This MSc doesn’t just scratch the surface; with the recognition and respect of its professional body, it digs deep, asks searching questions and ultimately alerts employers to your strategic understanding and ability to apply payroll, pensions and reward management practice.
Run in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), the programme is ideal for individuals who already hold a CIPP qualification or degree or equivalent, or have relevant payroll, pensions and/or reward experience who are looking to further their career. You will gain the skills to operate at a strategic business level within your organisation.
It is delivered through blended learning which is a mix of access to online core materials and tools and face to face tutorials. Tutorials enable you to get together with your fellow students to exchange ideas and experience and this module interaction encourages discussion, debate and application of real work-based issues.
Tutorials are held at the start of each module and help you to settle into the course material. They commence on Friday mornings and finish on Saturday afternoon.
Benefits to employers
By completing the programme, not only will you benefit as an individual, but your employer will benefit too, gaining a highly skilled individual who can underpin existing industry knowledge and who will be transformed into a strategic business leader.
As part of the programme, you will be required to submit evidence for continual professional development (CPD), which shows your employer you are up to date with current legislation and policy.
How you will learn
The MSc is delivered by blended learning which is a mix of access to online core study materials and tools, with face to face workshops. This means you can remain in employment whilst enhancing your career prospects through qualifications.
It allows you to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your own home, while still feeling confident of adequate support.
Each module has a two-day workshop which takes place at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre (DE1 3LD).
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9 am and 9 pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
There is a demand for business and reward management postgraduates at the masters level and you'll have the relevant quantitative and qualitative skills on completion to pursue such positions.
You should hold either:
- the CIPP Diploma in Payroll Management or the CIPP Diploma in Local Government Pensions Management
- the CIPP Foundation Degree in Payroll Management or the CIPP Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management, or
- an equivalent qualification attained at level six, for example, a BA in another subject
If you do not hold any of the above qualifications, but have knowledge and experience in a strategic role you may be awarded direct access onto the course if you can demonstrate experience via Accredited Prior Learning (APL). APL can be:
- Certified (APCL) – to give recognition of learning which has been formally assessed and for which a certificate has been awarded
- Experiential (APEL) – to recognise that knowledge and skills can be developed through many types of experience, such as work and voluntary activities
You must hold at least three years’ experience within a business, payroll or pensions environment. In addition, your experience should include strategic aspects such as project management, managing change and team leadership. This is subject to final assessment by the University of Derby.
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Last updated January 31, 2018