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Human Resource Management

All organisations employ people and the successful management of people is key to success.  This one year postgraduate programme is designed to meet the needs of international students who have identified managing people and the development of a Human Resource Management (HRM) strategy as fundamental to their future career.  It has the aim of equipping managers of the future with the knowledge and skills to make an immediate contribution to an organisation. 
The programme develops a professional ethos by examining the contribution of HRM to organisational values, ethics and strategy. Students develop an appreciation of the diverse national contexts in which organisations operate. Students learn how their management and HR strategies are influenced by internal and external factors and the skills and confidence to select appropriate initiatives for an international environment.

The MA Human Resource Management (HRM) is designed to meet the needs of students who have identified managing people and human resource strategy as fundamental to their future career.  It has the aim of equipping managers of the future with the knowledge and skills to make an immediate contribution to their organisation.

Students will be given an understanding of key concepts of HR strategy and an opportunity to apply their learning to real life cases and take part in workshops designed and delivered by specialists in HRM. 

The programme will work to develop a professional ethos and examine the contribution of HR professionals to organisational values, ethics and strategy.

Programme Outline

The MA in Human Resource Management consists of eight taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. Normally you will study three modules in each of two semesters.

Semesters run from September to December and from January to June. You will probably be in some classes with other international or professional Human Resource students in order to gain wider experience.  You will be expected to support the taught element of the programme with personal learning and research.  To support your classes you will be taught predominately in workshop format with both group and individual work involved in developing your learning.  Additionally, there will be student support and feedback mechanisms and both teaching and support will be e-enabled.

After completing the taught element you will be able to proceed to the dissertation stage.  During this part of the course you will normally work as part of an action learning set with a supervisor.  The dissertation will usually be completed within 6 months.  On successful completion of the dissertation you will be awarded an MA in Human Resource Management.  If you only complete part of the course you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Human Resource Management

Your timetable will be approximately 15 hours a week during which you will have a combination of taught lectures and seminars supported by tutorials and workshops. Students will have both individual and small group support to achieve M level requirements and will also benefit from networking with students on other M level programmes.

The focus is on learning and sharing experiences of different organisational settings and the vital contribution of HR practices. Real examples of people management situations will be used to bring theory to life.  We expect you to engage in matching personal study time to consolidation the learning form session and to plan ahead for the forthcoming week.

The programme is student centred with additional support provided through e- resources, email and text contact and communication and e- support materials through Blackboard, our interactive site.

Semester One

• Leading, Resourcing and Talent Management
• People Management in an International Environment
• Skills for International Business Leadership
• Participation, Involvement and Engagement of Employees

Semester Two

• Managing HR Strategy
• Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
• Managing Performance
• Research Methods for International Students

Dissertation: HRM Dissertation

Please note that order of modules may change.

How will I be assessed?

The HR team understands clearly that each student is different, and some will perform better in different ways.  Consequently, we realise the importance of having a varied range of assessments including case study discussion and analysis, evaluation of strategic HR initiatives, for example, by using global comparison. 

You may need to produce a report recommending a particular set of actions and initiatives and to understand the costing and financial implications of your recommendations.

You will also have some skill related assessment involving HR scenarios. You will be required to think creatively, critically and to reflect on how your learning can be applied in a rapidly changing global economy.

Staff will discuss the assessments with you in class and offer one-to-one support.  Additionally, the University offers study support classes to help you prepare them for assessments.  For feedback, the HR team operates a three week turnaround on all assessments.  We recognise that this is important, as it enables you to discuss your work on a one-to-one basis to recognise your strengths, whilst identifying any areas that require further development, support, and attention.

Our virtual learning site, Blackboard, e- books and e- journals, email surgeries all support our face to face teaching and allow students to feel confident in their ability to progress and learn in a supportive and friendly environment.
What do past and present students say about the course?
The programme receives excellent feedback from students.  Particular praise from students are the availability of lecturers as the following comment illustrates:-

"I have been extremely surprised by the way I can approach my work with lecturers and have been taught in small, friendly groups whereby a relationship is encouraged with both students and staff"


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