Human Resource Management (HRM) (Ft)

Are you interested in a career in managing people both as an HR specialist and a senior line manager?

With a focus on contemporary issues in the UK and around the world our professionally recognised and accredited programme combines critical analysis of theory with leading industry practices for managing an organisation's human resources from a number of perspectives including: multiple stakeholder; international; ethical; cultural; legal;operational and strategic.

Our programme will prepare you for strategic and operational roles, where a key responsibility lies in managing, supporting and developing an organisation's human resources, in domestic, international and/or culturally diverse settings.

ACCREDITED BY:

  • CMI
  • CIPD 3

UK & EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:1 Year

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Business and Management

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a very limited number of fully funded places for Scottish and EU students for entry to this course in September 2014.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum requirementsNormally a UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in people or business-centred subject
Additional InformationConsideration will be given to individuals with other degrees (e.g. Science or Engineering) where they present a clear rationale for a change in career direction and have appropriate work experience.

If you do not have the necessary formal entry qualifications, the University's flexible entry policy considers credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), including work-based experience.
Applicantation InformationIn the application form under the section headed 'Additional Information' the admission tutor will be looking for applicants to write about
  • their interest in the programme
  • insight into working with others
  • future career aspirations that involve responsibility for managing people in some way
Advanced standingAdvanced standing operates in the following circumstances:

Where there is evidence of completion of a like for like module at postgraduate level either from the CIPD or a CIPD accredited institution. Precise regulations on transfer from another CIPD accredited programme or nationally assessed centre are prescribed by CIPD.

Students wishing to transfer into our programme are advised to contact the CIPD Membership Development Team on 0208 612 6208.

or
 
Where there is evidence of completion of the 'leadership and management' standards in an MBA or equivalent post-graduate management related course, a candidate might also qualify for exemptions from these modules. This will largely depend on being able to document and convince the programme leader of the direct relevance of the courses studied. Normally the course would be an MBA or a CIPD accredited programme. (These students who have completed an MBA still have to take the Managing & Developing HR module and the Employment Law module in year 1)

There is no other advanced standing route in the programme.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:1 Year

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Business and Management

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum requirementsNormally a UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in people or business-centred subject
Additional InformationConsideration will be given to individuals with other degrees (e.g. Science or Engineering) where they present a clear rationale for a change in career direction and have appropriate work experience.

If you do not have the necessary formal entry qualifications, the University's flexible entry policy considers credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), including work-based experience.
Applicantation InformationIn the application form under the section headed 'Additional Information' the admission tutor will be looking for applicants to write about
  • their interest in the programme
  • insight into working with others
  • future career aspirations that involve responsibility for managing people in some way
Advanced standingAdvanced standing operates in the following circumstances:

Where there is evidence of completion of a like for like module at postgraduate level either from the CIPD or a CIPD accredited institution. Precise regulations on transfer from another CIPD accredited programme or nationally assessed centre are prescribed by CIPD.

Students wishing to transfer into our programme are advised to contact the CIPD Membership Development Team on 0208 612 6208.

or
 
Where there is evidence of completion of the 'leadership and management' standards in an MBA or equivalent post-graduate management related course, a candidate might also qualify for exemptions from these modules. This will largely depend on being able to document and convince the programme leader of the direct relevance of the courses studied. Normally the course would be an MBA or a CIPD accredited programme. (These students who have completed an MBA still have to take the Managing & Developing HR module and the Employment Law module in year 1)

There is no other advanced standing route in the programme.
English LanguageAcademic IELTS test score of 6.5 (or equivalent) is required with no element less than 6.0.

We want to admit students who will be able to meet the academic demands of the course. Thus, our guidance regarding English language is truly designed to protect you best interests.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
INTO PathwayIf you do not meet the academic requirements, you may be eligible for the International Graduate Diploma programme.

College Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:1 Year

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Business and Management

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum requirementsNormally a UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in people or business-centred subject
Additional InformationConsideration will be given to individuals with other degrees (e.g. Science or Engineering) where they present a clear rationale for a change in career direction and have appropriate work experience.

If you do not have the necessary formal entry qualifications, the University's flexible entry policy considers credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), including work-based experience.
Applicantation InformationIn the application form under the section headed 'Additional Information' the admission tutor will be looking for applicants to write about
  • their interest in the programme
  • insight into working with others
  • future career aspirations that involve responsibility for managing people in some way
Advanced standingAdvanced standing operates in the following circumstances:

Where there is evidence of completion of a like for like module at postgraduate level either from the CIPD or a CIPD accredited institution. Precise regulations on transfer from another CIPD accredited programme or nationally assessed centre are prescribed by CIPD.

