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Human Resource Management (MSc/PgDip Part-time)

Course Description

This course is designed to help you develop your career in human resource management. Suitable for those already working in HR who wish to become professionally qualified, professionals wishing to develop their people management expertise and those seeking a career move into the HR profession.
The MSc and PG Diploma in HRM are fully accredited by CIPD and the courses lead directly to Associate Membership of the body. They are suitable for those working in HR who wish to become professionally qualified, and general managers seeking to develop their people management expertise.

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 organisations. The optional unit choices and the dissertation enable you to specialise in a particular area of HR.

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 live research project leading to your dissertation (MSc) or management report (PG Diploma), usually in your employing organisation. They also include a residential event that will focus on skills and professional development.

Units of Study

You will study the following core units, and one option unit:
■ Leading, Managing and Developing People - This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
■ HR in Context - This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision making in business and in HRM.
■ Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law - Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of resourcing and managing employment relationships within a legally compliant framework. You will apply theoretical frameworks and employment law to critically evaluate contemporary practices.
■ Developing Skills for Business Leadership – This unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.
■ Research Methods in HRM – This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations’ strategies and practices and to peoples working lives.
■ Dissertation - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.

Option units*

Performance and Reward

Business Psychology in Action

Ethics Responsibilty and Equality

Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management

*You will study one option unitve. Not all the units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least 2 HR options, plus others from the Business School Masters Network

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). For PgDip with CIPD you will study 120 credits and a Management Research Report.

Special Features

■ You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
■ If you complete the taught units and the MSc disseration, you will receive full exemption from the CIPD Postgraduate Diploma.
■ If you complete the taught units only, you can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma from Manchester Metropolitan University.
■ Student membership of the CIPD is recommended. This enables you to obtain the CIPD exemptions, and access CIPD resources and library. CIPD student membership fees are not included in your tuition fees. Please see http://www.cipd.co.uk for current fees.
■ A management skills/self-development residential is part of this course and is included in the course fees. The residential usually takes place on the Friday and Saturday of the first week of October in your first year.
■ This programme has an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications or who have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter timeframe. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
■ This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Career Prospects

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

Visit the Human Resource Management (MSc/PgDip Part-time) page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent (including international), 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.If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

Course Fees

Please refer to our website for the latest fee information.

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