This Master's degree focuses on human resource development (HRD): a strategic approach to people management and organisational development, designed to enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance within the workplace.
The design of this programme recognises that the barriers that once separated specialists in areas such as training, management development and organisational learning are disappearing, while new approaches, such as talent and knowledge management, are gaining increasing traction in both academic and practitioner communities. It further recognises the need for HRD practitioners, whether working within an HR department, independently, or within a consultancy organisation, to critically evaluate their own practice and design and deliver HRD approaches that meet the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce.
All modules integrate academic perspectives with practice-based approaches to HRD and considerable emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and skills required in more senior HRD roles. You will gain an understanding of relevant organisational and management theory, whilst examining contemporary developments within the HRD field. There is a particular focus on ensuring you are aware of the importance of acting ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity and appreciate the importance of continuous personal and professional development.
The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Integrates academic perspectives with a consultancy and practice-based approach to human resource development.
- Suitable for graduates, experienced organisational development and HR practitioners.
- Flexible and intensive course that provides opportunities to focus on to your particular needs and interests.
- Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
- Birkbeck provides a diverse range of library and learning resources designed to facilitate your studies and research. Programme- and module-specific materials are also made available to support your learning.
The programme comprises 9 compulsory modules. You must complete all 9 modules, including the research project.
Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in HRD and HR roles in a variety of settings, including local and national government, the financial sector, services, manufacturing and charitable organisations.
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Cost & Fees
- Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
- Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
- Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
- Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa