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With this CIPD accredited master's degree, graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations.
On this MSc Human Resource Management course you will develop your career in the Humans Resources profession, either as HR practitioner or consultant. This course is ideal if you are a general manager seeking to develop your people management responsibilities. You will build on your professional HR knowledge whilst developing your core HR skills. This master's course has many innovative features including skills development workshops and visits to organisations to examine their HR practice.
Why choose this course?
- Employability: This course helps you develop academically and professionally through professional skills workshops held throughout the course. This enhances your future employment potential. We host a number of networking events with the local HR community, enabling our students to meet with local employers and HR professionals. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre.
- Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Human Resource Management. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. We have received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
- Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the worlds great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.
- Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
You will study eight compulsory modules and an additional module which provides you with practical experience of human resource management practice. In addition, you will complete a dissertation. You can view the course structure in the Downloads section on the right.
Human Resource Management in Context: This will develop your understanding of the main internal and external environmental situations within which organisations operate. You will compare the role of the Human Resource (HR) manager with other functions to show how these integrate with general management and drive organisational success. You will examine how those in the HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise this wider perspective. You will be aware that managers and HR professionals in different organisation types have opportunities and constraints when taking organisational and HR decisions.
Leading, Managing and Developing People: You will become familiar with research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice. You will consider significant debates in leadership, flexibility and change management to help you become an effective manager and HR specialist. You will learn to manage others effectively and increase levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.
Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management: A major objective of the human resources function is the mobilisation of a workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble teams of people with the necessary skills to meet their goals and retain effective performers. This module focuses on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and exiting. You will develop the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. You will also gain an understanding of how performance management can support the strategic objectives of an organisation, how the performance of people can be enhanced and inspired by leadership, and how it contributes to high-performance work organisations.
Managing Employment Relations: This will develop your understanding of managing employment relations within a global business. Employment relations is a changing subject which is influenced by external factors (political and economic) and internal factors (management and management style). You will explore the impact of different national environments on employment and the roles of different stakeholders in employment relation systems. You will also critically review employment relations in an organisation and make suggestions to drive improvements to Human Resource Management. This module includes a practical skills workshop.
Organisational Design and Organisational Development: This will enable you to acquire an understanding of organisations with particular reference to job design, cultural dynamics, organisational change, leadership, power and politics. The module will develop expertise in organisational development (OD) aspects of HR management.
International Human Resource Management (IHRM): This module develops your understanding of the theoretical origins of HRM. You will explore the links between business strategy and international HRM, and study the relationship between achieving strategic objectives and the implementation of appropriate and coherent HR strategies. As the pace of globalisation has gathered momentum, IHRM is now a discipline in its own right, attracting attention from researchers and practitioners.
Developing Skills for Business Leadership: Successful leaders have different approaches to their work, sharing a range of diverse personality traits. They are central to a manager's effectiveness and are developed over time and with an awareness of the differing cultural contexts. A key purpose of this module is to encourage you to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague. In addition you will develop a range of definable skills which are pivotal to successful management practice. These include decision-making skills, team-working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness. You will develop your skills of reflexivity to explore the implications for professional practice. This module helps you develop the confidence to articulate your skills necessary for career development.
Human Resource Management in Practice: This provides the opportunity to visit a range of organisations and learn about Human Resource Management (HRM) in practice. There is no credit towards your master's degree from this module but it will give you a valuable practical insight and enhances your employability. Prior to visiting you will research the organisations and prepare questions for them, as well as answering questions from HR practitioners to build your professionalism as an HR specialist.
Research Methods: This module prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management research, drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills.
Dissertation: You will investigate a HR management or organisational practice issue using primary and/or secondary data, justified and supported by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature. You will make recommendations for implementation and practice. There is an emphasis on you developing essential practical skills that will form part of your Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification. A number of skills workshops throughout the course are designed to develop your thinking and skills.
As we review our courses regularly, the modules you choose from may vary from the list shown above.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to Advanced Diploma knowledge standards.