The MSC in HRD enables participants to critically understand the role of human resource development in enhancing performance within their own institutions and societies. Emphasis is placed on how HRD can support economic and social advancement by improving public services, and in building capabilities within individuals, organisations and communities to effectively cope with change. The programme aims to develop students' critical appreciation of globalisation processes, policy initiatives and development management plans to support skills development and human capabilities, including development issues associated with eradicating gender inequalities, fostering human well being and maintaining sustainable livelihoods.
Aims of the programme
• Provide applicants with knowledge and understanding of the linkage between international development and HRD practices and policies; •Develop applicants knowledge of globalisation and cross-cultural factors affecting the application of HRD theories and methods in developing, transitional and newly industrialised countries; • Increase applicants knowledge of how approaches to national human resource development affect organisation and societal performance in developing and transitional economies; •Provide applicants with knowledge of how new approaches to human resource development affect the context for competence and performance enhancement in organisations and societies; • Provide an understanding of how to analyse and design HRD strategies at societal and organisational level, including gender national planning and empowerment; • Develop an understanding of their own learning and management skills and how they may be improved.
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is included in the programme fee. In addition, participants may undertake research visits to organisations applying information systems in practice in the UK. Field courses may be scheduled at any point during the twelve-month period of the degree programme and this may include during University vacations. Successful applicants are expected to be available to attend.