Students wishing to transfer into our programme are advised to contact the CIPD Membership Development Team on 0208 612 6208.

or
 
Where there is evidence of completion of the 'leadership and management' standards in an MBA or equivalent post-graduate management related course, a candidate might also qualify for exemptions from these modules. This will largely depend on being able to document and convince the programme leader of the direct relevance of the courses studied. Normally the course would be an MBA or a CIPD accredited programme. (These students who have completed an MBA still have to take the Managing & Developing HR module and the Employment Law module in year 1)

There is no other advanced standing route in the programme.

International Student Start Dates

For new international students we have introduced an orientation week which starts on 8 September 2014. This extra week is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students. 

Full details are available from our award winning International Student Support Service or on our Welcome to GCU Facebook page.

Programme Description

Our MSc Human Resource Management programme builds on and complements your first degree and or previous learning and experience with the development of academic knowledge and practical skills to align you to a career in human resource management as a Human Resource Management specialist.

By the end of this programme, you will have gained a broad knowledge of managerial and leadership activities, as well as specialised HR areas. Great emphasis throughout the programme is on the translation of student learning to the work situation and the development of (HR) professional,managerial and employability skills.

The programme allows you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of HR within a wider organisational and contextual framework.

Modules have a skills element which is assessed separately from any written requirements. Effort has been made to ensure students engage in real-life issues through, for example, case studies, investigative projects and exposure to best practice. Both full and part-time students have the opportunity to add value to their work/organisations through a Business Investigation Report (PG Diploma) or HRM Research Project (Masters)

Study is available full-time or part-time.

Why choose this degree?

  • One of only four programmes in the UK to be recognised by both globally renowned HR professional bodies - SHRM and CIPD.
  • This programme exposes you to a depth of Human Resource Management knowledge providing an excellent strategic and practical background.
  • You will establish a core set of transferable skills which will provide a base from which personal development and self realisation can enhance your career opportunities
  • Full-time programme includes an industry placement within a Human Resources setting of an organisation, which allows you to experience your future career in practice.
  • Award-winning support from induction through to graduation. Our induction programme and ongoing support prepares you both culturally and academically.
  • Innovative teaching that focuses on learning for the real world and the employability of our graduates
  • Flexible study – Full-time or part-time available. 

Professional Accreditation

Our programme is one of only four in the UK to be distinguished by recognition from both globally renowned HR professional bodies:

Our MSc International Human Resource Management was the first programme in the UK to gain this elite dual status. Only four programmes in the UK have achieved this status, two of which are taught by GCU. 

As of September 2013 CIPD and AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) have announced mutual recognition of professional membership for individuals holding corresponding professional grades of membership. This means that members joining under counterpart organisation (either the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development or the Australian Human Resources Institute) will have their existing credentials recognised, providing access to the equivalent grade of professional membership.

Our programme is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

Industry Placements

A key feature of the programme is the work placement. Students are based in the HR function of an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector.

The placement is an integral part of the learning process where the student has the experience of studying, appraising and evaluating a particular human resource management issue. It provides a suitable means of both assessing the student's analytical skills and promoting a realistic view of organisations and their human resource management problems.

For the student the placement provides a valuable way of gaining some experience to discuss at interviews and demonstrate to potential employers that they have hands on experience and skills developed in a real environment. The organisation also benefits as a significant issue is investigated and they gain a report of value to them.

What You'll Learn

The programme combines taught modules and either a Business Investigation Report (PG Diploma) or an HRM Research Project (MSc):
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Managing and Developing Human Resources
  • HRM in Organisational Contexts
  • Research Design and Critical Inquiry
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Performance Management
  • Change and Leadership
  • Employment Law
  • Managing Employee Relations
  • Business Investigation Report or Human Resource Management Research Project

Module Details

Personal and Professional Development
This module aims to develop individual mastery in personal and interpersonal effectiveness in order to support career entry and development, thereby enabling positive and professional organisational impacts

Managing and Developing Human Resources
This module critically examines selected contemporary theory and practice by investigating local, national and international issues in human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD).

HRM in Organisational Contexts
The aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to interpret and analyse environment(s) in which their organisations operate. This is done by critically examining internal and external environments in global and national contexts.

