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Overview

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 40 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.

What makes this course different

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Accredited

This is an advanced Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) course, enabling you to apply for Chartered CIPD status with the right work experience – to help your career take off

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Learn from industry experts

You will be taught by experienced practitioners who are active researchers in the subject area

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Network with HR professionals

The CIPD East London branch meets regularly at UEL, exposing you to fantastic networking opportunities with HR professionals

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

On this course you will learn the key components of the HRM practitioner's role, and you should come with an open mind and a willingness to engage with the very wide variety of content you’ll be presented with. 

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.

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Leading, Managing and Developing Global Knowledge and Talent Management

    The module aims to provide you with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR), learning and development (L&D) practice and performance and reward management. In addition, the module introduces you to major debates about theory and practice in resourcing, managing, developing and rewarding people, the aim being to help learners become effective managers as well as effective HR specialists.

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    Global HRM and Leadership in Context

     

    This 30-credit module will provide for you to critically evaluate the relevance of skill development to the work and environment of an HR professional and the relevance of global HRM and Leadership in a global business context.

     
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    Comparative Employee Relations and Law

    The cornerstone of all human resource (HR) management activity is the employment relationship – as a legal, social, economic and psychological exchange. This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of comparative employment relations perspectives and debates, both national and international, from a legal perspective.

     
     
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    Mental Wealth and Applied Research

    This module provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from a variety of perspectives, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice.

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    Applied Business Project

    The aim of this module is to enable you to conduct a live applied business project. This could include a work-based project, report on internship or placement (paid or unpaid), business simulation, Bloomberg project, project management report, or case study.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

This is a practical course, so you will take part in a large number of behavioural development and reflective exercises. This will involve weekend workshops on-campus, where you’ll be expected to put into practice some of the skills you need as an HR professional.

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 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.

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.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Andrew John Boocock

Dr Andrew Boocock is a lecturer and researcher in leadership studies, organisational behaviour, and employee engagement.

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What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

I am now a HR Advisor for a global IT company. I am responsible for the EMEA region, which has staff in 23 countries.

Estelle Jochel

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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.