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MScHuman Resource Management (full-time)

Why this course?

The MSc in Human Resource Management is a one-year, full-time programme. It's for those of you who aim to pursue a career in the field of human resource management.

Mixing theory and practice, this programme offers you the opportunity for in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. It allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The Department of Work, Employment & Organisation is a CIPD Approved Centre. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

You’ll study

You’ll undertake a curriculum based on the following compulsory and optional taught modules. If you meet the eligibility requirements on the Postgraduate Diploma then you’re allowed to proceed to the dissertation to complete the Masters stage.

Business Skills Development sessions take place over both semesters.

Integrated Dissertation and Research Report

During the second semester, you’ll produce an Integrated Dissertation and Research Report based on analysing a human resource issue in an organisation. 

You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research. You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

Dissertation

MSc students also complete a dissertation on an approved topic over the period of June to August.

Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Course content

Business Skills Development sessions take place over both semesters.

Compulsory classes

Business Skills

The module is primarily concerned with developing and improving a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, a range of team-working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

The module also seeks to develop further more-specialised skills that are of particular significance to effective higher-level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development. Finally, the module seeks to help learners make the most of their formal programmes of study with the inclusion of key postgraduate study skills and requires critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

A variety of learning methods will be used in this module including lectures, group discussion, practical demonstration and role play, hands-on computer exercises and individual reading. Topics covered:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Questioning Techniques
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Discipline and Grievance
  • Finance
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations
  • Coaching and Mentoring
HRM in a Business Context

The aim of this module is to critically explore human resource management as both a strategic function and essential aspect of the management role, which creates value for both business organisations and stakeholders through the effective organisation of people and associated work systems. The module examines the business context and socio-economic drivers which shape corporate strategies and in turn, shape the strategic policies and practices of human resource management.

The module involves a combination of classroom-based learning, student-led discussion, group-based activities concerning case studies, and engagement with guest speakers.

Contemporary Employment Relations

The aim of this class is to provide a critical understanding of current developments in employee relations in the UK. It aims to provide a conceptual and theoretical understanding of the dynamics and the contours of the employment relationship. Particular attention will be focused on exploring the resilience of the traditional institutions and modes of employment regulation, as well as exploring current attempts to recast the dynamics of employee relations.

Throughout the class, our concern will be to explore the extent to which the existing forms of collective employment regulation remain intact, or are being superseded by a greater emphasis on the individual within the employment relationship. This will be achieved by exploring key issues such as changes in workplace regulation, representation and management strategies, as well as considering current trends within employee relations.

A flexible and interactive approach to teaching and learning will be employed. The teaching methods adopted will comprise of a mixture of lecture inputs, group discussions and case studies.

Employee Reward

This module examines the interdisciplinary nature of reward management in an organisational context, presenting different theoretical and philosophical approaches to pay determination (e.g. economic, psychological, legal, and political) in relation to contemporary trends in employment policy and employee relations.

Reward management strategies that consider relative value, individual and collective contribution and labour markets will be examined. Specific subjects covered within this module include: pay and reward strategies within private, public and third sector organisations; legal constraints in determining pay structures; job analysis techniques; pay differentials for disadvantaged groups; and non-monetary reward. International comparisons will be made available as appropriate.

Learning and development in this class is designed to appeal to a range of learning styles, and to integrate argument, action, and reflection. This means that the format of the learning periods combines lecturing, group work on case studies and discussion. A variety of teaching methods will be adopted including formal lectures, guest lectures, individual reading, and applied exercises including group presentations.

People Resourcing

The aim of this class is to help students to understand People Resourcing issues within organisations and related concepts in order that they can become thinking practitioners in the field. General knowledge-based objectives include developing knowledge and understanding of a number of issues facing practitioners within organisations who are responsible for ensuring that the organisation is effectively resourced with people.

The learning methods will combine elements of formal presentations, individual reading, group discussions, and class feedback sessions. Learning and development in this class is designed to appeal to a range of learning styles, and to integrate argument, action, and reflection. This means that the format of the learning periods combines lecturing, group work on case studies and discussion.

 

Research Methods

The aim of this class is to help students prepare for undertaking their Integrated Dissertation and Research Report. Sessions covered include research design, ethical consideration in research and analysing and presenting data.

Leading, Managing and Developing People

The aim of the module is to build upon core theories and strategic practices discussed in Semester One HR916 HRM in a Business Context, by critically examining both HRM and HRD practices for building and managing productive, effective, and healthy workers.

This module will utilise a central two-hour lecture to disseminate core knowledge and generate class discussion. On-line learning materials provide links to case studies and tasks which will be discussed in additional 1-hour seminars designed to engage student reflection on the class material.

Critical Issues in HRM

The aim of the module is to build upon core theories and strategic practices of HRM by examining emerging developments in people management, within complex and volatile global business environments.

The module will be taught using a variety of methods designed to support student learning, to encourage active reflection and also to develop critical understanding. Students will be expected to engage in directed, self-directed, and individual and group-based learning. For all classes, there will be accompanying reading and a central lecture.

Elective classes

You are required to choose one 10 credit elective class. Electives are taught throughout the semester, online or via intensive classes offered at the Business Schools’ Spring School.

Recent electives offered include Labour and Diversity in a Global Context, Leadership in Organisations, and Psychometrics in Organisations, Employment Issues and the Law and Managing HR in multinationals.

Please note, electives offered may vary each academic year.

Learning & teaching

There'll be a series of taught modules, seminars, guest lecturers by distinguished HR professionals, and a business skills development programme.

Assessment

Classes are assessed by various methods which include essays, individual and group projects and final exams. The exams are generally held in December and April. Formal approval to proceed to the MSc stage is given by the end of June. The MSc stage requires the completion of the Integrated Dissertation and Research Report.

Integrated Dissertation and Research Report

During the second semester, you’ll produce an Integrated Dissertation and Research Report based on analysing a human resource issue in an organisation. 

You’ll require access to an organisation to carry out this research.  You’re encouraged to use your own contacts to arrange this, although assistance will be given by the department.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Record

You’ll keep a CPD Record that describes all your important learning activities and experiences during the course. Submission of a satisfactory CPD Record is a requirement for completion of the course.

Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science or business-related discipline.

For students whose first language is not English, achievement of an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each criteria).

Prospective applicants must keep in mind that the above constitute minimum requirements and that meeting those requirements does not guarantee acceptance on the course.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Students on this programme are also required to become Student Members of CIPD at the start of the programme. The admission fee and the membership fee is paid by you directly to CIPD. Membership fees are due annually in July. More information will be provided at the start of the programme but information about student membership can be found on the CIPD website.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

2019/20

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £10,300

Rest of UK

  • £10,300

International

  • £19,500

How can I fund my course?

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Many our graduates are in work or further study in the area of HR.*

Job titles include:

  • Assessment Specialist
  • Credit Analyst
  • HR Assistant
  • HR Adviser
  • HR Analyst
  • HR Manager
  • Learning Development Consultant

Employers include:

  • Arcadia
  • Highland City Council
  • Police Scotland
  • STV
  • Welcome Break
  • Wise Group

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2014/15, 2013/14.

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