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MA Human Resource Management

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A part-time 'top-up' course enabling holders of a PG Diploma in Human Resource Management or similar to achieve an MA award.

This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

It provides a rounded introduction to the principles of management and is designed to have immediate relevance and application in your current role whilst also providing potential for future progression in both study and your HR career.

The teaching hours are designed to have minimal impact on the working day and additional study is undertaken in your own time, so you can study while working, and won't need ask your employer to release you for significant amounts of time. You can, however, still benefit from regular contact with lecturers and your fellow students.

The MA Human Resource Management has two significant parts. Firstly, there is the Research Methods module. This is a stand-alone module but is also designed to act as the springboard for the next stage, the management report (also known as the dissertation).  The Research module is run over one term, usually between 5.00pm – 9.00pm, one day a week for six sessions. Normally the courses start in September and April each year, although this can vary. The MA (HR) course is intended to run over three terms, one for the Research module, and two for the completion of the Management Report (dissertation).

The MA in Human Resource Management is aimed exclusively for HR professionals who have already completed the CIPD diploma and want to use that to claim exemptions and to attain a full Masters qualification.

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.

Induction
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.

Course Outline
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.

Details
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.

Many successful candidates from this course benefit from using their new found qualification and confidence to progress their careers with their current employer, or to use it to secure promotions or new employment elsewhere. Other candidates have used the qualification as a way to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.

The research methods module is run as a small group of usually 10-12 students. Students can expect some bespoke advice and the opportunity of individual tutorials. This will prepare students well for the management report, for this they will be allocated an individual tutor as a dissertation supervisor. Meetings with the supervisor are held on an individual basis at times to suit both parties. All tutors are selected to act as expert advisors for the research that needs to be undertaken by the student. Research reports should be focused on a real-world HR research issue and can be adapted for use in the workplace.

For the Research Methods students are required to submit a 5,000-word research proposal. This needs to be passed before students can continue to the Management Report.  For the MA, a 12,000-15,000-word Management Research Report (dissertation) is required. The minimum pass mark for these modules is 50%.

FURTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students who have obtained a pass in a CIPD Diploma are eligible to attend this course. Students who do not possess a CIPD Diploma but have other qualifications may be consider applying for the DMS or MA in Management Studies. These programmes provide a route for students with differing educational qualifications and experiences.

There are usually two entry points, October and depending on numbers, April.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time  £3,200 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

 

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MA In Human Resource Management apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time September 2020
MA In Human Resource Management apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time January 2021
MA In Human Resource Management apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time January 2021

Applications for this course can be completed online, For the October start applications need to be submitted by the 8th September.  For the April start, before Good Friday.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Please note: A curriculum vitae detailing the applicant’s educational background, professional and managerial practice should also be included.

The candidates are interviewed by the Programme Director prior to being accepted onto the Programme. Students may be asked to complete a written piece of work as a basis for discussion.

For further information, please contact The Business School.

Email: business.school@canterbury.ac.uk

Tel: 01227 782197

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year part-time

Starts

  • September / October

Typical contact hours per week

  • Tuesday 4-8 pm

Entry requirements

  • You normally qualify for entry to this course if you hold either: A Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or recognised equivalent e.g. CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM, or the CIPD PDS/ Graduateship qualification or an equivalent postgraduate diploma in HRM from a recognised University.
  • You'll also need to have at least two years' relevant HR experience and be in a role or business partnership that enables you to be able to undertake the research project.

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