The MSc Strategic Human Resource Management course presents an exciting opportunity for human resource practitioners to consider and challenge the application of theoretical perspectives to real organisations, including your own, delivered through a work based approach to gain a Master’s qualification. This course will further enhance your knowledge and understanding of HRM and develop your commercial awareness and strategic capabilities.
Our lecturers will help you to further develop your ‘thinking skills’; to become a critical thinker and reflective practitioner is not only a valuable skill in an academic context but essential in the development of your HR capabilities which can have a significant impact on wider organisational activities.
The course is designed and underpinned using the principles and components of the CIPD Profession Map.
This course is ideal for those who:
- are responsible for HR decision-making within an organisation at an operational, tactical or more strategic level;
- have responsibility for the HR function and activities within an organisation, including HR development; and
- are working as an HRM or HRD consultant – either independently or in employment – to support organisations in meeting their goals.
Upon completion of the MSc you will be professionally recognised and have the professional level of Membership Associate (Assoc CIPD). Becoming a professional member of the CIPD can enhance your career prospects and earning potential. You can apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership once you have gained the relevant HR experience and developed the appropriate HR competencies and behaviours.
You may want to consider our PGDip Human Resource Professional Practice course if you wish to only gain the core knowledge required of a Level 7 CIPD accreditation, this course is Phase One of the MSc programme.
Nottingham Business School has an established reputation for providing high quality CIPD approved professional courses for over 40 years.
What you’ll study
The modules you will study throughout the course provide a basis for the integrated study and contextualisation of contemporary HRM principles and practice.
Phase One is 16 months and incorporates eight modules that make up the core learning for the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Professional Practice.
In Phase Two, over 6 months, you will have the opportunity to undertake a major Applied Research Dissertation, based on a research area in a people related subject that may have an impact on your own organisational policies and practices.
How you’re taught
This course is designed to offer you a blended, theoretical and work based learning experience that fits your development journey. You will enjoy a teaching and learning environment that is shared by your fellow students and academic staff who will be from different backgrounds and with whom you will have the chance to share your current and previous work-place experience. Working with other students during the course will allow you to experience different approaches and learning styles. The different teaching, learning and assessment modes will therefore enable and enhance a number of essential skills, including but not limited to; communication, presentation, negotiation, report writing, analytical and, most importantly, critical thinking skills.
For Phase one, each module will be delivered over a seven-week period, with teaching delivered in six weeks and the seventh week left clear for support and completion of assessment work. Although this enables you to focus on one subject at a time, the philosophy of the course is to demonstrate integration and impact across the HR areas.
The second study phase incorporates the final two modules in order to achieve a Masters level qualification. The Contemporary Leadership in HRM module will be delivered within 10 weeks and the remainder of the second year is devoted to the completion of the Applied Research Dissertation.
Contact within modules takes the form of whole class delivery in interactive in person workshops, live online teaching sessions and structured online ‘on demand’ guided study. In all teaching sessions you will have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with other students and the lecturer on problem solving exercises, cases and discussions. Your course will be structured around the sequential delivery of the core modules.
Our assessment strategy is designed to help you develop and demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills. We use a variety of assessment methods throughout the course, including formative assessments which do not count towards your final grades, but which provide useful feedback on your progress and development and guidance towards the summative assessments which count towards your final grades.
In undertaking this course, you will experience a number of different assessment methods aimed at helping your progression through the course and skills development. Different types of assessment are used throughout the course to achieve a balanced assessment regime and this enables you to more effectively manage your workload. For example, assessment types will therefore include academic and reflective essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and case studies.
Careers and employability
Undertaking this course will give you an in-depth insight into the different aspects of Human Resource Management. You will have developed a wide range of skills and abilities and enhanced others that you already had when you joined. Although you will be in employment whilst undertaking this role, we recognise that academic development can support people in reviewing their careers and future prospects. Specialist careers advisers in NTU’s employability team are there to help you identify strategies to enable you to effectively pursue your career goals.
Graduates have reported enhanced career opportunities that enabled them to operate confidentially at a more senior level within the HR field. The roles they have secured include the Head of Learning, Training and Development; HR business partner; corporate HR officer and directorate human resources manager.
The MSc Strategic Human Resource Management (part-time) course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and successful completion of the course leads to Associate membership of the CIPD. You can apply to upgrade to Chartered Membership once you have gained the relevant HR experience and developed the appropriate HR competencies and behaviours. Nottingham Business School will pay for your student membership for the duration of the course.
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