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This programme combines a mix of theory and practice in the study of international human resource management (HRM) and prepares students to work as HRM professionals or people managers within global organisations. . Read more

This programme combines a mix of theory and practice in the study of international human resource management (HRM) and prepares students to work as HRM professionals or people managers within global organisations. 

By studying this programme students will receive grounding in the field of international HRM with a specific focus on its development into a strategic function within global organisations. As well as developing a comparative awareness of the various elements of HRM practice, notably: training and development; recruitment and selection; and performance management, students will be equipped with a range of analytical, diagnostic and facilitative tools to support their future work in international teams. All students are required to complete a project during the programme but may substitute this with a dissertation, if appropriate.

Why Henley?

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Compulsory Modules

Dissertation/Project:

Optional Modules

In addition students must choose ONE optional modules from the list below. 

 Students may choose to substitute MMM082 (Project in International Human Resource Management, 20 credits) with a dissertation MMM089 worth 40 credits, with no optional module.

Assessment

Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Careers and accreditations

Our International Human Resource Management graduates follow a variety of paths upon graduation. Some enter (or return to) traditional HRM roles with the benefit of CIPD membership. Typical career paths include roles in learning and development or recruitment. The programme is also directly relevant to students seeking senior managerial positions in international organisations with responsibility for the management of people.

Our graduates tell us that the MSc in International Human Resource Management gives them the key skills required to build a career in HRM as well as providing the opportunity for CIPD membership.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).



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Do you want to become an expert in the field of Human Resource Management? Do you want to be a world-class consultant working for a large international firm? Do you want to be a leader in the globalised world and be a highly successful manager? If so, the Bath MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting is the programme for you. Read more
Do you want to become an expert in the field of Human Resource Management? Do you want to be a world-class consultant working for a large international firm? Do you want to be a leader in the globalised world and be a highly successful manager? If so, the Bath MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting is the programme for you.

Our Masters delivers cutting-edge knowledge of contemporary human resource management issues whilst developing your competencies in consulting. It will develop your academic knowledge and professional skills such as team working, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Our programme is taught by world-class researchers in HRM and Consultancy, and has a strong focus on high-quality, research-driven education that is state-of-the-art and inspired by the latest research from across the world.

The Bath MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting will enhance your employability by giving you general business management knowledge, specialist human resource management knowledge and consulting skills which can be applied in a range of organisational settings.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-HRM-consulting/

Why the MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting?

The programme will:

-Provide you with a deep intellectual appreciation of the theoretical foundations of management with an applied emphasis on the management of people

-Give you a detailed understanding of consulting as a process and a profession located within the wider professional services firm context

-Provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of significant contemporary issues in business and management research with a particular emphasis on issues relating to Human Resource Management and Consulting

-This programme has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in consulting

-Enable you to integrate theory with practical application via the use of detailed organisational challenges that you will develop solutions for

-Develop your key business skills including teamwork, project management and presentation skills

-Leverage the expertise of nationally and internationally recognised faculty who have successfully published in the world’s top management journals

-Prepare you for a wide variety of business/management roles

Structure and Content

Programme Structure

Our MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting is an intensive full-time programme lasting 12 months.
The programme is divided into two 11 week semesters and the dissertation period which runs from June-September.

Semester 1
During the first semester you will study the following five units (modules):
-Business Economics
-Cross-Cultural Management
-Marketing
-Human Resource Management
-Consulting: Context, Theory and Practice

Semester 2
During the second semester there are two compulsory units (modules) and three optional units (modules).
The compulsory units (modules) are:
-Evidence-based HRM and Consultancy
-Methods of Management Research

Optional units (modules):
Choose two or three out of the following units:
-Leading and Managing Change
-Organisation Development Consulting
-Project Management
-Strategy and HRM

Choose none or one out of the following units:
-Managing Strategic Partnerships
-International Dimensions of Organisational Behaviour
-Strategies for Sustainability
-Global Governance and Accountability
-Principles of Corporate Social Responsibility

Please note that units (modules) content are subject to change. Please see the latest programme catalogue for information on courses currently available.

Dissertation

During the final three months of the degree you will produce a dissertation. This is your opportunity to explore a particular topic that has been covered during the programme in far greater depth.

Teaching & Learning Methods

You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods that could include: interactive lectures, case studies, seminar presentations and group project work. As this is a Masters level course, we place a significant emphasis on independent, directed, private study that is often conducted in learning sets or groups.

Assessment

A variety of individual and group assessment methods are used throughout the degree including assignments, exams, presentations, reports and exercises. The dissertation consists of a 10-15,000 word extended piece of individual research, supervised by a member of faculty.

Career development and Support

We recognise that enhancing your employability is a primary goal for undertaking a Master's degree at Bath. We have a successful track record and extensive experience of working with a wide range of global organisations to develop the right skills and competencies that our students will need to achieve their career goals.

Destinations of our MSc Human Resource Management and Consulting graduates (2014):

86% of 2013 MSc Human Resource Management and Consulting Graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation. Our outstanding record for employability is reflected in the companies and organisations where these graduates now work:

Recruiters include:

Accenture
Allianz
Capgemini Consulting
Hellenic Petroleum
Pinjin Holding Company China
PwC
Grosse-Hornke Private Consult
Qubit Inc. USA

Career Development Programme

Our expert careers team is dedicated to providing first class careers support exclusively for School of Management MSc students.
We offer a Comprehensive Career Development Programme and provide an individual service by working with you on a one-to-one basis to identify your career goals and help you to plan your job search.

