Human Resource Management MA

Postgraduate (12 months full-time)

Cambridge

September

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Overview

Human resource management is a people-centred role, requiring the perfect balance of interpersonal skills, strategic approach and business mind-set. You understand that, and you want a course that knows the unique skills demanded within the industry while transmitting them effectively. We have that course for you.

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

  • Business Skills
    Designed to equip you with the skills to enable you to perform business management tasks effectively and efficiently. You will engage in a series of activities which give insight into your own skills, personality and characteristics so you can fully grasp your strengths and development areas, enabling you to perform better as you gain confidence throughout the module. This module is also concerned with the development of skills and specifically seeks to improve a range of skills pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership including critical thinking and decision making skills, the management of financial information and how to manage budgets.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Core modules, PG Certificate and PG Diploma stage

  • Professional and Organisational Development
    This module investigates questions such as 'who is a Manager', 'what is a manager?' and 'what is the nature of an organisation?'. These topic areas and the relationship with the external environment are perennial questions, especially in a period of change and turbulance. Given this the module aims to provide participants with a variety of analytical tools for use of these varying levels of analysis. The module encourages you to apply these tools in order to produce an ideographically based conceptual map and analysis of their own practices and contexts. This enables critical questions of existing Management and Organisation Theory to be identified, as well as provide a basis for enhanced professional practice and development of personal competence as a manager.
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    This module will provide you with a rigorous framework for knowledge and understanding, concerning people management and development.

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 3,000-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

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

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, 2018/19 (per year)

£8,100

International students, 2018/19 (per year)

£12,600

UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,100

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

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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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.

International students

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

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.

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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