MA Human Resource Management with Advanced Research
Why choose Herts?
- Professional Accreditation: Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) enabling graduates to become a Chartered CIPD Member once they gain relevant experience.
- Employment Prospects: Graduates have secured promotions with their current employers and work as HR Professionals for a variety of organisations, including KPMG, Tesco, and Ocado, as well as becoming independent HR consultants.
- Industry Connections: You will have opportunity to attend school networking events to interact with our business partners.
The MA Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre.
Successfully complete the MA or PG Diploma and you’ll receive the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) Associate Membership, meaning you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name. You can apply to upgrade to Chartered Member if you have the relevant experience.
Upgrading to Chartered Membership enables you to use the designated letters CMCIPD further enhancing your employability.
About the course
How and where people want to work is changing. Organisations need to quickly respond to external factors. Whether they are routed in Government policies, environmental issues, or changes in society. Our world is complex, and the challenges faced by organisations need an innovative approach. The course offers an opportunity to develop a more in depth and advanced insight into human resource management (HRM). This is achieved with a focus on consultancy skills and an exploration into a HRM issue with a major project.
Central to this course are the themes of how to manage change and personnel development. Human resource (HR) practitioners need to think in radical ways to manage diverse attitudes and motivations of people entering the labour market. As a HR practitioner, you’ll need to find solutions to critical issues. You’ll work across departments to promote inclusive and productive environments, enabling the employee and organisation to thrive.
The intrinsic link between human resource management, an organisation’s strategic and operational requirements, and the impact on society, can be powerful. This course will give you the tools you need to improve a range of issues, from global and national equality to climate change. New ways of thinking about work and the role organisations play in the world is crucial. We will guide you to become a critical, inspiring leader of the future, starting today. You will be able to immediately apply the learning to the workplace.
Why choose this course?
- You want to help people reach their potential
- You want to add value to organisations and make a positive impact on society
- You want to develop advanced research and consultancy skills
- You’re looking for inspiring course content, with a range of optional modules to tailor your studies to suit your interests
- You’re looking to gain real-life application of theory. You value a fresh approach to teaching and learning, which focuses on practice
- You want a flexible programme that gives you options. We offer the chance to specialise in global human resource management, work psychology or take a general route
- You want to study a two year MA
- You’re looking to study alongside a diverse and inspiring cohort. We expect you to be studying alongside personnel and human resource managers, line managers, trade unionists and equal opportunity officers from a variety of backgrounds. This will be a valuable opportunity to learn from the experience and perspective of your peers
- You want to become a member of the CIPD. At Herts, we pay for your CIPD joining fee and the first-year student membership
- Business and Management Studies ranked in the top 25% of UK universities for research impact (Research Excellence Framework, 2021).
What will I study?
We offer a problem-based learning approach to our teaching so you can gain real life skills for the workplace. Together we’ll explore complex issues arising from research, practices and current debates. You’ll analyse human resource management at an individual, organisational, national and international level. We’ll teach you how to recognise ethical dilemmas and corporate responsibility issues to ensure that the organisations you work with are sustainable. You’ll develop an inquiry practice-orientated mindset, showing expert problem-solving, decision making and evaluation skills.
We offer a blended learning approach, including individual and group work, one-to-one sessions, workshops, study trips, guest speakers and live projects/case studies. Formal lectures will be kept to a minimum (and available online if you can’t be with us in person or want to review later).
We value our students as HR practitioners in training. To reflect this, our teaching, learning and assessment will share this core value. For example, our tutors will facilitate and role model human resource management practice.
Our focus is on experiential real-life learning, where you’ll be immersed in activities that bridge the gap between theory and practice. You’ll be assessed in this way too, with each assessment having two sections: a critical review of theory and application of that theory to practice. For example, you could carry out small consultancy work, deliver a presentation or write a brief to the board of directors to evidence your knowledge.
The world of human resource management is complex and unpredictable. By studying at Herts, you’ll gain the skills and strategies you need to help individuals, organisations and your own career thrive.
|Advanced Business Research||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Professional and Consultancy Skills||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Working Lives in a Changing Environment||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Strategic People Management and Development||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Business Research in People Practice||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Personal Effectiveness and Leadership||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Major Research Project (HRM)||60 Credits||Compulsory|
|Employment Law||15 Credits||Optional|
|Contemporary Employment relations||15 Credits||Optional|
|Sustainable Organisational Change and Development||15 Credits||Optional|
|Strategic Reward||15 Credits||Optional|
|People Resourcing||15 Credits||Optional|
|Strategic Learning and Development||15 Credits||Optional|
|Ethics In Business: A Global Perspective||15 Credits||Optional|
|Global HRM||15 Credits||Optional|
|People Management Across Cultures||15 Credits||Optional|
|Effective Work Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Contemporary Issues in Work Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
Dr Gary Pheiffer
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Further course information
|Course fact sheets|
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