Our Career Development programme is integrated into your MSc timetable and includes;

- An overview of career opportunities in different sectors
- Workshops on the recruitment process including: CVs, cover letters, application forms and interview advice
- Mock interviews and assessment centres
- Opportunities to network with graduate recruiters, sector specialists and alumni
- Guest speakers, company visits and presentations, employer-led skills sessions
- Development of employability skills by participating in company sponsored community projects
- Week-long business immersion week - The Future Business Challenge
- Additional support for international students and those seeking global job opportunities

A highly ranked business school

We have established ourselves as one of Europe’s leading business schools and 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Bath, celebrating our past achievements and looking forward.

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#NSS) and 1st for Business & Management (The Complete University Guide 2016) (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Business+%26+Management+Studies), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#ref) for business and management studies, confirming the world-class standing of our faculty.

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-operations-logistics-supply-chain/how-to-apply

Government Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses is being developed for students at English universities. There will be loans of up to £10,000 available for Masters students starting a course in 2016/17. More information is available on the study site (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/taught/government-loans/index.html) and the government website external website.

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The MA in Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) course aims to provide experienced practitioners who are CIPD qualified with a challenging programme that develops their strategic competence. Read more
The MA in Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) course aims to provide experienced practitioners who are CIPD qualified with a challenging programme that develops their strategic competence. It is intended to provoke and challenge you in your thinking and expectations about how and why we manage people at work. The programme also challenges you to consider how different HRM approaches may be more effective in achieving corporate success.

The course is a 'top up' qualification intended to build upon the CIPD Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. It is designed as an extension programme linked to Continuing Professional Development. The programme is research oriented with the dissertation providing the 60 postgraduate level credits needed for you to attain a full Masters degree. An initial induction and then the option to participate in the Business Research Methodology sessions are the only 'fixed' times of on-campus attendance.

Course content

The dissertation is the essential component of this Masters course. It is a demonstration of your ability to research a topic using both primary and secondary research techniques. Considerable emphasis is placed on your ability to evaluate critically, to analyse, synthesise and develop a sustainable academic argument in the area of study, and to make significant comments on HRM in practice at the strategic level. You are supported by a personal tutor, knowledgeable in their chosen area of study and who will be available for support throughout the research.

There is also the option to participate in the Business Research Methodology sessions.

Industry links

We work closely with our local North Staffordshire and South Cheshire branch of the CIPD.

Graduate destinations

The MA in Strategic HRM will enable you to further your career in Human Resources and upon successful completion, you will also be in a position to upgrade your CIPD membership to chartered or fellow status.

Graduates have progressed to senior HR roles at organisations large and small, both locally and internationally, including Alton Towers and Virgin Media.

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This course is mapped to the CIPD Level 7 Certificate and Diploma. It is a three year part time programme encompassing the postgraduate certificate in year one, the postgraduate diploma in year two and progression to the dissertation stage of the MA in Strategic Human Resource Management. Read more
This course is mapped to the CIPD Level 7 Certificate and Diploma. It is a three year part time programme encompassing the postgraduate certificate in year one, the postgraduate diploma in year two and progression to the dissertation stage of the MA in Strategic Human Resource Management. It is a challenging programme that develops your strategic competence. It is intended to provoke and challenge you in your thinking and expectations about how and why we manage people at work. The programme also challenges you to consider how different HRM approaches may be more effective in achieving corporate success.

You will study modules that are relevant to your work issues, and be assessed in an appropriate way, set by the university tutors. This means that you will achieve both a university award and a CIPD qualification. You will need to be a studying member of the CIPD. The membership fees of approximately £120 are in addition to the tuition fees quoted above and will be payable direct to the CIPD.

Staffordshire University has over 25 years’ experience of preparing students for their professional qualification and many of our former students are now senior HR executives in local and national organisations:
-The course focuses on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development.
-Integrates on and off-campus learning.
-The teaching staff are all either experienced HRM/HRD practitioners and/or hold a relevant PhD.

Course content

In the first year, you will study the following core modules:
-Human Resource Management in Context
-Developing Skills for Business Leadership
-Leading, Managing and Developing People
-Resourcing and Talent Management

In the second year, you will study the following core module:
-Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective

The remaining two option modules in the second year are determined via employer and student surveys. This ensures that the university is delivering the modules that are appropriate for the needs of our students and employers. Examples of option modules available include:
-Managing Employee Relations
-Performance Management
-Employment Law
-Learning and Talent Development
-Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring

The final year of the MA consists of:
-Research Methodology
-Dissertation

Graduate destinations

The MA in Strategic HRM will enable you to further your career in Human Resources and upon successful completion, you will also be in a position to upgrade your CIPD membership to chartered or fellow status.

Graduates have progressed to senior HR roles at organisations large and small, both locally and internationally, including Alton Towers and Virgin Media.

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Explore the issues facing contemporary businesses, develop your management skills and enhance your qualifications on this postgraduate course. Read more
Explore the issues facing contemporary businesses, develop your management skills and enhance your qualifications on this postgraduate course.

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our MSc Business Management will equip you with the practical skills to advance your career.

Addressing the essentials of modern business, this course has been designed to develop personal and professional skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and reflective learning, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our MSc Business Management will equip you with the practical skills to advance your career.

Addressing the essentials of modern business, this course has been designed to develop personal and professional skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and reflective learning, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

Our course materials are based on real issues faced by contemporary businesses, covering topics ranging from creativity in business to global economics, strategic management and organisational change management.

You’ll learn to creatively address issues such as competition and sustainability and acquire knowledge of the global economic and business environment. You’ll develop leadership and team development skills and an understanding of management and organisational methods. Guest speakers add value to this course, which is updated regularly to reflect current business issues.

