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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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This programme empowers actors and practitioners from development, security and other peace and security related institutional backgrounds involved in international peace-building with the knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to provide leadership to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent conflict. Read more

Overview

This programme empowers actors and practitioners from development, security and other peace and security related institutional backgrounds involved in international peace-building with the knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to provide leadership to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent conflict.

This master’s programme will provide a challenging learning experience for those who wish to develop and integrate mediation and negotiation knowledge and skills with their awareness of wider conflict and development issues while providing students with a critical insight of the entire spectrum of international conflict intervention.

The main theme of the programme will be an integrated and comprehensive approach to the the nexus of peacebuilding, security and development. With increased awareness of the importance of these interlinkages has come increased demands on national and international institutions to respond in a holistic way. In the field, security actors are required to have a better understanding and greater skills in engaging with local communities, institutions and organizations at the local level, while development practitioners recognise a skills deficit with respect to conflict resolution and mediation and are increasingly expected to understand and engage with representatives of multifaceted agencies and communities, particularly when anticipating or responding to the consequences of complex crises.

Students will develop

Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, including ability to analyse and articulate the violent conflict dimension of complex issues that require an integrated and comprehensive response.
Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex and unusual issues/problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions.
Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement.
Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to interventions in violent conflict.
The programme describes the process of negotiating and implementing peace agreements and security actors and international interventions, drawing in senior personnel experienced in peacekeeping/ peace making and security operations. It also explores the notion of partner and aid donors, the contribution of international organisations and cooperation with key strategic partners and the use of broad development instruments in support of conflict prevention and peace building.

Completion of the module, Mediation Knowledge and Practice provides the basis for the opportunity to take a Mediation Competency Assessment and on successfully passing this assessment, the student is in a position to apply for Certified Status with the Mediators Institute of Ireland.

Course Structure

The programme will be a fulltime offering every second year from August 2017 onwards. The programme will be delivered in the following manner;

Semester 1 – Classroom / Online modules (Aug – Dec)

Semester 2 – Classroom / Online-modules (Feb – June)

Semester 3 – Mixture of Online /Classroom/Supervision (May – Oct)

In following a fulltime programme, students must complete- 30 credits per semester and complete a dissertation within the 14 month period of the programme. A flexible approach to delivery will be taken, through blended learning. Classroom based modules will be provided on campus in Maynooth University or in Kimmage Development Studies Centre, as part of existing Maynooth University MA programmes.

For development modules, on-campus delivery of each 5 credit module involves 24 hours of class-contact. adopts a flexible approach to delivery of classroom based modules with some courses offered through 2 hour taught classes over 12 weeks (usually in the evenings) while others are offered through more concentrated blocks of time depending on timetable requirements and arrangements (typically 4.5 day blocks, delivered in a single week or over two weeks). Distance learning modules are structured to allow students to study at their own pace over a semester, with modules running in two cycles annually – October through January and February through May / June.

For the Kennedy Institute, classroom based modules which are normally 10 credits typically involve week long blocks (4.5 days). Each 1 ECTS module will typically involve at least 20 hours of work, including attending lectures, reading, writing coursework, preparing for exams and sitting exams.

For the dissertation module, master classes on research design /methods will be provided by lecturers, and lecturers will provide supervision sessions, which will amount to 36 hours. Students must also undertake approximately 500 hours of independent study when completing the dissertation.

Modules include

KD 615 Conflict, Development and Security (Online)

KD 601 Political Economy of Development (Online & Classroom)

KD 604 Introduction to Development Theory and Practice (Online & Classroom)

KD 602 Gender and Development (Online & Classroom)

KD 605 Adult Learning for Development (Online and Classroom)

KD 610 Facilitation for Transformation (Classroom)

KD 613 Health and Development (Classroom)

KD 614 Sustainable Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation (Online)

KD 616 Human Rights and Advocacy (Classroom)

KD 606 Research Methods

KD 607 Dissertation

MC 601 Mediation Theory + Conflict Analysis (Classroom)

MC 615 Mediation Knowledge and Practice (Classroom)

MC629 Resolving Protracted Conflict: Applied Concepts and Peace Process Theories (Classroom)

MC630 Post Conflict: Challenges of Implementing Peace Agreements (Classroom)

