Human Resource Management (CIPD Accredited) MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in any discipline. Non-graduates with very extensive professional experience and/or other prior qualifications may also be considered.
Human Resource Management msc

Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered

Programme Structure

This 12-month programme consists of nine compulsory modules, including ‘Academic and Practitioner Perspectives’, which runs over both semesters. Over the summer, students undertake a case study in ‘HR in an Organisational Context.’

Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full MSc.

This programme is due to undergo a review in February 2022; as a result, the modules shown below for the 2021/22 academic year are subject to change for 2022/23.

Compulsory modules

Strategic Learning, Training and Development (ULMS522)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide students with knowledge of the principles and current issues relevant to strategic learning, training and development;

To support students’ development of subject specific and key transferable skills necessary for employment positions related to the management of human resources and occupational psychology;

To provide opportunities for students to acquire a range of analytical techniques required for the effective operational and strategic design of learning, training and development platforms.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have developed a critical understanding of the strategic importance of learning, training and development for organisational performance, innovation and creativity.

(LO2) Students will be able to understand and critically evaluate psychological learning theories and their relevance to planning, performance and knowledge management.

(LO3) Students will be able to explain the importance of micro-level activities, systems and processes that influence the development of learning in a dynamic and complex organisational context.

(LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of the training cycle including needs analysis, training design and methods, implementation and delivery of training, transfer of learning, and evaluation.

(LO5) Students will be able to describe and evaluate individual and organisational barriers to learning, training, and development in a variety of contexts.

(LO6) Students will have developed a critical understanding of integrated approaches to learning and development, including succession planning and talent planning.

(LO7) Students will recognise the importance of acting ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity and to continuous personal and professional development.

(S1) Adaptability. This will be developed through cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Students will identify, formulate and solve organisational strategy and learning issues.

(S3) Teamwork. This will be developed via group-based learning.

(S4) Organisational skills. Students will engage in research in current strategy and organisational learning issues.

(S5) Communication skills. Students will engage in activities which will enhance their written academic and business communication skills.

(S6) International awareness. This will be developed via group-based and individual learning.

(S7) Lifelong learning skills. This will be developed via group-based and individual learning.

(S8) Ethical awareness. Students will develop their ethical awareness by exercising practice judgment in decision making concerning learning, training and development issues.

People and Performance Management (ULMS784)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with understanding of contemporary people management issues from a performance management perspective. The module will engage with contemporary debates in human resource management issues such as engagement, commitment and capability.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate critical and ethical awareness of the strategic and operational implications for performance management systems within organizations;

(LO2) Describe how performance management systems can be integrated into existing management systems and work;

(LO3) Explain the roles and responsibilities for performance management;

(LO4) Discuss and critique the implications of contemporary performance management approaches;

(LO5) Explain the potential contribution of performance management to the development of individual, group and organizational capability;

(LO6) Explore international performance management, with particular reference to East/West differentials;

(LO7) Critically evaluate the effectiveness of performance management.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Commercial awareness

(S3) Organisational skills

(S4) Communication skills

(S5) International awareness

(S6) Lifelong learning skills

(S7) Ethical awareness

Strategic Hr (ULMS786)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide students with knowledge of the principles and current issues relevant to HR strategy in contemporary organisations;

To support students' development of subject specific and key transferable skills necessary for employment in positions related to the management of human resources;

To provide students with the opportunity to acquire a range of analytical techniques required for effective people management.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Review and critically evaluate major contemporary research and debates in the fields of human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD);

(LO2) Evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations;

(LO3) Debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations;

(LO4) Contribute to the promotion of flexible working and effective change management in organisations;

(LO5) Critically discuss the aims and objectives of the HRM and HRD function in organisations and how these are met in practice;

(LO6) Assess the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists in different types of organisation;

(LO7) Promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Commercial awareness

(S3) Teamwork

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) International awareness

(S6) Lifelong learning skills

(S7) Ethical awareness

(S8) Leadership

(S9) Communication skills

Diversity Management (ULMS794)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

To examine the diverse nature of the current workforce across the dimensions of age, race, disability, gender, religion and belief and sexual orientation and the advantages this diversity can offer to employers;

To examine psychological perspectives on the impact of work group diversity group dynamics and performance;

To consider both the legal and the social framework underlying the management of diversity;

To consider the policies and practices that support the effective management of diversity in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the terms ‘equal opportunities’ and ‘diversity’ and what these mean for HR professionals and Occupational Psychologists;

(LO2) Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of issues related to age, race disability, gender, race, religion and belief, and sexual orientation in the workplace;

(LO3) Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the benefits and challenges of managing diversity in the workplace, from the perspective of both HR professionals and Occupational Psychologists;

(LO4) Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the legal framework for managing diversity in the UK;

(LO5) Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the organisational strategies to develop effective management of diversity;

(LO6) Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of diversity management issues to work situations;

(LO7) Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of demographic, social and technological trends and how they shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices;

(LO8) Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of government policy and legal regulation and how these shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices.

