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People Management and Development MA/PG Dip/PG Cert (CIPD Accredited)

Learn about the course below
Code
PGN61B
Start
October 2017
January 2018
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£13,750 per year (UK)
£16,000 per year (INT)
Course leader
Lilian Miles

In an ever changing business environment, organisations are looking to HR professionals to respond to and shape future performance and success, facilitate management and development within a global context, and embrace innovative approaches that will meet the demands placed on modern organisations.

Why Study MA People Management and Development (CIPD Accredited) at Middlesex University?

Focusing on areas such as strategy, people resourcing, reward management, employment relations and leadership, this MA is designed to develop recent graduates and those in the early stages of their career who want delve deeper into the field and enhance career progression. Not only does the course address highly relevant topics of people management and development but it is also grounded in the professional standards of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, ensuring you meet internationally recognised HR benchmarks.

Core to the course is the develop of capabilities in utilising people related data, metrics, and analytics for insight driven and informed practice to further the priorities of the organisation. The course also has a number of activities such as case studies, student led appraisals and residential which all embed an understanding of the application of theory in practice. We also have flexible learning modes, either over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time with a combination of time slots integrating evening and weekend options, as well as an enhanced 15 month version if you want a more graduated approach to undertaking study.

Course Highlights

  • Middlesex University is a CIPD Approved Centre and successful completion of the programme leads to Associate Membership of the CIPD.
  • Provides an understanding and appreciation of topics including strategic HRM, learning and development, reward management, employee relations, and leadership, and meets the CIPD standards
  • A Residential event incorporating workshops and activities to develop personal and professional practice
  • Taught by academics who have close ties with the CIPD, including as chairs and fellows, and have conducted research in and published on subjects such as employment law, employment relations, reward and performance management, mentoring and professional development
  • Opportunity to incorporate a 6 month work placement to enable you to develop your professional practice and apply and the knowledge and skills acquired in the course.

What will you study on the MA People Management and Development?

The core modules of the course provide a platform for you to develop the knowledge, critical thinking and ability to applying theory to practice. This part of the course will enable the acquisition of threshold concepts and models, develop your people management and development skills, enhance your understanding of the principles of professional and ethical practice, and allow you to explore tools and techniques for influencing others. The raising of awareness for and understanding of metrics, analytics and data will give you the skills needed for reading and interpret data from a people management and development 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.

  • Modules

    • Principles of People Management and Development Practice (0 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to encourage students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. It seeks to develop students’ professional practice and its application in ways which ensure successful people management, development practice and effective leadership.

    • Metrics, Analytics and Data (30 credits) - Optional

      The module explores the role of HR analytics in providing an organisation with insights for effectively managing and leading employees, so that business goals can be reached quickly and efficiently. Students will critically evaluate the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data relating to people management and development. They will explore how metric and analytics are used to maximise return on the skills and abilities of employees.

    • People Management and Development in Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will enable students to promote and deliver people management and development activities to strengthen business performance. Students will develop the confidence to build leadership and management skills, create a good place to work, encourage collaboration and promote organisational authenticity. The module will consider how the changing employment landscape is influencing the impact which people management and development activities have on a business.

    • Management Report (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will enable students to demonstrate a critical awareness of people management and development strategies. They will understand how research can add value to business, by critically reviewing current people management and development practice. Students will identify and undertake empirical research into complex business issue from a people management and development perspective. Students will produce a 7000 word report.

    • Applied Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will enable students to demonstrate a critical awareness of people management and development strategies. They will understand how research can add value to business, by critically reviewing current people management and development practice. Students will identify and undertake empirical research into complex business issue from a people management and development perspective. Students will provide a 15, 000 word report.

    • Reward Management (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of reward management. Students will critically evaluate current reward theories and practices. It will develop the skills required to research and analyse reward within an organisational context, and to present findings and recommendations to senior management. It aims to give students credibility in the subject of reward, so that they can join, or progress further, in the HR profession.

    • Performance Management (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module will develop students’ ability to analyse an organisation’s objectives and its human resources to determine what performance management (PM) strategy would be appropriate and what processes would best suit the environment in which they operate. Students will be able to explain and evaluate the different techniques used in PM and their connection to learning and development and performance related pay. They will be able to conduct a successful performance interview both from a manager and employee point of view.

    • Employee Engagement in Practice (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module will develop students’ ability to critically analyse the concept of employee engagement and its relationship to organisational effectiveness. Students will review what engagement means to organisations and evaluate a range of definitions and tools used to measure and enhance engagement and organisational performance. Students will be able to create plans to improve performance that are intended to fit the organisation and be sustainable.

    • Employment Law (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module aims to provide students with a critical knowledge of employment law, an understanding of its development and how it applies in the workplace. It will focus on UK and EU employment law. Students will understand how organisations must comply with employment law, anticipate legal problems associated with proposed employment-related decisions or plans and defend their organisation against legal actions brought against them by employees.

    • Employment Relations (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module aims to consider the motives, cases and underlying dynamics of contemporary employment relations. It considers the processes and outcomes of the interactions between the main actors within the employment relationship, with a particular focus on the institutions that govern employment relations in the UK.

    • Resourcing and Talent Management (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module aims to explore the practical and aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, and equip students with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. It will also discuss diversity management, employer branding, work–life balance initiatives and innovative approaches to job design, in the context of resourcing and talent management. Students will reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

    • Organisation Development (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module aims to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the theories and historical development of the practice of organisation development. Students will identify organisational and individual capability requirements and align strategy, people and processes to optimise effectiveness and achieve organisation goals. They will also design interventions that drive the appropriate culture, behaviours, skills, and performance and provide insight and leadership on change management strategy, planning and implementation.

    • Effective Coaching and Mentoring (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module aims to develop knowledge necessary to design, deliver and evaluate coaching and mentoring programmes and services in organisations and their application in supporting personal and performance development through an evidence-based approach.

    • Leadership and Management Development (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the complexities and contested nature of leadership and management, as well as opportunities for development. It seeks to develop leadership and management in facilitating organisational, team and individual change and growth. Students will draw on knowledge and theory in leadership and management and learning and development.

    • Effective Individual Learning and Development (15 Credits) - Optional

      The module aims to develop the skills necessary to design and implement effective and fit for purpose learning and development interventions to support personal and performance development of individuals in organisations. It will provide students with strategies and tools required to assess the impact of learning and development.

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

How is the MA People Management and Development 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 lab sessions, online activities, group and individual tutorials and self-directed study. To enhance your practice understanding you will also take part in residential programmes, engage case studies, debates and interactive sessions, as well as being involved with student led appraisal interviews

Assessment

The course will consist of a variety of different modes of assessment and feedback, which will include exams, individual coursework and group coursework. The coursework will involve a range of activities including portfolios, individual and group reports, management report and the dissertation project.

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How can the MA People Management and Development support your career?

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. The ability to challenge traditional views and assumption, as well as embracing innovation are highly valued skills for those wishing to advance their career. Careers specific to people management can be found in a range of organisations and include:

  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Consultant
  • Training Manager
  • Employment Relations Adviser.

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