MC TBD Negotiation Theory and Skills (Classroom)

MC TBD Conflict Intervention, stabilisation and the comprehensive approach (Classroom)

MC 603 Research

MC 690 Minor Thesis

Career Options

This programme will give graduates knowledge, skills and competencies to work in:

-International Development and Peacebuilding NGOs

-Security Organisations

-International Organisations such as UN, EU and World Bank

-Government Agencies and Departments



Envisaged roles include:

-Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

-Conflict Analysis Advisors

-Military and security analysis

-Peacebuilding Policy Officer and Advocate

-Conflict Mediator

-Political Affairs Specialist

-Advisor on Gender and Security

-Advisor on Peacebuilding, Environment and Security

- Project Manager

among many others.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code

MH54M / MH55M



The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of law and human resource management to enable you to enhance your employability within the legal and business sectors. Read more

Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of law and human resource management to enable you to enhance your employability within the legal and business sectors. This qualification will be relevant to both national and international environments given the unique design of our programme. The course is intellectually stimulating and upon completion you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to apply to real work situations in human resource management, business, commercial or legal sectors.

The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach that will help you to develop your own understanding of complex and challenging business environments. The course programme is designed to provide you with legal and management knowledge and skills; including coverage on how organisations respond to changing environments, both nationally and internationally, also skills employed by leaders and managers to manage change. Skills development includes interpretation and analysis of quantitative data and numerical information for analytical and management purposes. In relation to the dissertation, you will be expected to undertake this in an area of legal studies or legal aspects of human resources.

Accreditation

This course gives you added value as, on successful completion of it, you may choose to apply for membership of internationally recognised professional bodies, namely, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and/or the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

The University has ‘recognised course status’ by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) through the module Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes (7LW064), so that on successful completion of the module and course, you may apply to the CIArb for Associate Membership. In addition, the modules on Human Resource Management align to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) so that on successful completion offers you the opportunity to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development incorporates the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) new advanced level qualifications which cover all the essential knowledge and skills required to be an effective HR practitioner. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development incorporates the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) new advanced level qualifications which cover all the essential knowledge and skills required to be an effective HR practitioner. It focuses on the specialist area of HR Development as well as broader business modules.

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:

Flexible attendance modes.

The opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding and competence in the area of people management and development.

The chance to gain professional competence which will allow you to investigate, research and make recommendations on a range of human resource management and development issues.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development consists of four mandatory modules which provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and competence in the area of people management and development. In addition you will be required to complete four optional modules from the suite provided.

The modules outlined below reflect the CIPD national qualification framework.

Mandatory modules
-Leading, Managing and Developing People
-HRM in Context
-Developing Skills for Business Leadership
-Investigating a Business issue from an HR Perspective

Three of the four mandatory modules are designed to enable you to develop knowledge and understanding and a set of core skills that are deemed necessary to underpin competent human resource management and development practice.

In this respect the areas of study will assist you in developing a broad knowledge of a range of business and management skills which is vital for all with or seeking responsibility for general management and those who need to understand the organisation within which they work in order to exercise influence.

Option Modules
You will need to complete 4 optional modules. At least 3 out of the 4 should be from the HRD Pathway. A maximum of 1 module can be from the HRM Pathway.

HRD optional modules
-Organisational Design and Development
-Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring
-Learning and Talent Development
-Leadership and Management Development
-Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
-Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning

HRM optional modules
-Resourcing and Talent Management
-Employment Law
-Performance Management
-Reward Management
-Managing Employment Relations
-Employee Engagement

Students who wish to only study one module from the Mandatory and Option modules can also be awarded a CIPD Advanced Award in Human Resources on successful completion.

A CIPD Advanced Certificate in HRM can be awarded on successful completion of four modules and a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resources can also be awarded from Coventry University.

