Human Resource Management MA

Postgraduate ( full-time)

Cambridge

January 2017, September 2016

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months (September), 15 months (January).

Overview

Enhance your managerial capabilities and career prospects with our MA Human Resource Management. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the importance of people management in organisational development and business operations, and your qualification will be recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

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Full description

Careers

Your qualification will be recognised by CIPD, the UK's most credible specialist human resources training and awarding body.

Our course has a strong focus on the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in human resource management. It’s ideal if you’re preparing for, or aspiring to, roles such as HR director, manager, officer, or training officer.

Modules & assessment

Core modules, PG Certificate stage

  • Managing Employee Relations
    This module aims to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of employment relations in terms of theoretical perspectives, debates and practices in national and international, contexts and from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective.

Core modules, PG Diploma stage

  • Employment Law
    Recent decades have seen a substantial increase in the extent to which the employment relationship in the UK, Eire and the EU is regulated through employment legislation. As a result, human resources professionals are now obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out many central aspects of their role. They’re also obliged to take responsibility for the defence and settlement of claims lodged with employment tribunals by aggrieved employees or former employees. This module introduces the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation. This is intended to provide an overview, rather than to focus in detail on the operation of specific employment laws, for those who need to understand and be able to evaluate emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship in local and international jurisdictions.
  • Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
    This module will introduce you to an established body of knowledge and theory on learning processes and their application in instructional design and facilitating learning - including the design and delivery of learning and development plans and events.
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
    This module is very much at the heart of Human Resource Management as organisations can only function if they are able to assemble together the rights teams of people with the necessary skills, attitudes and talents to meet their objectives. It reflects on how organisations have to compete for the best available talent, particularly when demand exceeds supply.
  • Employee Relations
    Human resource professionals need to understand key developments in the theory and practice of employment relations, both within and beyond the immediate organisational context. This module allows you to build on your knowledge and experience to develop the skills required to make informed and effective judgements about existing and emerging models, processes and practices of employment relations in local and international jurisdictions. This is designed to encourage you to assess and understand broader developments that influence the effective management of the employment relationship in indigenous and multinational organisations.

Core modules, PG Certificate and PG Diploma stage

  • Human Resource Management in Context
    This module is concerned with the environment in which organisations operate, and how organisations have to respond to the very dynamic environment which they operate in.
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    This module will provide you with a rigorous framework for knowledge and understanding, concerning people management and development.
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
    Here, you will develop the skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership. The module includes not only essential people-management skills, but also develops knowledge to enable the interpretation of financial information and managing of financial resources, along with IT proficiency.

Core modules, MA stage

  • Research Methods for Business Management
    This module will equip you with the skills to frame, plan and deliver research, as well as the ability to analyse and interpret the data generated. These are important skills in both the academic and work contexts.
  • Postgraduate Major Project
    This module support students in the preparation and submission of a Master stage project, dissertation. For 45 credits this involves an assessment volume equivalent to 12,000 words. The major project enables students to demonstrate some or all of the following: - The ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism - Depth of knowledge which may involve working at the current limits of theoretical and or research understanding - Critical understanding of method and its relationship to knowledge - Awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice - The ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory - The capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches to changing situations; and contribute to the development of best practice; - The ability to communicate these processes in a clear and effective manner, as appropriate to the 'audience' - The capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written. In the course of your studies with us you may generate intellectual property which is defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else. By registering with us on your course you automatically assign any such intellectual property to us unless we agree with the organisation covering the cost of your course that this is retained by them. In consideration of you making this assignment you will be entitled to benefit from a share in any income generated in accordance with our Revenue Sharing Policy in operation at that time. Details of our Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines can be found on 'MyAnglia' under Research, Development & Commercial Services or by contacting this Office for a hard copy.
  • Human Resource Management in the Global Context
    This module sets out to investigate how, and if, human resource management (HRM)) operates in the international arena. This is done in two ways: by considering differences in national HRM policies and practices and by examining how businesses overcome the people problems associated with operating in more than one country. This will lead to a questioning of the extent to which HRM can be seen as a global phenomenon. In order to undertake this module effectively it is assumed that students will have some familiarity with HRM practices in at least one country and a desire to uncover similarities and differences in others. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Assessment will be by a 3000 word assignment.

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress through written work, group and individual presentations. Of your final two modules, the first is a written proposal which is assessed for a Postgraduate Major Project that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate, through a written assessment, your ability to conduct research and apply human resource practices to a specific issue.


This is a 12 or 15 month programme

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£7,100

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,200

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£3,550

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 and January 2017 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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