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International Human Resource Management MBA 2018/19 entry

Course code:

LONT029

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University London

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019
May 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

Coventry University London


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Overview

More and more organisations recognise that finding (and keeping) the best talent, and getting the most out of them, is critical to their future success. This MBA course will prepare you for a career in HR leadership – helping a wide range of organisations to grow and prosper.

Study for this MBA and you could build a successful strategic management career, developing people in the complex and fast-changing world of the contemporary workplace. You’ll graduate with a solid understanding of how and why people function at work, and of the relevant legal frameworks governing human resource management. You’ll also deepen your understanding of how to find, develop and engage the most appropriate talent for any organisation.

You’ll study at our exciting London campus – either full-time for 1 year or part-time for 2 years. Upon successful completion, you’ll be awarded the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced Diploma in HRM, and you could also obtain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Why Coventry University London?

We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Heart of the City

Minutes from the Bank of England and Stock Exchange

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

What our students say...

The course changed my perception on leadership and heightened my focus on my specialist field of study. I realised my academic goals thanks to the tremendous support I got from the academic staff.

Aisha Mohammed Umar, Graduate

Course information

This superb MBA course is closely connected to the world of employment, offering work experience opportunities as well as the chance to mix with a range of employers through guest lectures and networking. Your understanding of other cultures and work contexts will be deepened thanks to trips overseas, as well as being part of a student cohort from all over the world.

You’ll be taught by academics who are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and who have extensive experience working in industry. They will work hard to connect you with opportunities for work experience and other chances to mix with employers, including participation in UK and international field trips – which in the past have included Switzerland, France and Japan.

Your studies will take a globalised approach, preparing you to work across cultures and potentially anywhere in the world. You’ll learn to track and respond to significant and far-reaching economic, social, technological and geo-political changes affecting the contemporary workplace – changes which demand different patterns of thinking and behaviour from those who wish to manage and lead.

97%

of our HR students say staff are good at explaining things

Unistats

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

There are eight mandatory modules on this course. Some of these relate to business and leadership in general (so you’ll study alongside students on some of our other MBA courses), whereas others are specific to human resource management. In all cases, your learning will be both internationalised and applied, with many practical opportunities for personal and professional development. In your last term, you’ll do a final major project offering a range of practical options in addition to the more traditional dissertation.

Modules

  • Strategic Management*

    Enhance your ability to embrace business goals; structure and resource the organisation; and implement effective strategies.

    *You will need to pass this module to be eligible for the CMI Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership

  • Marketing in a Global Age*

    *You will need to pass this module to be eligible for the CMI Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership

  • Managerial Finance

    Learn to better interpret financial reports, balance risk & investment, and use financial data to inform strategic decision-making.

  • Leading in a Changing World

    Organisations that stand still don’t survive. How do you decide on a new direction – and motivate people to be positive about change?

  • Developing People

    The world changes constantly beyond the organisation, and its people change constantly within it. How can their potential be harnessed to meet the challenges?

  • Resourcing & Talent Management

    No organisation can exist, let alone flourish, without good people. What defines ‘good’ people – and how do you find and deploy them?

  • Global HRM in Practice

    How do you manage HR when your organisation stretches around the world? How do you tackle inconsistencies in workplace culture and rewards?

  • Employee Engagement

    If employees are fully engaged with the organisation, they will be significantly more able and willing to deliver its objectives.

  • Optional modules

    One from the following:

    Business and Management Research Methods

    The best decisions are well-informed, so this module offers an essential toolkit for ensuring you have the information you need.

    Entrepreneurship: Creating a Business Idea

    Explore how opportunities can be identified and exploited, whether as a self-employed person or spinning out a new business.

  • Project options

    Internship

    Undertake an HR work placement with an employer, and complete a written module assignment.

    Global Business Simulation

    Working as part of a senior management team, run your own virtual business using software which replicates the business world.

    Group Consulting Project

    Working together as a consulting team, develop an HR solution or approach to a real client’s business problem.

    Dissertation

    Take a more academic approach by researching an HR topic of your choice, building on existing understanding of the subject.

    Individual Consulting Project

    Offer your HR services as a consultant to a real business, advising them on a specific project or issue.

    Entrepreneurship – Developing a Business Plan

    Identify, create and develop a unique business opportunity; write up a business plan based on research and a feasibility study.

    International Human Resource Management Simulation

    You’ll engage with a software simulation reflecting realistic business scenarios, and devise and adapt effective HR strategies accordingly.

In more detail...

  • This MBA course has been designed in consultation with employers
  • It is approved by the CIPD, the professional association for HR with over 130,000 members worldwide
  • You’ll study in the City of London, one of the most dynamic square miles in the world
  • On passing the course, you’ll achieve the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to achieve a CMI leadership qualification
  • You’ll benefit from applied learning which connects you to industry both within and beyond the classroom, including consultancy products for clients and work experience with employers
  • Your tutors have considerable career experience in human resource management, and will draw on their extensive contacts to provide you with exposure to industry
  • There are opportunities for international travel
  • You’ll study with students from all over the world, developing your ability to work cross-culturally.

Your main study themes are:

  • Strategy – You’ll develop a wide range of strategic management, HR, marketing and finance skills which are transferable across all industries and which meet the objectives of a broad-based MBA
  • Professionalism – You’ll learn to adhere to the highest levels of professional conduct, and you could be accredited by not one but two of the world’s leading professional associations for management and HR
  • Globalisation – You’ll learn how approaches to issues such as labour, ethics, sustainability and finance differ globally, equipping you to work overseas, or within a multi-national, or within an importing/exporting organisation
  • Talent – You’ll deepen your understanding of how to identify, attract, recruit, motivate, develop, engage and reward the very best people for any given role or context.