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Humber’s International Development graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who want to see the world and make a difference within it. Read more
Humber’s International Development graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who want to see the world and make a difference within it. In one year, this program provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to identify, grow, develop and manage international development and disaster relief projects anywhere in the world. Graduates may find themselves in some of the most difficult environments in the world, or they may work in developed countries changing policies to make a difference in the global south. Faculty are chosen for their field expertise and experience in international development – most continue to work with numerous international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or United Nations agencies while teaching at Humber part time.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Contribute directly to project planning and the articulation of project goals having national or regional objectives, including the preparation or modification of proposals and bids, and the negotiation of program/project elements and budgets.
• Implement strategies to secure project funding.
• Establish administrative systems and procedures relating to program approval processes, reporting systems, technical assistance requirements, procurement, international travel and project termination/evacuation.
• Assist in the co-operative management with partners of specific program and project elements, including the development of implementation plans and strategies, in-course project monitoring and evaluation, and project modification as required.
• Assume responsibility for the management of key financial and physical resources associated with projects, including planning, procurement, monitoring and reporting on progress, reviewing and revising initial plans based on in-project performance, and preparing reports for further analysis and review.
• Demonstrate effective human resource management and labour relations skills relating to projects, including the recruitment and supervision of project personnel and effective interaction with external specialists or consultants acting under contract.
• Perform statistical analysis in a business environment.
• Interpret and apply national and international regulations.
• Demonstrate an understanding of individual and corporate ethics in a business environment, and the importance of effective leadership and team-building in joint ventures based on international co-operation.
• Communicate and work effectively in cross-cultural environments.
• Use industry specific language to describe challenges, solutions and opportunities across the ID arena.

Modules

Semester 1
• BUS 5012: Introduction to Development
• BUS 5013: Management Skills for International Development
• BUS 5014: Project Design and Planning
• BUS 5015: Management Information Systems
• BUS 5016: Communication Skills for Managers
• GEOG 5000: World Geography and Cultures

Semester 2
• BUS 5027: Project Monitoring and Evaluation
• BUS 5504: Project Management: Sectoral Studies
• BUS 5506: Project Design and Planning: Simulation
• BUS 5528: Humanitarian Assistance
• FIN 5502: Financial Management
• MGMT 5503: Operations Management

Semester 3
• BUS 5025: Special Topics in International Development
• BUS 5026: The Canadian Development Context
• BUS 5501: Issues in International Development
• WORK 5017: Career Orientation
• WORK 5018: International Development Project Placement

Work Placement

You will gain industry experience and build your international development network with an eight-week (minimum) work placement within the development sector. Many students choose to do this placement overseas. Placements are found through a combination of your interests and contacts with graduates and industry partners with the program co-ordinator’s support. The educational foundation for the work placement is established with a course in the Winter semester. This course covers creating resumés, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters, as well as covering the broad set of skills needed to be comfortable and safe working outside of Canada.

How to apply

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

Funding

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

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This work-based learning programme is aimed at helping experienced and aspiring human resource development (HRD) specialists, training managers and consultants to enhance and consolidate their skills and knowledge. Read more

Why take this course?

This work-based learning programme is aimed at helping experienced and aspiring human resource development (HRD) specialists, training managers and consultants to enhance and consolidate their skills and knowledge.

It will provide you with the tools to become an effective HRD or training management professional in any size or type of organisation. Managers of other disciplines who need to understand how to manage HRD within the wider human resources and business context will also benefit from this course. Knowledge and understanding is developed in relation to strategic, tactical and operational HRD.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Gain a professionally-recognised Level 7 CIPD qualification
Study at your own pace for up to four years
Gear your learning around your job so you and your employer benefit
Progress on to MSc Human Resource Development top-up for a full masters qualification

What opportunities might ti lead to?

We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 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 experience). The CIPD is the world's largest internally-recognised Chartered HR and development professional body.

Graduates from this programme are like to be in high demand by organisations looking for:

HRD specialists
HR managers
Training managers
Training consultants

Module Details

The PgDip programme comprises four work-based learning units:

Training, Learning and Talent Development will help you develop a critical understanding of the creation of learning and talent development policies and strategies in order to achieve objectives at all levels. It will explore the implications of professional practice and provide opportunities for applied learning and critical reflection for continuous professional development.

Consultancy, Coaching and Mentoring encourages learners to examine the theory and practice of these disciplines and explore the implications for professional practice in the workplace and beyond.

Leadership and Management Skills will enable you to develop an understanding of the complexities of leading and managing organisations in order to facilitate change and growth.

The Training Manager and the Business Context gives insight into the environmental contexts facing leaders within contemporary organisations. You will learn how managers and HR professionals are shaped by the internal and external forces beyond their immediate control and how they may respond to the opportunities choices and constraints when faced with difficult decisions that will shape their future.

