of formative and summative assessment are used including academic essays and reports, practical skills, unseen examinations and group presentations and class tests.

Our teaching

The HRM programmes are delivered by a specialist staff with expertise and recognition both in academia and industry with background across a range of national and international organisations including some well know blue-chip giants across both public and private sector organisations.

Colleagues from across the Department of Business Management contribute expertise in areas including: Strategic Management; Operations Management; the management of technology; and entrepreneurship.

In addition to the specialist teaching staff, we also bring industry experts into our classrooms and take our students out of the university and into workplaces to learn. You will experience case based learning and will have the opportunity for hosted project work. We aim to make your learning meaningful and relevant to the world of work.

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed for graduates and practising managers intending to develop or advance a career in a management role either where the effective management of people is an organisational imperative, or in HR either as a generalist or a specialist, in international multi-cultural or domestic contexts.

Aligned to CIPD Advanced Level, successful completion of the programme forms the basis for a professional the career in the UK as a HR practitioner. Our graduates achieve Associate Membership with the CIPD, essential for subsequent Chartered Membership.

Our graduates are also recognised by SHRM & ARHM, leading HRM bodies in the USA and Australia.

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

More about this course

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional accreditation

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

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

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

Modular structure

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

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

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

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

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

After the course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CIPD Membership

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

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

Methods of Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assessments

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

Facilities and Special Features

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

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

Careers

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

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HR is changing – it is more business focused, internationally oriented and adds more value than ever.

This course provides new or unqualified practitioners and line managers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be highly effective HR specialists.

Using critical analysis and investigation, you will develop an understanding of the business context of HR, and its role in driving performance.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level

Choose Human Resource Management PgDip at Bedfordshire and:

• Study employee resourcing, learning, development, reward and relations on a part-time, modular course that is designed to fit in with your existing work commitments
• Explore your practical skills and widen your understanding of the HR issues that affect a range of local and national, public, private and not-for-profit organisations
• Develop alongside other engaged and ambitious students currently working in personnel and development roles
• Gain Associate Membership with the eligibility to be upgraded to a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development following completion of the course
• Benefit from the development of strategic specialist HR and generic management skills that will enable you to make a creative and motivating contribution to organisational effectiveness.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/human-resource-management2

Course detail

In the fast moving world of HRM, professional qualifications are an important way to build your knowledge and demonstrate expertise in the workplace. This course will develop your critical thinking and understanding of organisations as well as your learning how to develop creative and strategic HR solutions for sustained organisational performance. The professional level of Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is achieved upon completion.

Modules

• Hrm In A Strategic Business Context (PRO009-6) Compulsory
• Leading, Managing And Developing People (PRO010-6) Compulsory
• Learning And Talent Development (PRO013-6) Compulsory
• Management Research Report (PRO015-6) Compulsory
• Managing Employment Relations (PRO012-6) Compulsory
• Performance And Reward Management (PRO014-6) Compulsory
• Reflective Practice In Business Leadership (PRO016-6) Compulsory
• Resourcing And Talent Management (PRO011-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The overall strategy for this course is to achieve a balance between the assessment of academic understanding and evaluation, and the assessment of competences and skills that are valuable in organisations.

Your learning will be enabled through a variety of formative and summative assessments. For example there will be exams, assignments and presentations, with key emphases on continuous learning with each piece of work. You will also be expected to write a reflective account of what has been learned during each assignment and how this can be applied in the future. Underpinning each assessment consideration must be made to ethics, diversity and to legal issues.

You will be assessed summatively via: both short and long written reports and papers (from 1500 to 3000 words); presentations, management research report (8,000 words) and the development of a reflective skills portfolio. The coursework assignments will relate to your own workplace or to a chosen case study. Formative assessment will come through verbal feedback on: in-class presentations, coursework activities, assignments as well as through report supervision.

Career

The course supports the enhancement of your employability through its emphasis on the skills and knowledge related to improving HR managerial practice at work. The central principle underlying the learning and assessment of this course is reflective practice, and you will be encouraged to apply this developmental approach to the consolidation and development of your career. The course aims to make the most of a wide variety of learning opportunities, both in the workplace as well as the classroom, and seeks to develop or improve a range of transferable behavioural skills and competences necessary in business leadership and HRM, such as: curiosity, collaboration, decision-making, negotiation and having the courage to challenge.

