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Learn how to manage and develop employees, ensure their well-being and understand the latest changes in employment legislation. The MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy information. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Barclays, KPMG and Tesco.
This course is suitable for graduates who have studied any subject who wish to secure their first HR job, or those taking a break and wishing to re-train or re-focus their career. Our MSc HRM is a dual award programme accredited by CIPD, giving full exemption against their Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM.
If you are studying a CIPD Diploma qualification, you are required to join the CIPD as a student member at the start of your programme. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will automatically become an Associate professional member which will entitle you to use Assoc CIPD after your name. This ensures that your qualification is recognised by CIPD and that you receive access to HR and development resources and student resources to support you in your study and throughout your career. It also means you’ll avoid paying a non-registration fee. Please note that students join CIPD as individual members, so membership fees are payable directly to CIPD. More information about fees is available on the CIPD webpages.
Full-time: · MSc: 1 year · PgDip: 9 months · PgCert: 4 months · Part-time route
The full-time programme will normally include three days of attendance per week in taught lectures, tutorials and workshops during the autumn and spring terms. There is a residential at the start of year one that generally runs for two full consecutive days.
The Dissertation element is introduced in the spring term and is the focus of student engagement in the summer term. The full timetable for the programme showing specific timings of taught sessions will be available in Spring 2017 in draft form.
For students whose first language is not English, academic English sessions are available as optional workshops.
Click here to see more about the MSc HRM pattern of study.
The final Dissertation will be due for submission in September 2018
Please click here to view a typical full-time Human Resource Management study timetable.
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,460 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: Full-time fee: £15,400 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: £400
The multi-award-winning, internationally recognised Business School at our All Saints campus Manchester
Features and benefits of the course
- You will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of HR, developing your knowledge and practical skills, and focusing particularly on how a strategic approach to HR can add value to organisation
- The Business School has a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching human resource management to the CIPD standards. Our programme has been designed to provide an ideal foundation for your career in HRM/HRD or related fields
- The Postgraduate Diploma level of this course meets the advanced professional standards set by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), it is accredited by CIPD and gives full exemption from their level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM. Upon successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant HR or development experience, you can then apply to upgrade to chartered membership. You can read more about chartered membership here: http://www.cipd.co.uk/membership/professional/chartered-member.aspx
- You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
- The course provides you with an opportunity to attend the annual CIPD National Conference held in Manchester in November and this is included in the course fee
- A human resources work experience placement is part of the course which provides an opportunity to conduct a live research project leading to your dissertation. Many students choose to research their dissertations in their placement organisation. Our placement team will help and support you in finding your placement, including CV and job/placement application and interview skills preparation. These skills are an excellent foundation to enhance your employability on completion of your studies.
- A management skills/self-development residential is included in this course. This two-day event is included in the course fee and takes place early in term one.
- We also host conferences, workshops and symposiums on a variety of HRM and HRD themes. We ran an ESRC/BAM HR Special Interest Group Symposium on the theme of “HRM and Employee Wellbeing” in May 2014. Click here for more details
- Manchester Met Business School hosts the Manchester Industrial Relations Society which runs frequent talks and debates by national recognised experts in the field. See www.mirs.org.uk/ for more information
- Our programme is closely linked to the MMU Centre for People and Performance, which conducts independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people to create sustainable high-performing organisations. Our experts deliver tailor-made solutions to organisational and sector-specific challenges and issues for a range of private and public sector clients and policy-makers. Many of the Centre for People and Performance staff teach on our HRM programmes, you can read more about our Centre and the staff here: www.business.mmu.ac.uk/cpp/
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
Please note you will need to complete at least the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc to gain the CIPD accreditation. The Postgraduate Certificate does not carry CIPD accreditation for this programme.
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.
The course includes a 10-day work placement, and an opportunity to do a HR research project leading to your dissertation. It also includes a residential event where you will have opportunities to develop professional HR skills and access to teaching and exhibitions at the CIPD's Annual national conference.
About the course
Our postgraduate business programmes aim to equip you with the specialist skills in management, leadership and strategy and are intensively focused on developing your employability skills so that you can develop rewarding careers as HR leaders.
Industry experienced teaching expertise
Teaching expertise on the MSc Human Resource Management programme comes from the Department of Management which includes a rich mix of research-active and industry experienced academics.
