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MSc in Human Resource Management

Course Description

MSc in Human Resource Management

The MSc in Human Resource Management offers an in-depth understanding of human resource (HR) management combined with a broader understanding of the organisational and management context within which HR management specialists must operate. It combines an emphasis on the development of HR management strategies with opportunities to develop specialist skills essential for practitioners. It is suitable for those who are at the start of their career as an HR professional or who aspire to enter the HR profession and it is also relevant to the experienced manager/HR professional with a degree who wants to gain a postgraduate qualification. The qualification provides a route to professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and students following this route are expected to be student members of CIPD throughout their studies.

Embedded within the MSc are the two sub awards of the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. You can register directly for these awards but they can also be achieved if you need to exit the MSc programme at certain points. The Postgraduate Diploma also offers a route to professional membership of the CIPD but there are specific pathways required to achieve this – see Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (E84) for further information.

Throughout the MSc you will be encouraged to explore the strategic choices available to organisations in relation to human resource management and development. You will also consider international examples of human resource management and some aspects of comparative HR practice which will help to prepare you to work in the global economy. There will be a strong emphasis on practice-based learning so that you will be asked to evaluate research and theory and consider its relevance to practice. Training is also provided in academic and research skills, as preparation for further study and research in the field of HR management.

This qualification is offered online and so offers you the flexibility to study in your own time and to fit your study around your family and work commitments. You will take part in online discussions and work collaboratively with students from a wide range of organisational backgrounds including those working in other countries. You will need to be able to draw on experience of working in or with organisations but this experience can be drawn from a wide range of situations such as employment in public and private sector organisations and in self-employed or voluntary roles.

Each of the modules on the MSc in HRM qualification, apart from the final dissertation module, will be complemented by a face to face Programme Day which provides an additional opportunity to practise and receive feedback on the HR skills introduced in each module. These Programme Days are separately charged. They are compulsory for students seeking CIPD membership and optional for all other students. They should be completed while studying the relevant module, or after studying it, but may not be completed before studying the relevant module. There is only one programme day per module and they are charged separately from your module fees. Registration for the programme days will cost no more than £100 per Programme Day and registration is undertaken after you have begun your studies on the module.

Through studying the MSc in Human Resource Management you will be able to:

-understand the role of the HR professional, the nature of professionalism and approaches to addressing ethical dilemmas
-gain an up to date perspective on organisational theory and behaviour
-assess the impact of the external context on the choices made about human resource management strategy; this includes globalisation and international forces, social and technological change and government policies and regulation
-develop organisational strategies in relation to HR issues, including employee relations and employee engagement; learning and development, and employee resourcing and talent management
-access and evaluate relevant published research and information across a range of areas relevant to the management and development of people in organisations
-develop the skills to assess the relevance of theory for practice and apply it where appropriate to improve practice
-conduct research into business and management issues from a human resource management perspective
-develop skills essential for HR work such as: leading and working in teams, making decisions, managing financial information, communicating effectively and helping others to learn.

Compulsory modules:

The human resource professional (B863)

This module provides an introduction to the various requirements of a human resource professional in an organisation.

Human resource management in context (B864)

This module examines how HR policies and practices operate at macro (societal and international) and micro (organisational) levels, incorporating resourcing and talent management as examples of HR practice

60 credits from the following optional modules:

Managing research in the workplace (B865) NEW

This module provides students with an introduction to research skills in order for them to complete a live, work-related research project.

Employment relations and employee engagement (B866) NEW

This module explores employment relations strategies in national and international contexts and the associated impacts on employee engagement, as well as the management of change, diversity and conflict.

Workplace learning, coaching and mentoring (B867)

Finally completing your MSc with the following compulsory module:

Dissertation (B804)

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

All entrants to this MSc in Human Resources Management must hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised UK university, or equivalent.Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study.

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