You may also choose to introduce a specialism to your course to reflect your area of interest.

This may include:
• Entrepreneurship
• Human Resource Management
• Marketing
• Sales

This is a full-time course splt up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Recent graduates, continuing students, management practitioners, business professionals, international applicants and aspiring entrepreneurs can all benefit from our MSc Business Management, which is intended to appeal to people of all ages and from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experience.

Modules

• Sustaining Organisational Performance
• Global Economic Environment and Marketing
• Organisational Change and Management
• Leadership, Strategy and Innovation
• Managing Innovation
• Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

MSc Business Management (Banking)

Widen the application of your business management skills to include banking and increase your employment opportunities on this flexible course delivered fully online.

Sharing much of its content with the Global Online MSc Business Management, this course offers you the opportunity to pursue a specialism in banking, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Banking-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Entrepreneurship)

Explore the issues facing contemporary businesses, develop your management and entrepreneurial skills on this postgraduate course.

If you aspire to start your own business, combine your MSc Business Management with Entrepreneurship. You’ll learn how to plan new ventures and manage innovation and be equipped with the practical skills and expertise to advance your career.

This course is designed to deliver accessible, creative and flexible postgraduate business education and offer a choice in how, when and where you study - as well as the option to pursue a specialism.

It’s ideally suited to individuals who intend to balance their personal and professional commitments with their studies. This is a fully online course that will build on your existing experience and knowledge and enhance it with contemporary business theory.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Entrepreneurship-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Events)

Learn about events management, explore the issues facing contemporary businesses and develop the skills to succeed on this flexible course delivered fully online.

You’ll learn about the management of international festivals and events as well as looking at the business events sector worldwide.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Events-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Finance)

Enhance your business management skills with a focus on finance and increase your employment opportunities on this flexible course delivered fully online.

By focusing on finance you’ll learn a set of skills and knowledge that will enhance your business and management capabilities, and can also be applied in a range of careers in the financial sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Finance-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (HRM)

Gain an understanding of business and human resource management theory and develop the skills needed to manage staff effectively.

You’ll gain a sound understanding of business and human resource management (HRM) theory, including the skills needed to successfully manage and motivate staff, real issues faced by contemporary human resource managers, and international HRM.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc---Business-Management-HRM-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Marketing and Sales)

Explore business management, marketing and sales and gain the knowledge and skills to enhance your employment opportunities on this flexible course delivered fully online.

This dynamic blend of business, marketing and sales will provide you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Marketing-and-Sales-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Marketing)

Explore business management and marketing and gain the knowledge and practical skills to advance your career on this postgraduate course.

This dynamic blend of business and marketing will provide you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Marketing-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Sales)

Explore business management and sales and gain the knowledge and practical skills to advance your career on this postgraduate course.

This dynamic blend of business and sales will provide you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Sales-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Tourism and Hospitality)

Explore business management with a focus on tourism and hospitality and gain the skills to develop your career on this flexible course delivered fully online.

Covering topics ranging from the management of international business events to contemporary issues in hospitality management, this course provides you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Tourism-and-Hospitality-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Project Management)

Enhance your business management skills with a focus on project management on this flexible online course.

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business, or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our Online MSc Business Management (Project Management) will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-business-management-project-management-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Logistics and Supply Chains)

Enhance your business management skills with a focus on logistics and supply chains on this flexible online course.

Sharing much of its content with the Online MSc Business Management, this course offers you the opportunity to pursue a specialism in logistics and supply chains, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

Careers

In recent years, students have come to our MSc courses with degrees from many different disciplines, and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/not-for-profit sectors.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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The overall aim of the course is to educate you as a people management professional in a strategic context, and improve the quality of your professional development. Read more

The overall aim of the course is to educate you as a people management professional in a strategic context, and improve the quality of your professional development.

This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and practical skills across a broad range of topics, aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Profession Map. This is likely to enhance your career development within the HR profession and give you Associate Membership of the CIPD, enabling you to apply for Chartered Membership when you become an established practitioner. This programme is a blend of practical personal development, and critical analysis of emerging HR trends and issues that organisations are currently experiencing. There is a focus on strategic thinking to prepare you for your future career in people management and organisational engagement.

Our links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch offer additional networking, advice, mentoring, and updates from the profession as it evolves.

Teaching is undertaken in a variety of interactive ways; including case studies, tutorials, lectures, workshops, seminars, group activities, presentations, individual reflection, as well as a residential event. Assessments are undertaken in a similarly broad and inclusive fashion; through a mixture of written assignments, presentations, critical business reports, consultation exercises, and reflective portfolios. Some of the core modules include Learning and Talent Management, Human Resource Strategy, Developing and Leading People, Reward Management, and a dissertation.



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Overview. Human Resource Management is currently one of the fastest-growing management fields. Organizations are increasingly recognizing the strategic role of human capital for achieving significant business results, sustainable growth and innovation. Read more

Overview

Human Resource Management is currently one of the fastest-growing management fields. Organizations are increasingly recognizing the strategic role of human capital for achieving significant business results, sustainable growth and innovation. Our vision is to develop managers with a sharp insight on people issues who will act as agents of transformation and as strategic investors in their organizations’ human capital. HR professionals can make a critical contribution to the process of business value creation. If you share this vision and aspire to play such a role in your organization, our program can help you reach your goals.

The MSc in Strategic HRM Is Designed for:

  • The new generation of HR professionals that will act as strategic partners and effectively align people strategies with business strategies.
  • Other professionals in managerial positions who will strategically lead their organizations' human capital and act as coaches to unleash their people's talents and full potential.
  • Strong applications from recent university graduates who wish to launch their career in the HR field will also be considered.

