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Human Resource Practice MProf

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October 2020
2 years part-time
£5,500 (UK/EU) *
£5,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Ifan Shepherd

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

Inspiring, challenging and increasingly valuable in today's global work environment, human resources (HR) is an exciting discipline to master. With the power to influence the direction and success of an organisation, HR can be harnessed to great effect by a variety of professionals, from company directors to line managers and specialist advisers. Whether you're at the beginning or mid-stages of your career, this course presents an exciting opportunity to explore your role within an organisation, enhancing your managerial capabilities and HR career prospects for the future.

Why study MProf Human Resource Practice at Middlesex?

Our MProf programme is specifically designed for working professionals so we ensure that you have the flexibility to tailor your studies to fit around your responsibilities and support your needs. This means that you can maintain your employment while studying and shape your research to serve you and your organisation. The findings of this research and the skills learnt throughout the course will make you more effective as an HR manager, increase your career prospects and inform your organisation's HR policies and practices.

Ranked as one of the top five in London, our Business School features one of the largest and most respected HRM departments in the UK, with award-winning students, cutting-edge resources and academics that bring a wealth of experience to support and enhance your learning. Many of our academics are involved in pioneering research and consultancy themselves, so they are perfectly placed within the industry to advise you in your own research and professional development throughout the course.

Course highlights:

  • Flexibility to shape your studies around your individual needs and interests, including those of your organisation, so you can pursue your ambitions with structured support from experienced practitioners
  • You are placed at the centre of your research investigation, making your findings applicable within your own organisation and of value to your colleagues
  • Strong focus on exploring your individual capabilities as a reflective practitioner to enhance your research and professional activities
  • Valuable opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against any prior formal and informal learning
  • Access to cutting-edge business resources that will enhance your learning, increase your employability, and give you practical experience of systems used by businesses worldwide, such as the Chartered Management Institutes' Business Direct Resource Hub
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What you will study on the MProf Human Resource Practice?

The MProf Human Resource Practice is a reflective and explorative form of study that first reviews your experience in the field before focusing on research methodology and finally a major workplace-based project using the techniques you have learnt.

It is divided into three phases with flexibility to complete each phase in a timeframe that works with and around your professional commitments and individual ambitions for each stage.

  • Stages

    • Phase 1 – Review (approximately 6 months)

      The first phase of this course features a review of your personal and professional learning, research competence and professional capability.

    • Phase 2 – Planning a Practitioner Research Programme (approximately 6 months)

      The second phase of this course involves the study of research methodology and exploring methods which are appropriate to workplace research. By the end of Phase 2 you will have prepared a detailed research proposal for implementation.

    • Phase 3 – Professional Practice Project (minimum of 12 months)

      The final phase of this course allows you to demonstrate your research capability in a professional context by undertaking a major workplace-based project related to organisational change and/or professional development. You’ll interrogate the learning you are achieving in your workplace, and express this in writing that is both informed by and informs relevant theory.

      The findings of your research will prove valuable to you as an individual by giving you greater knowledge of your field and more advanced skills as an HR manager, both of which will feed into your day-to-day work productivity and career prospects. Your research will also be of value to your organisation which will benefit from your in-depth study of ways in which it is conducting its HR practice and suggestions for ways in which it could improve and evolve this discipline in the future.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. 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 MProf Human Resource Practice taught?

You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can an MProf Human Resource Practice degree support your career?

This MProf qualification provides an excellent opportunity for managers to use their existing expertise, professional qualifications or work experience to gain a Masters qualification from our Business School. It is particularly suitable for managers who wish to expand their leadership skills potential whilst continuing to develop their professional status. Our Professional Practice courses are designed to meet the requirements of you and your employer and advance you as a practitioner in your chosen career field.

As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.

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