Programme Assessment

You will be allocated an academic tutor whose role will be to support and guide you in your studies and with planning and conducting your work-based learning assignments. You will have access to the University’s comprehensive online resources – just as though you were on campus. Our online resources include several hundred e-books (electronic versions of key textbooks) and access to databases containing academic and business journals. There are also study skills resources, for example academic writing and referencing available online, as well as information on the course virtual learning environment (Moodle) to help guide you in your studies.

Learning will primarily be self-directed but will be guided, facilitated and supported by the experienced university tutors through face to face contact, telephone, email and Moodle communications in order that students can analyse, interpret and apply current academic and wider business and practitioner materials in workplace situations.

It is recommended that you are also supported by a work-based mentor who will provide additional support and guidance.

Assessment is through a combination of three work-based assignments including a professional development portfolio, a business research report and two examinations.

Student Destinations

Student-centred learning activities relating to both human resource and managerial related activities form the basis for the units, enabling you to enhance your people management and HR specific skills. Reflections upon personal competence and competence development further equip you with the ability to make an active contribution to business performance.

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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This course aims to enhance the professional capability of of anyone working in the field of Human Resources and will enable you to make a significant professional contribution to the management of Human Resources Development in an organisation or sector by using the following skills. Read more
This course aims to enhance the professional capability of of anyone working in the field of Human Resources and will enable you to make a significant professional contribution to the management of Human Resources Development in an organisation or sector by using the following skills:

• personal drive and effectiveness
• people management
• development and leadership
• business understanding
• professional and ethical behaviour
• continuing learning
• analytical and intuitive / creative thinking

You can choose to study the PgDip as a stand alone qualification or you can choose to complete the full Masters qualification. Both courses are approved by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and meet the CIPD Advanced Standards. This means on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you'll become an Associate member of the CIPD. In addition the programme provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership,providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.

Benefits of PgDip

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

Benefits of Msc

The MSc course has all of the benefits of the PgDip – including CIPD accreditation – plus a research methods and dissertation module that provides students with an opportunity to conduct an independent in-depth study into related HRD issue.

Modules

Students studying for the MSc HRD will be required to complete the four core units in Year 1. In Year 2 you will take Research Methods plus one core unit and two electives. Each year of the programme features a residential weekend as an integral part of the overall course.

The dissertation (MSc) or management report (PG Dip) gives you the opportunity to link theory with practice within an organisational context. It involves the identification and refinement of an Human Resource Development issue or problem, undertaking an in-depth literature review, the collection of primary data, and the analysis and evaluation of this data so as to produce a set of implementable and/or secondary recommendations.

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

Year 1

• Power and constraint: the strategic context
• Leadership and management skills
• Leadership and HR strategy
• Learning and talent development

Year 2

• Research methods for HR
• Leadership and management development
• Management report (8000 words) (PG Dip only)

Plus two electives (subject to minimum numbers: at least one elective to be taken from group A)

Electives A:

•Leading and managing change
•Managing coaching and mentoring

Electives B:

•Managing reward
•Employment law
•Managing the employee relationship

Year 3
•Dissertation (20,000 words) (MSc only)

Accreditation

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

Employability

The programme is designed for professionals or line managers who are working in the field of Human Resource Development or Management.

Students who have successfully completed the course have found it has enabled them to take on additional responsibilities and/or move onto more senior positions within the HR or Management field.

LSBU Employability Services

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

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

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Once you have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (or equivalent), you can progress to this Master’s top-up course. Read more

Why take this course?

Once you have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (or equivalent), you can progress to this Master’s top-up course.

Through an intensive learning block and a self-chosen dissertation, you can become a highly competent HR practitioner with specialist skills to match your chosen career path.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Take part in skills development workshops where you will contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Following the PgDip which provides the generalist grounding needed to operate as an HR professional; this course equips you to operate effectively at a strategic HR level.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development and consultancy
Management
Recruitment
Personnel
Human resources
Training

Module Details

You will attend a half day induction followed by a four day research methods workshop in May. After the four day research methods workshop in May, you will work on your 2,000 word dissertation proposal for submission in July (full time students) or August (part time students). Following completion of your research proposal, you will be allocated a supervisor who will help you to plan and research a 13,000 word dissertation for submission in November for full time students and the following April for part time students. Your supervisor will support you through email, Skype, telephone conversations, and where practicable, face-to-face meetings.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught in an intensive four-day teaching block in May.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will help you plan and research your dissertation. Your dissertation subject choice will determine whether the final award is MSc Human Resource Development or MSc Human Resource Management.

You will be supported by your supervisor through email, Skype, telephone conversations and where possible, face-to-face meetings.

After the four-day teaching block in May, you will then work on your 2,000 word dissertation proposal for submission in late June and this represents 10 per cent of the total mark.

The 13,000 word dissertation represents 90 per cent of the total mark with submission in September for full-time students and in April for part-time students.

Student Destinations

On this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of HR strategy and practice, as well as participate in several skills development workshops. Student-centred learning activities relating to both human resource and managerial related activities form the basis for the units, enabling you to enhance your people management and HR specific skills. Reflections upon personal competence and competence development further equip you with the ability to make an active contribution to business performance.

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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This Master's degree focuses on Human Resource Development (HRD) and Consultancy. It takes a strategic approach to people management and organisational development, designed to enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance in the workplace, as well as a range of other topical issues. Read more
This Master's degree focuses on Human Resource Development (HRD) and Consultancy. It takes a strategic approach to people management and organisational development, designed to enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance in the workplace, as well as a range of other topical issues.

The programme is intellectually challenging. It integrates learning on training, organisational development, lifelong learning principles and consultancy practice, as well as offering a systematic approach to the design, management and evaluation of programmes to improve personal effectiveness and organisational performance. A substantial aspect of the programme is a management research project which combines the academic rigour of more traditional research dissertations with focus on activities which make a difference to practice in organisations. All modules taught on this programme place emphasis on bridging cutting-edge academic thinking with direct application to practice. The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for membership of this thought-leading professional association.

All modules integrate academic perspectives with practice-based approaches to HRD and considerable emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and skills required in more senior HRD roles. You will gain an understanding of relevant organisational, psychological and management theory, whilst examining contemporary developments within the HRD field. Dedicated sessions will also equip you with skills in consultancy framework and paradigms, including practical methods for applying these. There is a particular focus on ensuring you are aware of the importance of acting ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity, and appreciate the importance of continuous personal and professional development.

You need to be aware that successful completion of the programme is contingent on a good attendance record and in particular practical engagement in the weekend workshops; dates are published in advance of programme commencement. This is necessary to embed the relevant learning, and also to gain CIPD membership.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Integrates academic perspectives with a consultancy and practice-based approach to human resource development.
Suitable for graduates, experienced organisational development and HR practitioners.
Flexible and intensive course that provides opportunities to focus on your particular needs and interests.
Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Birkbeck provides a diverse range of library and learning resources designed to facilitate your studies and research. Programme- and module-specific materials are also made available to support your learning.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development aims to equip you with the marketing, organisational and management skills you will need to make innovative contributions to the development of local economies, with particular emphasis on co-operatives, social enterprises and food businesses in Ireland and overseas. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development aims to equip you with the marketing, organisational and management skills you will need to make innovative contributions to the development of local economies, with particular emphasis on co-operatives, social enterprises and food businesses in Ireland and overseas.

It is aimed at graduates from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in careers in co-operative organisations, food marketing or rural development. The Postgraduate Diploma is a full-time course that extends over 9 months. It leads to a one year MSc (masters by research) in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development in a second year.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckp01/

Course Details

This course takes an interdisciplinary, problem-centred approach to teaching and learning. It also integrates an eight week work placement, giving you the opportunity to travel if you want to. You are qualified to take up a wide range of employment opportunities on graduation.

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The Postgraduate Diploma uses a unique combination of teaching and learning methods and emphasises practical skills and learning as well as developing a solid grounding in theoretical and applied concepts. This includes lectures, ‘capstone’ seminars (involving interactive staff and student discussion and debate), field visits, case study analysis, project-based fieldwork (one week is spent conducting research in a designated location on a designated topic), analysis of new food products in class, guest lectures, group work and web-based resources.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development is delivered over 9 months.

