The focus is on your personal development as a HR professional 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.
Module 1: Research Methods
20 level 7 credits taken over one term. The successful completion of the Research Methods module is a pre-condition of further progress.
Module 2: The Management Report (Dissertation)
40 level 7 credits taken over two terms with an allocated supervisor. 12,000-15,000 words and typically takes six months to complete. It involves 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.
Times of Study
Attendance for the Research Methods module is one day a week, seven sessions per term. Classes are usually from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. The Management Report is guided study with supervisor and meetings made by appointment to suit both the student and the supervisor.
As part of the course there will be induction exercises to examine in more detail the research and writing skills needed to study at Master's Level. This includes such elements as library skills, IT applications, research skills and writing at Master’s level.
Following an initial session to discuss the suitability of projects that might be undertaken, you undertake the Research Methods module. 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 and these are built into the period of registration. You will then be registered for the MA and have nine months to complete.