(S1) Problem solving skills. Problem solving skills will be developed through engagement with case study work and in seminar participation.

(S2) Commercial awareness. Commercial awareness will be developed during class discussions.

(S3) Teamwork. Teamworking skills will be developed through engagement with group activities in seminars.

(S4) Organisational skills. Students will develop their organisation skills in preparing for assessed work.

(S5) Communication skills. Written communication skills will be developed and assessed through the examination.

(S6) IT skills. Students will develop their IT skills in preparing for assessed work.

(S7) International awareness. International awareness will be developed during class discussions.

(S8) Lifelong learning skills. Preparation for lectures and seminars will enable students to develop skills of lifelong learning.

(S9) Ethical awareness. Ethical awareness will be developed during class discussions and in preparing for the examination.

Human Resource Management : Academic and Practitioner Perspectives (ULMS550)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Support the development of students’ analysis and HR decision making skills.

For the students, to demonstrate the ability to research, analyse and present information coherently. This is in relation to two main components, namely:

Professional and personal development/analysis of 'self’ as a critically reflective learner;

Academic (linked to professional) transition over the year and also key issues in HR within the strategic business world/overview of how their knowledge and views have changed during two semesters.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Manage more effectively at work or in another professional context;

(LO2) Manage interpersonal relationships at work more effectively;

(LO3) Make sound and justifiable decisions and solve problems more effectively;

(LO4) Lead and influence others more effectively;

(LO5) Demonstrate enhanced IT proficiency;

(LO6) Demonstrate an essential people management skill-set;

(LO7) Demonstrate competence in postgraduate study skills;

(LO8) Interpret financial information and manage financial resources.

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Commercial awareness

(S4) Organisation skills

(S5) Communication skills

(S6) IT skills

(S7) International awareness

(S8) Lifelong learning skills

(S9) Ethical awareness

Conflict Management (ULMS785)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide students with knowledge of the principles and current issues relevant to conflict resolution in contemporary organisations in order to support students' development of subject specific and key transferable skills necessary for employment in positions related to the management of human resources;

To provide an opportunity for students to acquire a range of analytical techniques required for the effective tactical and strategic negotiation for successful employee relations development.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict management in relation to interpersonal skill development;

(LO2) Enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict management in relation to practical negotiation and mediation training;

(LO3) Enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict management in relation to understanding organisational politics;

(LO4) Enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict management in relation to industrial relations in a global environment;

(LO5) Enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict management in relation to changing relationship between employer and employee;

(LO6) Enable students to understand the importance of reflective practice in developing their understanding and application of different approaches to conflict management.

(S1) Problem solving skills. Students will develop problem solving skills through development of knowledge of resolving conflict.

(S2) Teamwork. Working effectively in groups is required for the seminar activities.

(S3) Organisational skills. Required for effective contribution in seminars and for completion of reflective learning log.

(S4) Communication skills. Seminars require effective communication of ideas through presentation/discussion

(S5) IT skills. Students will develop their IT skills in preparing for the written assessment.

(S6) International awareness. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of cross cultural conflict resolution.

(S7) Lifelong learning skills. Must demonstrate awareness of own approach to conflict management.

(S8) Ethical awareness. Knowledge of ethics related to conflict management will be required.

(S9) Leadership. Knowledge of the role of managers and leaders in conflict management will be developed.

Strategic Organization (ULMS765)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and understanding of multi-level processes involved in the conduct and performance of formal organisations and their constituent groups and individuals. Participants will become familiar with leading-edge models and frameworks on strategy and their application to different types of organisations, operating in different environments.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Explain why organization is a strategic act integral to performance in and of organizations;

(LO2) Elaborate on the theoretical and practical linkages between organization and factors of the environment, corporate strategy and performance;

(LO3) Describe and evaluate critically, classic and contemporary theories about organisational and managerial effectiveness;

(LO4) Identify processual and structural dynamics in and around formal organisations that shape organisational form, conduct and performance in contemporary environments;

(LO5) Diagnose organisational situations and appreciate alternative choices and approaches for managing people and processes in and around organisations.

(S1) Problem solving

(S2) Commercial awareness

(S3) Empirical research skills

(S4) Ethical awareness

(S5) Organizational skills

(S6) Critical thinking

(S7) Leadership

(S8) IT skills

Business Leadership (ULMS700)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide students with an understanding of the development of leadership theory together with a critical appreciation of its applicability in a range of business contexts;

To examine contemporary leadership issues including ethical leadership and how leadership relates to diversity;

To concentrate on relating leadership models and frameworks from the literature to practitioner perspectives and concerns.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Define leadership and explain how it differs to management;

(LO2) Identify different sources of power for leaders and their implications for delegation and leader authority;

(LO3) Compare different types of leadership theory – trait, behavioural, contingency and transformational – together with their potential applications;

(LO4) Relate contingency approaches to leadership and authentic leadership to employee engagement;

(LO5) Recognise the business drivers for diversity, together with the significance of cross cultural influences on leadership when leading diverse teams;

(LO6) Critically appraise coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.

