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About the course

With employees now recognised as a key resource, the MSc in Human Resource Management offers students the opportunity to explore in depth the theoretical and analytical issues in the management of human resources and the roles these play in organisation success.

Students will examine a full range of HRM approaches, techniques and methodologies. The course is designed for those who wish to become humane resource practioners in academic, consultancy or commercial settings. It is also suitbale for students looking to undertake further research in academic consultancy or commercial settings.

The compulsory modules on the course are in relation to Human Resource Management contexts, concepts and practices, and contemporary issues such as talent and leadership recruitment and selection, reward management, performance management and facilitating learning and development in organisations.

Issues in international human resource management such as expatriation, managing across cultures will also be covered, as well as HR systems and processes from an international perspective. A number of leading edge optional modules are available on the programme including Global Diversity Management; Ethics and Corporate Governance.

Aims

You will be provided with a critical theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of human resource management.

Graduates as prospective entrants to human resources management roles, as 'thinking performers', should be able to address business and professional situations knowledgeably, making contributions to improved organisational performance and delivery of sound personnel/human resources practice and services

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

Human Resource Management: Contexts, Concepts and Politics I
International and Comparative Human Resource Management
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation
Organisational Behaviour
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation
Human Resource Management

Optional modules:

International Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Global Diversity Management
Strategic Management
Entrepreneurship

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

Full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), enabling graduates to achieve associate status, subject to membership.

Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of HR and active researchers within the Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM-OB).

The course considers key HR systems and processes from an international perspective with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity Management.

Accreditation

Brunel Business School is proud to announce the accreditation of MSc Human Resources Management and MSc Human Resources and Employment Relations by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). CIPD is the world’s largest Chartered HR and development professional body working together with over 100 institutions around the world to set global standards for HR and support development of HR professionals.

CIPD accreditation enables students and graduates of the MSc Human Resource Management and MSc Human Resource Management and Employment Relations to gain access to the wealth of resources provided by the Institute. These include a bi-monthly magazine, People Management, which provides key insight into contemporary HR issues in practice. The CIPD also commission major research studies into key areas of HR and HR-ER practice, providing information to students and informing decisions of practicing managers. Through their nationwide branch network, the CIPD provide a forum for practitioners and students to meet on a regular basis, engage with high profile speakers and network in respect of areas of common interest.

Modes of Study

One-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules, delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

One-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes eight modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December). Delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

Visit the Human Resources Management - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

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