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Whether you want to work in a stand-alone human resource management (HRM) department, be involved in leadership development or hone your expertise in employment law and relations, there are a growing number of job opportunities for those who put people at the heart of what they do.

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in HRM whilst also offering you the opportunity to apply for professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD).

Informed by the latest research and professional practice in human resource management and development (HRM&D), the programme enables you to gain specialist knowledge as well as develop critical thinking and research skills.

On completion of the programme you will have achieved the equivalent of the CIPD Advanced Diploma, which means you will be eligible to apply for new Associate or to upgrade to Chartered Status of CIPD membership.

Wherever you are in your HRM career, this course will help you develop the intellectual, leadership, professional and transferable skills employers look for.

Whether you want to work in a stand-alone human resource management (HRM) department, be involved in leadership development or hone your expertise in employment law and relations, there are a growing number of job opportunities for those who put people at the heart of what they do.

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in HRM whilst also offering you the opportunity to apply for professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD).

Informed by the latest research and professional practice in human resource management and development (HRM&D), the programme enables you to gain specialist knowledge as well as develop critical thinking and research skills.

On completion of the programme you will have achieved the equivalent of the CIPD Advanced Diploma, which means you will be eligible to apply for new Associate or to upgrade to Chartered Status of CIPD membership.

Wherever you are in your HRM career, this course will help you develop the intellectual, leadership, professional and transferable skills employers look for.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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On this programme we believe in 'learning by doing', in this case the reflective-practitioner approach. In the past the CIPD has referred to this approach as the development of the 'Thinking Performer'. Using your own organisation as a vehicle for learning both in class-room activities and for assessment purposes enables you to demonstrate impact and effectiveness as an HR practitioner.

Your modules are delivered by a series of sessions based around formal input, workshop activities, case discussions and practical activities, supported by tutor-led directed learning.

A postgraduate core curriculum also enhances your employability prospects. Part of this is a weekend residential in October/November which is in addition to your weekly studies and is designed to develop students' leadership and team-working abilities through increased self-awareness and knowledge of group processes.

All students will be expected to complete an individual Human Resource Management & Development report/dissertation which also includes recommendations and a feasibility study based on CIPD professional requirements.

You will be assessed using a range of methods, both formative and summative with the CIPD framework informing assessment practices.

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Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best management education in the UK.

You will learn from staff who have real-world management experience as well as an international reputation for research. Areas of expertise include; the employment relationship, reward management, leadership and management development, Strategic HRM.

The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named 'Business School of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

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Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment.

From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the 'Blackboard' eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a 'consultancy firm' to provide advice for our region's businesses.

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As a Masters student you'll develop your research skills and critically apply the theories and concepts you study to your own personal experiences to enhance your self-development as an HR practitioner.

Learning how to conduct research is a key element of postgraduate study and will be demonstrated in your project work for your Masters dissertation or for postgraduate diploma students, the management research report.

Throughout your course you'll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that's at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you'll study, there's a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

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Gaining professional accreditation in the form of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development Advanced Diploma while you study for your Masters degree will be invaluable to your future career. You will also be able to take advantage of opportunities to engage with the CIPD at a local or national level via guest lectures, employment law updates and student events.

You will build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate to current and future employers your professional and academic development in the field of human resource management and development. Two modules provide you with the knowledge and practice to develop a suite of transferable skills. These will not only be useful in the workplace, but will enable you to meet the professional standards of the CIPD who regard HRM not as a stand-alone organisational practice but as a fully integrated, business led, line management activity, and HR practitioners as culturally and ethically sensitive.

Specific skills you will gain on the course include: emotional intelligence, leadership and team-working capability and business intelligence relating to financial statements analysis, data management, decision making and how to manage projects. In addition, enterprise and entrepreneurship skills development is inherent this programme. Career development support and guidance - including working towards CIPD standards - is embedded in the year-long Academic Study Skills and Professional Development module.

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After completing your programme, there are many options available. As a number of employers see the CIPD qualification as the 'must have' for promotion to senior HR related positions, you could use the skills, specialist knowledge and experience gained during your two years at Newcastle Business School to develop with your current employer, whether in a specific HR position or more general people-related role. Or, you could see your future with a new employer in a similar or entirely different sector.

We have seen students transition easily from small private sector businesses to taking on roles in large public sector organisations such as NHS Trusts and Local Authorities. Past students have also moved from general policy and practice HR to the specific areas of Equality and Reward Management including Pensions. There are also many opportunities available if you want to change your career entirely, as your enhanced skills, knowledge, and experience can be successfully transferred to many different avenues. Past students have moved into consultancy, mentoring, business development, project management, and entrepreneurship. Senior practitioners with chartered CIPD accreditation and appropriate management experience, have also found that the MA in HRM & D has provided them with a route into teaching.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Are you looking to develop your career in human resource management (HRM) whilst gaining professional accreditation?