Investment in Human Capital pays off:

  • Those companies with a highly engaged workforce improved operating income by 19.2% over a period of 12 months, whilst those companies with low engagement scores saw operating income decline by 32.7% over the same period (Towers Watson).
  • The lost productivity of actively disengaged employees costs the US economy $370 billion annually (Gallup Institute).
  • 70% of Chief Executive Officers consider talent management top strategic priority and believe talent retention is a struggle (PwC Annual Global CEO Survey).
  • 53% of CEOs see skill shortage for key positions as a major challenge (PwC Annual Global CEO Survey).
  • 93% of Chief Financial Officers consider human capital as a critical factor for customer satisfaction (Mercer).

Key features of the program

  • Weekday classes between 18:00 – 22:00 (and occasionally weekends), twice a week on average
  • A 18-month program commencing every January
  • Assessment: group reports/presentations, case study analysis, mid-term tests, final exams (18:00 – 21:00)
  • 14 core courses and 8 workshops
  • Dissertation or Internship or Coursework

Highlights

  • International Recognition: Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), accredited from EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development), and Acknowledgement for Full Alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
  • The quality and academic standing of its faculty, both resident and visiting.
  • The practical workshops offered within its curriculum in collaboration with field specialists like Korn Ferry / HAY Group. The personal coaching and focus on personal skills through the course of Leadership Development.
  • The internship opportunities it offers for eligible students, in HR-related positions.
  • The role of ALBA as a Scientific Coordinator of the BEST WORKPLACES Competition in Greece as well as for the Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI). Participants in the MSc in Strategic HRM have the opportunity to learn the best HR practices as well as the latest labor trends in Greece and Europe.
  • Opportunities to take courses abroad through student exchange agreements with a large network of top Business Schools worldwide.

Career

Upon the completion of the Programme students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively using a range of media.
  • Manage time effectively, demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility for their work.
  • Work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and the ability to reflect on experience and to plan and carry out continuous personal development.


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With employees now recognised as a key resource, the MSc in Human Resource Management offers students the opportunity to explore in depth the theoretical and analytical issues in the management of human resources and the roles these play in organisation success. Read more

About the course

With employees now recognised as a key resource, the MSc in Human Resource Management offers students the opportunity to explore in depth the theoretical and analytical issues in the management of human resources and the roles these play in organisation success.

Students will examine a full range of HRM approaches, techniques and methodologies. The course is designed for those who wish to become humane resource practioners in academic, consultancy or commercial settings. It is also suitbale for students looking to undertake further research in academic consultancy or commercial settings.

The compulsory modules on the course are in relation to Human Resource Management contexts, concepts and practices, and contemporary issues such as talent and leadership recruitment and selection, reward management, performance management and facilitating learning and development in organisations.

Issues in international human resource management such as expatriation, managing across cultures will also be covered, as well as HR systems and processes from an international perspective. A number of leading edge optional modules are available on the programme including Global Diversity Management; Ethics and Corporate Governance.

Aims

You will be provided with a critical theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of human resource management.

Graduates as prospective entrants to human resources management roles, as 'thinking performers', should be able to address business and professional situations knowledgeably, making contributions to improved organisational performance and delivery of sound personnel/human resources practice and services

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

Human Resource Management: Contexts, Concepts and Politics I
International and Comparative Human Resource Management
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation
Organisational Behaviour
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation
Human Resource Management

Optional modules:

International Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Global Diversity Management
Strategic Management
Entrepreneurship

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

Full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), enabling graduates to achieve associate status, subject to membership.

Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of HR and active researchers within the Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM-OB).

The course considers key HR systems and processes from an international perspective with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity Management.

Accreditation

Brunel Business School is proud to announce the accreditation of MSc Human Resources Management and MSc Human Resources and Employment Relations by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). CIPD is the world’s largest Chartered HR and development professional body working together with over 100 institutions around the world to set global standards for HR and support development of HR professionals.

CIPD accreditation enables students and graduates of the MSc Human Resource Management and MSc Human Resource Management and Employment Relations to gain access to the wealth of resources provided by the Institute. These include a bi-monthly magazine, People Management, which provides key insight into contemporary HR issues in practice. The CIPD also commission major research studies into key areas of HR and HR-ER practice, providing information to students and informing decisions of practicing managers. Through their nationwide branch network, the CIPD provide a forum for practitioners and students to meet on a regular basis, engage with high profile speakers and network in respect of areas of common interest.

Modes of Study

One-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules, delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

One-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes eight modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December). Delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

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On the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) course you will develop an understanding of a range of global businesses, their operations, and the cultural differences you will meet in the practice of international management. Read more

On the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) course you will develop an understanding of a range of global businesses, their operations, and the cultural differences you will meet in the practice of international management. You will study the various business functions, such as marketing, finance and strategy, taking into account global environmental factors (economic, political and social) in which international organisations operate. You will also develop a specialism in key areas of Human Resource Management; the business function which many would argue is the most important in the sense that it delivers to the organisation the human resource without which nothing would be achieved.

One of the big differences on this course is the focus on acquiring the skills you will need to work in international organisations. You will learn about a range of international organisations and develop your general management skills and intercultural management skills. You will develop your specific Human Resources Management skills in this same international context. You will gain practical experience by working on a live consultancy project for a commercial or not-for-profit organisation and have the opportunity to take part in field trips to study organisations in other countries.

With this master's degree, graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations around the world.

Course content

Compulsory modules

On the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) course you will study the compulsory modules listed below, and then choose between completing a dissertation or work-based research project. 

Please see the course structure chart.

