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Human Resource Management MSc

Course Description

Course Overview

This part-time course will develop your understanding of organisations and the external context within which HR operates. Using critical analysis, self-reflection and problem-solving techniques, you will learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic HR solutions that drive organisational performance.

The course aims to:
- develop the business understanding and HR knowledge that employers look for
- demonstrate that you meet CIPD's criteria for best practice in HR
- showcase your ability to create a real impact in the workplace
- demonstrate your commitment to your continuing professional development
- enhance your CV and help you stand out from the crowd

Everything you learn can be applied in the workplace with immediate effect.

The course is taught one day per week (afternoon and evening combined) over three years. However, if your circumstances change you may exit with a postgraduate certificate after one year, or a postgraduate diploma after two years.

Accredited by the CIPD

On successful completion of the diploma or masters-level course, graduates with sufficient experience may apply to become a CIPD Chartered Member. This signals your professional credibility to employers, clients and peers. It also entitles you to use letters after your name (Chartered MCIPD).

Career Opportunities

Many HR job advertisements state that it is highly desirable for applicants to have a CIPD-approved qualification. This course fulfills that requirement, opening up career opportunities as well as giving you greater confidence in your current role.

Successful completion of the course provides an excellent base for developing a career in people management and development. It demonstrates your professional credibility to employers, clients and peers.

The course is designed to help you succeed in both generalist and specialist HR roles. With generalist roles, such as a HR Business Partner, you are more likely to provide a comprehensive HR service covering a range of HR activities.

Specialist HR positions are typically available in larger organisations and may include the following areas:
- Recruitment and selection: planning and leading the recruitment and selection of employees for the organisation.
- Graduate recruitment: accountable for selecting graduate employees.
- Learning and development: responsible for the end-to-end learning, training and development activity for employees.
- Organisational Development: focussed upon organizational effectiveness.
- Compensation: including pay and benefits, managing and evaluating employee benefits, conforming to legislation and implementing policies.
- Equality and diversity: leading the equality agenda by promoting equality and diversity within the organisation.

Why study with Brighton Business School?

The Business School at the University of Brighton has a postgraduate community of around 600 students from a diverse range of backgrounds whose learning experience is enriched by the high quality of our research.

CROME (Centre for Research on Management and Employment) is a research group dedicated to human resource management and labour markets. The group has a particular interest in the relationship between HR practices and policies and how individuals and organisations perform.

The University's Careers Centre provides information about careers, courses and job vacancies. Brighton Business School has a designated Careers Adviser, who is available for student consultation on a one-to-one basis.

Our Human Resource Management MSc is accredited by the CIPD, the world’s largest Chartered HR and development professional body. The CIPD is a globally recognised organisation with over 135,000 members across 120 countries.

During your studies, you are encouraged to apply for CIPD student membership which entitles you to full access to the CIPD’s website, the monthly People Management Journal, and many other benefits.

On completion of the Personnel and Development MSc you will have gained the knowledge required to work towards CIPD Chartered Member (MCIPD) or Chartered Fellow (FCIPD).

CIPD Chartered Membership demonstrates you have the expertise needed to plan and manage generalist or specialist projects. Gaining professional membership is an achievement that ensures you stand out in your career. It is respected by employers and industry alike, and may also increase your earning potential.

Course Content

First year*
- Developing Skills for Professional Practice 1
- Leading, Managing and Developing People
- HRM in Context

Second year*
- Developing Skills for Professional Practice 2
- Organisational Design and Development
- Employment Law
- Managing the Employment Relationship
- Performance Management or Leadership and Management Development
- Research module

Third year*
- Strategic and International HRM
- Professional project (The professional project is a research project which provides an excellent opportunity for you to apply and develop the skills and knowledge gained on the course.)

* Syllabus is indicative and subject to change

Visit the Human Resource Management MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary. Normally a good honours degree or equivalent is required. Work experience is useful but not essential. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements then please contact us. In order to benefit from, contribute to and enjoy the course, a good command of spoken and written English language is required. If English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6 in the written test.

Course Fees

Fees for 2012-13: UK/Europe Year 1 = £2,757, Year 2 = £3,216, Year 3 = £2,757

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