The local CIPD Branch also offers a programme of events (http://www.cipd.co.uk/branches/events) aimed at promoting members' education, development and networking. These include updates on employment law, skills development in key areas, and workshops in areas such as managing diversity and coaching. You will also have an opportunity to become a committee member for the local CIPD Branch as part of your development into professionalism.

Funding

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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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
Management
Recruitment
Personnel
Human resources
Training

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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The effective management and development of human resources is a challenging task in any work organisation. As the pace of technological change increases and organisations develop a greater international focus, the management and development of people in order to adapt to these changing conditions becomes ever more important.

The Human Resource Management MA course aims to enable students to progress in any career linked with the management and development of people.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course has been developed with your future career as its focus, by choosing to study at Coventry you will benefit from:
-CIPD Advanced Level Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the MA HRM
-A course that is designed to meet and reflect the CIPD’s professional standards and expectations
-Provision of the essential requirements needed to work within the broad context of people management and development
-Offers an integral six-week work placement within an organisation’s HRM department
-The fact that your studies will include the analysis of models, theoretical frameworks, past and current HRM practices and skills workshops
-The chance to develop sound skills and strategies with which to support organisations to achieve their objectives and add value

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Human Resource Management MA has been accredited by the most recognised professional HRM organisation in the world, namely the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Upon successful completion of the MA HRM students will also be awarded the CIPD Advanced Level Professional Qualification. All HRM MA students will be required to become student members of CIPD at the start of the programme. The programme has been designed to meet and reflect the CIPD’s professional standards and expectations. It is aimed at individuals wishing to pursue or develop their professional careers within an HRM context. The course will provide students with the essential requirements needed to work within the broad context of people management and development.

Designed to offer a wide exposure to a range of organisations, the programme also includes a minimum of a six weeks work placement within the HRM department of an organisation in the UK. The work placement provides students with the unique opportunity to assess the theories introduced within the classroom, in the context of a specific work organisational environment.

Mandatory Modules
-HRM in context
-Leading, managing and developing people
-Developing skills for business leadership
-Organisational design and organisational development
-Preparing for work in people management
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Optional Modules (students must choose three from the following four modules)
-Reward management
-Employee engagement
-International human resource management
-Employment law

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The Human Resource Management MA offers students the unique opportunity of gaining Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) advanced status in just one year, in addition to a Higher Degree in HRM.

Advanced status of the CIPD is considered to be desirable, if not an essential requirement of the majority of HRM work opportunities advertised within the UK and is increasingly sought after worldwide.

Past students of this programme have found employment positions within generalist HR, general management, specialist pay and reward, people development and employee relations roles.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Designed to offer a wide exposure to a range of organisations, the programme also includes a minimum of a six weeks work placement within the HRM department of an organisation in the UK. The work placement provides students with the unique opportunity to assess the theories introduced within the classroom, in the context of a specific work organisational environment.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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

Course Overview

This course is suitable for graduates looking to study for an MSc before securing their first HR job, or those taking a break and wishing to re-train or re-focus their career. This course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by the CIPD, and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field. The course includes a work placement, and an opportunity to do a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPD’s national conference.

You will study a full range of contemporary topics in HRM, for example, key issues in managing people, talent management and development, selection and assessment and employee engagement. You will receive a thorough grounding in the legal and business environment and be able to specialise in your optional unit, in areas such as business psychology, ethics, equality/diversity, and performance and reward. In addition, you will develop a range of business and professional skills; including research skills to support your dissertation.

Course in Depth

You will study the following core units and choose one option unit:

Leading, Managing and Developing People
HR in Context
Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Research Methods in HRM
Dissertation

Option units*:
*Not all the option units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least two HR options, plus others from the Masters Network

Performance and Reward
Business Psychology in Action
Ethics Responsibility and Equality
Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development
Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

Career Prospects

Human Resource Management is an increasingly attractive and well-rewarded career, and as a result is becoming more popular amongst graduates. This CIPD accredited course enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills.

This programme includes a ten-day work placement and many students subsequently choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Previous students have undertaken placements at a variety of companies, including Barclays, Hilton, Marriott, The Big Life Group, Harvey Nichols, Betfred and Salford City College.

