Human Resource Management MA 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT050

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450

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Overview

This course aims to extend your understanding of business and personnel and the impact their management can have on successful organisations with our Human Resource Management MA, which can be studied full or part-time.

The management and development of human resources is a challenging task in any organisation. As the rapid pace of technological change continues, markets expand internationally and legislation becomes increasingly complex, and so the need to ensure both the business and its personnel adapt accordingly has become ever more important.

This Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accredited course* is designed for those who want to pursue senior level careers in human resource management (HRM). We aim to cover the essential theoretical knowledge, intellectual frameworks and practical skills required by today’s employers in a range of business contexts. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

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Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

Successful completion of this course fulfils the requirement for Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)* Associate Membership and the knowledge element required for Chartered Membership, although further modules must be completed to receive Chartered Membership which will incur an additional fee.

*Currently, this course is mapped to the CIPD’s Professional Standards Framework, with a review of that framework expected in 2020. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any review would be see the continuation of our accreditation, if the review were to require changes, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)


European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Course information

Human Resource Management (HRM) examines the processes and principles associated with the management of work and people.

HR professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances, whether in the market, public or ‘third’ sectors irrespective of the size of their organisations or the types of goods or services provided.  

This programme of study has been designed to meet and reflect the CIPD’s* current professional standards and expectations, designed to broaden your awareness of HR generalist and specialist functions in a UK and international context, considering how internal and external context impact upon HRM, the role of the HR practitioner and how HRM can lead to better work and better working lives. 

Aiming to give you wide exposure to a range of organisations, you should explore the relationship of HR to other functions in the organisation and the contribution of HR to achieving corporate objectives. The course also includes an optional work placement of a minimum of six to eight weeks within the HRM department of an organisation in the UK, as part of the Project module (subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional fees may apply). Following a competitive application process, this could provide you with the unique opportunity to assess the theories introduced within the classroom, in the context of a specific work organisational environment. 

The course aims to help you develop a range of academic and employability skills, alongside HRM specific knowledge and understanding in line with the current CIPD requirements*. Modules will also offer experience of applied HR in practice, by developing HR policy or training solutions as part of your learning experience should you wish to develop a specialised focus.

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Modules

Overview

This course currently includes the Professional Development Module – Consultancy, you will also have the opportunity to study a module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)**, focused on consultancy, which can lead to a professional qualification upon successful completion.

**Coventry University’s accreditation with CIM is renewed annually, with the current course mapped to meet the awarding bodies requirements. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • HRM in context
    • Skills for Study and HR Leadership
    • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

  • Semester 2

    • Employee Engagement and Relations
    • Applied Resourcing and Talent Management
    • Ethical HRM and HRD

  • Semester 3

    • Enhancing your Employment Skills
    • Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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  • Currently fulfils the requirement for CIPD* professional accreditation by mapping to their learning outcomes, leading to CIPD Associate membership
  • Opportunity to attend field trips to organisations within a range of sectors and industries, showcasing diversified HR functions (subject to availability, a competitive application process,meeting visa requirements and fees may apply). Recent visits have included Jaguar Land Rover, BBC Midlands and Interserve.
  • The Business School is currently an active member of The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), one of the most important European Business School Association’s, as well as the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).
  • Our annual HR Leaders’ Events provide an opportunity to hear first-hand about recent developments in the HR profession from current practitioners, which have previously included the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group Director of HR, New Talent and Technical Development Programme Manager from Severn Trent Water and the Associate Director of HR (Operations) from University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire speaking with students about change management.
  • Opportunity to graduate with triple awards – from the University, CIPD* (Associate Membership) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI)**. Subject to successful obtainment of qualifications.

Opportunity to graduate with triple awards – from the University, CIPD (Associate Membership) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Subject to successful obtainment of qualifications.  

