Wolverhampton Business School

Strategic People Management and Human Resources

MA Full-time 12 months, Part-time Day and Evening 2 years

Whether you are starting a career in Human Resource Management or are already working in the sector, and if you would like to progress at a professional level, this Human Resource Management Masters which is accredited by the CIPD can help you to achieve your career goals.

Whether you are starting a career in Human Resource Management or are already working in the sector, and if you would like to progress at a professional level, this Human Resource Management Masters which is accredited by the CIPD can help you to achieve your career goals.

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  • Start Date(s) 17 January 2022, 19 September 2022
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time Day and Evening
  • Course Length Full-time (12 months), Part-time Day and Evening (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University Centre Telford (Southwater)
  • School Wolverhampton Business School

Why choose this course?

Whether you are starting a career in Human Resource Management or are already working in the sector, and if you would like to progress at a professional level, this Human Resource Management Masters which is accredited by the CIPD can help you to achieve your career goals. Our business school holds devolved status from the CIPD and was given after ten years of student performance above the national average in all areas

You may already have studied at a university, or perhaps have some work experience in a related people management role. As a student on this MA you will have the opportunities to initiate or improve your critical understanding of complex managerial, HR and organisational issues. The course will develop the knowledge; skills and attitudes appropriate to middle and senior management and advanced practitioners in the HR field.  If you are not already a member of the CIPD the successful completion of the course enables you to apply for Chartered Membership Status.

The course will assist you to make a strategic contribution to any organisation; it will also advance your career allowing you to successfully compete for higher level posts within the field of HR. This course not only gives you the advanced diploma through CIPD accreditation but also awards you a Masters from a well respected university who is committed to widening participation and innovative programmes.

 

What happens on the course?

This exciting and innovative programme is designed for those professionals looking to enhance and develop their masters’ level strategic level knowledge and behaviours to support career development in the People Management Profession (including Human Resources, Learning and Development and Organisational Development). 

We have a longstanding relationship with local branches of the CIPD and this ensures that you have access to a wide range of practitioners to develop their networking and other professional skills.  CIPD branch members also provide voluntary services such as mentoring which students who are CIPD members can access to help support their personal and professional development.

The course is mapped onto the required areas of the CIPD 2018 Profession Map to meet the requirement for the academic element of Chartered Membership and offers four key areas of focus.  Additionally, the completion of the Master's level work-based project provides the MA qualification alongside CIPD eligibility.

The first covers a broad range of practical business skills including identifying people-related business issues; developing the skills to investigate and provide solutions to such issues through evidence-based enquiry; understanding the need to provide a business case to support aspects of the wider people strategy and the impact of this on other areas of the business.

The second area focuses on best practice Strategic People Management in context including key responsibilities, value added contribution and impact of the key People Profession practices. It considers contemporary issues within strategic HRM and strategic HRD and the influence of internal and external contexts on this. The importance of a wide range of people practices are critically analysed.

The third area considers the importance of strategic change and competent, inclusive and appropriate leadership approaches to support the change process.  It identifies internal and external factors, the use of effective teams and consideration of stakeholder management. It discusses culture, people practices, management leadership and how these link to the psychology of change and organisational readiness for change processes.

The fourth area explores a range of currently evolving issues within the wider people management arena.  This is designed to ensure that people professionals are up to date with their knowledge and practice.  As it is based on current research and issues, the content may therefore be subject to change to reflect this.  Recent research identified key trends such as digital transformation; talent planning; internal change; changing demographics.

The Master’s project module allows for the identification of an organisation-critical strategic people-related issue in any field of human resource management, human resource development or organisational development and for primary research to be carried out into the issue.  The resulting project will not only allow the development and demonstration of a range of appropriate research skills, but also provides the organisation with an insight into the issue and practical recommendations to help address it.  This links closely to the business and employability skills required at this level.

Overall, the course adopts an interdisciplinary approach and will helps develop understanding of complex and contested notions in the business environment and the wider people management professions.  This provides the opportunity to develop informed perspectives and collective responsibilities as a people professional within local, national and international communities.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

 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.

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 course that has been highly commended by the CIPD for many years.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The University of Wolverhampton Business School currently holds devolved status from the CIPD. This is the culmination of 10 years of student performance above the national average in all areas.

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of HR, encouraging critical reflective thinking and developing independent personal development skills.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities outside of normal teaching these may include guest lectures, visits to companies or residentials. These activities are designed to enhance your knowledge, understanding as well as enjoyment of your course.

 

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  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. 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9050 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9230 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9230 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time Day and Evening £4975 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time Day and Evening £4615 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • An Undergraduate Honours Degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a CIPD professional qualification at L3 or L5 and/or sufficient relevant experience considered to be equivalent to the above..
  • A HND/HNC in a related subject area plus two years relevant organisational experience.
  • 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.
  • Applications are also invited under the widening participation agenda from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who may have significant organisational experience. In such cases, students will need to demonstrate at least 8 years relevant organisational experience, with at least three years in an HR role, or five years in a relevant role, for example a supervisory or management role. Admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to contribute to, benefit from and achieve the award.
  • A reference from a tutor who has supervised your undergraduate studies, or your employer;
  • You may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS APL Handbook. APL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.
  • Students holding the PgD Human Resource Management may be eligible to enter with advanced standing.
  • Part time students only

    • An Undergraduate Honours Degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a CIPD professional qualification at L3 or L5 and/or sufficient relevant experience considered to be equivalent to the above..
    • 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.
    • You will normally have appropriate and relevant work experience. 

    International Applicants

    Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

    Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

    Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

    You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans gov.uk.

    * Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits


    Changes for EU students:

    The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

    EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


    Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

    You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

    The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

    There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

    The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


    Self-funded:

    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 by clicking here.


    Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

    Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

    We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


    Financial Hardship:

    Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


    Charitable Funding:

    You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. 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.


    You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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