Human Resource Management (MSc)

Year of entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Three evenings a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time, October to July

Other entry years for this course

2018

This programme is aimed at those who wish to develop a critical understanding of people and organisations. It focuses on strategic and individual-level improvements, through assessment of the role of human resource management (HRM) in modern organisations, the issues involved in developing strategic aims (including on an international basis), employment relations, and selecting, motivating and developing staff. You will also acquire applied research skills.

The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Highlights

  • Enhance or develop your career in human resources, management, training and development or consultancy.
  • Develop a critical understanding of human resource management, organisational behaviour and employment relations theory and practice.
  • Benefit from Birkbeck’s renowned quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time programmes.
  • Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.
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Course structure

The programme comprises eight compulsory modules. You must complete all eight modules and a supervised independent applied research project.

Research methods and skills are integrated throughout the programme.

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  • Entry Requirements We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.

    Entry requirements

    A good honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent, in social sciences or a business-related discipline. Alternatively, suitable professional qualifications and at least five years' significant management experience.

    Management development professionals and consultants without a first degree but with suitable professional qualifications and at least five years' significant management experience in a range of organisations may be considered.

    International entry requirements

    If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

    If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

    Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

    Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

    If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

    Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

  • Fees We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.

    Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £ 4475 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £ 8950 pa
    Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
    Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
  • Teaching and assessment Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.

    Teaching

    At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

    Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

    Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

    In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

    Methods of teaching on this course

    Evening teaching at Birkbeck with attendance at residential weekend workshops just outside London.

    Find out more about our student support and study facilities.

    Timetables

    Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

    Indicative class size

    Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

    Academic support

    Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

    • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
    • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
    • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

    Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

    Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

    Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

    Assessment

    Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

    Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

    Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

    Methods of assessment on this course

    Essays or reports; written examinations at the end of each term; and a project (8000-10,000 words).

    Feedback

    As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

    Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

    Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

    Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

  • Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.

    Careers and employability

    Graduates go in to careers in management, human resources, training and development, and consultancy. Possible professions include human resources officer or management consultant. This degree may also be useful in becoming a retail manager or logistics and distribution manager.

    Find out more about these professions.

    Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

    We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

  • How to apply Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.

    How to apply

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.

    Which HR degree should I apply for?

    Human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD) share a common focus on the management of people within organisations. In general, however, HRD can be considered as a sub-area of HRM, with its specific focus on approaches designed to enhance learning, skills, knowledge and hence performance within the workplace.

    In contrast, HRM is concerned with the strategies, policies and practices of managing human capital, though the aim of enhancing individual, team and organisational performance is shared. Both HRM and HRD draw on many of the same conceptual and theoretical foundations, and the boundaries within practice can be somewhat blurred.

    Both degrees offer you the opportunity to contextualise your working/theoretical knowledge of HRD through case studies and participating in team presentations which mirror the employability skills that you are required to increasingly evidence in HRM and HRD contexts.

    With respect to the construction of our degrees, there are four common modules taught across both the MSc HRM and MSc HRD and Consultancy. These provide a core foundation for practitioners.

    • Professional Development and Learning
    • Human Resource Strategies
    • Leading and Developing People
    • International HRM

    As with all our Master's programmes, all students study Research Methods and carry out an independent research project. For those students studying MSc HRM, there are three additional modules which provide a broad knowledge of HR strategies and practices.

    Overall this course prepares you for the broad range of work performed by both HR generalists and, usually at a more senior level, HR business partners. These modules also provide an introduction to the specialist skills necessary for a role in one of these HR areas:

    • Selection and Assessment
    • Comparative Employment Relations
    • Leadership and Performance Management.

    For those students studying MSc HRD and Consultancy, the three additional modules studied provide the basis for senior HRD and consultancy roles in this area. These modules provide the additional HRD knowledge and skills for working in this specialist field:

    • Organizational Development, Learning and Knowledge
    • Consultancy and Professional Practice
    • Contemporary Challenges in HRD.

    Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

    Application deadlines and interviews

    Early application is recommended.

    Application to all September/October-start programmes at Birkbeck closes on Monday 16 October.

     

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