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Human Resource Management (MSc)

Course Description

Learn how to manage and develop employees, ensure their well-being and understand the latest changes in employment legislation. The MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy information. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Barclays, KPMG and Tesco.

Course Overview

This course is suitable for graduates looking to study for an MSc before securing their first HR job, or those taking a break and wishing to re-train or re-focus their career. This course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by the CIPD, and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field. The course includes a work placement, and an opportunity to do a live research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event and a visit to the CIPD’s national conference.

You will study a full range of contemporary topics in HRM, for example, key issues in managing people, talent management and development, selection and assessment and employee engagement. You will receive a thorough grounding in the legal and business environment and be able to specialise in your optional unit, in areas such as business psychology, ethics, equality/diversity, and performance and reward. In addition, you will develop a range of business and professional skills; including research skills to support your dissertation.

Course in Depth

You will study the following core units and choose one option unit:

Leading, Managing and Developing People
HR in Context
Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Research Methods in HRM

Option units*:
*Not all the option units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least two HR options, plus others from the Masters Network

Performance and Reward
Business Psychology in Action
Ethics Responsibility and Equality
Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development
Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

Career Prospects

Human Resource Management is an increasingly attractive and well-rewarded career, and as a result is becoming more popular amongst graduates. This CIPD accredited course enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills.

This programme includes a ten-day work placement and many students subsequently choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Previous students have undertaken placements at a variety of companies, including Barclays, Hilton, Marriott, The Big Life Group, Harvey Nichols, Betfred and Salford City College.

Special Features

• Manchester Met Business School has a long-standing reputation for Excellence in teaching Human Resource Management to the CIPD Standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields.
• This course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD, and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM . Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership. You can read more about Chartered Membership here: http://www.cipd.co.uk/membership/professional/chartered-member.aspx
• You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
• The course provides you with an opportunity to attend the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee.
• A human resources work experience placement is part of the course which provides an opportunity to conduct a live research project leading to your dissertation. Many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement, including CV and job/placement application and interview skills preparation. These skills are an excellent foundation to enhance your employability on completion of your studies.
• A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place early in term one.
• As part of the Developing Skills for Business Leadership unit, students are able to gain a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring, further adding to an excellent profile for employability.
• We also host conferences, workshops and symposiums on a variety of HRM and HRD themes. We ran an ESRC/BAM HR Special Interest Group Symposium on the theme of “HRM and Employee Wellbeing” in May 2014. Click here for more details.
• Our programme is closely linked to the Manchester Met Centre for People and Performance, which conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations. Our experts deliver tailor-made solutions to organisational and sector-specific challenges and issues for a range of private and public sector clients and policy-makers. Many of the Centre for People and Performance staff teach on our HRM programmes, you can read more about our Centre and the staff here: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/cpp/
• Read a student story to find out more about the student experience: Damiana Casile, MSc HRM http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/study/student-experience/student-profiles/postgraduate/damiana-casile/

Visit the Human Resource Management (MSc) page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Damiana Casile

"I wanted to start a career in HR, however I had never studied business or management before, so I wanted a course that could teach me all the basics on those topics, but also fully prepare me for a HR career.
The course reinforced my dream of becoming a HR professional. It outlined all the exciting challenges that the profession faces in the future.
The teaching staff on the course were very approachable. I never had to wait more than 24 hours for an email response and they were always there to talk to before and after lectures. They had all experienced the topics presented in real life in their previous jobs. They could use real life examples and case studies that made the lectures more relevant and up to date.
The tutors also connected me to some professional contacts and that was beneficial for my dissertation. They also arranged lectures where alumni from the course presented to us about their current careers in HR, and that gave us a real sense of what can be achieved with hard work.
All the lessons were geared to make us think as HR professionals, being asked by a manager or director to find a solution. The theory was there and accessible, however it was always interesting to see how other students’ on the course approached the case study issues. We were challenged to think, act quickly and professionally. We were taught to challenge our own beliefs and think about the greater good of the business and people.
I loved the fact that as part of the degree there was the opportunity of attending the CIPD Annual Conference for free in November. At the conference, I met many HR professionals that then went on to help me with my dissertation and are still supporting me as mentors throughout my career.
The fact that Manchester Met Business School was one of the few universities that the CIPD recognised, made a huge difference for me. I wanted to have that professional qualification, which you absolutely need, not just a Masters Degree. The CIPD accredits the course and the University's strong connection with the CIPD and the CIPD Manchester committee gives the course credibility. It is incredible value for money.
I have received a Masters Degree and a full CIPD qualification at the same time so would recommend the course to anyone considering a career in HR or people management."


Entry Requirements

You will normally have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have degree equivalent professional qualifications or significant management experience. International students please see View Website

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