Our main study themes are: 

  • Human Resource Management (HRM) in context: You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. We will look at how leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts and how leaders and managers in organisations need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone, but by internal and external forces beyond their immediate control. 
  • Leading, managing and developing people: We will examine contemporary research on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice, including research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes and major contemporary changes and developments in practice. We will explore the current debates, theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management to enable you to become an effective manager as well as an effective HR specialist, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.  
  • Ethical HRM and Human Resource Development (HRD): Standards, values, morals and ethics have become increasingly complex in a post-modern society where absolutes have given way to tolerance and ambiguity. This can particularly affect managers in HR, where decisions can affect people’s jobs and their future employment types and the way in which recruitment should be conducted, and so reward and talent retention practices should change to reflect cultural diversity of business. We will explore ethical dilemmas encountered in the workplace, discussing ethical behaviour and values that relate to critical human resource development (CHRD), examining current practices in the workplace and their links to corporate social responsibility.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and part-time over two years.

We provide opportunities for you participate in a range of employability skills development workshops, specifically designed to develop skills required for working in the areas of HR. These feature a range of learning tools: simulation exercises, team building and motivational activities, case studies, and working with specialist guest speakers on a range of problems to develop the competences identified in the CIPD Profession Map. You will also have the opportunity to participate and run assessment centres. We also encourage you to attend CIPD local branch events, most of which are free of charge to students however, additional fees may apply.  

Full-time students will receive additional work experience preparation through the ‘Enhancing your employment skills’ module, which is designed to help teach you the skills needed to successful enter the workplace upon successful graduation.

During the Project module, you can choose to conduct a piece of research, or apply for an internship opportunity (subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and fees may apply). Past students have conducted research on topics as diverse international reward strategies and ethical practice and the HR professional.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars and workshops.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include a final semester project, reports, written assignments, practical coursework, presentations and formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HRM and related subjects outlined in the CIPD HR Profession Map.
  • Appreciate ethical, legal and financial factors and their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations.
  • Exercise sound judgement in the selection of different methods and approaches available to deal with financial, cultural and legal business problems nationally and internationally.
  • Use financial skills to communicate and work effectively to persuade and influence others to make decisions.

In your first and second semester, you should have up to 14 contact hours of teaching a week, which should include;

  • Large group teaching, such as lectures, each week
  • Medium group teaching, such as seminars, each week

 

A strong emphasis is placed on the Project module in your final semester and therefore total teaching contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs, online activities.

The inclusion of internationally-focused case studies can help to foster an international focus across the programme. We look at global organisations, such as Costa Coffee, to understand how their business model impacts on employment practices in different parts of the world. We also promote group working which is designed to encourage cross-cultural collaboration and intercultural competency, for example, this has previously included designing and delivering a group presentation in the ‘HRM in Context’ module.

Students in the past have been offered the opportunity to attend conferences in Europe, funded by the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) and a reciprocal arrangement has been made so that the conference attendees will have the opportunity to come to the next conference to be held in Coventry. 

All international experience opportunities are subject to availability, meeting visa requirements, and may incur additional fees.

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Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

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international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to complete a successful interview with the programme management team.

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to complete a successful interview with the programme management team.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to complete a successful interview with the programme management team.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450 (per year)


UK Scholarships

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

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £11,450 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,800 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Within an internationally diverse learning environment, upon successful completion of the course you should gain a clear understanding of a broad range of HR, managerial and business principles, practices and competencies.

You should develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and become a reflective HR professional with an appreciation of how properly conducted research can enhance your performance as a future manager. 

The design of the course is aimed at helping you select and focus on specific specialist areas of HRM or HRD, depending on your career specific aspirations within the human resources field. There will be opportunities to work with employers on problem-based assessments to gain experience producing policy documents relevant to the changing world of work. (Opportunities are subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional fees may apply)

Every student within the Faculty has access to an Employment Personal Tutor, aligned to their area of study, to work with them throughout their course on securing placements and future graduate roles.

Our Master’s course provides excellent opportunities to progress your career as a Human Resource Manager, Head of Human Resources, Personnel Manager or Performance Consultant. The CIPD*qualification is required for nearly all UK-based HR jobs and you upon successful graduation you will gain the knowledge required at advanced level for CIPD membership, which can lead to professional membership at associate, chartered member or fellow levels (see the accreditations section of this webpage for further details).

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our past graduates have found employment positions within generalist HR, general management, specialist pay and reward, people development and employee relations roles.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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