Core Modules

Students take 50 credits as follows:

FE6109 Co-operative Organisation: Theory and Concepts (10 credits)
FE6111 Co-operative Organisation: Theoretical Application and Practice (5 credits)
FE6112 Rural Development: Theory and Practice (10 credits)
FE6113 Rural Development: Application and Practice (5 credits)
FE6115 Food Marketing and the Consumer (5 credits)
FE6116 Marketing Strategies for Local Development (5 credits)
FE6104*Practical Training Placement (10 credits) - Students will be placed for a minimum of eight weeks during the Summer in a relevant work environment.

*As part of FE6104 Practical Training Placement, a report must be submitted for the Autumn Examination on a date specified at the beginning of the academic year. Programme leadership will be provided by the Department/Associate School of Food Business and Development in association with the Centre for Co-operative Studies.

Elective Modules

Students take 10 credits from the following:

FE6114 Introduction to Food Marketing (5 credits) (for students who have not previously studied Marketing) OR
FE4205 Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (5 credits) (for students who have previously studied marketing)
AND
FE4002 Global Food Policy (5 credits) OR
FE4008 Food Security and the Developing World (5 credits) OR
any other 5-credit module which may be made available by the School of Food Science, depending on the prior qualifications and interests of each student and subject to the approval of the Programme Leader.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar - http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/PGDiplomas/food/page01.html

Assessment

Assessment takes the form of continuous assessment – e.g. essays, case studies, group work, project work, presentations, reflective journal – and end-of-year written examinations.

Careers

This course provides a good critical education for those entering into a wide range of administrative, business and personnel appointments in the private, public and third sectors. It also offers a thorough and stimulating grounding in organisational studies to anybody interested in pursuing an academic career in this field.

Examples of employment destinations of graduates include Bord Bia, Concern, local authorities, Food Safety Authority, LEADER companies, VEC, HSE, IRCSET, Farm Relief Services, teaching, financial services and many more.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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

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

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

CIPD Membership

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

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

Methods of Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assessments

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

Facilities and Special Features

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

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

Careers

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

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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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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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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 MSc Human Resource Management/Development programme is intended for those with little or no work experience since graduation. Depending upon your option module choices and dissertation topic you may graduate with either an MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) or an MSc in Human Resource Development (HRD).

INDUSTRY LINKS

The programme meets the requirements of the “Advanced” level of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students are encouraged to network with practitioner at events hosted by the Institute for Research into Work, Organisations and Employment (iROWE) and local branches of the CIPD.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

In Semesters 1 and 2 students will be required to attend class meetings for up to 16 hours each week. Students are required to undertake additional study in their own time and this will involve some tutor directed study. The MSc is likely to take up as much of your time each week as would a full-time job. More guidance will be given on this issue during the induction to the course during the first week of attendance. The MSc experience consists of lectures, seminars, group tasks and activities, simulations and student presentations. Frequent use is made of case study and other student-centred materials. Students are expected to be active participants in the sessions. Groups or individuals may also seek guidance in tutorials with the course leader at the weekly Progress Tutorial.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, the objective being to use the most appropriate method for the knowledge and/or skill/s being assessed. There will be essays, reports (sometimes based upon a case study analysis), presentations (sometimes in small teams, sometimes solo) and some unseen examinations. You also have to complete a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) during the MSc HRM/D programme. The final piece of assessed work that you complete is a 10,000 word dissertation.

GRADUATE CAREERS

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

FURTHER INFORMATION

UCLan is an Accredited Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which means that it is empowered to award its own internally assessed MSc course which gives full exemption from the CIPD’s professional education route to membership. Thus, students who successfully complete the course will receive UCLan’s MSc in HRM or HRD and will also have fulfilled the CIPD’s skills and knowledge requirements for membership.

On completion of your studies, you can continue your membership of CIPD and eventually gain chartered membership. You will be required to complete a behavioural assessment and provide evidence that you have gained the necessary work experience in HRM/D. The course leader can advise you further on the route to and benefits of CIPD membership. You can also find full details of CIPD at: http://www.cipd.co.uk/default.cipd.

The MSc HRM/D will enable you to:
-Critically evaluate the principles and practices of HRM/D from an academic and organisational standpoint
-Develop ideas and arguments and identify appropriate professional responses
-Develop and apply key skills and knowledge
-Demonstrate your continuous professional development (CPD)
-The programme meets the requirements of the “Advanced” level of the CIPD.

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