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MSc/PGDip Human Resources Management


Course Description

If you want a career in human resource management (HRM) or have recently entered an HR or line management role, this course is designed to give you the up-to-date skills and understanding to be successful within this area.

The University has been awarded Accredited Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) following a visit and approval from the CIPD quality assurance panel. This course provides the knowledge you need to meet the requirements for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced Level membership.

The course is designed to be flexible so you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate after the first stage of the course, Postgraduate Diploma after the second or complete the full Masters degree. If you complete the full Masters degree you will be eligible to obtain CIPD accreditation.

What you will study

You will study key areas of human resource management, such as the principles, values and approaches to leadership and management, and you will explore the changing context within which businesses operate. As you progress through the course, you will study areas that relate to employment relations and the framework of performance management as well.

You will study:

- Strategic HRM
Learn about how those in HR, respond appropriately to opportunities and challenges arising from managerial responses to principal environmental contexts.

- Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager or colleague whilst improving a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership.

- Leading, Managing and Developing People
Discover a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development.

- Managing Employee Relations
Gain an understanding of the significance and complexity of the employment relationship and the contribution of employment relations to business performance and the wider society.

- Resourcing and Talent Management
Consider not just the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also the strategic aspects for resourcing and talent management within a global context.

- Regulating the Employment relationship
Critically analyse approaches to workplace conflict and resolution, as well as develop your knowledge and ability to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law.

- Performance Management
Gain knowledge and an understanding of the role of performance management in supporting organisations strategic objectives in different business environments. Learn how the performance of people can be enhanced and inspired by leadership and direction.

- Human Resource Management Business Research Report
Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is available both full-time or part-time at the Pontypridd campus, Treforest site or part-time only at the Newport City campus.

Full-time students spend approximately 12 hours per week in classes, which involves a blend of directed and independent study. Part-time students spend around six hours per week in classes, held on one afternoon and evening each week.

Knowledge of the subject area is gained through lectures, tutorials, directed learning, independent study and workplace engagement. Lectures are used to introduce key HRM and business concepts and theories with student participation and discussion encouraged throughout. Student led tutorials aim to develop problem solving skills and focuses the application of theoretical concepts to HRM business situations.

Teaching and learning strategies seek to maximize the opportunities for student participation and to develop learning through the medium of student centered activity. Discussion within teams and groups is an important element in the teaching and learning process which facilitates a deeper understanding of the subject matter. This allows students to develop their own knowledge and experience through drawing on the knowledge and experience of others.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course is designed to provide you with the up-to-date knowledge and understanding you need to manage people effectively in the workplace. It will be especially useful if you are seeking a career in HRM or have recently entered an HR or line management role.

As well as giving you the chance to study for a role within HRM, the course confers CIPD membership which is often a requirement of appointment and/or promotion in the HR profession. By achieving this qualification students are demonstrating that they have the skills and drive to maximise their contribution to overall business performance and that they are committed to achieving the highest standard of professionalism within their career. CIPD qualification is internationally recognised.

The MSc HRM programme has been working with part time students for over 15 years and so has developed a strong network of HR practitioners and managers in the locality. The “HRM USW Network” brings together past students who are prepared to be contacted to contribute to the MSc HRM curriculum development, through e.g. acting as guest speakers, offering work shadowing opportunities etc.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed via a mixture of examinations and assessed coursework in the form of essays, portfolios and projects, reports, case studies, presentations, design tasks and primary/secondary research. Informal assessment is incorporated into the learning process and you will be given feedback during seminars encouraging reflective practice in formal assessments.

Visit the MSc/PGDip Human Resources Management page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification, or in exceptional circumstances, three years’ or more significant managerial experience. Holders of CIPD Graduate Membership, or postgraduate qualifications in either HRM or general management, may be entitled to exemptions through the fast-track programme. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.International applicants will need a good command of English – the minimum equivalent of an IELTS score of 6.5, or IBT TOEFL 86, depending on the course you are studying.

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