(S1) Adaptability. Students will consider different perspectives from two nations and hence demonstrate adaptability in the approach to leadership considerations.

(S2) Problem solving skills. The challenges of discussing cross-cultural leadership is key to resolving leadership issues.

(S3) Commercial awareness. This is a real ‘theory to practice’ module and students need to apply theory to two leaders in their assignment and also use a commercial example in their presentation.

(S4) Teamwork. Reflection on group discussions.

(S5) Organisational skills. Planning as a group can be a challenge and is a key skill that is developed, hence improving organisational skills.

(S6) Communication skills. Written assignment needs strong communication skills.

(S7) IT skills. Developed through the hybrid teaching model.

(S8) International awareness. Cross-cultural awareness via two different examples from nations.

(S9) Leadership. The focus of the module is leadership.

Applied Research Methods for Hrm (ULMS875)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to help prepare students for both their academic and management careers by providing an appreciation of the collection, analysis and interpretation of information in order to inform and achieve both academic and future professional activities. The effective utilisation of information in order to inform decision-making is a key managerial skill, and this module aims to develop skills in the acquisition, analysis and management of both qualitative and quantitative information for both academic and professional purposes. The module will initially orientate students around the sources of extant information that can be used to inform academic and managerial decisions. It will consider the nature of research both in an applied managerial and more overtly academic context, before moving on to consider more specifically the nature and methodologies of both qualitative and quantitative data deriving from both secondary and primary sources, because students will need to develop a research proposal for ULMS875. This proposal will be used as a basis for developing their own small research project for ULMS840.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Appreciate the nature of research and the research process in both academic and more practical, applied management contexts.

(LO2) Be aware of the variety of available information sources, and assess their utility in informing both academic and applied management research.

(LO3) Distinguish between primary and secondary information and develop a critical awareness of research methods and techniques relating to the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.

(LO4) Be able to determine the appropriateness of a range of methods for data collection and data analysis to meet research objectives, thereby becoming an informed user of management information.

(LO5) Evaluate, select, and justify appropriate research methods in a chosen area of study, in order to ensure that the evidence generated, its analysis and conclusions drawn are valid, reliable and ethical.

(S1) Adaptability. Students will need to be highly adaptable as they learn about qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in the lectures and put this learning into practice in learning activities and planning a research project.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Research issues can be viewed as problems to solve. This module will enable students to review data, analyse the data and consider how findings can solve the research questions. Students will learn the theory in lectures and put this into practice as they do learning activities and write their assignments.

(S3) Numeracy. The quantitative lecture/s will focus on numeracy – how to identify and interpret datasets.

(S4) Commercial awareness. Students are asked to choose an organisation or industry for their proposals (individual assignments), so this will develop their commercial awareness as they learn more about a specific commercial environment.

(S5) Teamwork. Students will undertake group work and group discussions.

(S6) Organisational skills. This module has a number of components and organisation is key to producing a written research proposal.

(S7) Communication skills. Assessed formally via written assignment and developed in seminar classes.

(S8) IT skills. Developed through data review and analysis.

(S9) Lifelong learning skills. This is encouraged throughout the module, particularly as students use their knowledge in future work environment and apply the skills they learn in this research module.

(S10) Ethical awareness. There are many ethical issues which students need to consider with respect to collecting and presenting data and these will be discussed during lectures and seminars. Students will be expected to have demonstrated an understanding of this in the work they present.

Hr in An Organisational Context (ULMS840)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Develop strategic awareness, business orientation and a concern with adding value through human resource (HR) practice, all linked to HR professional competence;

Research relevant topics and write a business report that can persuade key stakeholders in the organisation to change or adopt a particular policy and practice;

Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within the body of contemporary academic knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice. The applied nature of the report requires a critically evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills.

Reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation;

(LO2) Critically analyse and discuss existing literature, contemporary HR policy and practice relevant to the chosen issue;

(LO3) Compare and contrast the relative merits of different research methods and their relevance to different situations;

(LO4) Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative information and present the results in a clear and consistent format;

(LO5) Draw realistic and appropriate conclusions and make recommendations based on costed options;

(LO6) Develop and present a persuasive business report;

(LO7) Consider the financial metrics and the financial issues related to the ideas and proposed solutions;

(LO8) Write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in the future;

(LO9) Develop the skills of critical reflection;

(LO10) Write a Personal Development Plan (PDP).

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Numeracy

(S4) Commercial awareness

(S5) Organisational skills

(S6) Communication skills

(S7) Ethical awareness