You should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours), or overseas equivalent in a related field. Those with extensive experience who do not possess a first degree can also be considered. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.
This course offers interesting and challenging modules and options, as well as the opportunity to undertake an 8-week internship designed to develop you as an HR professional and adviser. It will suit graduates intending to work in HR, as well as those already working in the field and wanting to advance their careers. Building on your understanding of the theory and practice of HRM techniques, it provides a professionally focused and research informed blend of academic and practical information, encouraging critical reflection on current HRM approaches.
Westminster Business School is a designated Centre of Excellence by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The course has been approved by the CIPD as meeting the ‘knowledge criteria’ for Associate Membership. This means that once you have successfully shown the CIPD relevant evidence of your practice in the workplace, you will gain the professional level of either Associate or Chartered Membership.
HRM in a Business Context
You will examine the working environment of HR practitioners by analysing the impact of economic, political, social and technological factors.
Managing Human Resources
You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications for organisational success.
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop or evaluate, on the basis of empirical or conceptual research and analytic rigour, a specific area of human resource knowledge.
Research Methods and Project Preparation
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of human resource management.
Skills of the Manager/Consultant
You will develop the interpersonal management skills and techniques you need to work both as an internal and external consultant to organisations.
Learning and Development
Organisational Analysis, Design and Development
You will also choose two from the following additional option modules:
Assessment and Individual Differences at Work
Contemporary Issues in Strategic HRM
Designing and Delivering Training
Employment Law for HR Practitioners
Managing Culture and Change
Managing Diversity and Equality in Employment
After completing the course you can be expected to develop your career within HRM, either in the UK or abroad, or to continue your studies in HR-related fields. Providing a higher degree qualification in a wellestablished management area, the course will enable you to enhance your career prospects and marketability in the professional practice of HRM. Past students have become consultants (internal and external), HR managers, compensation and benefits managers, change management specialists, HR business partners/operations managers, civil servants and mediators. Employers of our students include the BBC, Cap Gemini, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Royal Household.
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