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Human Resource Management - MSc


Course Description

Develop your people management skills to operate effectively in today's challenging business environment

The attraction, retention and development of high-calibre people are a source of competitive advantage for organisations today and are the responsibility of human resource professionals. This puts human resource management at the centre of business performance and a critical partner for organisational success.

Our MSc in Human Resource Management produces well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge and relevant expertise to operate effectively in today’s challenging business environment.

This programme offers you an insight into the principal areas of managing human resources and the important influences of the wider international environment, providing a critical assessment of the HRM and employment relations approach.

Teaching staff on the programme comprise academics who all understand the current business climate and are personally committed to students’ success. They bring a breadth of experience and expertise to their teaching and are involved in a wide range of research and professional activities. Many of the staff are members of the University’s Research Centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth (http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/research/research-centres/ecg/), which was established in 2003 to develop world-class research and knowledge transfer activities through a multidisciplinary approach to HRM.

Graduates typically go on to specialist management positions or consultancy roles in all areas of human resource management, including employee relations, reward and recognition, recruitment, retention, and people and organisational development within a diverse range of organisations.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional institute for HRM and HR development, to its Advanced Level Standards.

As a CIPD Approved Centre, we are recognised as a professional deliverer of HRM education so that on completion of this programme, you will have acquired the level of knowledge and understanding to apply for full professional membership of the CIPD. We work closely with the CIPD to deliver extra-curricular events to enhance your learning, skills and employability. Such events have included an annual event with key speakers on a topical HRM issue, and a careers event involving a variety of HRM practitioners. Our relationship with the CIPD also gives you the opportunity to attend CIPD hosted events in the local area to further enhance relevant skills, knowledge and employability.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/293/human-resource-management

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- educate you as a manager and business specialist and thus improve the quality of Human Resources Management (HRM) as a profession

- provide preparation for, and/or development of, a career in business and HRM by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area

- add value to your first degree by enabling you to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of HRM and assist you in taking effective roles within the discipline

- develop your knowledge and understanding of HRM, the external context in which it operates and how HRM is delivered

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

- foster the enhancement of your lifelong learning skills and personal development, enabling you to work independently and with originality, thus contributing to business and society at large

- bring the scholarly and critical insights of the social sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with HRM

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.

Careers

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional institute for HRM and HR development, to its Advanced Level Standards.

As a CIPD Approved Centre, we are recognised as a professional deliverer of HRM education so that on completion of this programme, you will have acquired the level of knowledge and understanding to apply for full professional membership of the CIPD.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD), CIPD, CIM, CILT and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). In addition, KBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the Human Resource Management - MSc page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nancy Ugwunze

What attracted you to Kent?

I am originally from Nigeria and chose Kent on recommendation from a relative who had studied at the University and spoke highly of the standard of education here. Canterbury is also conveniently located close to London where I have family.

What have you particularly enjoyed?

The course is challenging but varied and all the modules have been interesting and meaningful. I feel that I have learnt a lot. The lecturers encourage you to be critical in your thinking and come up with your own ideas while the seminar sessions allow you to share your knowledge and lead the discussions.

What about your employment prospects?

I want to get a job as a human resource practitioner once I graduate and this course will definitely boost my employability. I have gained so many new skills during my studies. Human resources is a very versatile area - every organisation needs a human resource management department, irrespective of size or sector, so you have the opportunity to work almost anywhere.


(Scholarship)

Tiered Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Scholarships are categorised into three award tiers; Bronze, Silver and Gold and are awarded based on academic merit.Criteria - Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent.
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development’.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions - You will need to submit your application (below) for the Tiered Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note: Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £5,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on academic merit

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Director's International Scholarship - 10 Awards

Overview - Ten Director's International Scholarships are available and awarded based on academic merit, up to a maximum value of £5,000.Criteria - Applicants must be classed as overseas fee status and hold an international passport.
Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent).
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto an MSc programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development’.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions - You will need to submit your application for the Director's International Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note, if you are unsuccessful for this award, we will consider you for other Kent Business School scholarships based on your application. We may request further supporting statements if required. Awardees can be in receipt of only one scholarship award; the Double Loyalty Scheme discount and the Early Bird discount will still apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

International Students with a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Director's European Scholarship - 5 Awards

Overview - Five Director's European Scholarships are available, worth 50% of the tuition fee for an MSc programme at Kent Business School.Criteria - Applicants must be resident in the UK or Mainland Europe and hold a European passport.
Applicants must hold or be expecting a 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent).
Applicants must apply online via the Scholarship Application Form after accepting a formal offer to study onto an MSc programme at Kent Business School for September 2016 entry.
Applicants must submit as part of the online scholarship application an essay of up to 750 words on: ‘Discuss how studying your chosen master's programme at Kent Business School will enhance your career and personal development.
Applicants must apply before the scholarship deadline of 31 May 2016.Application and Decisions -

You will need to submit your application for the Director's European Scholarship by 31 May 2016 for 2016/17 entry.
Scholarship decisions will be made by the Scholarship Awarding Panel in the first week of June 2016 with decisions notified to successful applicants within 2 weeks following the official deadline date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.Please note, if you are unsuccessful for this award, we will consider you for other Kent Business School scholarships based on your application. We may request further supporting statements if required. Awardees can be in receipt of only one scholarship award; the Double Loyalty Scheme discount and the Early Bird discount will still apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction for MSc programmes

Eligibility

Home/EU Students with a 2:1 of First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 May 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/scholarship.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Programme Director's Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Overview - Our Programme Director scholarships are open for applications and are available for all students applying to study on a master’s programme offered within the School. There will be scholarships available per programme up to the value of £2,000 each. Programme Directors will be looking to grant these awards to students who have an outstanding academic background, can demonstrate their passion for the programme and will contribute greatly to their specialist field.Criteria - Applicants must have made a formal application to study onto a Master's programme at Kent Business School and be in receipt of an offer for September 2016 entry.
Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first class degree (or equivalent). Students with a borderline 2:1/First degree will also be considered.Application and Decisions - No scholarship application required. Awards considered on a rolling basis by the Scholarship Awarding Panel. Applicants will be notified at offer stage. Please note:Applicants can apply for more than one type of scholarship award offered within Kent Business School, providing they meet the criteria stated. Please note however, successful applicants can only be in receipt of one scholarship award but can still be considered for the Double Loyalty Scheme and also the Early Bird discount.
Scholarship awards will only be granted for September 2016 entry and cannot be deferred.
Whilst there is no official deadline for applications, these scholarships are dependent upon a finite pool of funding and will deplete accordingly. The University reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £2,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; 2:1 or First Class degree (or equivalent)

Application Procedure

No scholarship application required. Successful applicants to be notified at offer stage.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Early Bird Discount - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Online applications received before 31 March 2016

Application Procedure

Apply before 31 March 2016 and subsequently accept your offer and pay your deposit by 30 April 2016 and you will automatically be eligible

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html


(Scholarship)

Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Master's programmes starting September 2016Available 2016/17

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards up to £3,000

Eligibility

Home/EU & International Students; decisions based on financial hardship

Application Procedure

Apply online with supporting essay by 31 August 2016.
http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/contact/bursary.html

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/postgraduate/funding.html



Entry Requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in business or a relevant social sciences discipline. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree.Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

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