This course starts in January 2018.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and successful completion of it qualifies you for the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management. It also grants you automatic Associate Membership of the CIPD. You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of human resources (HR), developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how HR can add value to organisations. This course is designed to build your practical knowledge and develop your skills through real experiences of human resource management.
Primarily aimed at people who are working or entering the HR profession who wish to become professionally qualified, this course allows for career progression in this specialist field. On completing this course, you are automatically eligible to continue directly to the PgDip/MSc in Human Resource Management at Manchester Met. The Master’s course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). This qualification enables you to distinguish yourself from other candidates in today’s competitive job market.
6 months part-time. Applications to this course are now open. The start date for this course will be confirmed on application.
The Certificate in Professional Studies in HRM is delivered on a part-time basis only and is usually completed in 5-6 months.
The attendance pattern is an afternoon/evening most weeks plus occasional additional workshops. Taught classes are scheduled to run from 3pm to 8pm on Wednesday evenings. The delivery of this programme may be subject to change.
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,460 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £4,634 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional Estimate: £600
Features and benefits of the course
- This course is designed to build your practical knowledge and develop your skills through real experiences of human resource management in a range of different organisational settings.
- The course will provide you with an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focussing particularly on how HR can add value to organisations.
- This course has been specially designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for a career in HR, covering key aspects of policy and practice (such as resourcing, reward, performance management, employment law, and training and development) as well as developing the skills to be an effective practitioner.
- Successful completion of the course leads to automatic Associate Membership of CIPD.
- The course leads to the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HRM.
- Successful completion of this Certificate can provide a route for entry to our highly regarded Postgraduate Diploma in HRM, which gives full exemption from the CIPD Advanced Diploma - the gateway qualification to becoming a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
- This programme is taught at the Business School by professionally qualified staff with relevant academic and workplace experience through a range of inter-active lectures, workshops, case studies and project-based assignments.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accredits this programme. Successful completion of the Certificate in Professional Studies in HRM will lead to Associate Membership of CIPD and the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HRM.
We are a double-accredited business school, having gained the prestigious AACSB accreditation to provide excellence in global management education. This places us among the top 5% of business schools worldwide to have secured this accreditation and means your degree is internationally recognised.
About the course
Research informed teaching
The course is taught by an experienced team of lecturers from the Department of Management, many of whom have extensive experience as HR professionals, and others who are actively researching and publishing in the field through the Business School's Centre for People and Performance.
Typical units of study may include
There are two units on this course and assessment is purely through assignments- there are no exams.
HR Policy and Practice (30 credits)
The HR Policy and Practice unit will introduce you to the key themes of the HR function, including employment law, training and development, and coaching.
This unit is designed to introduce you to the areas of resourcing and talent planning; employee reward; employment law; training and development; and coaching and mentoring.
The unit will cover recruitment and selection, talent management, retention and termination of employment, including redundancy, dismissal, retirement and change management with associated legal requirements. We also consider HR policy and practice relating to pay, reward, performance management and discipline; working time and the treatment of staff in work
This unit will also consider the design, delivery and evaluation of inclusive learning and development activities including coaching and mentoring capability.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to understand and evaluate people management policy and practice in these areas. Your learning is assessed through one Case Study Assignment where you evaluate HR policy and Practice through a case and one written assignment on an HR topic of professional relevance, selected from the wide range of themes covered.
The Effective HR Practitioner (30 credits)
The Effective HR Practitioner unit will provide you with skills necessary for working in a HR context, looking at how the HR function adds value to an organisation’s performance in both the internal and external environment.
This unit is designed to introduce you to the HR function and the internal and external contexts in which HR professionals work. The unit will also equip you with the skills necessary for working in a HR context.
This unit offers students an opportunity to examine the purpose and objectives of the HR function, consider the business/organisational context and explore the ways in which HR adds value and to organisation performance and change management. We also consider what it means to be an effective HR practitioner, with opportunities to reflect on a range of key practitioner skills such as team-working and business research. We introduce a variety of approaches to ongoing professional development, personal reflection and coaching.
You will conduct a piece of original research on a relevant HR issue to your organization , write a persuasive business report and reflect on your own personal and professional development.
This unit will provide an excellent opportunity for developing as an effective practitioner, will enhance your workplace contribution and provide you with a framework for ongoing professional development.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
There will be a mix of written assignments/reports and a portfolio of learning.
There are no examinations on this course.
The HR Policy and Practice assignments are designed to offer you an opportunity to investigate an HR issue of current relevance to your work, and also to reflect critically on practice in your own organisation.
The Effective HR Practitioner assignments include a short piece of research relating to the management of people at work, and a reflective record on your learning through the duration of the course in which you consider the impact on your own effectiveness at work.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester - a truly international city for business
Manchester is the largest regional financial centre outside of London and home to major accountancy institutions including Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Ernst and Young. In addition, there are regional centres of international banks based in the North West including Santander, Bank of New York Mellon, Bank of China and RBS.
