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Course content

Why this course?

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

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

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

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

You’ll study

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

Business Skills Development sessions take place over both semesters.

Management Research Report

During the second semester, you’ll produce a management research report based on analysing a human resources issue in an organisation.

You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research. You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

Dissertation

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

Accreditation

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

Learning & teaching

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

Assessment

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

Management Research Report

During the second semester, you’ll produce a management research report based on analysing a human resources issue in an organisation.

You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research. You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Record

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

Careers

Many our graduates are in work or further study in the area of HR.*

Job titles include:

  • Assessment Specialist
  • Credit Analyst
  • HR Assistant
  • HR Adviser
  • HR Analyst
  • HR Manager
  • Learning Development Consultant

Employers include:

  • Arcadia
  • Highland City Council
  • Police Scotland
  • STV
  • Welcome Break
  • Wise Group

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2014/15, 2013/14.


Visit the Human Resource Management (full-time) MSc page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

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