With the power to influence the direction and success of almost any organisation, human resource management (HRM) is a valuable discipline to master. When implemented effectively, HRM creates a culture of valued workers with low employee turnover, allowing businesses to retain the pool of talent and knowledge they have invested their time, money and effort into. Whether you're in the early or mid-stages of your HR career, you can now embark on an exciting MA to advance your skills and move into more senior positions without having to sacrifice your weekday commitments.
At Middlesex we understand that it's not always easy to balance work and family life whilst also making time to study. Our MA Human Resource Management delivered on a part-time block basis, enables you to study over a number of weekends while still doing your job and having time for family life. We attract students from all over the world due to our high-standing reputation for HRM provision and you can expect world-class tuition from some of the country's leading practitioners who deliver the skills and knowledge required for success in today's challenging job markets.
Constructed in a block workshop format, this intensive course provides face-to-face tutor led sessions and group interaction with your peers to help you draw on your practitioner expertise to contribute to the topics under discussion. We also provide online supported learning, guided study and activities which enable you to prepare for sessions in advance and follow up on your workshops.
Please note that the online support is supplementary to the weekend block sessions. The course has not been designed as a distance learning programme.
First year modules - taught over eight weekend blocks, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 - 16:30
Strategic Human Resource Management You will critically evaluate how internal and external factors impact an organisation and its human resources and strategies. You'll also explore key concepts in organisational behaviour and characteristics, and evaluate the HR approaches of effective managers and leaders.
Total Reward You will explore the concept and practice of Total Reward - a strategy that organisations adopt to motivate staff through financial and non-financial means and achieve higher performance.
Second year modules - taught over eight weekend blocks, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 - 16:30
Research and Professional Practice in HRM – with applied dissertation You'll be introduced to advanced research and essential professional skills that will consolidate and apply your learning through a dissertation project based on a relevant HR issue in your workplace.
Resourcing and Management Development You will develop a full understanding of the strategic and operational aspects of the recruitment, selection, retention and development of employees with a focus on managers.
Individual Learning and Development You will learn all the skills necessary to design and implement highly effective personal and performance development interventions, including how to introduce coaching programmes to your organisation.
A series of workshops will develop your people management skills through exercises including role plays and interviewing practice. You will also attend lectures – including some by visiting speakers – and sessions on research methods, and even a residential weekend. You will work on case studies and group exercises as well as doing your own research and directed reading. At the end of the course you will submit a dissertation, which will be based on research done in your workplace.
Teaching for the 2014-15 academic year will take place over eight weekends (Saturday and Sunday 9:30-16:30) during the following months:
October 2014 - 1 weekend
November 2014 - 2 weekends
December 2014 - 1 weekend
January 2015 - 1 weekend
March 2015 - 1 weekend
May 2015 - 1 weekend
July 2015 - 1 weekend
You will be assessed by means of exams, your dissertation and other coursework, including reports, presentations, group assignments and your record of learning and development. You will receive regular feedback on your work.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course. However, a s a part time course, this programme is not suitable for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
This course is not suitable for students requiring a Tier 4 visa.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
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 and the Royal Mail, in roles such as HR Manager, People Business Partner and HR Employer Services Manager.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
HR Business Partner and Interim Service Line Manager, Podiatry Service
Camden Provider Services, Central and North West London, NHS Foundation Trust
Steven Wemyss commenced his higher education with a foundation degree, followed by a top up BA (hons) International Business and Management whilst serving with the Royal Navy. After 23 years, and having reached the position of Chief Petty Officer, Steve felt that he needed a change of direction. Having been involved in HR whilst in the forces, Steve was keen to put down some roots and further his experience in 'people management' whilst still working for a large public sector organisation.
Joining the NHS as a Graduate Management Trainee specialising in HR in 2009, Steve decided to undertake the MA Human Resource Management in order to progress his career within the NHS. “I was particularly drawn to the block learning structure of the course as it would allow me to mange my learning whilst continuing in my post. I also liked the idea of minimal exams!” Steve felt that one of the greatest strengths of the course was the extensive practitioner experience of the lecturers themselves. “The level of engagement from the lecturers and the external speakers was very high. By sharing their experience the lecturers were able to help contextualise the theory within the curriculum.”
Steve found the other defining feature of the course, the block delivery mode of study, provided a space for clear and conscience focus away from the work environment. “Although finding time to complete our assessments against tight deadlines was a challenge, it did ensure that we all progressed through the curriculum without falling behind." Although sometimes challenging, the group work elements of the course provided Steve and the other participants with plenty of opportunity for dynamic peer learning.
In terms of career progression, Steve has not ruled out a PhD at some stage in the future. However his main focus remains “continuing to progress through the health service to HR Director and ultimately Chief Executive.”
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MA Human Resource Management (Part time block delivery)
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