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Human Resource Management (with CIPD) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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.

This course is suitable for graduates who have studied any subject who wish to secure their first HR job, or those taking a break and wishing to re-train or re-focus their career. Our MSc HRM is a dual award programme accredited by CIPD, giving full exemption against their Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM.

If you are studying a CIPD Diploma qualification, you are required to join the CIPD as a student member at the start of your programme. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will automatically become an Associate professional member which will entitle you to use Assoc CIPD after your name. This ensures that your qualification is recognised by CIPD and that you receive access to HR and development resources and student resources to support you in your study and throughout your career. It also means you’ll avoid paying a non-registration fee.

Features and benefits of the course

-You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisation
-The 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
-The Postgraduate Diploma level of 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 internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School 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.
-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
-Manchester Met Business School hosts the Manchester Industrial Relations Society which runs frequent talks and debates by national recognised experts in the field. See http://www.mirs.org.uk/ for more information
-Our programme is closely linked to the MMU 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/

Placement options

The course includes a 10-day work placement, and an opportunity to do a HR research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event where you will have opportunities to develop professional HR skills and access to teaching and exhibitions at the CIPD's Annual national conference.

About the Course

Our postgraduate business programmes aim to equip you with the specialist skills in management, leadership and strategy and are intensively focused on developing your employability skills so that you can develop rewarding careers as HR leaders.

Visit the Human Resource Management (with CIPD) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert 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 should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international/professional/academic equivalent, in any subject. We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.

Last Updated

27 July 2017

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