MA Human Resource Management
Business and Law
If you are an HR professional, or want to make a move into HR, this master’s degree will take your career to the next level.
The course combines the theoretical knowledge you would expect at master’s level with the practical elements you will need to succeed in your career. It has a strong emphasis on the behavioural and leadership skills that will make a positive difference, wherever you work.
If you are a conscientious and committed professional looking for accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), you will join around 30 like-minded people from London, the UK, Europe and further afield.
And, with our contacts and support, you will build a network that will help you throughout the rest of your career.
As someone dedicated to your own personal and professional development, you will benefit from this highly practical course and will be taught to specialise in all key HRM areas, including learning and development, employee relations and recruitment.
On graduation you will have associate membership of the CIPD and will have the knowledge component required to go for chartered CIPD status, which will really cement your professional standing.
This masters is accredited to the Advanced level by the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development, ensuring you graduate with the practitioner skills you need for a career in HR. The CIPD also rates our students' Management Reports with the highest confidence, meaning your research will make a real impact on business outcomes.
This is an advanced Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) course, enabling you to apply for Chartered CIPD status – to help your career take off
Learn from industry experts
You will be taught by experienced practitionerswho are active researchers in the subject area
Network with HR professionals
The CIPD East London branch meets regularly at UEL, exposing you to fantastic networking opportunities with HR professionals
MA Human Resource Management
I am now a HR Advisor for a global IT company. I am responsible for the EMEA region, which has staff in 23 countries.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
- Global HRM and Leadership in Context (core)
- Comparative Employment Relations (core)
- Employment Law (core)
- Leading, Managing and Developing Global Talent (core)
- International Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning (core)
- Business Research and Consultancy (core)
- Dissertation (core)
How You'll be Assessed
We use a range of assessment methods for each module. These may include group presentations, individual written essays, role play and case study report evaluation, unseen examinations and independent research reports.Course specification
How you'll learn
For example, when studying employee relations, you will put your influencing and negotiating skills to the test, when you learn to administer psychometric exercises and take part in scenario-based workshops.
A core element of the HR professional role is in developing leadership and managerial skills in others – and on this course you will have the chance to hone your own managerial skills, style and qualities. You will undertake leadership development exercises, including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tests.
As well as the many practical and scenario-based exercises, you will also be taught via lectures and seminars and you’ll be expected to conduct a great deal of independent study and research.
You will be taught by active researchers, who bring their insights to bear on the course. Research interests of our staff include diversity, gender and access to senior management positions, employment law and changes in public and private sector management.
The course leader, Elaine Yerby, is vice-chair of the 2,500-strong East London branch of the CIPD. All branch meetings are held at the University of East London, and you will benefit from this regular networking opportunity with senior HR professionals, who also provide guest speakers.
What you'll learn
The areas you will cover include managing people, recruitment, employment law, leadership and employee relations. You will also study management, strategy and training and development.
The course has been carefully designed to mirror the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s learning outcomes, so you can be sure that you will be taught the latest thinking.
You will also produce a dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice, ensuring this has a strong strategic as well as a theoretical rationale.
As a pre-requisite, the topic you choose must be grounded within a company or organisation. Recent dissertation topics have included the female talent pipeline in the mobile phone industry and assessing the readiness for change in a large marketing company.
Your future career
Which route will you choose? This HRM Master's qualification will open doors to the profession in the public, private or voluntary sector. All companies and organisations thrive or fail according to the quality of their people and with your MA you will be well placed to make a strategic contribution.
You will have a breadth and depth of knowledge that will make you an attractive proposition to employers, able to combine a theoretical and practical approach to make a positive difference.
You might choose to go down the generalist path, where your skills and talents will be put to use across the range of HRM disciplines. Or instead you might choose to focus on a specific area.
You could, for example focus on reward – ensuring the organisations retain the best staff – or on recruitment, making sure that companies attract and bring on board the best people for the job. This could be in-house or for a recruitment consultancy.
You could also focus on training and development, making sure that staff have the right skills and qualities to make a telling contribution to any company.
Good HRM staff are in demand and you might decide to go freelance or set up your own company. This qualification will increase your options significantly.
To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.