In an ever changing business environment, organisations are looking to HR professionals to be both experts in their field and facilitators of change, enabling staff to adapt and develop within this landscape. The sector in the UK and abroad is buoyant and incredibly dynamic, increasing strategic, ethical and policy support across businesses and institutions of all sizes.
Why Study MA People Management
This MA is designed to develop recent graduates, enhance the expertise of HR professionals, and provide current managers with specialist HR knowledge. The course has a balance of academic rigour and practice based application, taught by academics with research expertise in employment relations, employment law, learning and development, and practitioner experience in reward and performance management, and coaching and mentoring. You will tackle current topics and concepts in the field, while the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development standards are integrated into the learning to ensure knowledge is relevant and links into practice. There are also a number of practice activities including optional placements and a weeklong residential.
The course is taught by academics that have expertise in a wide range of people management issues and have also been practitioners with organisations such as Tesco Plc, BP, the John Lewis Partnership, Haringey Council, London Borough of Barnet
The course meets standards of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the world’s largest HR professional body
Opportunity to incorporate a 6 month placement through which to further explore learning in an industry based setting
Weeklong residential incorporating workshops and talks from industry professionals.
Embedded throughout the course is the integration of theory and practice, acknowledging the need for you to grasp both the key fundamentals of people management and, within this context, reflect on your practice. The core of the course reflects this approach in its exploration of a wider understanding of international people management and awareness of the need for you to be able to read and interpret data from a HR perspective.
You will be able to select from a range of optional modules which match to your interests or career needs. This may be a particular path you wish to follow, for example either a management orientated route with a focus on reward, performance and resourcing, or an employment focused route with topics such as employment law and employee relations. If you want a broader approach, then you can pick from the range of modules. Finally, you will be engaged in a dissertation project on a relevant topic of interest to you or to your area of practice.
Principles of People Management and Development Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Metrics, Analytics and Data (30 Credits) - Compulsory
People Management and Development in Business (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Management Report (30 Credits) - Compulsory for PGDip students)
Reward Management (15 Credits) - Optional
Performance Management (15 Credits) - Optional
Employee Engagement in Practice (15 Credits) - Optional
Employment Law (15 Credits) - Optional
Employee Relations (15 Credits) - Optional
Resourcing and Talent Management (15 Credits) - Optional
Organisation Development (15 Credits) - Optional
Effective Coaching and Mentoring (15 Credits) - Optional
Leadership and Management Development (15 Credits) - Optional
Effective Individual Learning and Development (15 Credits) - Optional
Applied Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory for MA students)
Direct teaching of the contact modules combines a number of forms – mainly lectures, seminars, tutorials, online activities and individual projects.
The aim of lectures is to facilitate discussion on key materials or approaches, explore questions, concepts and theories, and look at contemporary people management issues in the real world. They will link common themes across the programme.
Small group work sessions in which you explore ideas in discussion, carry out research and analyses live case studies.
Tutor-led workshops to develop effective mentoring and coaching interventions for individuals and groups.
Action Learning Sets
Small group meetings to discuss module related themes and issues.
Self-directed reading, research or practical projects, as well as producing reflective pieces of work.
Online learning activities
This involves taking part in online debates and reflective exercises.
What are the entry requirements for MA People Management?
For the MA People Management we normally require a second class honours degree or above, not necessarily in business
Applicants without a degree who have practical experience in personnel work will also be considered, but you will need to demonstrate your ability on the basis on courses already attended, references supplied, a 2,000 word essay and an interview
Part-time students should be currently employed or have past experience in posts with significant personnel-related responsibilities.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
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.
International entry requirements
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.
Visas and immigration
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.
English language requirements for international students
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.
Increased understanding of the managing of people within organisations, as well as the development of core competencies, can enhance any career in human resource management. Careers specific to people management can be found in a range of organisations and include: