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This course is highly relevant to the workplace and it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Course overview

Are you looking to make a difference to the way that organisations improve motivation, foster career development and treat people well? This course provides specialist postgraduate training in Human Resource Management (HRM).

This Human Resource Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). These accreditations show that our postgraduate HRM courses fully align with the latest academic and professional advancements, both within the UK and internationally.

Successful completion* of the course fulfils part of the requirements for professional membership of the CIPD. Membership of a professional body such as this, will further boost individual employability and help students progress towards senior managerial roles.
The course explores the Human Resource Management in areas such as leadership, employment relations, recruitment, selection, training, development and managing. The teaching is informed by current academic debates and the latest research. Core modules include ‘Managing, Leading and Developing People’, ‘Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective’, ‘Developing Skills for Business and Leadership’ and ‘Learning and Talent Development’. The Human Resource Reflective Project will focus on a strategic HRM issue within an organisation which students identify themselves with the support of an academic tutor.

The University will ensure that the student’s learning is rooted in a real-world context by inviting guest speakers to share their practical HRM business experience together with arranging an external organisational visit.

Sunderland Business School is ranked Best in the Noth East for Course Satisfaction, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015. Our teaching is informed by the latest research and up-to-date approaches and in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) research in the business area was rated 'world-leading'.

* Please note that students must achieve a 50% pass mark in all CIPD related areas to gain Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors. Modules on this course include:
-Developing Skills for Business and Leadership (15 Credits)
-Human Resource Management in Context (15 Credits)
-Managing, Leading and Developing People (15 Credits)
-Learning and Talent Development (15 Credits)
-Leadership and Management Development (15 Credits)
-Resourcing and Talent Management (15 Credits)
-Investigating a Business Issues from a Human Resource Management Perspective (30 Credits)
-Human Resource Reflective Project (30 Credits)

Plus choose one module from the following list of three modules:
-Employee Relations (15 Credits)
-Employment Law (15 Credits)
-Organisational Development and Change (15 Credits)

Plus choose one further module from the following list of five modules:
-International HRM (15 Credits)
-Managing Diversity (15 Credits)
-Employee Relations (15 Credits)
-Employment Law (15 Credits)
-Organisational Development and Change (15 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

The University uses a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, case studies and workshops all of which are supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, Sunspace.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent reading and research.

Assessment methods include individual and group assignments, business reports, presentations, case study analysis, portfolios of work and time-constrained activities as well as the Masters Reflective Project.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently the University developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, students benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s library, many of them in online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision students can choose from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

This Masters course equips students with advanced skills and knowledge that will help you progress rapidly to more senior roles in Human Resource Management. It is accredited by the CIPD and SHRM, which means that students have access to additional HR research, conferences, training and development.

The average salary of a HR officer is £25,000 and HR directors typically earn between £75,000 and £100,000 (source: Hudson 2013 Salary & Employment Insights). CIPD-accredited qualifications can significantly enhance your career opportunities.

Previous Sunderland graduates are now working at senior and strategic levels in HRM in a wide range of industries including Caterpillar, BT and Nissan.

Your Masters degree will also enhance opportunities for academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

Visit the Human Resource Management (HRM) CIPD Accredited - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!






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