  • Research Methods:
  • Introduction to the Principles of Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting for Business
  • Global Strategic Management
  • International Organisations
  • Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Leading and Managing: International Perspective
  • Consultancy Project
  • International Management in Practice:Study Trip

Elective modules

  • International Business in Practice - Study Trip

Capstone Module Choice

You will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic interests or professional development requirements.

  • Dissertation
  • Synoptic Research Project
  • Client Project

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation

This course is dual accredited by CMI – a CMI accreditation means you have the option to graduate with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership) and there’s no extra study involved. This accreditation is not only a hallmark of excellence, but also provides you with benefits. For example, student members can access online content, networking events, company visits, online seminars and mentoring.

A CMI Induction event will be held so you can find out about the CMI qualification and membership and choose whether you would like to qualify and join. If you do choose to gain the CMI qualification you will need to pay a non-refundable fee for the CMI level 7 qualification in Strategic Management & Leadership, which is currently £265 and includes one-year membership of the CMI.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or 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

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

On this course you can choose to participate in a International Business in Practice Study Trip module trip to Boston, USA, and International Management in Practice study trip to Budapest, Hungary. 

International Management in Practice: Study Trip

You can go to Budapest to experience a hands-on week, learning about the processes within international management. Students meet with leaders of global firms and international organisations, receive presentations from global academic experts, and tour facilities. This module is included in your programme fees, but you are responsible for paying for all travel and accommodation costs and some meals. This is a 10-credit module, which will be formally assessed.

International Business in Practice Study Trip

The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Field trips are optional and incur a cost.



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This program is available on the Grenoble campus. The program is aimed at students wishing to pursue an international management career in a global context and. Read more

Objectives

This program is available on the Grenoble campus

The program is aimed at students wishing to pursue an international management career in a global context and:

- Acquire a specific knowledge and the understanding needed to work in HRM in an international context and to contribute to its development
- Experience a unique learning environment in working with people from different nationalities, culture and academic backgrounds and sharing the same interest in international people management
- Acquire an understanding of global business and culture and extend their international network.

The mission of the MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development is to build the abilities and skills necessary for future managers to recruit, manage and enhance talent while facilitating change in multicultural and international environments. The program provides an understanding of the approach to handling international human resource management operations and the differences in international and domestic HRM.

Through a blending of theory and practice, using case studies and applied learning, students will develop the competencies to understand the HR issues facing business today and positively impact organizational structure and dynamics.

The MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development focuses on the human resource and organizational issues facing companies that operate in the global market. It aims to train managers able to contribute to corporate performance and social responsibility through the effective management of the company's most valuable asset: its men and women.

A WORD FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"The MSc in International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development combines theoretical knowledge with a strong technical and practical orientation to enable students to master key operational know-how and soft skills. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to decision-making in HR and organizational development within different geographical contexts. The program has an international focus, as an ever-increasing globalization of business impacts HRM.

Program delivery relies on a mixture of pedagogical methods and techniques from traditional to interactive lectures, e-learning activities, readings, exercises, case studies, presentations, simulations, individual and multicultural team-based work.

Students will also experiment a course based on a new pedagogy: serious games.

The Final Management Project - a supervised research paper of 20,000 words - allows students to become experts in an HR-related topic of their choice covering not only technical concepts, but also professional practices and implications."

Sabine Lauria

Program

The program explores how HR strategy fits into overall corporate strategy, the key differences between International Human Resource Management (IHRM) and domestic HRM, and the skills required to recruit, manage and enhance talent. It is designed for graduates who wish to pursue management careers at national and international levels.

Participants will develop the know-how and competencies to identify and understand the HR issues facing business today and develop appropriate strategies to ensure that effective people management strategies create competitive advantage and sources of value.

This program also emphasizes organizational development, as it is one of the new challenges in HR.

INTRODUCTION WEEK

- Introduction to the Program and to the role of HRM today.
- Study Skills and Techniques (Case Study Methodology, Academic and Professional Writing, Presentation Skills etc.)
- Team Building and integration activities
- Moodle e-learning platform user training
- Introduction to the Library and Computing Services at GGSB
- Student Administrative Issues
- Alumni Association information

THE FIVE MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM

1) Business Environment

- Global Business Environment and Strategic Management
- International Labor Economics
- Finance and Accounting for HR Managers

2) Fundamentals of HRM

- Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
- Compensation and Benefits
- HR Reporting
- Information Systems for HR Managers
- Staffing
- Recruitment Process and e-Recruitment
- Personality Tests and Interview Techniques

3) International HR Management and Contemporary Issues

- Strategic IHRM
- HR as a Business Partner
- HR Innovations (Serious Game)
- Managing an HR Department (Simulation)
- Legal Context
- Employee Relations, Grievances and Representation
- Comparative Legal Contexts of International HRM
- People Development
- Talent Development and Performance Management
- International Career Path and Expatriation
- Social Management
- Creating and Managing a Well-Balanced Workplace
- Managing Diversity and Ethics

4) International Organizational Development

- International Team Behavior
- Leadership, Group and Team Dynamics
- Intercultural Management
- Organizational Development
- Managing Corporate Culture and Structure
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Change and Lean Management
- International Organization
- Company Profile

5) Research Methodology and Final Management Project Workshop

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

In addition to the core courses, students can attend personal and professional development workshops. These workshops cover current topics of interest, recent trends in management and career development. They serve as a complement to the core modules.

COMPANY ANALYSIS AND PROFILE

Students will select a company with international business located in different national culture. The purpose is to evaluate the impact of organization design on human resources roles and responsibilities. The objective is to gather public and internal information to develop their own analysis of the situation.

