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Human Resource Management PgDip / MSc

Overview

The MSc HRM aims to develop the professional capability of human resource management practitioners through developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in Leadership and HR Management, including:

  • people management and development,
  • business understanding,
  • professional and ethical behaviour,
  • analytical and intuitive/creative thinking
  • continuing learning and development

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You can choose to complete the full Masters qualification or alternatively you can choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM instead. Both courses are approved by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and meet the CIPD Advanced Standards. This means on successful completion of the  Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you will become a fully qualified Level 7, Associate member of the CIPD. In addition both programmes provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.

7 reasons to study here

Frequent guest lecturers: Frequent guest lectures available in a vibrant campus to stimulate and enhance your learning.
Small classes means enhanced learning: Small classes which focus on the application of theory to real-life scenarios and enhance your strategic management capabilities.
CIPD approved: The course is CIPD approved. Successful candidates become fully CIPD qualified.
Professional networking opportunities: You will study with other HR professionals, great for networking possibilities.
Flexible study options: Attractive attendance mode (two evenings per week or one evening combined with one afternoon)
Superb location: The campus is just located next to Elephant and Castle tube station; and is a quick 12 minute tube journey from both the city and the west end.
Great facilities: Excellent library, modern campus, student facilities and personalised student support mechanisms.

Benefits of PgDip

The PG Dip HRM is designed for busy professionals working within the context of personnel/human resource management and the allied professions, seeking personal or career development but who may not have the time to commit to a full masters degree.

Benefits of MSc

The MSc course has all of the benefits of the PgDip – including CIPD accreditation – plus a research methods and dissertation module.


The dissertation involves the identification and refinement of an HR problem, undertaking an in-depth literature review, the collection of primary data, and the analysis and evaluation of this data so as to produce a set of implementable and/or secondary recommendations.

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Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
MSc Part-time
Duration
32 months
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PgDip Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

Students studying for the MSc HRM and PgDip HRM will be required to complete the 4 core units in your first year. In your second year you will take Research Methods plus one core unit and two electives. Each year of the programme features a residential weekend as an integral part of the overall course. The dissertation (MSc only) and the Management Research Report (PgDip only) provide you with the opportunity to link theory and practice within an organisational context.

The taught modules (15 credits) units are assessed by a mixture of individual assignments, group presentations and by examination at the end of some modules.

Year 1 (Core modules)

  • Power and constraint: The Strategic Context (CIPD: The Strategic Context)
    The aim of this module is to expose students to the political, economic and social environments in which organisations operate and must respond strategically.  Taking a broad perspective, students will need to engage in debates about the economy, the effectiveness of public policy, technological and demographic change and analyse how these impact upon organisations.
  • Leadership and HR strategy (CIPD: Leading, Managing and Developing People) This module seeks to familiarise learners with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes is covered, as is research that highlights major contemporary changes and developments in practice. The unit also introduces learners to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management and requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint providing opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
  • Leadership and management skills (CIPD: Developing Skills for Business Leadership) This module is primarily concerned with the development of skills rather than professional knowledge.   Successful HR professionals have different approaches to their work, sharing a range of diverse personality traits, attributes and beliefs. These underpin skills proficiency, but cannot in themselves be described as 'skills'. Yet often they are central determinants of an individual manager's effectiveness and are developed consciously over time. A key purpose of this unit is thus to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues.
  • Resourcing and talent management (CIPD: Resourcing and Talent Management) This module aims to examine strategic, integrated and systematic approaches to meeting an organisation’s needs for human resources, with consideration to labour market forces, job design, employment legislation, recruitment systems, performance management techniques, employee dismissal and the theoretical concepts and practices that affect these processes. (includes two and a half day residential weekend  in Spring semester).

Year 2 (2 cores and 2 electives)

  • Research methods for HR (Core) The Research Methods module prepares participants to effectively conduct the research required for their dissertation or management research report. It equips students with the skills and knowledge to define an appropriate research project, select a ‘fit for purpose’ research design and methodological approach, examine and investigate a key research topic, present findings and produce appropriate recommendations.(The module is taught via a mixture of afternoon or evening sessions, a Saturday workshop, and a two and a half day residential in October/November).
  • Managing the employment relationship (Core) This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the framework, nature and context of UK employee relations. The module includes discussion of employee engagement, employee voice, conflict handling, mediation and trade union representation.

