Reasons to study Human Resource Management MA/PG Dip at DMU:
This course will develop your knowledge and skills in core areas of human resource management (HRM) to help you start or further your career as a HR professional. The course will also enhance your expertise in professional activities related to employee resourcing, employee development, employment relations and employment law. You will gain experience in practical problem solving informed by leading edge theory and research.
- CIPD approved centre
We are an established CIPD approved centre with a track record of delivering high-quality provision. The department has robust links with the CIPD at both local and national levels.
- CIPD assessment
Part-time study allows you to consolidate your experience while studying, which is important for your CIPD upgrade assessment.
- Flexible study schedule
Supported blended learning allows you the flexibility to coordinate your study around work and family life. The cross sectoral nature of the part time student group allows you a real opportunity to compare practices across organisations and to learn from the experiences of others.
- Apply theory practically
A core advantage of being able to study and work is that you have the chance to apply your learning in practice.
Structure and assessment
- Developing Skills for Business Leadership – seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership. These include thinking and decision making skills, the management of financial information, managing budgets, a range of team working and interpersonal skills, and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work
Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective – provides an opportunity to undertake a live consultancy project in order to produce an individual management research report for the client organisation. This module will also encourage individual reflection on personal and professional development during the research process, and will enable the mapping of individual skill acquisition an future development needs
- Leading, Managing and Developing People – introduces the principal issues facing organisations in the 21st century in leading, managing and developing people. This module develops critical skills and competencies relevant to generalist HR practitioners and those wishing to enter the profession. Attention is paid to key features of the internal and external operating environments that influence the manner in which employees are led and developed in organisations
- Employee Resourcing – introduces you to the principal employee resourcing issues facing organisations in the 21st century, and aims to develop critical skills and competencies relevant to resourcing specialists. This module pays attention to the key factors of the external operating shape labour markets and impact employee behaviour and attitudes. It develops knowledge and understanding in managing resourcing practices, following the employee journey from recruitment through to exit
- Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective – provides an opportunity to undertake a live consultancy project in order to produce an individual management research report for the client organisation. This module will also encourage individual reflection on personal and professional development during the research process, and will enable the mapping of individual skill acquisition an future development needs
- Employment Relations – The subject of Employment Relations is concerned with the changing nature of work and how the terms and conditions under which people work are determined. Because employers and workers have different interests as buyers and sellers of labour, power is central to the subject. The power of employers and workers to exercise control over the terms and conditions of employment is influenced by a range of factors that operate at various levels – the workplace, the wider organization, and the national and international environment in which employers, managers, workers, trade unions and governments operate. Employment Relations studies how these parties to the employment relationship engage with each other and how this engagement is shaped by wider economic, social, political and cultural/ideological forces. This means that although the module focuses on British institutions and practices, it is of much wider relevance because it provides a theoretical framework for analysing employment relationships in a variety of national contexts with their different institutional arrangements.
- Human Resource Management in Context – enables you to identify, understand and analyse the major internal and external environmental contexts within which HR professionals operate in the private, public and voluntary sectors. It develop insights into the creation and delivery of effective HR strategies, practices and solutions in different national and global organisational contexts
- Human Resource Management in a Legal Context – this module seeks to analyse the role played by legal reputation in the management of human resources. It explores how managers perceive this role and their ability to understand the different consequences of legal developments in varying conditions and situations.
- Research Methods and Dissertation (MA students only) – provides the academic framework and principal approaches to management research and design to equip you to carry out an independent piece of research, leading to the submission of a master’s dissertation. This module consists of two linked elements. The first is a guided programme of study to enable you to understand the key processes involved in identifying a topic for research. The second is designed to help develop awareness of ethical issues in the context of management research
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Students from the Dip/MA programme have pursued careers in The NHS, oil companies, voluntary sector organisations, banking and finance retail.
Many have continued their academic studies to complete their PhD.