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Diversity Management MA/PGDip/PGCert

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October 2018
12 months full-time
24 months part-time
£10,800 (UK/EU) *
£15,500 (INT) *
Course Leader
Maria Adamson

Please note that this course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry.

The increasing diversity of the workforce means traditional approaches to HR, people and change management need to be reassessed. All types of organisations, from the private to public sector increasingly require specialists able to consult on and lead change and manage diversity in this dynamic and exciting field.

Why study MA/PGDip/PGCert Diversity Management at Middlesex University?

As organisations look to increase their understanding and knowledge of diversity, this course aims to impart knowledge and competencies on the key issues of the subject, including inclusion and exclusion, flexible working practices, work-life balance and discrimination law. With a focus on developing knowledge and practical skills in analysis, strategic planning and solving issues within the context of managing diversity, this MA is designed for both current HR professionals who want to progress and recent graduates looking for a career in this field.

This course is delivered by academics with strong connections to the CIPD who are highly research active in areas such as managing global and diverse workforces, the relationship between work and life, labour markets, and leadership. By taking a critical approach, this programme enables you to evaluate policies and practices based on the most recent and relevant theory and research findings, empowering you to make evidence-based decisions about managing a diverse workforce.

Course Highlights

  • A focus on the major topics and issues concerning diversity in the HR sector
  • Taught by academics who have a strong understanding of and links with learning, development and coaching communities

What will you study on the MA/PGDip/PGCert Diversity Management?

The structure of the course ensures that you get basic knowledge of core concepts and theories by taking two core modules in diversity and organisational behaviour. The course develops your knowledge of, and ability to critically evaluate contemporary issues and a range of theoretical approaches to diversity in the work place through four further modules on areas such as inclusion and exclusion, flexible working, managing diverse work forces, and equality and the law. The final module is a research project on a topic of your choice relevant to your career and interests.

What will you gain?

The course is designed to enable you to apply theory to everyday situations in order to consult on, manage and lead effectively on a range of projects, issues and initiatives related to diversity. You will also be required to reflect critically on your professional development, as well as develop your research and writing capacity providing a sound platform to pursue further academic study at Doctoral level if you wish.

  • Year 1

    • Diversity: Critical Concepts and Practical Interventions (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness and critical understanding of the importance of diversity, fairness, equality and workplace inclusion. It will also critically explore the link between theory and practical interventions; provide an insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint, and offers an insight into issues related to the design and application of diversity management in practice.

    • Organisational Behaviour and Critical (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aims of the module are two-fold. Firstly, it will introduce you to the idea of management as a function in work and organisations, particularly the notion that people can be ‘effectively’ managed by gaining understanding of their behaviours. Secondly, it will challenge mainstream functionalist and managerial approaches by questioning the rationality of management. The module will do this by exploring classical topics in organisational behaviour, including motivation, personality, and organisational culture. You will learn to think about each topic critically by actively reflecting on popular assumptions about the nature of work and management in relation to wider society and you will be able to identify implications for your current and future experiences of working life.

    • Inclusion and Exclusion at Work (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will help you understand and learn how to tackle various mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in various work settings including organisations, occulations and the wider labour market. It will explore the nature and various patterns of inclusion and exclusion in the workplace, how they relate to a range of social divisions in society – such as gender, class, race, and so on.

    • Diversity, Flexible Working Practices and Work-Life Balance (15 credits) - Compulsory

      Traditional notions about how work should be organised and performed often prevent organisations from accessing the full extent of qualified workers in the labour force. This module will enable you to take an evidence-based approach to leveraging the importance of the work-life interface and flexible working practices in recruiting from and retaining a diverse talent pool.

    • Managing Global and Diverse Workforce (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with a critical understanding and awareness of the role of national culture, organisational culture and institutional factors and how they impact on people management strategies in a global and diverse context. International strategic human resource management and development will be critically reviewed in terms of its implementation and contribution to the organisation and the interactions of HR with other functional groups within a global context.

    • Equality and the Law (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to gain a critical understanding of the law in relation to non-discrimination in the workplace and then to apply this knowledge to your own workplace and workplaces in general. You will develop an understanding of what is meant by direct and indirect discrimination, as well as harassment and victimisation, in relation to the nine protected characteristics contained in the Equality Act 2010.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA/PGDip/PGCert Diversity Management taught?

You will take part in a full range of learning, including lectures, seminars and workshops to explore concepts and theories, engage in discussion and look at real world issues. You will also take part in online activities, group and individual tutorials and self-directed study.


The modes of assessment will have some exams while most have coursework which is a variety of written assessments. Some examples include: Traditional academic essay of different length. A written coursework that involves assessing case studies, an evaluation of diversity policy, a self-reflection journal, a portfolio of evidence gather about a particular case and so on. There are also a number of group assessments including planning and presenting a set of learning and talent development interventions in the context of diversity and inclusion, creating an org design simulation.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA Diversity Management support your career?

Our HRM course will offer you access to a rewarding and lucrative career where you will be able to develop your industry expertise and pursue your professional goals. This course provides an excellent base for a career involving people where graduates have been taken on by Charterhouse, AEG, Adobe, Hilton, PWC The skills development aspect of the course would be very helpful to those wanting to specialise in the area of diversity. The innovative and forward looking content of the curriculum would also be helpful for future job applications and progression in HR. Roles with a specific focus on diversity are:

  • Diversity & change management project lead/consultant
  • Equality and diversity officer / manager / consultant
  • Employee engagement specialist
  • HR advisor
  • Talent management consultant
  • Training and Development Officer or Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Coaching and Mentoring Advisor or Consultant

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