The focus is on personal development of the student group as HR professionals and on developing your managerial techniques, knowledge and skills that are required in the working environment. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to apply your studies to your organisation and to discuss your experiences in class to create a dynamic learning environment. As most students on this focused pathway are already in HR management positions, the opportunity to share in the experience and good practices of your peer group is an invaluable part of the course.
Part 1 – Research Methods:
- (20 M level/Level 7 Credits)
- Taken over one term.
Part 2 – The Management Report (Dissertation):
- (40 M Level / Level 7 Credits)
- Taken over two terms with an allocated supervisor.
Times of Study
Attendance for the Research Methods module is one day a week, six sessions per term. Classes are usually from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. The Management Report is guided study with supervisor meetings made by appointment to suit both the student and the supervisor.
As part of the course there will be an induction exercises to examine in more detail the research and writing skills needed to study at Masters Level, much of this is outlined in the Research Methods sessions. The includes such elements as library skills, IT applications, research skills and writing at Master’s level.
The MA consists of one taught module ’Research Methods’ (20 credits) and a Management Research Report module (40 Credits) of 11,000-15,000 words. This typically takes six months to complete.
Management Research Report
This will involve a detailed examination of contextual and methodological factors and result in well supported proposals for modification of existing relevant HR management practices. You will be allocated a tutor who will advise as appropriate and who will also act as an examiner of the completed report.
Following an initial session to discuss the suitability of projects that might be undertaken, you attend a Research Methods course. The successful completion of the Research Methods module is a precondition of further progress. This progress is therefore dependent upon the approval of your full proposal of the area/topic to be investigated. Regular reports on progress are required from you; these are built into the period of registration.
Prospective members are then registered for the MA and have nine months to complete.