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Human Resource Management and Development MA with Integrated Placement (15 months/24 months)

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Code
PGN616A (15 months)
PGN616B (24 months)
Start
January 2019
October 2019
EU/INT induction: September 2019
Duration
15 months full-time (3 months placement)
2 years full-time (12 months placement)
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
15 months: £11,300 (UK/EU)*
24 months: £11,800 (UK/EU)*
15 months: £17,000 (INT)*
24 months: £17,500 (INT)*
Course leader
Ian Roper

This Masters course is designed for those wishing to embark on a career in HR/People Management. The course is accredited to Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) professional standards allowing Associate Membership of the CIPD upon graduation.

Why study MA Human Resource Management and Development with Integrated Placement (15 months/24 months) at Middlesex University?

Middlesex University has been providing HR professional education, in one form or another, for over 50 years: making Middlesex (and its predecessor institutions) one of the longest established providers of HR professional education in the UK. The current MA HRM&D is the most recent incarnation of this history. The course is taught by a team of academic experts informed by research and professional practice.

Course highlights

  • Student membership of the CIPD for the duration of the taught part of the course is paid for as part of your fees
  • As part of the innovative “Principles of People Management and Development” students will attend a Residential Weekend event (normally in January), incorporating workshops and activities to develop personal and professional practice. This is paid for as part of your fees)
  • At the end of the taught element of the course, you will embark upon a work placement either of 3 months or 12 months duration*
  • Your fees also include the provision of free e-book for every module on the course.
  • The course provides you with an understanding of fundamental topics such as principles of people management and development, reward management, organisation development, leadership, coaching and mentoring, employee relations, and employee engagement
  • Also linked to the “Principles of People Management and Development” module is the innovative People Leadership Network (PLN), linking students to alumni and others with external contacts.
  • The PLN also offers opportunities – supported, though not included in fees – for further networking opportunities. Previous students have, for example, travelled to meet with Middlesex University HRM students at our Dubai campus for a network event.
  • The course is taught by academics who have close links with the CIPD, and/or who have researched and published on employment law, employment relations, reward and performance management, mentoring and professional development
  • There are strong and robust student support structures within the University to ensure you receive help when you need it

As part of this course, you can do an optional three month or one year industry placement.  Programmes with integral placements give you the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned throughout your studies in a practical environment. You will be earning a full time salary and will learn skills that can't be taught in a classroom at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project and into your future career.

Although the placement is not guaranteed, the University maintains links with a wide network of organisations who offer placement opportunities. The University will also provide you with full support to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview.

In order to qualify for the placement period you must have passed all modules in the semesters preceding the placement. The placement will take place after the taught modules and before your final dissertation/applied project.

What will you study on the MA Human Resource Management and Development with Integrated Placement (15 months/24 months)?

You will study for the MA over 1 year full-time and then embark upon a placement*.

A unique feature of the course is the way in which students begin the course by being immersed into the full spectrum of HR knowledge and skills (in our innovative module “Principles of People Management and Development” before then moving into three core modules providing the essentials for HR professional knowledge (including the core module on people-related Metrics, Analytics and Data for insight driven and informed practice). This is supplemented by four (term-long) specialist modules with which to refine your area of expertise within the HR field. All students will attend a residential weekend, all of which embed an understanding of how you can apply theory to practice.

The core modules in the course provide a platform for you to acquire knowledge, develop critical thinking and apply theory to practice. You will learn threshold concepts and models, develop people management and development skills, understand the principles of professional and ethical practice, and explore tools for influencing others.

After completing and passing the taught elements of the course, you will then go onto the Placement (either 3 month or 12 month)* where you will also be required to undertake an Applied Dissertation project on an HR topic of interest to you, which will be guided by an academic supervisor from the Department.

*Going on to Placement will require student to pass all taught modules. Getting a Placement will be supported by Middlesex University, but student must also actively seek a position and engage with process for gaining access to a placement. Placement cannot be absolutely guaranteed

  • Modules

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

      This module aims to encourage you to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses as a manager and/or colleague. It seeks to develop your professional practice and its application in ways which ensure successful people management, development practice and effective leadership.

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

      This module explores the role of Human Resource analytics in providing an organisation with insights for effectively managing and leading employees, so that business goals can be reached quickly and efficiently. You will critically evaluate the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data relating to people management and development. You 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

      This module will enable you to promote and deliver people management and development activities to strengthen business performance. You 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

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

    • Reward Management (15 Credits) - Optional

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

    • Performance Management (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module will develop your 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. You will be able to explain and evaluate the different techniques used in PM and their connection to learning and development, and performance related pay. You 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

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

    • Employment Law (15 Credits) - Optional

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

    • Employment Relations (15 Credits) - Optional

      This 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

      This module aims to explore the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, and equip you 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. You will reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

    • Effective Coaching and Mentoring (15 Credits) - Optional

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

    • Leadership and Management Development (15 Credits) - Optional

      This 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. You will draw on knowledge and theory within leadership, management, learning and development.

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

      This module aims to develop your 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 you with strategies and tools required to assess the impact of learning and development.

    • Placement (0 credits)

      As part of this course, you can do an optional three month or one year industry placement.  Programmes with integral placements give you the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned throughout your studies in a practical environment. You will be earning a full time salary and will learn skills that can't be taught in a classroom at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project and into your future career.

      Although the placement is not guaranteed, the University maintains links with a wide network of organisations who offer placement opportunities. The University will also provide you with full support to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview.

      In order to qualify for the placement period you must have passed all modules in the semesters preceding the placement.

    • Applied Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to demonstrate a critical awareness of people management and development strategies. You will understand how research can add value to business by critically reviewing current people management and development practices. You will identify and undertake empirical research into complex business issues from a people management and development perspective and produce a 15,000 word report.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Please note that optional modules may not run, due to student numbers or staff availability. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MA Human Resource Management and Development with Integrated Placement (15 months/24 months) taught?

We make use of lectures, seminars and workshops to help you explore concepts and theories, engage in discussion and look at real world issues. Some modules may require you to take part in online activities , group and individual tutorials and self-directed study. To enhance your practice understanding, you will participate in a residential weekend programme, engage in case studies, debates and student led appraisal interviews. There is a strong emphasis throughout the course on developing ability to apply theory to practice.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including exams, individual coursework and group work or presentations. Assessment may also require you to prepare portfolios, individual and group reports, management reports and a dissertation which is compulsory for students studying the MA.

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  2. International
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  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MA Human Resource Management and Development with Integrated Placement (15 months/24 months) support your career?

Enhanced understanding of people management and development within organisations, as well as the development of core competencies, can enhance your career in human resource management. The ability to challenge traditional views and assumptions, as well as embracing innovation are highly valued skills in the profession.

Programmes with integral placements give you the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned throughout your studies in a practical environment. You will be earning a full time salary and will learn skills that can't be taught in a classroom at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project and into your future career.

Careers specific to people and HR management include:

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

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