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Middlesex offers one of the best environments in the UK for human resource management education. This flagship CIPD-accredited programme meets the needs of those wanting a career in HR, as well as those already working in the field. It has been redesigned with new opportunities to study a wide range of human resource management activities.
- We have been teaching human resource management for more than 40 years, pioneering curriculum and teaching methods
- We are one of the UK's largest departments in HRM with highly research-active staff including six professors, six associate professors and four visiting professors
- Full-time students undertake a three-month placement with the support of a dedicated placement service
- Programme designed so that working people only need to have one afternoon away from the office each week
- We have an outstanding 100% graduate employment success rate on the MA Human Resource Management
- Graduates of this programme are eligible for graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
- Residential teaching weekends included in course fees
- January and September start dates available (full-time January start students study all core, no optional modules).
September start students
The programme has two compulsory modules: Effective Leadership and Management and Strategic People Management and Development. Part-time students do these modules in their first year and select two optional modules (see list below) in their second year. Full-time students take the two compulsory modules and two optional modules concurrently.
January Start students
Full-time students take four modules: Effective Leadership and Management; Strategic People Management and Development; Managing the Employment Relationship; and Managing Employee Reward and Demand.
Part-time students take Effective Leadership and Management and Strategic People Management and Development in their first year (January to July) and select two optional modules (see list below) when they start the second year of their programme again in September.
We offer a range of modes of delivery. Full-time students attend the taught modules over two terms, then undertake a three-month placement and have a further three months to complete the dissertation. Part-time students normally attend over four terms and then complete the dissertation over one or two terms. Compulsory modules are taught during weekdays and in the evening. You will normally not need to take more than one afternoon a week off work if you are taking the course part-time. There is a requirement to attend residential programmes for both full-time and part-time and this is included in the fees.
- Effective Leadership and Management (30 Credits)
Working alongside Strategic People Management and Development this module forms part of the Post Graduate Certificate level of the Masters in Human Resources. It aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to management and leadership in the organisation enabling students to apply theory to practice in management. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops and a residential event in leadership and team building.
- Strategic People Management and Development (30 Credits)
Working alongside the effective Leadership and Management module, this module aims firstly to provide grounding in the strategic management and development of people in the organisation thus complimenting study of elective modules. Secondly to provide understanding of business strategy in order to formulate appropriate human resource strategies and thirdly to apply theory to practice in the development of the appropriate professional skills needed to operate effectively as a human resource partner to line management. In fulfilling these aims it aims to take a macro to micro view of the human resource function.
- Creating and Sustaining an Organisational Learning Culture (30 Credits)- Optional
To create and sustain an organisational culture and environment that is driven by a strategic Human Resource Development agenda and within which individuals potential, creativity and diversity is harnessed in such a way as to create value in terms of intellectual capital, learning capability and the achievement of organisational goals.
- Facilitating Learning, Development and Change (30 Credits)- Optional
To provide specialist Human Resource Development (practitioner/specialist) with a framework for Facilitating Learning and Development Interventions that takes a critical and strategic view of theory and practice in respect of the development of people and organisations.
- Managing Employee Reward and Development (30 Credits)- Optional
The reward element of this module explores the strategies, policies, structures and processes required to develop and manage effective employee reward. It shows how reward integrates with business and HR strategy. Students will develop the skills required to research and analyse reward within an organisation and to present findings and recommendations to senior management.
The employee development element aims to provide experience of the organisational process of developing people through the theory and practise of learning and development and organisational change. It takes a strategic, integrated view of the role of learning and development processes in organisations as well as developing the theory and practice expected at this level. It also provides an opportunity for students to acquire the key skills of a deliverer of learning.
- Managing the Employment Relationship (30 Credits)- Optional
This module complements generalist management foundations and provides a specialist overview of contemporary employment relations focussing on the individual aspects associated with employee resourcing, collective aspects associated with employee relations and the legal and regulatory aspects common to both areas.
- People Resourcing in an International Context (30 Credits)- Optional
This module develops an understanding of the challenges and complexities faced when managing people resourcing issues beyond national boundaries. To achieve this participants' will develop an understanding of the cultural, structural and supra-national regulatory aspects that determine human resource management strategy in an international context.
- Recruitment Selection and Assessment (30 Credits)- Optional
To equip those studying the programme with the knowledge and operating skills in all the principal aspects of People Resourcing
- Total Reward (30 Credits)- Optional
Total Reward is a strategy that organisations adopt to motive staff by financial and non-financial means, whilst aiming for high performance. All the usual pay and benefits subjects will be covered, together with a substantial input on performance management. The latter part of the programme will cover subjects such as recognition, effective leadership, learning and development, and the working environment which can strongly influence satisfaction at work.
- MAHRM/HRD Dissertation with Research Methods (60 Credits)
The dissertation is the culmination of the learning process at Masters level. It is the mechanism through which students add to organisational knowledge in order to enhance performance and at the same time contribute to broader theoretical debates.
The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to consolidate and synthesise their learning in human resource management through a predominantly self-managed in-depth study leading to an IN-COMPANY dissertation. Research methods sessions provide students with the knowledge framework and the skills necessary for undertaking a dissertation.
Normally a second class honours degree or above, or an overseas equivalent qualification. Your first degree doesn´t have to be in business. Applicants without a degree who have practical experience in personnel work will also be considered, but you will need to demonstrate your ability on the basis of courses already attended, references supplied, a 2,000-word essay and an interview. Part time students should be currently employed or have past experience in posts with significant personnel-related responsibilities.
English Language Requirements
If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL 575 (paper-based), 231 (computer-based). English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B)