Human resources professionals shape and inform strategic and operational decision making. They are concerned with ensuring that organisations employ the right balance of staff in terms of skills and experience, and ensuring that training and development opportunities are used to enhance performance and achieve objectives.
You consider topics such as human resource planning, learning and development, leadership and business performance, and management level research and development. You develop essential business skills and critically reflect on the knowledge and competencies required for HR practitioners in a range of professional contexts.
This course enables significant exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is highly valued and widely accepted as a requirement of HR practice by employers. You are encouraged to apply for student membership of the Institute within the first few weeks of study. CIPD membership grades are dependent on knowledge and behaviours. This MA meets the underpinning knowledge requirements for the CIPD Professional membership grades, however the membership grade awarded by CIPD is also based on your practical workplace experience of HR. Completion of the MA allows you to apply for the CIPD professional membership level of Associate Member.
The programme consists of seven modules each focusing on a core principle of effective human resource management.
The primary objective of this module is to provide a foundation of knowledge in a range of research strategies. The sessions are designed to develop an understanding of the processes involved in conducting effective research whilst allowing you to pursue your own research interests through a range of workshops. This module will illustrate the significant role that theoretical principles play in the research process and the importance of presenting clear and credible argumentation and evidence to support both the research design and the study's findings. Good research is also dependent on strong inter-personal and project management skills. These elements will be illustrated throughout the course. This module serves two purposes: firstly, it will provide course participants with an understanding of the processes involved in conducting effective research and, secondly, it will provide a foundation of knowledge which will facilitate the design and completion of a dissertation.
You will integrate your learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues, which are demonstrably concerned with development within the organisation. You are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that you are appraised of your on-going performance. Usually the dissertation should be completed within one year.
Effective organisations need to develop a strategic approach to the attraction and retention of staff, analysing their key employment markets and gaining an understanding of their dynamics so as to enable them to compete more effectively, both now and in the future. Indeed, human resource planning to enable an organisation to meet its future demand for skills is an increasingly important HR role. This module focuses on the practical and strategic aspects of the key HRP processes including recruitment and selection, employee retention and employee release.
To be effective, organisations need to develop continuously their strategic capabilities by implementing effective performance management systems to drive individual, team and manager performance. HR professionals have a central role to play in this process, supporting both individual managers and the wider organisation in the achievement of the organisational mission and objectives.
One way for an organisation to gain competitive edge is through the efforts of its people. In an ever-increasing turbulent world of work, with change classed as a given, organisations must now look at enhancing their human resource to deal effectively with the changes they face on a day-to-day basis as well as future challenges in the workplace. The latter of which has taken on a new role in terms of the global/international context. Therefore the focus of this module is on the development of leadership and management in facilitating organisational, team and individual change and growth. You will explore the differing approaches and interpretations of the concepts of leadership and management within a range of organisational contexts including public, private, not-for-profit, large, small, national, international and multicultural organisations.
This module aims to facilitate an informed critical examination of the concepts relevant to the discipline of human resource development, and develop the professional competence required to perform effectively in roles associated with the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development.
The aim of this module is to give an understanding of the complex and changing context that HRM finds itself in and the importance of HRM being resilient in these turbulent times. At the same time it gives you an awareness of contemporary HRM issues in readiness for being future-thinking practitioners with cutting-edge knowledge of HR developments.
Modules offered may vary.
An interactive workshop approach is used to develop understanding through lectures, individual and group activities, case studies and presentations. For part-time students modules are delivered on a one day per week basis supported by guided learning materials accessed through the University’s virtual learning environment.
Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include examinations, assignments and presentations.
Effective and professional human resource management is increasingly recognised by organisations as a key area in achieving business success. Consequently there is high demand for highly trained and skilled HR professionals. Our experience, and that of our past students, strongly suggests that the MA Human Resource Management at Teesside University Business School can provide that unique advantage in the jobs market.
The normal entry requirement is one of the following:
Applicants without a formal academic qualification but with appropriate work experience and professional training will also be considered.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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