Entry requirements

You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent (including international), in any subject. We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience. If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is suitable for those already working in HR who wish to become professionally qualified, professionals wishing to develop their people management expertise and those seeking a career move into the HR profession. There are two distinct levels to this course, the PgDip, which means you complete all of the taught units to gain this award. The MSc level is achieved when you complete all of the taught units and the dissertation. The MSc and PgDip in HRM are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which means that successful completion of the course meets the requirements for the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations. The optional unit choices and the dissertation enable you to specialise in a particular area of HR.

The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field. Please note, the PgDip in HRM with CIPD follows a slightly different approach from the normal PgDip route in order to meet the Professional Standards. It requires completion of 120 taught credits shared with the MSc in HRM, followed by a Management Research report (15 credits) which is usually based on your employing organisation. There is also a residential event that will focus on skills and professional development.

Themes

You will study a full range of contemporary topics in HRM, for example, in talent management and development, selection and assessment, and employee engagement as well as receiving a thorough grounding in the legal and business environment. You will be able to specialise in your optional unit, in areas such as business psychology, ethics, equality/diversity, and performance and reward. In addition, you will develop a range of business and professional skills, including research skills, to support your dissertation.

Units on the programme will cover the following themes:

. Talent management and development
. Selection and assessment
. Employee engagement
. Legal and business environment.
. Business psychology
. Ethics
. Equality/diversity
. Performance and reward

Year One

You will study the following units:

  • Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law - Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of resourcing and managing employment relationships within a legally compliant framework. You will apply theoretical frameworks and employment law to critically evaluate contemporary practices.
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People - This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
  • HR in Context - This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision making in business and in HRM.
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership – Studied in years one and two, this unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.

Year Two

You will study the following units:

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Research Methods in HRM – This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations’ strategies and practices and to peoples working lives.
  • Dissertation OR Management Research Report
  • Dissertation - If you opt for the MSc, you will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document (c 15,000 words) of your achievements and conclusions.
  • Management Research Report – If you opt for the PG Dip, you will conduct a piece of original empirical research and write a 7000 to 8000 word report including the introduction/terms of reference ( or business case), literature review, explain your methodology, findings ,conclusions , make recommendations and include a personal reflection on your learning.
  • One Elective

Electives

Not all the Electives listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least 2 HR options, plus others from the Masters Network

Performance and Reward

Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of managing performance and reward. Topic will include : HR Strategy and Performance Management, Performance Appraisal, Discipline, 360 degree feedback, Personal Development Planning, Reward Strategies, Pay, Job Evaluation, Performance-Related Pay, Incentives, Benefits, Total Reward,

Business Psychology in Action

Use psychology to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace, and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you as a manager. Main topics will include communication, understanding individual differences at work , employee attitudes, spirituality in the workplace, selection, work-life, well-being and positive psychology,

Ethics Responsibility and Equality

Develops understanding of the concepts of ethics, responsibility and equality in employment. Explores implications for responsible management, and policy making. As an indication, topics will include Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Ethical Issues around Customers and Employees, equal opportunities and diversity management, individual equality strands (gender, race, age, disability etc.). Equalities in global context.

Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development

Investigates the contribution strategic learning and coaching policy and practice make to organisational and individual performance. Theory and Practice of Strategic HRD, Concepts of learning, talent and human development, design, implementation and evaluation of coaching and mentoring interventions.

Human Resource Management is an increasingly attractive and well-rewarded career, and as a result is becoming more popular amongst graduates. These CIPD accredited courses enable you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills.

Special Features:

  • MMU Business School has a long-standing reputation for Excellence in teaching Human Resource Management to the CIPD Standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields.
  • This course meets the professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD, leads directly to Associate Membership and gives full exemption from their Postgraduate Diploma.
  • You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisations. You will also develop your own professional practice to meet the CIPD requirements. The optional unit choices and the dissertation enable you to specialise in a particular area of HR.
  • The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field.
  • You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus. Watch the video to find out more.
  • The course provides you with an opportunity to attendance at the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee.
  • A human resources work experience placement is part of the course. Many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement, including CV and job/placement application and interview skills preparation. These skills are an excellent foundation to enhance your employability on completion of your studies.
  • A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place in your first week. As part of the Developing Skills for Business leadership (DSBL) Unit, students are able to gain a CMI Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring, further adding to an excellent profile for employability.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the Manchester Met website for the latest fee information: www.mmu.ac.uk

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months

PGDip

part time
16 months

PGCert

part time
8 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Shirley Jenner
Email
PGHRMCourse.Leaders@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969