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Human Resource Management

Overview
This course is CIPD accredited, developing HR professionals who understand the business, its context and their role in sustaining the business.

Summary
The course fulfils the professional learning, training and development needs of those who are in the early part of their career in human resource management, training and development or employee relations.

It is also a means by which experienced HR or line managers can update their knowledge and understanding of best practice people management and anchor their experience within an applied theoretical context.

Graduates leave the course with a valuable academic qualification in the Master's in HRM and also a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Ulster University Business School has an excellent track record of teaching a current, professionally relevant and engaging curriculum from our full-time, subject expert, academic staff.

About
The aims and learning outcomes of the course are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning methods across the modules including lectures, seminars, tutorials, online learning, case studies, residentials and visiting speakers.

The course team contribute to the research base in areas of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development which provide excellent local and international case study examples to support teaching.

Students work towards a Postgraduate Certificate during the first year of the course, then a Postgraduate Diploma in the second year and then towards the full Master's qualification.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University's General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements

Entry Requirements
Students are usually expected to have a second class honours degree or equivalent, English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and one year's experience in an HR or HR-related role.

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee), they may be considered for entry to the course. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

An interview may form part of the selection process.

English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability
Exemptions may be given on the basis of other postgraduate qualifications and/or the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development's (CIPD) Advanced Level modules completed at other institutions. Applications for exemption will be assessed by the Course Team on an individual basis.

Duration

The course lasts for a duration of 2 years.

Attendance
Students attend lectures on Monday afternoon and Monday evening throughout semesters 1 and 2 (September through to December and February through to May). Each semester is 12 weeks in duration.

In year 2 students will also be required to attend a module in semester 3.

Careers or further progression

Career options
This course is very relevant to those in the HR profession, seeking to further their experience and/or career development opportunities. In addition, Professional Membership of the CIPD is vital for employability within the HR profession. CIPD are recognised in the UK and Ireland, Europe and increasingly further afield.

Employers' expectations confirm that successful HR professionals need to understand the business, its context and their role in sustaining the business. Above all, employers want the assurance that they are employing someone who can do the job so academic and professional recognition has become increasingly important for employment within the profession. This course attracts a diverse range of applicants from the public, private and third sectors and this provides great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Alumni from this course can be found in leading HR positions both at home and abroad.

Professional recognition
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Further enquiries

Jeanette Harrison
E: j.harrison@ulster.ac.uk

Nick Read
E: n.read@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Taught Modules
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one
HRM in Context
Year: 1
Status: C
This module will provide the learner with the ability to identify and analyse the major contexts in which organisations operate, which will better equip them as HR professionals in responding to their internal, business and external environmental contexts. The module also considers the use of coaching within organisations as part of this response to the context in which organisations operate. Best practice from current research will be explored and used as case study examples. Learning and Teaching methods are varied and assessment is via a 2,000 word assignment as well as a 3-hour unseen examination.

Leading, Managing and Developing People
Year: 1
Status: C
This module will provide the learner with a wide range of theoretical perspectives on individual and organisational behaviour which will better equip them, as HR/L&D professionals and managers, to understand the complexities of motivation and engagement in the workplace. Best practice from current research will be explored and used as case study examples. Students are encouraged to engage with the CIPD HR Professional Map via the module coursework. Learning and Teaching methods are varied and assessment is by a 3-hour unseen examination and coursework.

Organisation Design and Development
Year: 1
Status: C
The module will examine a range of theoretical and practical approaches related to organisational design and Organisational Development which will be important for those considering how best to use new knowledge to enhance organisational performance. It is presented to masters students who have considerable work experience and the applications of models to organisational practice will be emphasised at regular intervals. Assessment is by 100% coursework.

Resourcing and Talent Management
Year: 1
Status: C
The purpose of this module is to develop a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of the strategic importance of resourcing and talent management. Learning and Teaching will be through a range of methods including lectures, readings and research and visiting speakers. Assessment will be via written assignment and a professional discussion.

Year two
Investigating a Business Issue
Year: 2
Status: C
The module seeks to expose students of human resources to the range of research methods and problem solving strategies available in investigating a human resource management issue of strategic relevance. Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of at least one research strategy and be able to apply suitable project management techniques for the purposes of conducting a management research report. Students will prepare a management research report whereby practical, financially viable recommendations are supported by an empirical investigation and analysis of relevant academic research.

Preparation for Dissertation
Year: 2
Status: C
The module seeks to expose students of human resources to the range of research methods and problem solving strategies available in investigating a human resource management issue of strategic relevance. Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of at least one research strategy and be able to apply suitable project management techniques for the purposes of developing a research proposal and project plan in preparation for undertaking a human resource oriented style dissertation. Students will prepare a dissertation whereby practical recommendations are supported by an empirical investigation and analysis of relevant academic research.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Year: 2
Status: C
The purpose of this module is to help students to develop core HR and business skills that are vital for professional practice and effective leadership. In addition well informed business decision-making, IT, HR analytics, statistical and accounting skills will help students to gain personal effectiveness and credibility at work. Learning and Teaching methods are varied and offer the opportunity for skills development in a laboratory environment.

Employee Relations
Year: 2
Status: C
Whilst many theorists would claim that people are the most important strategic resource of any organisation, employees may not always be motivated and handled in the best possible way, due to a number of competing tensions between the objectives of organisations and the aspirations of the employee. This module examines the strategies, policies, procedures and structures that organisations adopt in relating to the people it employs and their representatives. Such approaches impact upon employees' living standards and quality of working life. They also impact on the organisations' competitiveness and its role in the wider economy. The HR manager needs to be able to approach the tasks of employee relations with an understanding of the intellectual basis of these relationships and a practical ability to manage relations with others and resolve conflict within the organisation. This module aims to enhance the understanding and skills of key actors in the employment relationship.

Dissertation
Year: 2
Status: C
The core aim of the dissertation is that students should investigate an important issue in human resource management. It is expected that students will demonstrate an understanding of practical, ethical and strategic issues within their research area. The research should be work-based and it is expected that the subject and design will be such that students will normally be working with primary, as well as secondary data. The total process seeks to develop and test students' conceptual and analytical ability, to enhance both their work related abilities and to prepare students for further research studies.

Employment law
Year: 2
Status: C
The importance of the employment relationship between employers, employees, unions and other statutory bodies and agencies is such that a thorough knowledge of both the context and the substantive law is necessary for those involved in this area in any capacity. The module attempts to provide the basis for this knowledge and to put students in the position where they may not only have an understanding of the law both conceptually and substantively, but also be in a position to use that knowledge in the solution of problems.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment
Students attend two lectures each week covering two subject areas. Assessment is via coursework and meets the requirements of the CIPD so that graduates from the course can leave with both a valued academic qualification from Ulster University and a professional qualification from CIPD.

Where possible teaching and assessment is made relevant to the students' workplace and role so that they may see an immediate value in studying for the qualification.

Innovative assessment methods are also employed on the course such as applied presentations and professional discussions.

The course is taught by subject experts and we also invite guest lecturers in to the course in order to explore some subject areas. Many of the teaching staff have experience in working outside the University and are able to bring their knowelege and experience into the classroom.

As students of the course all have some work experience examples from the workplace and students' own experience form the subject of discussion within modules. This allows students to network and learn from one another as well as from the lecturers.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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