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MA Personnel and Development


Course Description

Overview

Are you a HR or management professional? Hoping to build on your HR skills and broaden your career prospects? Southampton Solent’s flexible personnel and development master’s degree provides the ideal route to advance your management career, expanding both your decision making skills and your core personnel and development competencies.

- A flexible study approach allows students to study around their job, with six classroom-based sessions held on Saturdays.
- Course tutors have extensive HR and industry experience, supporting students in translating knowledge into practical skills and real-life scenarios.
- Students can choose from a range of dissertation topics best suited to their professional interests.
- A one-year ‘top-up’ from the Postgraduate Diploma is available - http://www.solent.ac.uk/courses/2016/professional/pgd-personnel-and-development/course-details.aspx
- Former students are regularly invited to come in and share their study experiences and research.

The programme -

This higher-level course aims to help students develop the skills required to be an effective manager of people in changing employment conditions. Students will have the opportunity to explore a specific personnel issue in depth and develop both operationally and strategically. Through six weekend tuition sessions and online study, students are able to apply their studies to their current employment.

Students are guided as they write a dissertation and are encouraged to choose a topic that draws on their current working environment, enabling them to put knowledge gained into practice in a ‘real-world’ scenario.

The course is ideal for those involved in the management of people at a senior and strategic level and is particularly suited to HR professionals, middle and senior managers, and trade union officials.

The academic team has extensive and wide-ranging industry experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors. Their unique experience informs teaching and learning throughout the course.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The MA is classroom-based, with plenty of group discussion. You will be allocated a supervisor, with regular communication and meetings to support you during your studies.

Work experience -

You can choose a dissertation topic that draws on your current working environment and experience. This enables you to apply your skills and knowledge to real-world scenarios and situations.
Past students have covered a whole host of themes in their dissertations, such as work–life balance, employee wellbeing and engagement, leadership, bullying at work, talent management, HR and strategic HRM.

Assessment -

Assessment is via:
25 per cent research proposal – 3,500 words plus presentation, and
75 per cent dissertation – 20,000 words.

Attendance -

Early sessions: You’ll attend two consecutive Saturdays starting in the first week in October to learn about dissertation work and research methodologies.

Dissertation timescales: You will agree your dissertation topic with the course leader before the end of October. You are then matched with appropriate supervisors and begin work on your proposal.

Dissertation proposal: You will attend a session on the second Saturday in November and look at different methods of data collection and analysis, and completion of the dissertation proposal. You will submit your dissertation proposal in mid-December.

Presentation: A further session (on the second Saturday in December) gives students the chance to deliver a presentation on their research topic to their tutors and peers. Most students will gather their primary research data early in the New Year.

Write-up: A further session will be held shortly before the Easter break (second Saturday in February and third Saturday in March) to discuss any issues. You will submit the dissertation in late May.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City Living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

This master’s course will enhance your career prospects and broaden your opportunities in the HR field. The course has directly helped many of our graduates to progress to senior HR positions.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- HR
- Management
- Personnel
- Trade union official

Links with industry -

Our tutors have wide-ranging industry experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors, which informs teaching and learning throughout the course.

You will have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios from your workplace.

We invite former students to come in and talk about their study experience and research, which current students learn a lot from.

Transferable skills -

This course develops a range of transferable skills, such as research, independent working, effective organisation, writing and strategic/creative thinking.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

We find that our graduates are quickly promoted after completing this course or move to higher posts in other companies. Many graduates find themselves in very senior positions in HR after completing the course.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,640 per year for Years 1 and 2; £2,215 for Year 3

International part-time fees: £5,630 per year

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Are you ready to take the next step in your HR or management career? With its flexible learning approach and emphasis on applying theory to real-world scenarios, Southampton Solent’s personnel and development master’s degree is the ideal path to enhancing your career prospects in the HR field.

Visit the MA Personnel and Development page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Morris, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

I really enjoyed being able to study one subject in depth. My dissertation focused on performance-related reward and recognition, and my current job involves managing the rewards strategy for the organisation. This course has certainly helped me to secure my current job.

(Student Profile)

David Evans, HR manager

The quality of the teaching is exceptional and the support offered by the tutors makes the entire process straightforward. I was recently invited to join another organisation in a more senior position and I attribute this to the learning I have gone through.

(Student Profile)

Karen Bateman, Assoc CIPD D Young & Co LLP

I found the course very enjoyable and stimulating. The flexible structure really fitted well around my home life and the constant support and guidance ensured that I kept on track. I can honestly say that I found the whole experience rewarding and it has developed me both professionally and as a person.

(Student Profile)

Emma Sims, Global Recruitment Process and Policy Leader for IBM

The emphasis on flexible study appealed. I could accommodate the course with a full-time job and hectic travel schedule while still receiving immense support and encouragement from my tutor.

(Student Profile)

David Thomas, HR manager for a major retailer

The course was stimulating, stretching and challenging. I loved it! Like most things in life, you only get out what you put in. Commit yourself and give it all you can. It will be worth it.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher; equivalent qualifications/professional management experience will be considered More Information: View Website

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