Research Design and Critical Inquiry
The purpose of the module is to introduce students to research and consultancy approaches to critical inquiry in the areas of human resource management and business.

Resourcing and Talent Management
This module develops critical understanding of resourcing and talent management issues to promote fair and effective decision making in key aspects of human resource management.

Performance Management
This module aims to explore how managers in organisations might optimise individual and collective performance to achieve strategic goals through effective performance management policies and procedures. It also develops skills in the interpretation of financial information to determine organisational performance

Change and Leadership
Essential to organisations today, this module develops a critical appreciation of organisational change and its leadership implications and demands. In doing so, this module considers multiple perspectives of change and leadership ranging from traditional to emerging alternatives.

Employment Law
This module provides a comprehensive and in-depth study of the legal regulation of the employer-employee relationship and the legal framework governing the status and activities of trade unions.  It identifies the sources and principles of UK labour law and evaluates major employment protection provisions and the processes by which these are enforced.  It includes consideration of the impact of EU Law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Managing Employee Relations
This module develops a critical appreciation of the management of employment relations and supports learners gain a comprehensive and analytical understanding of employment relations perspectives and debates, both at a national and international level which stem from both theoretical and behavioural competency perspectives.   

Business Investigation Report
The aim of this module is to enable students to further develop their ability in applying analytical, investigative and communication skills to demonstrate their academic and professional competence. This is achieved by enabling them to critically apply the principles of the research cycle to investigate organisational human resource questions or issues.

Human Resource Management Research Project

The Human Resource Management Research Project is an independent investigation of a substantial human resource management or employee relations issue or problem, which demonstrates a critical awareness of management practice, relevant theories and research techniques and approaches. 


Assessment

Balance of formative and summative assessment including academic essays, practical skills, unseen examination observation, group presentations and on line questionnaires.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The CIPD is the world's largest Chartered HR development professional body for those involved in the management of people aimed at setting the global benchmark for HR excellence within the profession.

Our HRM courses are fully CIPD accredited. Students, who successfully complete our CIPD accredited programme, including assignments and skills assessments, will achieve the full 'knowledge bank' required for Associate Membership of the CIPD.

CIPD qualifications are 'recognised by large employers [inside and] outside the UK, as a standard for human resource practice' (CIPD, 2010). Independent research reveals that individuals with professional qualifications and membership stand to earn £81,000 in additional earnings over a lifetime.

Additional Fees - CIPD membership

As part of the programme, students are required to take out student membership of the CIPD. The 2013 fee is £241 and includes a single admissions fee and a membership fee for up to 18 months membership. Please note that the fee is subject to increase by the CIPD at any time. More information about CIPD fees

Benefits of student membership
  • access to West of Scotland Branch evening meetings
  • subscription to the professional HR journal 'People Management'
  • a discount on CIPD published texts
  • access to a large collection of online resources and communities of support via the CIPD website
Information on how to join the CIPD will be given to students in class. Students are responsible for the payment of their membership fees directly to the CIPD. Students should refer to the CIPD Membership pages for more information 

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The Society for Human Resource Management has officially recognised that both the GCU MSc International Human Resource Management and MSc Human Resource Management programmes fully align with SHRM's HR curriculum guidelines. GCU was the first institution in the UK to achieve this recognition.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the largest association devoted to HRM and is committed to advancing the human resource profession to ensure that HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. Headquartered in the USA, the SHRM represents more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries worldwide.

SHRM provides resources, global best practices and a network of valuable contacts to all members. 

As part of SHRM's commitment to developing the HR profession globally, they have offices in Mumbai (India), Beijing (China) and the United Arab Emirates to establish two way relationships, provide education and facilitate the advancement of HR by encouraging local networking among local SHRM members.

On graduation, you will be encouraged to engage further with SHRM to undertake the examinations that will upgrade your professional status.

Find out more about SHRM

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed for students who would like to pursue a career in Human Resource Management (HRM) and require a qualification which will assist them to gain entry at a professional level.  The programme provides a recognised qualification (CIPD accredited) that will facilitate the career development of the student as an HR practitioner. This programme prepares graduates for a variety of both specialist and generalist roles in HR and line management in people intensive environments.

Graduates in recent years have enjoyed a high rate of success in gaining professional employment in a diverse range of sectors with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, ScottishPower and Sky BSB. Graduates of the part-time programme have gone on to develop new careers through internal and external promotion.

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