People are at the heart of any organisation, so the ability to manage and develop employees, ensure their wellbeing and understand changing employment legislation is essential to business survival.
Develop knowledge of the theoretical foundations and real-world practice of human resource management and industrial relations, both in the UK and internationally
Build understanding of strategic changes in HRM
Gain strategic insight and boost your CV by attending workshops delivered by HR practitioners
Work on a live employment tribunal case
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approval gives you a competitive edge in the job market.
CIPD Course recognition
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), offering the ability to fast track your career through professional membership. You can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership.
To qualify for membership you need to attend a series of skills workshops, with presentations by guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.
You join CIPD as a student member and when you have passed all course units (including the dissertation) and the CIPD components, your CIPD membership will be automatically updated to Associate Member. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace, you can apply for Chartered membership.
If you are particularly interested in international human resource management and /or comparative industrial relations you might like to consider our MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations.
The Business School presents three prizes associated with the CIPD programme. One is for best Portfolio, one for best Management Research Report and one for the overall best student. Further details of the prizes will be available during the programme.
Course units details
During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.
Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:
Employment security in domestic privately owned enterprises in South China
The role of unions in gender equality
The fairness of reward management and implications for staff retention
Organisational boundaries and temporary agency staff
Work-life balance in China
Coursework and assessment
Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, essays, course work, assignment, report and group presentations. A dissertation of 8,000 words is also undertaken in the final semester over the summer.
We normally look for a UK bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours, or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.
When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. We particularly welcome applications from institutions of high ranking and repute.