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Northumbria University's postgraduate Human Resource Management and Development course is ideal for anyone looking to progress their career within the challenging and rewarding world of human resources (HR).

People are at the heart of any successful business. Ensuring their personal fulfilment and creating a happy workforce is the key to a successful, sustainable and prosperous business. By focusing on the development of your professional and interpersonal skills, this HR Management course helps you to understand and critically evaluate current, individual and organisational practices within different contexts so that you can provide solutions that add value to organisations.

You will study a range of human resources topics and develop your skills as an HR practitioner, as well as studying some general business and management subjects designed to develop your strategic business awareness and leadership potential. Through a choice of options you will be given the opportunity to specialise in specific areas of HRM, such as Employment Relations, Employment Law and Coaching in the Workplace.

This Human Resources Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Students who successfully complete all elements will meet the knowledge criteria needed to become a Chartered Member of the CIPD (provided you become a student member whilst on the course). We also provide support for those students with extensive experience in their application to become a fully Chartered Member. Employers increasingly regard the CIPD qualification as a measure of capability and added value so this qualification will put you well ahead of other graduates in the job market as across the globe.

Course Delivery

This course is designed to fit in with existing commitments. Attendance is flexible – either one afternoon and one evening or two evenings per week (preference must be registered in advance). You can attend either Monday and Wednesday 5-9pm or Wednesday 1-9pm. A considerable amount of pre-reading is expected for the taught sessions, as directed by the programme tutors. You are also expected to work within learning sets and prepare drafts of written work to circulate and discuss with student colleagues. Overall, you can expect to spend approximately 8-15 hours of independent study per week outside the classroom.

Module Overview
Year One
BM0421 - Business Research Analysis (Core, 10 Credits)
BM0464 - Financial and Database Systems Management (Core, 10 Credits)
HR4022 - Human Resource Management in Context (Core, 10 Credits)
HR4023 - Developing Self as an HR Leader (Core, 20 Credits)
HR4028 - Enhancing Employability and Career Development (Core, 0 Credits)
HR4029 - Developing Skills for Professional Practice in HRM (Core, 10 Credits)
NX0419 - Postgraduate Induction PT (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
HR0457 - Employee Relations (Optional, 10 Credits)
HR0464 - Total Reward (Core, 10 Credits)
HR0874 - Employment Law (Optional, 10 Credits)
HR0897 - International Human Resource Management (Optional, 10 Credits)
HR4003 - Masters Dissertation: Management Research Report (Core, 60 Credits)
HR4021 - Managing Employee Engagement (Core, 10 Credits)
HR4025 - Managing and Developing Talent (Core, 20 Credits)
HR4026 - Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management and Development (Optional, 10 Credits)
HR4027 - Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring (Optional, 10 Credits)
HR4030 - Management Research Report-Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective (Optional, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)

Who would this Course suit?

You will normally have a first degree combined with a minimum of two to three years’ supervisory or management experience in a relevant context and be ready to progress to middle and senior management. You will have already proved yourself as a self-motivated team player capable of handling responsibility and communicating effectively.

Visit the Human Resource Management and Development - MA/PGDip page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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