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Course overview

Organisations are only as good as the people who work within them. If you want to take a central role in shaping organisational culture, then this course is for you.

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You gain an understanding of the complex and changing context of human resource management (HRM), and the importance of resilience and sustainability in turbulent business environments. You develop an awareness of contemporary HRM issues in readiness for being a future-thinking practitioner with cutting-edge knowledge of human resource developments.

This course develops your knowledge and skills as a HRM practitioner, responsible for growing an agile and ethical workforce. You take the lead on managing the recruitment and development of employee talent within organisations, employing the right balance of staff in terms of skills and experience, and maximising employee and organisational performance.

The applied element allows you to develop practice-based solutions to real-world problems. You take on a consultancy role, working on projects or internships, identifying opportunities and ideas, before going on to present strategic solutions to the client. You develop personal and professional knowledge, skills and behaviours through a process of self-reflection on your practice.

Professional accreditation

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.

 
 

Course details

The programme consists of seven modules each focusing on a core principle of effective human resource management and one module which allows you to develop your work based skills.

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Practice

Advanced practice develops you experience and allows you to gain real-world practical experience to enhance your employability and learning. You receive preparatory sessions so you can apply for internships which normally include research or project-based, opportunities, employer-led, work based opportunities. Work based internships with external organisations based offsite. You explore advanced practice opportunities to enhance your skill set and meet aspirations, related to your course. You are assessed through a reflective assessment equivalent to 3,000 words marked on a pass/fail basis. This module does not count towards the overall classification of the degree.

Business Research Methods

This module develops your awareness and understanding of the factors that impact research design for business and management students. You explore the ethical principles underpinning business research, research methodologies, data type, collection and analysis, research methods and how to present a research proposal and dissertation.

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.

Human Resource Planning

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.

Leadership and Business Performance

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.

Leadership and Management Development

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.

Learning and Development

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.

Resilient HRM in Context

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.

 

How you learn

An interactive workshop approach is used to develop understanding through lectures, individual and group activities, case studies and presentations.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include examinations, assignments and presentations.

 
 

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is one of the following:

  • a good honours degree (at least a 2:2)
  • a post-experience or professional qualification
  • equivalent qualifications (including international qualifications).

Applicants without a formal academic qualification but with appropriate work experience and professional training will also be considered.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

 

Employability

Career opportunities

You gain real-world experience, working on a project or internship to enhance your global career prospects.

Effective human resource management is recognised by organisations as a key area in achieving business success. There is high demand for highly trained and skilled human resource professionals. The MA Human Resource Management degree provides a unique advantage in the jobs market.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£3,935 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£7,500 a year

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Year 1 (1.00pm til 8.00pm at the latest). Year 2 to be confirmed.
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