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Course content

The MSc Human Resource Management aims to give you the knowledge, expertise and the professional CIPD qualification needed for a successful career in Human Resources and Personnel.

The Programme is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in Human Resource Management.

You will be equipped with the specialist knowledge and skills to succeed in a career within the Human Resource Management industry and will have the opportunity to study advocacy, debate and negotiation skills. You will learn how to understand and to undertake high-quality research to aid your decision-making within industry.

Opportunities to network with members of the Human Resource industry will be available through our programme of guest speakers and through our links with the CIPD.

As well as learning from the pioneering research of our faculty members, you will work towards a professional qualification, Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a qualification required by most employers for UK Human Resource Management positions.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the CIPD. All students on the Programme may register to become a Student Member of the CIPD.

If you pass all modules of the MSc HRM programme with a mark of at least 50% you will be upgraded to Associate Member and may use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name. When you have obtained sufficient professional experience you may apply to the CIPD to upgrade your membership to full Chartered Membership (MCIPD).

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

• You will have the chance to attend practical workshops which help you develop your problem solving skills.

• You will study a CIPD accredited programme.

Structure

The Programme is taught from September to June and gives you a thorough grounding in all aspects of Human Resource Management.

You will study eight compulsory modules and complete a project.

The Programme is offered in full-time mode and lasts 12 months. You will take eight modules, each of which is worth 15 credits.

Reflective logs:

You will be required to maintain a reflective log which will record aspects of your learning during the MSc programme. During the programme you will develop study skills, personal effectiveness skills and specific HR skills and write reflective accounts detailing how these skills will be used and developed. The reflection will be used to help you identify links between the different modules and develop the range of skills required to operate successfully in an HR role.

The reflective logs are a requirement of the course and must be completed to an acceptable standard before you can complete the MSc programme.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the project. The purpose of the project is to provide you with the opportunity to test the applicability of the knowledge, understanding, methodologies and skills learnt in the taught modules in a piece of independent research with the benefit of individual academic supervision. It will introduce you to the methodology of research, the systematic analysis of ideas, the problems of data collection and the presentation of ideas in a clear way. It also requires reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint.

Core modules:

Human Resource Management in Context
The Management of Human Resources
Employment Relations
Reward Management
Contemporary Issues in HR Research
Leadership, Work and Organisation
Employment Law
The Practice of HR in the Modern Workplace
The Human Resource Management Project

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Careers prospects

Graduates have gone on to successful HR careers in a range of industries including public and private sector businesses both nationally and internationally. A number of students have also pursued further learning by undertaking a research degree after completing their masters.

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

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