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.
There are three different awards available for this course:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.