Special Features

• Manchester Met Business School has a long-standing reputation for Excellence in teaching Human Resource Management to the CIPD Standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields.
• This course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD, and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM . Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership. You can read more about Chartered Membership here: http://www.cipd.co.uk/membership/professional/chartered-member.aspx
• You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
• The course provides you with an opportunity to attend the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee.
• A human resources work experience placement is part of the course which provides an opportunity to conduct a live research project leading to your dissertation. Many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement, including CV and job/placement application and interview skills preparation. These skills are an excellent foundation to enhance your employability on completion of your studies.
• A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place early in term one.
• As part of the Developing Skills for Business Leadership unit, students are able to gain a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring, further adding to an excellent profile for employability.
• We also host conferences, workshops and symposiums on a variety of HRM and HRD themes. We ran an ESRC/BAM HR Special Interest Group Symposium on the theme of “HRM and Employee Wellbeing” in May 2014. Click here for more details.
• Our programme is closely linked to the Manchester Met Centre for People and Performance, which conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations. Our experts deliver tailor-made solutions to organisational and sector-specific challenges and issues for a range of private and public sector clients and policy-makers. Many of the Centre for People and Performance staff teach on our HRM programmes, you can read more about our Centre and the staff here: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/cpp/
• Read a student story to find out more about the student experience: Damiana Casile, MSc HRM http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/study/student-experience/student-profiles/postgraduate/damiana-casile/

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Housed within a CIPD-approved centre, this MA programme of study into human resource management concentrates on the practical application of knowledge, within different organisational contexts, in a range of business sectors and areas of operation. Read more
Housed within a CIPD-approved centre, this MA programme of study into human resource management concentrates on the practical application of knowledge, within different organisational contexts, in a range of business sectors and areas of operation.

•LJMU is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre - assessment is set internally, with external examiner approval
•Study full-time for one year or part-time (afternoons and evening or evenings-only over two years)
•Completion of the Programme results in the award of MA Human Resource Management and accreditation against the Knowledge requirements of the CIPD’s Advanced Diploma Level Standards
•Option to ‘top up’ your CIPD Level 7 Diploma from another university or college to a Masters degree


There is an emphasis on the need for human resource professionals to add value to their organisations and to develop throughout their career. This long established MA will develop your ability to apply advanced knowledge of HR into diverse environmental contexts, and to develop analytical and behavioural skills crucial when working in the profession.

The programme provides you with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced (Level 7) Standards. On completion of the programme, student members upgrade to Chartered Member, evidencing experience, behaviours and academic achievement. Specialist modules in Resourcing and Talent Management, Managing Performance, Employment Relations and Organisational Development are supported by core modules in Strategy, Leadership and Business Context. Research methods underpin the Dissertation stage which involves a detailed personal piece of work supported by tutors and peers through dissertation workshops.

The programme is delivered in three ways to fit with your personal requirements. Full time normally involves three days plus one evening of study. Part time involves a part day (2.00pm start) plus an evening (7.30pm finish). Year one classes for part time are on Mondays and year two classes on a Thursday. Evening only study is from 5.30 to 7.30 on both Monday and Thursday evenings. The taught element of the programme is completed within one year full time and two years part time.

If you already have the CIPD’s Advanced Standards qualification and would like to gain a Masters degree, you can top up to Masters level. You will study the Research Methods for HR professionals module either one afternoon or evening each week from September to December and join the Dissertation workshop sessions on completion of your Research Proposal.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Developing Academic Business and Leadership Competencies

Develop interpersonal, leadership, critical analysis and financial skills, while demonstrating the application of sound business thinking

HR Context

Critically analyse the major organisational and external contexts and constraints within which organisations operate across a range of business sectors, evaluating the impact on business and HR choices and strategies

Strategic HRM

Critically evaluate HR's role within an organisation and its contribution to HR strategy

Employee Relations and Engagement

Take into account a vartiety of contexts and legal frameworks to evaluate a range of perspectives, concepts and strategies for employment relations in contemporary organisations

Managing Resource Strategy

Critique management strategies, particularly organisational strategy dedicated to attracting, managing and retaining talent. Examine the barriers, challenges and opportunities available to HRM to maximise talent potential in the workforce

Development and Performance Strategies

Critique development and performance strategies and examine the issues and opportunities surrounding these two complementary, yet distinct HR functions

Research Methods

Develop skills to research real-life workplace problems. Learn the whole research process through workshop participation and conducting online exercises. By working on a real research problem, you will develop your skills in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects

Engagement in the Digital Age

Examine the impact of digital HR on academic and professional practice. You will be required to demonstrate digital knowledge and skills through the composition of a digital presentation

Dissertation and Impact Report

Develop an independent and academically rigourous research project using primary research methods, with a methodology and full literature review. The report will culminate in a critical analytical discussion drawing out further areas for exploration, potential new theoretical contributions to your chosen subject, and recommendations for future academic research

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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