Wherever you are in your HRM career, this course will help you progress by developing the intellectual, leadership, professional and transferable skills employers look for.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) degree, or a Newcastle Business School Diploma in Management Development. Or an equivalent professional qualification with two and half years managerial/supervisory experience.

Graduate members of the CIPD may progress directly to the top-up Masters degree.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,995

Full EU Fee: £7,995

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

It is advised that students purchase a membership to CIPD to gain their CIPD accreditation on completion of the course. The cost of membership can vary per annum and students are advised to confirm fees direct with CIPD. For illustration purposes, cost of 12 months' membership for 2018/2019 (ending 30 June 2019) is £135. (If students are in employment, employers may wish to fund this fee). CIPD advises that if practitioners do not join CIPD as student members and join instead after completing their qualification, they will be subject to a late registration fee (in addition to any other fee levied). The late registration fee for Advanced Level qualifications is currently £200. Whilst books are made available via the University Library some students may wish to purchase key texts.

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR9704 -

Developing Self as HR Leader (Core, 20 Credits)

One of the key principles underpinning the postgraduate provision in NBS is that of reflective practice. ‘Developing Self as HR Leader’ puts you at the centre of the learning process, facilitating the development of independent learning and critical thinking skills via reflective practice. The module also assists you in evidencing how you meet professional body requirements in terms of professional competence standards.

The module is one year in duration. During Semester 1 you will be introduced to the concepts of self-awareness and continuous self-development, and personal and professional processes and practices that will inform and sustain your current and future practice as colleagues, managers and HR leaders. Topics include:

• Self-awareness and self-development
• Giving and receiving feedback
• Culutural and emotional intelligence
• Perceptions and values
• Personality and identity
• Developing managerial and leadership skills
• Working in groups and teams
• Learning and reflective practice

In Semester 2, the second half of the module aims to deliver an opportunity for you to develop a range of practical skills determined by your own professional development priorities for your individual professional practice in HRM&D. Learning will occur by engaging in reflective practice through critical reflection and reflexivity. As a result of attending the module, you will have experienced (and hopefully learned something about) networking, team working, giving feedback, influencing, presenting and negotiating as well as the particular skill that you set out to develop in the first place, so help you demonstrate an essential people management skill set.

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HR9705 -

Strategic and HR Decision Making in an International Context (Core, 20 Credits)

Human Resource (HR) professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances. This applies to HR professionals in the private, public or ‘third’ sectors and regardless of the size of their organisations or the types of goods or services these enterprises produce for their customers or clients. This module provides you firstly with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations including the managerial and business context within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact. This includes conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. Secondly the module allows you to examine how those leading organisations respond to these dynamic international contexts. Thirdly the module indicates how leaders in organisations and those in the HR function and line managers with HR responsibilities need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone. They are also shaped by internal and external forces beyond their immediate control. Having studied this module you will be aware that managers and HR professionals in different types of organisation (small, large, national, global) in responding to their internal, business and external environmental contexts not only have opportunities and choices when taking organisational and HR decisions but also face some constraints on their autonomy in determining their futures. This module explores the implications for HRM professional practice and provides you with opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

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HR9715 -

Academic Study Skills and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

This module gives you the learning you need to develop skills and knowledge in a number of key areas important for study at Master’s level and for your development as an HR practitioner. Through practical exercises and discussion, you will study a number of important topics such as critical writing, library skills, referencing, preparing for exams. Academic procedures such as Submission Extensions, Personal Extenuating Circumstances, Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards are explained. You will also develop understanding of professional body (CIPD) requirements, the importance of engaging with your local CIPD branch, and in semester 2 will take part in a career-development session which draws upon the CIPD Profession map.

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NX9705 -

Business Skills for Human Resource Managers (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to equip you with a set of business skills that are pivotal to successful human resource management practice. A ‘skill’ is a practised ability to do something and the skill-set that this modules addresses includes the ability to think systematically about problems, to explore options and test ideas, to manage and interrogate data so as to create information and develop the intelligence that is required to support decision making. The Human Resource Manager must also be able to interpret financial information and manage resources effectively in order to make a full contribution to the success of their own organization, so the module also develops your understanding of these subjects. Much of this enhanced skill-set requires an enhanced proficiency in the use of information technology and a prominent theme throughout this module is the ‘hands-on-use’ of tools, techniques, and software applications that are commonly used in business and industry. You will therefore develop business skills through ‘learning by doing’. The module therefore complements the more personal employability and transferable skills that you will acquire elsewhere on your programme.

The content of this module offers opportunities to acquire the learning outcomes of the professional body for human resource managers and people developers –The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). The CIPD has 140,000 members worldwide. The main topics and subject areas that you will study are:

• Decision making, decision support systems and problem identification
• Relational data modelling, data management, and data interrogation
• Business activity modelling, balancing Key Performance Indicators and dash-boarding
• Business Intelligence, ‘Big Data’ and Data Analytics
• Managing projects
• The interpretation and analysis of financial statements
• Budgeting and costing for activity

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HR9706 -

Reward and Performance Management (Core, 20 Credits)

Reward and Performance Management will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to effectively design, implement and evaluate reward systems and performance management processes in an organisation.