Meet the lecturers:
Dr Sarah Crozier | Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
Dr Anna Sutton | Senior Lecturer in Management
Our research in human resource management
Reflecting our research ethic and international outlook, the Centre for Business and Society is the overarching research function of the Faculty of Business and Law. Bringing together the collaborative strengths of five synergistic research centres, this includes the Centre for People and Performance which undertakes independent research in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to explore the challenges of managing, leading and developing people.
The Centre for Business and Society is also home to the Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster, which brings together the latest psychological knowledge and research to improve people’s work lives, both through teaching and consultancy.
Typical units of study may include
You will study the following core units and choose one option unit.
- Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)
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 (15 credits)
This unit develops major internal and external contextual issues that shape decision-making in business and in HRM.
- Employment Resourcing, Relations and Law (30 credits)
This unit 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 to critically evaluate contemporary practices and apply employment law during in-class exercises
- Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits)
This unit will equip you with management, leadership and HR professional skills to support your continuing professional development.
- Research Methods in HRM (15 credits)
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 people's working lives.
- Dissertation (60 credits)
You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue. Supported by a dissertation supervisor, you then produce a substantial written document of your findings, achievements and conclusions. You will make practical recommendations and provide an implementation plan. Students write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied to personal development and practice in the future.
*Not all the option units listed below are available every year, but you will have a choice from at least two HR options, plus others from the Master's 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.
Ethics Responsibility and Equality (30 credits)
Develops understanding of the concepts of ethics, responsibility and equality in employment. Explores implications for responsible management, and policy making. As an indication, topics will include Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Ethical Issues around Customers and Employees, equal opportunities and diversity management, individual equality strands (gender, race, age, disability etc.). Equalities in global context.
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.
Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management (30 credits)
This unit provides an exploration of key academic underpinnings of organisational learning and knowledge management and the implications for practitioners in facilitating learning and knowing in organisations. You will be exposed to traditional lecture material, involved in group discussions, case studies and tasks and work on individual background reading and activities.
The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).
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 range of written assignments, reports and case study analyses alongside a small number of written examinations. You will also have the opportunity to develop your professional skills, through practice and reflection. You will develop a record of your personal and professional development, including a plan for your future career development.
The assessment requirements for each unit is detailed below:
- LMDP: One three hour exam (January 2018)
- HRMiC: One three hour exam (January 2018)
- ERRL: Two assignments (one in term 1 and one in term 2)
- DSBL: One portfolio (Term 2)
- Research Methods in HRM: Research Proposal (Term 2)
Following training in Research Methods in HRM, students have the opportunity to work on a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice, including the collection and analysis of data and reflection on what they have learnt from the whole research process.
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 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, BNY Mellon, Co-operative Banking Group, RBS, 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 only a two hour train 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
You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international/professional/academic equivalent, in any subject. We also welcome applications from candidates who may not have a degree but do have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.
If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the proviso that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.
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?
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
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If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications.
Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.
Career options after the course
Human Resource Management is an increasingly attractive and well-rewarded career, and as a result is becoming more popular amongst graduates. This CIPD accredited course enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition by demonstrating a combination of commitment, knowledge and skills. You will also have the opportunity to gain a coaching qualification and to develop your professional networks by engaging with the Manchester branch of the CIPD.
Our 10-day work placement scheme provides our full-time postgraduate students with direct experience of working alongside managers and HR practitioners.
Dedicated careers support
The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate. With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.
You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships.
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We have an active Alumni Network and an Alumni Linked In group which provides ongoing professional connections for development and employability.
You can read more about careers in HRM and HRD on the CIPD webpages. This provides a range of case studies and videos of people working in HR at different stages of their careers and from various backgrounds. The profiles give a taste of what a 'typical' working day in HR might include. The CIPD site is an excellent source of information about HR salaries and where to find jobs in HR.
Typical student profile for this course
There are no 'typical' students joining this course, everyone is unique and we have individuals with a wide range of background and experiences.
We have found that each year we have a blend some students come directly from, or soon after graduating with an undergraduate degree in management, or a business related field. However, many come from other science, arts and humanities backgrounds.
Some of our full-time students have several years of work experience in HR, or in non-HR fields and wish to take time out and concentrate on obtaining an Advanced CIPD qualification over a 12 month period to enhance their career prospects. We also have some mature students who are returning from a career break, and choose to study full-time.
We have an interesting and diverse mix of students from the UK, Europe and from a wide range of countries around the world.
Some of our full-time students are from Manchester and the North-West, others come here specially to study with us.
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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