The program encourages effective teamwork as the major part of modules expects students to work in groups. These groups will consist of students of different nationalities and rhythms, as some students attend courses part-time.

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND PROJECT PROPOSAL

A research techniques module has been created to provide the skills required to effectively work on the Final Management Projects and on future professional projects.

FINAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT

The second year of the program is dedicated to the Final Management Project, a written work of approximately 20,000 words, conducted under the supervision of a tutor from GGSB. Students will choose an aspect of International HR Management and are encouraged to link the chosen subject matter to their future career. The project can be completed in parallel with full-time employment or an internship based in France or abroad.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Operating in an international environment requires foreign language fluency and therefore a foreign language module is an option on the program for all students.

Non-French speakers may study French (beginner to advanced level). This option is highly advised for those who are looking to become professionals in France. French speakers may choose from a number of other languages at beginner level.

Careers

Graduates of this MSc program will be qualified for posts in both multinational corporations and companies experiencing rapid expansion in international markets.

Graduates may equally enter the consulting field in the areas of HR and organizational development.

Admission

This postgraduate MSc program is open to both young and mature graduates from any field and with no or limited work experience. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal skills, good oral and communication written skills and a strong motivation for international relations and business.

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This MSc Business Management (Human Resource Management) course is is focused on your career. With this master's degree accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) you will be ready for a successful international career with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation.

On this course you will learn to identify, analyse and evaluate a range of business related issues. You will develop suitable responses to these problems and be able to select the most appropriate course of action.

Employers look for graduates who have the ability to manage people. They know that with rising competition within the global workplace the decisions managers have to make about employees have significant impact on the organisation's performance. This specialism enables you to focus your studies within the area of Human Resource Management (HRM). You will take two specialised HRM modules during your master's degree, gaining an understanding of the contemporary HRM issues within the organisation. Your final degree will be awarded as MSc Business Management (Human Resource Management).

Course content

Modules

On the MSc Business Management (Human Resource Management) course you will study the modules listed below, and then choose between completing a dissertation, a synoptic research project or work-based project. Please see the course structure chart

  • Research Methods
  • Operations and Process Management
  • Introduction to the Principles of Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting for Business
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Managing the Contemporary Organisation
  • Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management
  • Managing Employment Relations

Capstone Module Choice

You will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic interests or professional development requirements.

  • Dissertation
  • Synoptic Research Project
  • Client Project

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation

 This course is dual accredited by CMI – a CMI accreditation means you have the option to graduate with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership) and there’s no extra study involved. This accreditation is not only a hallmark of excellence, but also provides you with benefits. For example, student members can access online content, networking events, company visits, online seminars and mentoring.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff at the Business School are academic researchers and/or 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 individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • The Business School brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

By listening to our students and recognising the need for practice-oriented business and management education, we have introduced new ways to engage with companies from the public and the non-profit sector. You will have the opportunity to visit various company sites organised through our extensive network of corporate contacts and the Chartered Management Institute. We also host a number of guest speakers throughout the year who bring their business and management experience and expertise to the classroom.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Field trips are optional and incur a cost



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How does the wellbeing of an employee affect the overall performance of a business? What’s the relationship between personal development and productivity? How can you ensure that you’re hiring the best applicant for a role?

No matter the type of organisation, people need to be recruited, managed and motivated in order to create an effective and successful workplace. Our MSc Human Resource Management gives you the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a successful leader and practitioner in this increasingly complex business world.

You receive an academically rigorous and practical grounding in core HR areas. There is also a particular focus on the interrelationship between managing and developing human resources, and the qualities and skills needed for effective leadership.

Topics you study include:
-The changing strategic role of human resource management departments
-The ethics of human resource management
-Employment relations
-International human resource management

Our course has been designed to meet the needs both of newly qualified graduates and experienced professionals looking to enhance their career prospects. After studying our MSc Human Resource Management you’ll be prepared to take a role at the forefront of any human resource department and its parent organisation.

You study at Essex Business School (EBS), a UK top 20 business school (Association of Business Schools). EBS is also in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), embedding research into degrees to provide a cutting-edge education suitable for today’s fast-paced world of work.

MSc Human Resources Management can be studied part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships or discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Professional accreditation

MSc Human Resource Management is accredited by CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

Upon successful completion of the course, you can upgrade your CIPD Student Membership to Associate Member status, enabling you to use the designatory letters ‘Assoc CIPD’ after your name. Depending on your work experience, you may also be able to upgrade to CIPD Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

You have the opportunity to become a CIPD Student Member when you begin the course. This will involve a small fee.

Studying a CIPD professionally accredited course is a great way to acquire the essential knowledge and skills to become an effective HR or learning and development practitioner. You learn how to develop and implement HR interventions and strategies in order to make an impact in the workplace and can strengthen your CV by showing employers that you are dedicated to professional development and adhering to HR best practice.

Our expert staff

Our academics at Essex Business School have world-class research reputations. They draw upon a mixture of academic and industry experience, and use a wide range of social science theory, to explore the contemporary human resources issues affecting private, public and third sector organisations.

Academic input from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies will also provide an understanding of the complexities of people management. On this course, you deepen your knowledge of human emotions, relationships and society.

You also hear from professional practitioners through guest lectures and organised visits. These utilise both the knowledge and expertise of our various corporate and business partners and the University’s Resources Section.

Essex Business School is home to the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society, which organises research seminars for staff and postgraduate students.

Specialist facilities

You benefit from the landmark Essex Business School building, based at our Colchester Campus. You experience modern learning facilities, including a beautiful winter garden for group working, networking and socialising. We have our own café, Bonds, and the EBS Learning team provide a number of study skills workshop.

