You will study the following units:
- Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law - Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of resourcing and managing employment relationships within a legally compliant framework. You will apply theoretical frameworks and employment law to critically evaluate contemporary practices.
- Leading, Managing and Developing People - This unit provides a critical evaluation of research and debate in the fields of HRM and HRD. You will examine the theoretical foundations of leading, managing and developing people. In particular, the unit will consider the nature, scope and impact of HRM, the theory and practice of leading and managing people at work, and finally will look at the field of learning and development.
- HR in Context - This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision-making in business and in HRM.
- Developing Skills for Business Leadership Studied in years one and two, this unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.
Note - Transfer from PG Diploma to Masters
Students who initially register for the PG Diploma programme may change to the Masters programme subject to suitable progress and supervisor availability, and in discussion with the Programme Co-ordinator (Cecilia Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org) We have designed our programme to allow flexibility and such decisions can be considered in Term 1 of the second year of study.
You will study the following units:
- Developing Skills for Business - This unit will equip you with the professional management, leadership and HR skills that will support your continuinng professional development.
- Research Methods in HRM This unit enables you to develop the skills required to identify and investigate HR issues in order to stimulate and support improvements to organisations strategies and practices and to peoples working lives.
- Management Research Report - - (only applies to PGDip student) Following training in Research Methods in HRM, you will have the opportunity to work on a 7,000-word Management Research Report (MRR) on an HR topic of your choice, including the collection and analysis of data (usually from your employing organisation) and reflection on what you have learnt from the whole research process.
Students studying for the PG Dip undertake a shorter HR business research project and write a management report instead of those on the MSc who conduct a more substantial dissertation research project. Students who have registered for the MSc in HRM but wish to change to the PG Dip can do so during their first year of study, or later in Year 2 subject to timetable constraints and in agreement with their Programme Co-ordinator and Course Leader.
- Dissertation - (only applies to MSc student) You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document (c 15,000 words) of your achievements and conclusions.
- One option unit
Not all the units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least two HR options, plus others from the Masters Network.
Performance and Reward (30 credits)
Provides comprehensive coverage of the key strategic HR activities of managing performance and reward. Topic will include HR Strategy and Performance Management, Performance Appraisal, Discipline, 360 degree feedback, Personal Development Planning, Reward Strategies, Pay, Job Evaluation, Performance-Related Pay, Incentives, Benefits, Total Reward.
Business Psychology in Action (30 credits)
Use psychology to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace, and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you as a manager. Main topics will include communication, understanding individual differences at work , employee attitudes, spirituality in the workplace, selection, work-life, well-being and positive psychology,
Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development (30 credits)
Investigates the contribution strategic learning and coaching policy and practice make to organisational and individual performance. Theory and Practice of Strategic HRD, Concepts of learning, talent and human development, design, implementation and evaluation of coaching and mentoring interventions.