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The MSc Human resource management is a part-time programme designed for human resource and people management professionals working within the context of human resource management and the allied professions, seeking personal or career development. The course offers students the opportunity to study a broad range of practitioner-based subjects to ensure that they can operate at a strategic level within an organisation. The course is also suitable for professionals working at a senior management level where they have responsibilities for people management. The course is accredited by the CIPD and will ensure that on completion professionals will achieve associate membership status from which they can upgrade to full membership status within a year of completing their course.
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This part-time (evening) programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and aims to develop HRM practitioners in leadership and people management. The programme is taught by seasoned professionals with a broad HR background in academia and business.
Why Human Resources Management at LSBU?
Frequent guest lectures to stimulate and enhance your learning.
Focus on the application of theory to real-life scenarios.
MSc and PgDip courses are CIPD accredited. Become a fully qualified Level 7, associate member of the CIPD.
Study with other HR professionals, great for networking possibilities.
Flexible study options: two evenings per week or one evening combined with one afternoon.
The MSc Human Resource Management aims to enhance the professional capability of the people practitioner within an organisation to be able advise and make considered decisions at both operational and strategic level.
Develop the ability to define and expand existing knowledge and techniques, evaluate, and apply conceptual and analytical frameworks to the understanding of the theory and practice of strategic human resource management.
Develop the ability to practise appropriate HRM skills and professional judgement in a variety of organisational settings and particularly in the individual student’s employing organisation(s).
Facilitate an appreciation of the increasingly strategic and international context of the human resource development.
Provide students with the opportunity to develop independent thought and critical reflection.
Develop a problem-solving approach to human resource issues involving an appreciation of the significant and appropriate research and work planning methods.
Develop credibility within an organisation by demonstrating the ability to analyse the impact that change will have on an organisation and make key recommendations that are substantiated.
Work effectively within a team and virtual team environment to build rapport and develop influencing skills.
Demonstrate student capability for carrying out and critically evaluating their own research and demonstrate an awareness of ethical dilemmas likely to arise in research and practice.
Provide students with an opportunity to review and reflect upon their own personal (and others’) knowledge and practice to improve their own (and others’) action and self-directed learning
Display work-planning and progressing skills in a project management context, making recommendations to the employing organisation(s) or employment sector in a format, which can be implemented and defended.
Integrate different elements of the programme, select appropriate research methodology and theoretical perspectives to investigate a research problem providing students with the opportunity to produce a dissertation.
To be considered for entry to the course(s) applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:
A first degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent and normally be required to have at least one year’s post graduate work experience.
Non-Standard Entry: Where there is a minimum of 2 years work experience but no first degree. applicant must complete a 1,500 word report on an organisational HR issue, provide an extended personal statement and supply two supporting references confirming suitability for entry to a postgraduate programme.
APEL is possible, within the normal rules and regulations of LSBU, but special PSRB rules apply that require APEL applicants to have successfully completed comparative 20 credit module(s) from a CIPD approved level 7 course.
MScHRM/D (Top-Up): Applicants who have already studied and achieved their Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HRM or Post graduate Diploma in HRM can apply for entry to the top up as long as they have evidence of 120 credits at Level 7. In order to achieve the top up applicants will need to study 2 modules, Research Methods and the Capstone project which will give them the extra 60 credits that take them up to the 180 credits required for an MScHRM.
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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 Enrolment pages.
You can study the Postgraduate Diploma (2 years), designed for busy professionals working in personnel/human resource management and the allied professions, seeking development but who may not have the time to commit to a full masters degree. The Masters course (2 years) has all of the benefits of the PgDip, plus a research methods and dissertation module.
The taught modules are assessed by a mixture of individual assignments, group presentations and exams.
Year 1 modules
Contextualising Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development This module emphasises the need for HR professionals to understand, appreciate and evaluate the political, economic, social, technological and legal environments within which modern-day organisations are situated. The situational context of each student’s organisation and/or sector is explored, debated and assessed, in ways which help identify key strategic challenges and opportunities. The module also addresses the key conceptual and ideological underpinnings of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development. Issues concerning the changing role of HRM/D, in response to legal, regulatory, technological and social values are also addressed.
Resource and Talent Management This module will detail the strategic approaches to resourcing and talent management of employees with appropriate consideration to the external environment. Key features will include the acquisition, management and retention of people through to termination of employment. Content will ensure learners are aware of the current legal requirements and ethical issues affecting employment and termination of employment. The content of this module has been based around the CIPD Professional Map for Resourcing and Talent Management.
