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Course content

MSc Human Resource Management & Business (HRMB) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation. The programme is distinctive in grounding the study of HRM within the broader discipline of management, with an emphasis on change management and strategy.

Our MSc programme is fully accredited by the largest internationally recognised HR professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), providing you with the ideal qualification for developing your career in HR.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Organisational Behaviour
-Strategy, Change and Leadership
-Strategic and International HRM
-Assessment, Performance and Reward
-Learning and Talent Development
-Employee Relations in Context
-Employment Law
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meeting requirements of CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR Management. Successful completion of this degree will give you the professional level of CIPD membership – Associate (AssocCIPD) – and the knowledge to upgrade to the higher levels of Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a wide range of roles in the related fields of HR, personnel and recruitment. Recent graduate positions include:
-Head of Graduate Recruitment
-HR Graduate Internship
-Personnel Manager – Tesco (UK)
-Rewards Consultant – Rolls-Royce (UK)
-Talent & Development Coordinator

Personal development

Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers in addition to knowledge and understanding of HR processes and procedures.

Key areas of HR professional practice covered include:
-Contracts of employment, discrimination, employment termination, health and safety at work
-Strategic HR, employee resourcing, employee development, employee relations, employee involvement and participation, work motivation
-Selection and assessment methods, job performance measurement, reward management and career management
-Organisational change, change management strategies and minimising work-related stress
-Organisational leadership, individual, group and organisational functioning
-Diversity management, HR management of expatriates and HR issues in international business alliances

Other business areas covered include:
-Business performance standards (including profitability, investment and efficiency) , costing and budgeting
-Cash flow forecasting, profit and loss statements, balance sheets
-Market analysis and planning, strategy development and marketing mix policies

You will develop a range of other skills through:
-Attending programmes in interviewing and presentation skills
-Designing and carrying out independent research, including writing research proposals, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including using SPSS) and reporting
-Data collection and analysis of group effectiveness and member well-being through log-book recording of syndicate group interaction
-Report-writing, data presentation and group facilitation
-Multi-cultural teamwork and presentations in group work

Visit the Human Resource Management & Business - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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