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Course content

The MSc HRM aims to develop the professional capability of human resource management practitioners through developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in Leadership and HR Management, including:

• people management and development,
• business understanding,
• professional and ethical behaviour,
• analytical and intuitive/creative thinking
• continuing learning and development

You can choose to complete the full Masters qualification or alternatively you can choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM instead. Both courses are approved by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and meet the CIPD Advanced Standards. This means on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you will become a fully qualified Level 7, Associate member of the CIPD. In addition both programmes provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.

7 reasons to study here

1. Frequent guest lecturers: Frequent guest lectures available in a vibrant campus to stimulate and enhance your learning.
2. Small classes means enhanced learning: Small classes which focus on the application of theory to real-life scenarios and enhance your strategic management capabilities.
3. CIPD approved: The course is CIPD approved. Successful candidates become fully CIPD qualified.
4. Professional networking opportunities: You will study with other HR professionals, great for networking possibilities.
5. Flexible study options: Attractive attendance mode (two evenings per week or one evening combined with one afternoon)
6. Superb location: The campus is just located next to Elephant and Castle tube station; and is a quick 12 minute tube journey from both the city and the west end.
7. Great facilities: Excellent library, modern campus, student facilities and personalised student support mechanisms.

Benefits of PgDip

The PG Dip HRM is designed for busy professionals working within the context of personnel/human resource management and the allied professions, seeking personal or career development but who may not have the time to commit to a full masters degree.

Benefits of MSc

The MSc course has all of the benefits of the PgDip – including CIPD accreditation – plus a research methods and dissertation module.

The dissertation involves the identification and refinement of an HR problem, undertaking an in-depth literature review, the collection of primary data, and the analysis and evaluation of this data so as to produce a set of implementable and/or secondary recommendations.

Modules

Students studying for the MSc HRM and PgDip HRM will be required to complete the 4 core units in your first year. In your second year you will take Research Methods plus one core unit and two electives. Each year of the programme features a residential weekend as an integral part of the overall course. The dissertation (MSc only) and the Management Research Report (PgDip only) provide you with the opportunity to link theory and practice within an organisational context.

The taught modules (15 credits) units are assessed by a mixture of individual assignments, group presentations and by examination at the end of some modules.

Year 1 (Core modules)

• Power and constraint: The Strategic Context (CIPD: The Strategic Context)
• Leadership and HR strategy (CIPD: Leading, Managing and Developing People)
• Leadership and management skills (CIPD: Developing Skills for Business Leadership)
• Resourcing and talent management (CIPD: Resourcing and Talent Management)

Year 2 (2 cores and 2 electives)

• Research methods for HR (Core)
• Managing the employment relationship (Core)

Plus 2 electives (subject to minimum numbers; at least one elective be taken from Group A)

Electives A:

• Managing reward (CIPD: Reward Management
• Employment law (CIPD: Employment Law)

Electives B:

• Leading and managing change (non-CIPD Module)
• Managing coaching and mentoring (CIPD: Managing Coaching and Mentoring
• Leadership and management development (CIPD: Leadership and Management Development)

Year 3

•Dissertation (20,000 words) (Only MSc)

Accreditation

The programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).This means on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you'll become an Associate member of the CIPD. In addition the programme provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.

Employability

The programme is designed for professionals or line managers who are working in the field of Human Resource Management or Development. Students who have successfully completed the course have found it has enabled them to take on additional responsibilities and/ or move onto more senior positions within HR and/or Management.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Visit the Human Resource Management - MSc/PGDip page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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