Plus 2 electives (subject to minimum numbers; at least one elective be taken from Group A)

Electives A:

  • Managing reward (CIPD: Reward Management In this module we examine the concept of ‘Total Reward Management’ in an organisational and international context. The modules aims to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of ways in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals.
  • Employment law (CIPD: Employment Law) This module gives students a specialist understanding of the application of UK employment law and the main legal principles and practices relevant to employment.  It is intended to give postgraduate students, generally managers, usually, but not exclusively working within employee relations, HRM or personnel across a range of employment organisations within the public, private and not for profit sectors, the necessary skills, knowledge and critical judgement to discuss and advise on a range of current employment law issues, procedures and situations.

Electives B:

  • Leading and managing change (non-CIPD Module) This unit is focused on organizational change and the transitions that organizational change processes entail.  The unit and unit assessment require students to draw on prior experience of leading, managing, implementing, or consulting to change processes in organizations, or on their own investigation of organizational transitions.
  • Managing coaching and mentoring (CIPD: Managing Coaching and Mentoring Coaching and mentoring are regarded as increasingly important methods of intervention to develop individuals at work, manage change and to support and enhance organisational culture.   There is a growing body of knowledge around coaching and mentoring that gives it a distinctive place in the range of learning and development initiatives.  The module provides a critical appreciation of Coaching and Mentoring as well as enabling continuing professional development in relation to skills development.
  • Leadership and management development (CIPD: Leadership and Management Development) The focus of this module is on the development of leadership and management in facilitating organisational, team and individual change and growth. This module encompasses the development of leadership and management at all levels ranging from first line to senior managers and draws on the established body of knowledge and theory in both leadership and management and learning and development, in addition to the growing body of specialist knowledge in leadership and management development.

Year 3

  • Dissertation (20,000 words) (Only MSc) Students undertaking the Masters programme will then go onto complete a 20000 word (maximum) dissertation. By comparison students undertaking the Post Graduate Diploma complete an 8000 word management report. Work on these will have commenced during the Research Methods module.

Employability

The programme is designed for professionals or line managers who are working in the field of Human Resource Management or Development. Students who have successfully completed the course have found it has enabled them to take on additional responsibilities and/ or move onto more senior positions within HR and/or Management.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

Staff

Aidan McKearney

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Aidan McKearney is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Business at London South Bank University (LSBU). He is the Course Director for the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, as well as the Certificate in Human Resource Practice.


Piers Myers

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Visiting Research Fellow

Piers is a specialist in leadership and change.


Dr Jan Rae

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Jan Rae is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management. She is also Course Director for the part-time Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s programmes in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

In addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials, which are the staples of any course, teaching methods include student presentations, group working, role playing exercises, hands-on computing and computer assisted learning packages. We also aim to strengthen your interpersonal skills to help you establish a career in your chosen subject area by supporting you with a personal tutor and a student mentor.

Entry requirements

One of the features of the course is the diversity of the student cohort. You may be working in any sector (private, public or not-for-profit) or industry (government, finance, consultancy, private industry, high-tech, retail, hospitality) and organisations of any size (from SME’s to multi-national companies). We welcome students from a variety of background or academic discipline. Academic entry requirements include an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in any subject. 

It is anticipated that you will have two year’s work experience, mostly likely within a HR or people management field. We will also consider applicants who are working in a management role outside of HR.

If you lack the required academic qualifications but meet the work experience requirements above you are also eligible to apply as part of the application process you will be asked to complete a written assessment based on a work-related HR issue which will be assessed by the Course Admissions team.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
MSc Part-time
Duration
32 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
3918
Application method
See below
Mode
PgDip Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
4178
Application method
See below

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UCAS Postgraduate. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 3918Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 3918Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and, additionally, the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Stories

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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