This course offers interesting and challenging modules and options. It will suit graduates intending to work in HR, as well as those already working in the field and wanting to advance their careers. Building on your understanding of the theory and practice of HRM techniques, it provides a professionally focused and research informed blend of academic and practical information, encouraging critical reflection on current HRM approaches.
Westminster Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre. The course has been accredited by the CIPD as meeting the 'knowledge criteria' for professional membership. This means that once you have successfully shown the CIPD relevant evidence of your practice in the workplace, you will gain professional level of Chartered Membership.
- Managing Human Resources
You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications for organisational success.
- HRM in Context
You will examine the working environment of HR practitioners by analysing the impact of economic, political, social and technological factors.
- Skills of the Manager/Consultant
You will develop the interpersonal management skills and techniques you need to work both as an internal and external consultant to organisations.
- Research Methods and Project Preparation
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of human resource management.
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop or evaluate, on the basis of empirical or conceptual research and analytic rigour, a specific area of human resource knowledge.
Choose two of the following CIPD modules:
- Employee Relations
This module encourages you to develop and reflect on your knowledge of UK employee relations from a number of different theoretical perspectives.
- Learning and Development
This module provides you with the theoretical underpinning necessary to critically evaluate both individual and organisational learning processes.
- Organisational Analysis, Design and Development
This module examines the ways in which organisational effectiveness is influenced by structures, technologies, culture, power and attitudes. You will use concepts and modes of analysis to critically evaluate, organisational design and development.
- People Resourcing
You will develop your critical awareness of the links between an organisation's need to achieve corporate objectives, and its need for people.
- Reward Management
This module focuses on the management of reward systems, critically analysing the links between reward systems and employee behaviour, through the use of theory and case studies.
You will also choose two from the following additional option modules:
- Assessment and Individual Differences at Work
This module focuses on a critical exploration of good practice in assessment at work.
- Contemporary Issues in Strategic HRM
The module focuses on the evolving role of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) in an environment of unprecedented economic uncertainty and intensification of competition driven by advances in globalisation.
- Designing and Delivering Training
The module provides you with the theoretical underpinning necessary to understand the processes of designing and delivering effective training.
- Employment Law for HR Practitioners
You will develop your knowledge of, and ability to evaluate, UK employment law requirements.
- International HRM
This module concentrates on the international context of HRM, and the policies and procedures that organisations need to devise when designing international human resource strategies.
- Management Development
The module provides you with the ability to critically appreciate the philosophies, theories, models and techniques underpinning the management development processes at both the corporate and individual levels.
- Managing Culture and Change
You will examine the ways in which corporate cultures impact on the management of organisational change. Through a critical analysis of relevant concepts, models and methods, you will develop the skills to manage change within different organisational environments.
- Managing Diversity and Equality in Employment
This module explores and considers the structure and implications of difference and inequality within the employment relationship by examining the historical, sociological, economic and psychological basis of discrimination.
All modules are subject to the CIPD and University of Westminster
All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.
Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.
After completing the course you can be expected to develop your career within HRM, either in the UK or abroad, or to continue your studies in HR-related fields. Providing a higher degree qualification in a wellestablished management area, the course will enable you to enhance your career prospects and marketability in the professional practice of HRM. Past students have become consultants (internal and external), HR managers, compensation and benefits managers, change management specialists, HR business partners/operations managers, civil servants and mediators. Employers of our students include the BBC, Cap Gemini, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Royal Household.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster
work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.
Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply.