This programme MSc in Human Resource Management is designed for students who wish a career in Human Resource Management and require a qualification which will assist them to gain entry at a professional level. By the end of this programme, students will have gained a broad knowledge of HR/managerial activities and some opportunities for greater specialism in particular HR areas. Great emphasis throughout the programme is on the translation of student learning to the work situation and the development of (HR) professional, managerial and transferable skills. Effort has been made to ensure students engage in 'real life' issues through, for example, case studies, investigative projects and exposure to best practice.
Why choose this degree
* Students can achieve a postgraduate diploma in one academic year or a Masters in one calendar year.
* The programme allows students to demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of HR within a wider organisational and contextual framework.
* Great emphasis throughout the programme is on the translation of student learning to the work situation and the development of (HR) professional, managerial and transferable skills.
* Modules have a skills element which is assessed separately from written requirements. Effort has been made to ensure students engage in 'real life' issues through, for example, case studies, investigative projects and exposure to best practice.
* There is a period of work placement and an opportunity to 'add value' to the organisation through a management research project or dissertation.
* Varied teaching styles and methods are used in the programme which enhance the learning process encouraging students to be actively involved in reflecting on thier own learning experience.
* There is a constructive and positive staff/student relationship throughout the programme.
A key feature of the programme is the work placement. Students are based in the HR function of an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector. The placement is an integral part of the learning process where the student has the experience of studying, appraising and evaluating a particular human resource management issue. It provides a suitable means of both assessing the student's analytical skills and promoting a realistic view of organisations and their human resource management problems.
For the student the placement provides a valuable way of gaining some experience to discuss at interviews and demonstrate to potential employers that they have hands on experience and skills developed in a real environment. The organisation also benefits as a significant issue is investigated and they gain a report of value to them.
The full-time Diploma programme runs over one academic year (September - June). Students can complete the Masters in one calendar year (Septemeber - September).
- People Management
- The HR Managers Environment
- Managing Information
- Managing Activities
- Principles & Practice of HRM
- Research Design
- Resourcing & Reward
- Employee Relations
- Learning & Development
- Employment Law
After completion of taught Diploma modules and the Research Design module, students will elect to:
Take the Management Research Report module, gaining the Diploma with CIPD accreditation. This is normally completed in semester B.
Go straight to the MSc Dissertation, gaining the MSc with CIPD accreditation. This is normally completed by September.
Both of these routes are CIPD accredited and lead to graduate membership of CIPD.
Students will be provided with an assignment schedule and assessment details at the beginning of each semester. The aggregate assesment load reflects the need to satisfy all requirements of a professional qualification and a postgraduate award. Skills assessments are based on the pass/not pass criteria and will not have a numerical influence on the final assessment. Students must pass the skills assessments before the pass the module.
A business or business related degree (e.g. psychology, sociology - with evidence of having completed relevant modules in these disciplines) from a UK university or equivalent. This should normally be an honours degree, although an ordinary degree would be acceptable if the applicant also has relevant work experience. or Post-graduate Diploma in another area (e.g. public management) or an MBA. or A Relevant HND in a business or business related area plus relevant experience or Following both CIPD and university policies on wider access candidates who do not meet standard entry requirements will also be considered. Applicants who do not meet any of the criteria above or who have lower levels of qualifications, such as the CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice or Certificate in Training Practice will be required to demonstrate at least three years experience in a human-resource related occupation.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Advanced standing operates in the following circumstances: Where there is evidence of completion of a like for like module at postgraduate level either from the CIPD or a CIPD accredited institution. Precise regulations on transfer from another CIPD accredited programme or nationally assessed centre are prescribed by CIPD. Students wishing to transfer into our programme are advised to contact the CIPD Membership Development Team on 0208 263 3353. or Where there is evidence of completion of the ‘leadership and management’ standards in an MBA or equivalent post-graduate management related course, a candidate might also qualify for direct entry into the course.
This will largely depend on being able to document and convince the admissions tutor of the direct relevance of the courses studied. (These students still have to take the Principles & Practice of HRM module and the Employment Law module) There is no other advanced standing route in the programme.