You benefit from a host of University facilities located close by, including our state-of-the-art Silberrad Student Centre, complete with an open-access 24-hour Learning Hub and a cutting-edge media centre with Apple and Adobe products.

Your future

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in human resources. Many of our graduates also enjoy roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy, with many using the skills developed at Essex to go into business themselves.

We provide students with the necessary skills to succeed in modern workplaces, fostering creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to help you tackle the many challenges of the business world. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre will be on hand to provide career advice throughout your degree.

Example structure

-Human Resource Management
-Reward Management
-International Employment Relations
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management
-Dissertation
-Developing Skills for Business Leadership
-International Human Resource Management (optional)
-Equality and Diversity (optional)
-Managing Organisational Change (optional)

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and the MA in Human Resource Management will progress your career and enhance your HR professional practice. Read more

The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and the MA in Human Resource Management will progress your career and enhance your HR professional practice. You will develop core HR skills and knowledge as well as the ability to understand and evaluate issues of strategic importance to HRM.

These part-time programmes are studied through a combination of on-campus and online learning. You will benefit from the flexibility of our virtual learning environment and also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.*

The programme is fully accredited by the CIPD against the Advanced Knowledge Standards. You will gain Associate membership of the CIPD on successful completion of your course.

In Year 2, you can choose to study for the full MA in HRM or opt for the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. Both lead to Associate membership of CIPD and there is a full briefing during Year 1 to help you make this choice.

If you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM from any educational provider, you can make use of our Direct Entry MA Human Resource Management Top Up option. This involves one module and a dissertation over one academic year and results in an MA HRM award.

Course structure

The MA HRM and PG Dip HRM are practice-based and academically rigorous, providing you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the challenging role of a human resource professional. Both programmes are fully accredited by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and mapped against the Advanced Diploma in HRM. Both programmes enable you to gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and as these qualifications are at Advanced Standard, this enables higher membership grades of the CIPD to be achieved with experience, rather than further study.

Please refer to the following course subject charts:

MA Human Resource Management structure chart

Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management structure chart

CIPD membership

It is a requirement of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development that all students enrolling on a CIPD HR Programme are student members of the CIPD and pay membership fees to the CIPD. The cost of this is not included in your Oxford Brookes fees. If you are already a student member you are still required to register your continuing professional development with the CIPD, and we ask that you provide us with your CIPD number. You can find details of the CIPD's current student membership fees on their website.

Teaching and learning

On-campus sessions involve tutor input, analysis of case studies, problem-solving activities, virtual business simulations, presentations, analysis of data for decision making, and directed reading and research. Some skills development is best addressed in more intensive workshops and such events will focus principally on:

  • team building and problem solving
  • people management skill sets (eg. interviewing, negotiating, managing disciplinary and grievances)
  • leadership and influencing skills
  • data handling and presentation skills using IT applications

Both on-campus and online learning are fully supported by our library, with almost all resources (journals, reports and many books) now being available electronically 24 hours a day.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually with a range of assessment methods being used. These include individual assignments, group work, presentations, examinations, a portfolio to demonstrate continuing professional development, and individual research reports. Some assessments include an element of peer and/or self-assessment.

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

Specialist facilities

We're investing over £30m to create a modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Faculty of Business.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Attendance pattern

The course is mainly delivered through two taught semesters per year running from September to May. Each individual module consists of up to 12 sessions offered through a blend of on-campus and online learning. For each semester the on-campus element will take place through up to five early evening sessions (5-8pm) and three full-day Saturday sessions. In year one the evening sessions are on a Tuesday; in year two evening sessions are on a Wednesday. In addition, there is one full weekend workshop in the first year. Those sessions offered online will on occasion require you to join a virtual classroom at a specific time in the early evening but will mainly be completed in your own time, using online learning materials and taking part in online discussion fora.

If you study the full MA Human Resource Management rather than the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management you also complete your dissertation over a third semester in the summer of the second year. If you’re completing the full MA, you have the option to do your research methods and dissertation modules entirely online. Note: this revised course delivery pattern is subject to CIPD approval.



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International organisations draw on talent and expertise from all over the world. They rely on human resource professionals with cultural awareness and a global perspective. The MSc International Human Resources Management prepares you to meet that need.

The programme is one of only four in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and aligned with standards set by the US Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It's also mutually recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Since the professional qualification you'll earn is respected all over the world, you'll be a competitive candidate for jobs in any location.

The MSc International Human Resource Management programme is available both full-time and part-time, offering more options for recent graduates and working professionals with busy careers.

The curriculum incorporates a global perspective at every level.

  • Develop the expertise to effectively manage people in a diverse national and international environment
  • Study contemporary theory of human resource management
  • Learn the best practices in the industry
  • Expand your cross-cultural awareness to successfully navigate a multicultural context

The programme is both practical and challenging, incorporating real-world learning from case studies, investigative projects and talks by industry experts. Our specialist staff, with a background across a range of national and international organisations, including some well-known blue-chip giants, will guide you.

Full-time students will also complete a work experience placement - and both full-time and part-time students conduct a hands-on research project in international human resource management.

By building workforce talent, encouraging workers to become leaders and supporting a diverse and welcoming workplace, you will contribute to your company's success - as well contribute to the common good.

What you will study

  • Professional and Personal Competence Development for HR Managers
  • Managing Workforce and Workplace Diversity
  • HRD Strategies in Practice
  • HRM in International Contexts
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Managing Employment Relationships
  • Business Investigation Business Investigation Report (for PgD students)
  • Performance Management (for MSc students)
  • Organisational Change and Responsible Leadership
  • Research Design and Critical Inquiry
  • Human Resource Management Research Project

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary between modules and may include: essays, reports, class tests, written exams, presentations, and skills-based assessments.