In semester one of this module you will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of reward and the importance of understanding organisational aims and context when developing a reward structure. From this you will then work in groups to develop a detailed pay and reward structure for a known organisation, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a simulated organisational setting. At each stage in the development of the pay and reward structure you will be guided by your tutor to evaluate and reflect on the complex implications of reward decisions. You will also consider key ethical issues in reward management, for example the gender pay gap and the national living wage, as well as the implications of pay and reward strategy in multi-national organisations.

In semester two, starting with the aims of performance management and links to organisational objectives, you will then consider the application of models of High Performance Work Systems to an organisation. You will then focus on the technical aspects of performance management processes exploring the tools available in effective performance management, the skills required by line managers and HR professionals and the role of employee involvement. Throughout you will be encouraged to reflect on differences within and across sectors and in an international context. This module will encourage you to reflect critically on models of high performance work systems and to consider the ethical implications for employees.

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HR9707 -

The Employment Relationship (Core, 20 Credits)

There are a number of factors that can impact on the employment relationship; these include the attitudes of the parties involved, the socio-economic environment and business sector, the effects of globalisation and the level of collectivism within a workplace. It is vital for human resource professionals to have a detailed working knowledge of these factors.

This module aims to provide you with the relevant knowledge and competence to deal with employment relations and law issues at work. In doing this it aims to ensure that you are aware of the obligations of both employers and employees and are able to provide professional advice on basic employment and legal rights. Overall the module will ensure that employment relations and legal issues are taken into account in planning, preparing and implementing sound human resources policies.

One of the central themes of the module is to develop your ability to transpose theory into practice. In weeks 1 to 9 of the module you will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings and legal framework of employment relations. Specifically, you will critically analyse such subjects as individual legal rights, employee voice at work, conflict resolution and be introduced to the UK employment tribunal framework. Subsequent sessions will see you put your theoretical understandings to good use by developing a response to a practical workplace issue culminating in a mock tribunal case in the University law court. Throughout the module you will also be given support from both the teaching staff and your peers to develop and verbalise effective, research-based arguments.

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HR9708 -

Managing and Developing Talent (Core, 20 Credits)

Your learning activities on this module focus on the integration and development of a strategic approach to the attraction, retention and development of staff, analysing their key employment markets and gaining an understanding of their dynamics so as to enable companies to compete more effectively, both now and in the future. You will learn how the HR function plays a central role at every stage of the employee life-cycle, for example, recruitment and selection including employer branding, employee turnover and retention, learning and development, talent management all within a global context, both at strategic and operational levels. The module will also assist you in developing a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of the contribution of learning and talent development policies and strategies to formulating and achieving objectives at national, organisational, group and individual levels and will enable the development of intellectual, social, professional and personal skills to perform effectively in associated professional roles.

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HR9710 -

Management Research Report: Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module explores the nature and practice of client-based business and management research, providing you with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of research practice and many of the practical skills needed by the effective HRM&D practitioner. The module aims to enable you to develop intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into a HR focussed business problem or issue and relevant to CIPD professional practice. Using appropriate research methodologies and data collection methods, you will critically synthesise a body of Human Resource Management and Development knowledge, relevant to the programme, with an organisational issue that you have identified. You will then provide recommendations for improvement change based on your analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by lectures and workshops, which provide an introduction to undertaking Business and Management research, and by group supervision meetings supporting you in the conduct of the research investigation and the submission of the research proposal and report.

The lectures and workshop series will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research) and writing a research proposal
2. Developing a literature review
3. Choosing a research methodology and methods in compliance with ethics
4. Qualitative & Quantitative data collection techniques
5. Qualitative & Quantitative data analysis techniques
6. Communicating findings, analysis, conclusions and recommendations

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic and practical research, including to CIPD requirements, involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and methods
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method and recognising the ethical implications of your approach
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Make appropriate and justified conclusions and recommendations and critically evaluate the process of research you have undertaken

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HR9711 -

Masters Dissertation: Management Research Report (Core, 60 Credits)

The dissertation module aims to enable you to develop intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into a HR focussed business problem or issue and relevant to CIPD professional practice. Using appropriate research methodologies and data collection methods, you will critically synthesise a body of Human Resource Management and Development knowledge, relevant to the programme, with an organisational issue that you have identified. You will then provide recommendations for improvement change based on their analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by lectures and workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings on the submission of the proposal.
The lectures and workshops will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research) and writing a research proposal
2. Developing a literature review
3. Choosing a research methodology and methods in compliance with ethics
4. Qualitative & Quantitative data collection techniques
5. Qualitative & Quantitative data analysis techniques
6. Communicating findings, analysis, conclusions and recommendations

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic and practical research, involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models, including the requirements for CIPD.
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Recognise the ethical implications of your work
6. Critically evaluate the process of research you have undertaken

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