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PgDip Human Resource Management

Course Description

Course overview

This course shares a common first year (semesters one and two) with our MA Managing Human Resources. You will not need to decide whether to pursue the Diploma or MA until the end of semester two. The MA MHR route adds an extra semester to the course, extending it from three to four semesters. MA MHR students take two additional modules, employment law and research methods, and replace the management research report with a longer dissertation.


Human Resource Management in Context
Managing People
Developing Skills for Management
People resourcing and Talent Management
Employment Law
Management Research Report.
Human Resource Management in Context
Here you will explore issues such as: organisational strategies; internal and external environmental influences on strategy development and the role of HR and HR strategies; globalisation and international forces that shape organisational and HR strategies; the impact of demographic, social, legal and technological trends, and government policy, on organisational and HR strategies.

Managing People
This module explores: different organisational forms; management and leadership; concepts of human resource management and development (HRM/D); HRM/D roles in different organisations; strategic and international perspectives on HRM/D; ethical issues in HRM/D. It also considers areas of practice, including managing the employment relationship, recruitment and selection, and managing change.

Developing Skills for Management
The main aim of this module is to encourage you to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague. You will do this through workshops integrated with work-based learning, and keep a reflective portfolio. The skills you will develop include: critical thinking and analysis; working with and leading others; decision-making; IT skills; financial skills; self-awareness and reflection.

People Resourcing and Talent Management
This module covers many of the mainstream activities of the HR practitioner, including human resource and talent planning, job design, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal/management and employee release. You and your fellow students may already have experience of these activities, and you will build on this by integrating and critically evaluating theory and practice.

Employment Law
In this module, you will understand, and learn how to explain and advise on, key principles underpinning UK and EU employment law, including formation and termination of the employment contract, unfair dismissal, equality legislation, collective employment law, and the operation of the employment tribunal system.

Note: the MA MHR route lengthens the programme from three semesters to four semesters, and the second year fee is therefore higher than that for the second part of the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM.

Management Research Report
This involves a piece of self-directed research into an HR issue in your own or a host organisation, written into a report of 9,000 words. A supervisor, allocated to you, will provide advice and feedback throughout the process.

Note: MA MHR students complete a 40 credit dissertation of 15,000 words in place of the Management Research Report).

Visit the PgDip Human Resource Management page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 1st or 2nd class honours degree (2.1 and 2.2, upper and lower class) in any disciplineOther relevant qualification at level 6If you are an HR practitioner with at least five years’ experience, but without the above qualifications, we will assess your application through an interview and essay.

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