Human Resource Management
- Mode of study
- Full time
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Claire Butters
- Subject Area
- Business and Management
The MA programme in Human Resource Management is approved by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and provides a thorough understanding of the employment relationship and an excellent grounding in the theory and practice of Human Resource Management. It examines key institutions, problems and issues in contemporary Human Resource Management, notably: labour management, employee resourcing development; pay and employment relations; strategic HRM; and professional practice. A distinctive feature to the course is consideration of the rights and interests of employees as well as the formation and impact of public policy.
About the course
This course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The programme provides an excellent foundation for a career in the management of human resources and associated management positions in both the public and private sectors.
The main focus is on the United Kingdom, but this is set within a broader comparative perspective, enabling students to assess contrasting systems of industrial relations and to evaluate a range of crucial issues on a European and a global scale.
Keele University is a main provider of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations courses and research in the UK. The subject group is active in research and publication, focusing on international and national employment and equalities aspects of public policy, spanning both private and public sectors, and typically featuring high levels of engagement with employers, trade unions, and government bodies.
We welcome applications from both home and overseas students. We have a range of support services available for all students and further information specifically for international students can be found by clicking on the International Applications Information link above
Aims of the course
The main aims of the course are to:
- To provide academically rigorous education in Human Resource Management and associated disciplines;
- To develop the analytical skills of students;
- To develop key professional skills relevant to the role of human resource managers; and
- To develop a critical approach to HRM literature, issues, and practice
To achieve these aims the course will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of:
- The nature of the employment relationship, the labour market and job regulation, and the regulatory and economic role of the state
- The main theories and issues in labour management
- The origins, scope and main functions of personnel and HR management, including the management of employee resourcing, development and performance;
- The methods of regulating the employment relationship, including trade unions and collective bargaining as well as non-union forms of employee voice and participation;
- The role of the state and international bodies in the regulation of the employment relationship
- The market for labour, pay Levels and inequalities and pay determination systems
- The organisation of vocational and educational training systems, skills and skill shortages, and the management of employee development
- The range of research methods, and researched based knowledge that informs academic and practical analysis of contemporary issues in the field of study
- The HRM function, notably in relation the role of HR in managing procedures, in analysing statistical information to inform policy.
Applicants are normally required to hold at least a second-class honours degree (2.2 or above) or overseas equivalent.
The University uses a range of relevant selection criteria including academic qualifications, professional experience, evidence of likely commitment to academic study, and an estimate of a candidate’s future potential.
Anyone applying from a country where English is not the first language is required to take one of the internationally recognised English language tests such as Academic IELTS or equivalent English language qualification. The minimum entry level is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest or equivalent English language test scores.
Pre-Master’s programme for international students
International students who do not meet all direct entry requirements for this course have the opportunity to study a Pre-Master’s programme at the Keele University International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to progress onto this postgraduate course at Keele University.
If you need to raise your level of English before you start Keele ISC Pre-Master’s programme, you can first study English for Pre-master's (EPM), also taught at the International Study Centre. EPM is designed to develop your English language reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, so that you can meet the entry requirements for the Pre-master's programme.
The Masters courses are delivered through a taught part consisting of eight 15 credit modules (totalling 120 credits) and one 60 credit dissertation or applied research project.
Students take the following modules (which are mapped against the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management award)
- Introduction to Research (non-credit bearing)
- Foundations of Human Resource Management
- Professional Skills and Practice in HRM
- Workshops in HRM
- Employee Resourcing and Development
- Employee Relations and Reward
- Strategic HRM
- Research methods or Creativity & Personal Development
On successful completion of the taught part of the course, students progress to undertake either of the following research modules:
- HRM dissertation or Applied Company Research project
Teaching and assessment
The modules are delivered through a range of lectures, student working groups, tutorial and presentations by guest speakers.
Taught modules are usually assessed by a variety of assessment methods including: essays; portfolios; presentations; project reports and a research proposal.
The HRM Dissertation is assessed by a 15,000-20,000 word research based dissertation, while the Applied Company Research 60 credit is assessed by a 7,000-word coursework, an individual presentation, reflective diary and practice based assessment.
Each student is allocated a personal tutor to support their studies and postgraduate study skills are embedded into the modules studies in the first semester of the course.
Guidance is provided on dissertation topics and each student is assigned a dedicated supervisor. Guidance is also provided for the Applied Company Research project and each student will be assigned an academic mentor.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.
The Graduate Attributes Statement is designed to raise awareness of the attributes that will be developed whilst you are a student at Keele University. It explains each of the attributes in detail, tips on how to achieve them and how they relate to your chosen programme of study.
The Graduate Attributes Statement for this course can be downloaded here.