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Human Resource Management MA/PG Dip (part-time)

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Overview

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. 

 

Scholarships

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship
Find out more about our Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship, offering up to 30% off tuition fees for DMU alumni.

DMU Global High Flyers Award
The DMU Global High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (subject to terms and conditions).

DMU Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the DMU Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

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Human Resource Management MA/PG Dip (full-time)

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s): N60079

Duration: Two years, part-time

Start dates:

PG Dip
Year 1 September 2021
Year 2 September 2022

MA
September 2021
September 2022

Fees and funding:

2021/22 entry:

MA/PG Dip: £3,850 (per year)
PG Dip: £2,700

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in a business-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or a CIPD Foundation or Advanced Certificate or Diploma with appropriate experience. All candidates for the part-time PG Diploma/MA are expected to be currently working in a role related to human resources.


Non-graduates who possess either a CIPD Foundation or Intermediate qualification or equivalent are encouraged to apply. Based on an assessment of your qualifications and professional experience, you will then be counselled as to the appropriate qualification route.

Some applicants with a Foundation Certificate or Diploma (e.g. Certificate or Diploma in HR Practice or Certificate or Diploma in Learning and Development Practice) may have a sufficiently strong experiential profile to progress directly to the advanced level – classes evening or day/evening.


For others, who may have spent only a short time in an entry-level HR role, the underpinning knowledge gained through an Intermediate Certificate or Diploma may be appropriate before attempting the rigours of postgraduate study.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available both before and during the course if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Accreditations

 

Core modules

Year One

  • 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

Year Two

  • 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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages.

Teaching contact hours

This is a part time course with one evening class per week.

Accreditations

Our Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre.

This is a Level 7, CIPD approved programme of study, which gives you the underpinning knowledge to apply for an upgrade to one of the Chartered CIPD memberships (MCIPD/FCIPD) after graduation. You have the opportunity to register as an Associate member of the CIPD by virtue of your registration on this programme of study.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and 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

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 DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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.

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Graduate careers

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.

DMU Open Evenings

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open events.

Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

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If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.

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The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events. You can also check out our postgraduate live stream schedule for programme-specific talks to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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Chat with our current students and staff advisers online and have your questions answered. Our team will be available to advise you on anything from information on the current postgraduate courses we offer, scholarships, fees and funding, campus facilities, and life in Leicester. View our upcoming PG Online Chat events.

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