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

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October 2018
January 2019
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
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Course leader
Lilian Miles

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

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

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

Core to the course is the development of capabilities in the use of people-related metrics, analytics and data for insight driven and informed practice to further organisational success. The course also requires engagement with activities such as case studies, student-led appraisals and a residential weekend, all of which embed an understanding of how you can apply theory to practice.

Course highlights

  • Middlesex University is a CIPD Approved Centre and successful completion of the course entitles you to Associate Membership of the CIPD
  • 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
  • There is an opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules, all of which meet CIPD standards
  • We offer a wide range of teaching and learning strategies to develop your intellectual and practice skills
  • 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
  • We offer a Residential weekend event, incorporating workshops and activities to develop personal and professional practice
  • You will have an opportunity to incorporate a 6-month work placement to develop your professional practice and to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the course

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

We offer flexible learning. You can study for the MA either over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. There is also a 2-year part-time block weekend option, where you study for the course over 8-9 weekends a year. This is suitable if you cannot get away from work during the week. Further, there is an enhanced 15-month version if you want a more graduated approach to undertaking study, or an 18-month variety if you wish to incorporate a placement into the course

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.

You will be able to select from a wide range of optional modules to further your interests or career needs. There may be a particular path you wish to follow, for example, a management- orientated route with a focus on reward, performance and resourcing, or an employment- focused route, concentrating on employment law and employee relations. Equally, if you want to nurture a broader and more generic approach to HR, you will find that our modules are sufficiently varied to enable you to achieve this.

During the final stage of your course, you will be required to undertake a dissertation project on topic of interest to you.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Organisation Development (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the theories and historical development in the practice of organisation development. You will identify organisational and individual capability requirements and align strategy, people and processes to optimise effectiveness and achieve organisation goals. You 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

      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.

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?

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.


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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How can the MA People Management and Development 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. Careers specific to people and HR management include:

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

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