Teaching methods

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 known 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.

Industry placements

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.

Professional accreditation

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 CIPD or the AHRI) will have their existing credentials recognised, providing access to the equivalent grade of professional membership.

Your career

The programme will prepare you for a career as an effective human resources manager in an international or multicultural environment. It will also make you a more competitive candidate for any leadership or management role.

Our graduates are in high demand and find work in public, private and third sector organisations all over the world. Previous graduates have secured employment in HR as HR Manager (M H Alshaya Co, United Arab Emirates), HR Executive (Hyperoptic Ltd, England), HR Consultant (Ascension Consulting Services, Nigeria), HR Advisor (Optimus Aberdeen Ltd, Scotland; Aberdeen City Council, Scotland), and Lecturer in HRM (University of Ilorin, Nigeria). Others have pursued careers in other roles e.g. Project Coordinator (Ernst & Young, Germany). A number of graduates have also embarked on a PhD.



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The Advanced Engineering Management Programme (AEMP) is delivered jointly by Birmingham Business School (BBS) and the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), combining the expertise and strengths of both schools to offer a high quality, distinctive and flexible course.

The programme introduces students to core management concepts in semester one before selecting one of four specialist pathways in semester two. Students also have the opportunity to choose a mixed pathway route, tailoring the course to their requirements.

The Construction Management pathway provides advanced training to graduates to develop their construction management skills enabling them to play leading roles in a professional capacity in both the civil engineering and building industries. The skills gained will provide them with ability to respond to changing requirements of the construction industry in both the UK and overseas. The programme includes lectures, tutorials, workshops, industrial seminars, site visits and individual projects.

Find out more about the other specialist pathways:

Course details

This programme addresses management in the construction industry in its widest sense. The purpose is to provide advanced training to graduates aspiring to higher or middle management positions in the civil engineering and building industries. It addresses the working of those organisations, as well as disciplines and techniques of practical use in the management and implementation of all stages of construction and civil engineering projects. This opens up a wide range of career opportunities, as many of the techniques are applicable both within and outside the construction industry. 

The programme includes lectures, tutorials, workshops, industrial seminars, site visits and an individual project.

Semester one modules are taken by all students to develop a firm base of general knowledge and techniques for further specialised management study. Delivered by leading academics in Birmingham Business School (BBS), the management content is research led, drawing on the expertise and reputation of BBS to help deliver a high quality experience for students. Topics include strategy, innovation, marketing, organisational behaviour and financial management. 

Semester two sees students move into a pathway of their choice, where the key management concepts tackled in the first semester will be complemented by the exploration of practical management applications by academics from the School of Engineering, drawing upon its wealth of research experience and industrial links. 

This new structure will allow us to present the core principles in semester one and then to demonstrate their application in semester two before you progress into the summer and the opportunity to investigate and develop a contemporary Engineering Management topic via a 60 credit research project.

Examples of project titles:

  • BP in the Global Oil Industry
  • Human Resources Management at Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Analysis of the Hellenic Steel Industry
  • Strategic Repositioning of the BMW Group

You can expect to be exposed throughout to up-to-date knowledge of current and future trends in the management of your chosen field whilst developing the skills of critical evaluation and analysis that you will need as an engineer of tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming you.

Specialist pathways

To apply and start studying on one of the specialist pathways, please visit the pathway programme pages;

Study part-time

The Advanced Engineering Management Programmes can be studied on a part-time basis over the duration of up to five years. Modules will be studied over a two-week period, therefore you can undertake one module per term or complete more if you would like to finish the course sooner. Module dates and times are yet to be confirmed, but if you have any queries about studying part-time you can contact .

Learning and teachment

Construction Management provides a ground in the main disciplines and techniques and to develop personal skills of practical use in the management and implementation of construction and civil engineering projects.

The programme addresses the management of technical (engineering) techniques, the development of personal, interpersonal and project management skills, and provides a fundamental understanding of the social, economic, resource management and legal frameworks within which the construction project takes place. Generally, The purpose of the course is to prepare the student to make an effective contribution to the project management of the whole enterprise and environment in which she/he will work.

The content of the programme takes into account the dominant position of the engineer at every stage in the development of a civil engineering project. Since the engineer is normally chosen to fill a position with responsibility for technical, financial and contractual decisions and for the overall management and administration of a project, the programme is directed to satisfying these needs.

The home of Birmingham Business School is University House, conveniently situated on the edge of the main campus opposite the main gate of the University. To the elegant old house of 1908, that houses staff rooms and social space, a new multi-million pound state of-the-art teaching and learning complex has been added giving a unique combination of historic elegance and cutting-edge facilities.

Our students benefit from advanced teaching technology. All fifteen lecture theatres and seminar rooms contain comprehensive audio-visual equipment and sound systems, as well as wireless connectivity and data projection. Three large PC clusters add to computing facilities already available to students across the campus. The main lecture theatre, seating 200, is often utilised outside term-time as a conference facility for local industry.

Civil Engineering at Birmingham is housed in modern buildings which provide facilities for undergraduate Civil Engineering programmes, the postgraduate Master of Science and Postgraduate Diploma programmes, post-experience programmes and an active PhD research centre. We have well equipped laboratory and computing facilities and make a point of undertaking work in co-operation with industry. The majority of the academic staff have had professional engineering experience which is often continued by means of research contracts and consultancies with private and public organisations. We have an impressive record of publications in engineering and scientific journals.



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