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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

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a highly-sought after specialist in the area of diversity and equality management and is perfect for those looking for a more specialist Human Resource Management qualification. Increasing workforce diversity means that managing it effectively is a top priority for more progressive organisations. Organisations, both large and small, increasingly require specialists who are able to consult and lead the management of diversity and equality in their organisation and to review traditional approaches to HR and people management.

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

This course delivers the knowledge and practical skills for understanding and managing key issues related to diversity and equality in organisations. Our specialist modules will also allow you to gain in-depth knowledge on areas such as understanding flexible working practices, work-life balance policies and discrimination law.

Structured to help you understand the relationship between theory and practice, MA Diversity Management focuses on developing knowledge and practical skills in analysis, strategic planning and solving issues within the context of managing diversity. Through critical approach, this programme will enable you to evaluate policies, practices and relevant theory in order to make evidence-based decisions

To ensure that you learn about cutting edge research and practices, this course is delivered by academics with strong connections to industry and HR's main professional body, the Chartered Institute of Professional Development. The academic team you will be taught by research and publish extensively in the field of diversity and equality, and feed this expertise directly into their teaching.

This MA is designed for both current HR professionals who want to progress and recent graduates looking for a career in this field.

Course Highlights

  • A specialist degree in the area of diversity and equality management that will give you a unique advantage over those with a more generic HR degree
  • This course covers cutting edge contemporary perspectives on diversity management
  • Strong links between theory and practice enable you to apply your knowledge to real-life situations
  • Our flexible study options allow you to study part-time to suit your current career

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

The structure of the course ensures that you get the essential knowledge of core concepts and theories of equality and diversity by taking two core modules: Diversity: Critical Concepts, and Practical Interventions and Organisational Behaviour. You will then gain in-depth knowledge of various areas of diversity management, practices and mechanisms through studying specialist modules. These look at issues including managing a global and diverse work-force, the social mechanisms of inclusion in the workplace, flexible working practices, and equality in the law and policy.

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 learn to reflect critically on your professional development to become a more effective specialist. You will also develop your research and writing capacity which can help if you wish to pursue further academic study at Doctoral level.


There are three different awards available for this course:

  • PG Certificate route comprises two 30 credit modules
  • PG Diploma route comprises two 30 credit modules and four 15 credit modules
  • MA route comprises two 30 credit modules, four 15 credit modules and a dissertation
  • Core modules

    • 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 (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.

    • Research project / Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to research as a process that involves a justified design as well as deliberate execution, presentation, and dissemination. You will learn about each stage of the research process, with emphasis placed on exploring the different enquiry paradigms and how these shape decisions on data collection and data analysis. You will also learn how to plan the production of your research output in the form of an extended academic paper.

  • Specialist modules

    • 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 majority of assessment on the course is coursework in a variety of written assessments. Some examples include traditional academic essay of different lengths, assessing case studies, an evaluation of diversity policy, a self-reflection journal, and a portfolio of evidence about a particular case. There is one exam, and there are also a number of group assessments such as designing interventions in the context of diversity and inclusion.

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How can the MA/PGCert/PGDip Diversity Management support your career?

This course will offer you the opportunity to access a rewarding and lucrative career, and enable you to develop your industry expertise and pursue your professional goals. The innovative and forward-thinking content of the curriculum would also be helpful for future job applications and progression in your HR role. Roes with a specific focus on diversity are:

  • Diversity and 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

This course provides an excellent base for any career involving people management. Our graduates have been taken on by various prestigious organisations including Charterhouse, Ernst and Young, AEG, Adobe, Hilton Hotels, and PwC.

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