What you’ll learn on this MBA course is a true reflection of what’s current in industry, and will help to deliver the skills employers are looking for. That’s because we work hard to build strong relationships with professional associations (both in general management and in HR) and also with employers, especially when it comes to designing the content of the course.

 

Your modules will develop your critical-thinking and decision-making skills. Besides time spent in lectures and seminars, you’ll tackle practical exercises and collaborations, and could do real work experience. You’ll be challenged by realistic business simulations, group projects and case studies. Beyond the classroom, you’ll be encouraged to go out and explore the learning opportunities which London offers the HR professional.

Our wide network of prestigious alumni, leading academics and industry leaders means you’ll also be able to enjoy a fascinating programme of guest lectures (in the past, this has included people from Google and a former contestant on The Apprentice. Your tutors may also organise visits to businesses, trade shows and/or conferences.

You will develop a wide range of invaluable soft skills which are transferable between industries, such as confidence, communication, teamwork, presentation, and the collation and use of information. Extra-curricular activities such as our Student Enterprise Business society, student mentoring programmes and volunteering offer opportunities to develop your personal and professional skills. You could also apply for our High Flyers programme, designed to develop the most talented postgraduate students.

Teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, simulations, business plans, and online collaborations.

The assessments on this MBA course are designed to reflect the work you’ll undertake in industry, helping you to prepare for the workplace and for appraisals there. Your tutors will take an employer’s perspective, as well as an academic one, when assessing the content and delivery of your work. You will be assessed regularly, rather than relying on a few major events. This will help you to stay focused on your ongoing learning, and will enable both you and your tutors to be aware at all times of how you’re performing and where you may need some additional study or support.

The course is infused with practical HR assessments such as creating a performance-management and reward-management system; a resourcing and talent-management strategy; a live training workshop; a learning and development strategy for a global client; and/or an employee-engagement survey.

You’ll be encouraged to prove your subject knowledge while demonstrating your ability to write professional reports, structure logical arguments, analyse data, and make compelling presentations. Your assessments will therefore consist of a mixture of seminar and workshop activities, debates, presentations, written assignments, and individual and group work.

On completion, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact of legal systems, international developments, corporate governance, and ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues on human resource management
  • Make judgements about customer service and business positioning from the perspective of an HR manager and/or business partner
  • Evaluate the production and marketing of goods and/or services to maximise the management of resources and efficiency of operations in a range of international business and HR contexts
  • Appraise the financing of organisations by examining the sources, uses and management of finance and accounting practices for managerial and financial reporting, and their applications for the efficient management of HR costs
  • Interpret data and research from organisations, organisational behaviour, industrial/employee relations, human resource management, and change management
  • Investigate a complex HR issue, providing information and evaluating options in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.

As indicated by its title, this course has been designed to take a globalised approach. You’ll learn how and why HR practices and frameworks vary around the world, and how to apply effective strategies when working cross-culturally and/or in a multi-national organisation.

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in an international field trip; past trips have gone to France, Switzerland, Japan and the Czech Republic, where students have witnessed HR in action in SMEs and multi-nationals.

The course also offers a truly multi-cultural experience because you’ll study alongside students from over 50 countries, each offering their own contexts, experiences and insights.

What our students say...

The culturally diverse atmosphere on this course improved my multicultural understanding of people, and provided me with boundless opportunity to network.

Aisha Mohammed Umar, graduate

Entry Requirements

A good quality honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

A good quality honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

A good quality honours degree or equivalent. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£16,184 (per year)


January 2019

£16,184 (per year)


May 2019

£16,184 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£16,184 (per year)


January 2019

£16,184 (per year)


May 2019

£16,184 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£16,184 (per year)


January 2019

£16,184 (per year)


May 2019

£16,184 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Flying Start

 Included in the fees:

  • Specified core textbooks
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints

Additional costs not included in the fees:

You may have the opportunity to participate in non-mandatory field trips in the UK and abroad. These visits are not included in the programme fee and prices will vary depending on the location of the trip.

Career prospects

Students emerge from our MBA International Human Resource Management with skills which are in high demand from employers in private, public and third-sector organisations around the world.

You’ll complete the course with well-developed powers of analysis, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, and highly effective communication and research skills. Importantly, you’ll also have a deep understanding of international and globalised perspectives on HR, equipping you to work, or to advise, across different cultures, faiths and countries.

In summary, the course will prepare you well to launch or develop a successful career in senior HR management. However, if you would prefer to start your own business, start-up advice and support is available to you during the programme.

Where our graduates work

Our graduates can expect to have the choice of a number of management and leadership careers in HR, whether in-house with an organisation or working at an agency or consultancy.

There are many generalist HR roles, or you could specialise in recruitment, employee relations, reward systems, employee engagement, or learning and development. For example, you might go on to work as a HR business partner, a HR data analyst, a researcher, or a benefits advisor/analyst. You could also work for a search and selection consultancy, advising organisations and identifying the talent they need to meet their business goals.

Alternatively, you might choose to go on to further study; some of our graduates have taken up PhDs in the UK or internationally.

What our students say...

Since graduating in 2014, I’ve worked for two Oxford colleges – managing 120 junior doctors through their studies and then helping to manage a programme researching the political situation in Myanmar.

Edit Greenhill, graduate