Distance learning allows students to study flexibly, taking account of work, family or other personal commitments. After completing teaching period one, students can accelerate their study by spending a twelve-week semester in Manchester, studying alongside students on our Manchester-based Master's programmes. Students can also slow down, perhaps taking only one module rather than two in a particular teaching period, or taking a complete break of a teaching period during which no modules are studied. Different study plans are possible as long as students take the core module in teaching period one and complete the programme within four and a half years.
This programme makes available core elements of IDPM's existing Master's programmes in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development, enabling participants to obtain a Master's degree by distance learning without leaving home or interrupting their careers.
It is a practical and critical introduction to the philosophy, values, policies and practices of HRM/D in an International context.
The main objective of the programme is to provide participants with a critical understanding of current best practice in HRM/D, and with the ability to apply best practice in developing countries and those undergoing transition.
Course units typically include: • Organisational Behaviour • Organisation Development and Change • Human Resource Practice • Research Methods • Core Issues in Human Resource Management • Human Resource Development • International Management • Learning, Training and Development
Students follow a guided programme of eight course units and a dissertation. All students undertake the core course unit in teaching period one. After that, students are free to study flexibly, subject to the course units available at any time. However, students who follow the 'normal study' route take four course units in the first year and the remaining four course units in the second year. A dissertation is undertaken in the third year. Thus in 'normal study' students complete the full Master's programme in two and a half years: students who start in January 2016, for example, will normally complete by September 2018.
Students will have access to a wide selection of electronic materials within the main University library. They will also receive very detailed study packs for each course unit, sufficient to allow them to meet the requirements of module assessment. Students join an Internet tutorial group for each module, using email to discuss course unit topics with a tutor and fellow students.