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Postgraduate course

Human Resource Management MSc

Want to understand, influence and implement organisational change?

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This MSc combines an in-depth understanding of human resource management (HRM) with a broader exploration of its organisational and management context. The programme explores HR strategy both within organisations and in relation to the external environment. You will be exposed to the latest contemporary research in HRM to develop your critical thinking skills, develop and apply them.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 In a related discipline

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Course overview

The programme is international by design. Many different cultural contexts will provide the setting for discussions. You will learn by working with others and building on your experiences and those of your fellow students.

You will explore issues including employee relations and employee engagement, learning and development, employee resourcing and talent management, globalisation and international forces, social and technological change and government policies and regulation.

A distinctive element of the programme is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) alongside the academic award.

This programme:

  • Develops the skills essential for HR work such as leading and working in teams, making decisions, managing financial information, communicating effectively and helping others to learn.
  • Places a strong emphasis on practice-based learning. You will be asked to evaluate research and theory and consider its relevance to practice.
  • Develops academic and research skills such as assessing information and critically evaluating its relevance preparing you for higher level study.
  • Supports the skills needed to operate effectively and competently in an international context.
  • Uses assessment methods which mirror organisation-based activities.
  • Provides a supportive platform for critical reflection, through the application of academic theories to real work situations.

Course Structure

Level 1

Modules

15 credits

Compulsory

This module explores theoretical and practical issues relating to sustainable business in the context of environmental, social and economic needs at local and global scales. We will consider the relationships between business and society in an unequal and uncertain world. For students new to the study of business the module includes an introduction to key business ideas. For those who have previously studied business the module includes some familiar ideas approached in a newly critical way from some less familiar perspectives.

15 credits

Compulsory

This module critically examines the global and domestic environments in which HR professionals strategically operate. You will explore international, industry and organisational contexts. You will also investigate the functional aspects of HR and evaluate strategic human resource management in a global context.

15 credits

Compulsory

On this module you will investigate the impact of performance management on contributing and improving individual, team and organisational performance. We will also explore how performance management supports key human resource activities including human capital management, enhancing levels of engagement, talent management, learning and reward. You will consider how the use of reward processes can improve organisational, team and individual performance.

15 credits

Compulsory

The research and study of business in contemporary society requires a critical understanding of pervasive and interconnected topics. You will build your understanding of contemporary business issues, gain experience of the research and scholarly expectations of postgraduate study and develop a critical awareness of the research process and research design.

15 credits

Compulsory

On this module you will build your cognitive skills and computational thinking. You will also consider the relevance of these skills to business concepts, critical evaluation and professional considerations. You will develop a deep understanding of the impact and meaning of data. It is also an opportunity to examine data analytics technique in term of problem solving, predicting and decision-making in business context.

15 credits

Compulsory

This module assumes no prior knowledge of the law.  and focuses on the needs for the HR or business professionals to understand the implications of law on business operations. Employment law is constantly changing and is often contested. The module will help you to keep up to date with the facts of employment law, respond to change and assess its impact on organisations, managers and employees. Your understanding of relevant statutes will be enhanced through lectures from guest speakers from external agencies, such as ACAS, solicitors, HR professionals and advice agencies. You will also examine specific, relevant and contemporary case law, through seminar and workshop groups.

15 credits

Compulsory

Managing employment relations is key to HR practice and to driving successful business cultures. You will examine the relationship between employers and their employees. Employment relations, and power in the employment relationship, is a central concern in the study of human resource management. The module will examine competing theories and perspectives on this topic, such as employee voice, discipline and grievance, with critical consideration of ‘best practice’ formulations. 

15 credits

Optional

Attracting talented people to organisations can be challenging in a competitive climate. Through this module we will explore how to plan for the talent requirements of an organisation, how to recruit, and how to select people with the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience to be a good fit and ensure successful performance. When resourcing the contemporary organisation, a practitioner should be able to employ a range of tools and technologies and make informed decisions which are right for the specific context.

 

15 credits

Optional

This module critically examines the role of Human Resource Management in leading and supporting learning and development. Learning and development influences the culture and strategy of an organisation. They also affect an organisation's ability to respond to the demands of change, market forces and geopolitical events. It is therefore an important element in the portfolio of skills that a Human Resources professional should possess.

60 credits

Compulsory

The Capstone Project is designed to enable you to develop an advanced ability to select, define, research, analyse, develop solutions and reach evidence-based conclusions to an issue relevant to their programme of study by undertaking an independent research project. It will allow you to select a wholly academic option or an applied business consultancy option.

Teaching and assessment

This brings together relevant contemporary academic theory and research with practical understanding of activities within organisations. This will be developed by enabling you to share knowledge, relate this to theories developed from relevant research, and learning by practical application. Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management in the context of contemporary human resource management issues, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and professional development.

You will carry out projects and assignments designed to help you apply the theories, tools and techniques you learn. Much of the learning is developed through the establishment of collaborative learning communities of programme participants and tutors and you will become part of that community of learning. Your understanding is developed around the key skills, processes and practices of human resource management.

All modules are assessed through a programme of work undertaken whilst studying for the award. A range of assessment tools are used including presentations, critical essays, portfolios and reflective journals and case study work. Each module tutor will provide opportunities for formative assessment feedback to inform your work prior to submission.

You will receive detailed feedback on assessment to help you develop and continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge.

You will receive study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of business management.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 In a related discipline

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline

Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK or NARIC listed institution.

If your undergraduate honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Experience

Entry onto this postgraduate course will require you to demonstrate current or recent work experience. This will enable you to fully engage with the course. 

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirments it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Alumni Scholarships 

If you are continuing to postgraduate study directly after studying at undergraduate level with us, we offer a reduction in fees depending on the classification of degree you achieve.

If you are graduating from an undergraduate degree at York St John University this year you could be entitled to:

  • a 50% reduction in course fees if you achieve a 1st
  • a 35% reduction if you achieve a 2:1
  • a 20% reduction if you achieve a 2:2

These reductions apply to all York and London-based taught MA, MBA, MSc and MRes courses, except for Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc and all PCGE courses.

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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