Managing Employee Relations: A Contemporary Lens This module engages with the key issues inherent within employment relations in the UK today. In the past, employment relations, as a topic and as a discipline, was heavily focused on trade union-management relations. While this aspect of ER remains an integral part of this module, we extend the lens to cover employee relations in non-union organisations, as these now represent the majority of UK workplaces. Areas covered within this module include, employee voice, employee involvement and participation, employee engagement, contractual rights, conflict handling, consultation and negotiation skills, discrimination and harassment, and practices to resolve employment relations cases.
Mentoring & Coaching (Optional) This is an option module for those interested in developing capabilities in coaching and mentoring. Coaching and mentoring are regarded as increasingly important methods of intervention to develop individuals at work, to manage change, to help resolve conflict, to help in performance management, and to support and enhance new behaviours within 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. It is essential to the role of HR managers that they have a critical appreciation, and preferably a working knowledge of, coaching and mentoring. This module provides a basis for this working knowledge.
Managing Reward (Optional) This module focuses on the strategic role of reward in enhancing organisational performance through influencing the engagement of individuals and teams. It explores how different aspects of the total reward package work together to add value to employees’ experience of an organisation. The challenges of achieving fairness and equity in reward are analysed and evaluated in the context of different approaches to managing pay systems; the existence of structural pay gaps is interrogated and potential solutions explored. The module provides insight into the design, management and evaluation of reward strategies in the broader context of HRM and organisational development.
Year 2 modules
Employment Law (Optional) The purpose of this module is to introduce the major areas of UK employment legislation as it impacts on the HR practitioner, the UK employment law system and how regulation has evolved. All aspects of employment legislation will be covered in terms of the impact on policies and procedures within an organisation. Due process will be covered in terms of how to avoid and prepare for an employment tribunal case.
Leading and Managing Change (Optional) This module focuses on the leadership and management of organisational change. The module and the module assessment require students to relate their own experiences and/or investigations of organisational change to academic and practitioner models, enabling the module to combine practical relevance with theoretical and conceptual rigour. Peer-to-peer learning and feedback is a valuable resource on this module and as such active student participation is central to successful completion.
Strategic Human Resource Management & Development This module provides a framework of knowledge and understanding concerning HRM and HRD strategies and the leadership of these strategies. The module blends the subject areas of strategy and leadership, in a way that builds upon learning achieved in previous modules. The module critically examines contemporary practice and research evidence, enabling participants to examine their own leadership styles, and to understand the processes involved in strategy formation, implementation and evaluation in the workplace.
Capstone Business Project This independent research project (known as the capstone business project) draws upon the students’ skills and knowledge gained thus far enabling application of learning to a scenario resulting in added value to an organisation and creating real world impact. This student driven project must address a current issue or opportunity in an organisational or industrial context. Projects can relate to a student’s current role or internship or students can use this opportunity to deepen their knowledge of different sectors or organisations thus make connections utilising the project as a vehicle to impress future employers creating a possible stepping stone to their next job. Alternatively they may wish to investigate possible entrepreneurial opportunities. The module further develops students as business research experts via the completion of a comprehensive business report. The report must develop an academically cohesive argument, demonstrating as appropriate the formulation and testing of research questions or hypotheses, critical review of the extant literature, justification for the research approach and methods deployed, focused research making use of relevant primary and secondary sources, documentation and presentation of results, and recommendations for action from the primary and secondary research. In addition to a clear introduction and conclusion, an executive summary will take the place of an abstract.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
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 Management.
Both the PgDip and the MSc 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.
The programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).This means on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you'll become an Associate member of the CIPD. In addition the programme 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.
Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Teaching and Assessment
The Teaching and learning strategy aims to give students a flexible approach to learning with interactive workshops, online activities and practitioner-based sessions. Classes are provided in 4 hour slots in the afternoon/evening and take place twice a week. Students are encouraged to work in groups and individually, ideally using information from an organisation of their choice. The emphasis is to ensure that students develop a critical viewpoint of both their organisation’s and other sectors practice in order to be able to transfer the strategic HR related skills to the workplace. Each session is comprised of a two hour lecture followed by a two hour interactive seminar with activities and groupwork. There are onsite workshops included in Resource and Talent management AND Research Methods.
As a postgraduate student in the Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions, designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your postgraduate degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".