Wolverhampton Business School

Human Resource Management - Extended

MA Full-time 12 months

This course enables entry onto the MA HRM  if you did not gain a first or second class honours at degree level (or equivalent).

This course enables entry onto the MA HRM  if you did not gain a first or second class honours at degree level (or equivalent).

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  • Start Date(s) 7 September 2020, 6 January 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton Business School

Why choose this course?

This course enables entry onto the MA HRM  if you did not gain a first or second class honours at degree level (or equivalent). It will add to your existing skills and knowledge providing you with enhanced understanding and abilities which will prepare you for Masters courses, whilst also providing English support if you need help in this area.

The aim of the MA HRM is to provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills pertinent to your development as a Human Resource professional. You will be able to operate in international environments given the unique design of our programme. The course is intellectually challenging and upon completion, you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to function exceptionally well as an HR professional. In addition, all modules are also aligned to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) which offers you the opportunity to apply for membership of the CIPD.

The course is designed for students who want to embark on advanced level study of Human Resource Management to develop analytical and evaluation skills that can be applied to real work situations.  The course recognises that people management is a key force for successful economic growth and thus emphasises the development of knowledge and understanding of a range of management and business practices and the ability to apply them effectively in an innovative manner. The course also adopts an interdisciplinary approach and will help you develop your own understandings of complex and challenging business environments. To help this process we also (where possible) arrange visits to some of the larger businesses such as Toyota, JCB and Whitbread. These are designed to give you an insight into the structural complexities and management of large business concerns, thus giving you valuable experience of the concepts you study in class. Coupled with an innovative assessment portfolio, you are provided with a mutually inclusive and dynamic learning experience based on the principles of continuous professional development.

What happens on the course?

September start (full time)

Semester 1

7BE011 Masters Learning

7HR004 Organisational change and development

7HR007 Contemporary Issues in International HRM

7HR003 Leading Managing and developing People

7MG001 Independent Business Analysis Project (12 months in length)

Semester 2

7HR012 Key Issues in Employee Relations and Employment Law

7HR005 Human Resource Management in Context

7HR002 People Resourcing and Reward

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The CIPD is world renowned for  developing the standards for the HR profession and for anyone wishing to pursue or further their career  within the field of HR it is essential that a CIPD postgraduate qualification is obtained, giving membership to the professional body.

Most organisations who recruit HR professionals require applicants to either hold a CIPD qualification or be studying to achieve one.

International, National and Local recruitment to the field of HR is growing and as such competition for employment is high. Our programme is a robust programme that has been highly commended by the CIPD for many years.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Business School currently holds devolved status from the CIPD. This was the culmination of ten years of student performance above the national average in all areas.

The course aims to develop students at advanced level for a professional career in HR by developing knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of HR, encouraging critical reflective thinking and developing independent personal development skills.  The course covers a range of topics in the field of HR including, Leadership, Resourcing, Reward, Talent Management, Employment Law, Employee Relations and Change Management, written against the national standards for the profession, and is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Completion of the course enables students to apply for professional membership of the CIPD.

This course offers the opportunity to work with organisations including visits to companies working in an international context.

  1. Critically evaluate contemporary organisations in terms of their principal operating environments.
  2. Critically analyse how resourcing, talent management and reward strategies are developed and evaluate the different theories and perspectives within employment law and employee relations.
  3. Identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation in terms of research and research methods.
  4. Analyse and critically evaluate the historical and theoretical basis of organisational designs and their development in terms of their value and contribution to organisational life.
  5. Critically evaluate the practice, relevance and contribution of HRM and HRD to organisational success and effective change management using major contemporary research and debates in the field of HR.
  6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at Masters level.
  7. Analyse the different approaches and techniques that facilitate detailed study at the postgraduate level in business and management issues.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9612 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £14745 per year 2019-20

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

The entry requirements for the MA HRM (Extended) are:

  • Any undergraduate degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above;
  • A reference from a tutor who has supervised the applicant’s undergraduate studies and/or employer;
  • Please check our minimum language entry requirements before submitting your application;
  • We offer a range programmes in English as a Foreign Language if you don't meet these requirements.
  • A Certificate in Personal Practice, a Certificate in Training Practice, a Certificate in Recruitment and Selection, or an equivalent CIPD certificated programme, plus two years’ relevant experience.
  • Students holding the PgD Human Resource Management may be eligible to enter with advanced standing.

Students may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) subject to the guidelines set out in the RPL Handbook. RPL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant management experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above.  In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award.

Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.ukwww.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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