Strategic Human Resource Management MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This course provides a comprehensive study of core strategic HRM principles, helping prepare you for a career in a range of national and international organisations.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

The overall aim of the course is to educate you as a people management professional in a strategic context, and improve the quality of your professional development.

This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and practical skills across a broad range of topics, aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Profession Map. This is likely to enhance your career development within the HR profession and give you Associate Membership of the CIPD, enabling you to apply for Chartered Membership when you become an established practitioner. This programme is a blend of practical personal development, and critical analysis of emerging HR trends and issues that organisations are currently experiencing. There is a focus on strategic thinking to prepare you for your future career in people management and organisational engagement.

Our links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch offer additional networking, advice, mentoring, and updates from the profession as it evolves.

Teaching is undertaken in a variety of interactive ways; including case studies, tutorials, lectures, workshops, seminars, group activities, presentations, individual reflection, as well as a residential event. Assessments are undertaken in a similarly broad and inclusive fashion; through a mixture of written assignments, presentations, critical business reports, consultation exercises, and reflective portfolios. Some of the core modules include Learning and Talent Management, Human Resource Strategy, Developing and Leading People, Reward Management, and a dissertation.

Students significantly develop their strategic understanding; the ability to challenge; and how to identify and implement improvements. In addition, the MA is desirable in the workplace and job market as a differentiator between candidates, and a gateway to more senior and strategic roles within HR.

Dr Frances McGregor

Dr Frances McGregor, Senior Lecturer for Management

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above). Applicants with a significant amount of HR experience but no formal qualifications may also be considered.

  • All applicants will be invited to interview as part of the application process.

  • Non-UK qualifications will be checked for equivalence.

  • For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

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The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment.

Located on one central town centre campus site, you’ll have access to all the learning resources and social amenities you’ll need.  There are students from over 120 different nationalities represented at the University of Huddersfield and they contribute towards a lively and enthusiastic campus. Each year you’ll find different international student societies running cultural events, national celebrations and the renowned International Food Festival which showcases cuisine and culture from our different nationalities.

Watch our profile video to hear Strategic Human Resource Management MSc student Noella describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

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Course Detail

Term 1:

Resourcing and Talent Management

This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. The module will be assessed by an individual report focussing on the strategic nature of People Resourcing and Talent, in addition to a portfolio of HR related skills. You will also investigate a range of resourcing practices to prepare a report and make recommendations on how an organisation can best attract, select, manage and retain talented individuals in order to add value.

Learning and Talent Development

The module examines the ways in which learning and talent development contributes to the achievement of economic social and cultural objectives for individuals organisations and governments. It encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of Learning and Development in work and to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint. Assessment is an assignment based on evaluating policy and practice in Learning & Development and development of a range of related skills

Reward Management

This module develops a theoretical and practical understanding of reward management reflecting the CIPD professional standards. Key principles of reward management are explored together with the relevant underpinning theories and axioms. The notion of using reward as a driver for enhanced organizational performance is explored and applied via case study and commercial real world examples.

Human Resource Management in a Global Context

This module develops a range of People Management & Development personal, academic, and HR practitioner skills. During the course students are expected to develop a number of specified skills regarding the analysis of business situations and understanding how the HR contextual elements are applied. There is a range of underpinning knowledge that will have been learnt and provided in other modules that will be re-applied in this module.

Terms 1 and 2:

Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal

This module considers how to draft, frame and research a topic on an area of interest. It is a precursor to the dissertation module and equips you to understand both research methods and philosophy. The main research philosophies together with the actual practical means of carrying out business research will be explored. A written dissertation proposal helps you set out your research ideas and explain your chosen research philosophy and methods. A poster visually depicting your research area, methodology and philosophy will also be submitted.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

The module provides a wide variety of different opportunities to develop a range of skills and knowledge that have been identified by the CIPD as being important for all HR leaders. You will be provided with different tools and ways to understand yourself better and to influence and work with other people.

Term 2:

Managing Employment Relations

This module focuses not just on the practical, theoretical and employment law aspects of the subject area, but also on the strategic issues in order to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to manage employees and give advice to managers in a constantly changing and evolving environment.

Human Resource Strategy

The ways that people are managed have a big influence on organisational performance yet many organisations still fail to connect human resource management to business strategy. This module first examines the main Human Resource Management (HRM) practices before examining how it can be linked to business strategy.

Developing and Leading People

This module will focus on a wide range of aspects of people management and will explore both effective leadership and management. This will be important to you as both HR practitioners in developing these skills within your organisation but also personally as future leaders and managers.

Term 3:

Dissertation

This module enables you to choose an HR topic that is of personal interest to you and important to your employer. You will undertake research, in depth, in your organisation to make recommendations to improve work processes and practice. You will work closely with a tutor who is knowledgeable about the topic to support your study Assessment is through a 15,000-20,000 word report

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

Huddersfield Business School has been working with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD for over 40 years. We also have links with HR practitioners from local, national and international organisations through our ‘Partners in HR’ scheme; providing you with access to a number of guest lectures and networking events, which can offer additional insights to your industry and profession.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We know that for a fact, because all our permanent teaching staff* have been awarded professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard.
  2. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
  3. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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