Manchester has long been regarded as a centre for international trade and investment. A city that was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution which shaped the modern world as we know it today, where the first industrial park was created to the city’s current status as the largest financial and professional centre outside of London, Manchester attracts major global businesses from around the world.
Manchester’s entrepreneurial spirit and enterprising culture has meant that some of the best business brains have been nurtured here. The skilled, multi-talented and multi-cultural workforce has attracted global players, with over 2,000 foreign owned companies located here. Key companies include Google, the BBC, Co-operative Banking Group, Brother and Aegis Group to name a few. The city’s business landscape is a melting pot of global brands, innovative start-ups, entire industry supply chains and established companies collaborating, creating and doing business on the world stage.
Manchester has particular strengths in key sectors including banking, financial and professional services, ICT, digital and creative media, healthcare and biotech, advanced manufacturing, logistics, energy and environmental technologies. All of these industries operate in international markets and are sustained with a thriving knowledge economy – we are one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and undoubtedly the most popular city for students in the UK.
Manchester International Airport connects to over 200 destinations worldwide and additionally includes a world freight and cargo centre and Airport City, a purpose built business destination for international corporations that serve the globe.
Why study at Manchester Metropolitan?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 120 countries and has a strong global presence. The university’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our 2,300 academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise.
We are home to one of the largest Business Schools in the UK and all of our business Masters students benefit from an outstanding teaching and learning experience. Our Masters programmes have been underpinned with impactful research from the Faculty’s Centre for Business and Society.
Our award-winning Business School is an iconic feature on the Manchester cityscape. Opened in 2012, the £75million building was purposefully built to create an inspiring and professional environment and has won many architectural and sustainability awards.
The building spans seven floors and includes a dedicated postgraduate suite on the top floor of the building, providing state-of-the-art facilities including Harvard-style seminar rooms and lecture theatre, study and social spaces and laptop counters throughout.
Dedicated student support
The Faculty of Business and Law has a full service student hub on-site that provides a host of student support services, including a dedicated international student support officer who can assist international students with advice, pastoral care and any issues you may encounter during your time here. A full range Careers and Employability Hub is also on the ground floor of the building, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Students' Union. This includes a number of sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city and our home, the Business School, is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
Manchester and the region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London is only a two hour train ride away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. That’s why Manchester was voted UK’s most liveable city in 2015.
Find out more about what Manchester has to offer.
Campus accommodation is available for postgraduate students. There are also a number of nearby districts and suburbs popular with students.
Typical entry requirements
The Standard Entry requirements for the Certificate in Professional Studies (HRM) are GCSE Maths and English (C) or equivalent, plus at least 2 years' relevant work experience. This programme is open to candidates who do not hold a degree but can demonstrate appropriate experience, either as an existing HR practitioner, as a manager wanting to specialise in HRM or prior learning through business-related experience of managing and supervising people at work. Candidates will be required to set out their learning through prior experience in their application submitting evidence such as CV, job description and references. Candidates who do not meet our standard qualification and work experience entry requirements will be considered if they can demonstrate prior learning from other forms of experience.
Our detailed requirements are set out below:
Standard Entry: GCSE Maths and English (C) or equivalent;
This programme is open to candidates with experience, either as an existing HR practitioner, as a manager wanting to specialise in HRM or to individuals who can demonstrate appropriate prior learning through business-related experience of managing and supervising people at work. Candidates will be required to set out their learning through prior experience in their application, submitting evidence such as CV, job description and through references.
Candidates who do not meet our standard qualification and work experience entry requirements will be considered under MMU’s widening participation strategy if they can demonstrate prior learning from other forms of experience such as:
- One or more A levels
- CIPD Foundation Level certificates: Personnel Practice, Training Practice, Employment Law etc
- Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in HRM
- HNC or academic/professional qualifications of an equivalent level
- Significant responsibility of recruiting, managing and/or developing people in voluntary or other forms of unpaid work
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
How do I apply for this course?
You can apply for part-time taught courses by completing the Postgraduate Application Form[K1] . There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.
Next stages of your application
We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application. You may be invited for interview or asked to provide further information in support of your application
Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme, and you must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your place.
Please note, to apply for this course, you only need to submit one reference. While the application form does ask for two, providing one reference (preferably from an academic institution or an employer), will allow your application to be processed.
Career options after the course
On completion of the course you will have gained a University certificate and a professionally-recognised certificate, both of which will demonstrate to employers that you have strong understanding of HR policy and practice. The course should allow you to progress into a mid-level or senior role if you are currently in a junior level position, or progress into further advanced study to postgraduate Masters level.
Confirmation of Regulator
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.
Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.
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