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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18

Human Resource Management

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WELCOME Postgraduate study is a key component of the range of courses on offer in the Business School. With a variety of MA, MSc and professional options to continue your subject specialism or diversify to another subject, we provide excellent opportunities for both business and non-business graduates. Taught by expert staff committed to academic excellence and professional relevance, you’ll benefit from studying and networking with an internationally diverse group of students in our modern, vibrant Business School building. Whether you’re seeking to establish a career in business, develop your professional experience or prepare yourself for academic research, we are confident that we have a course tailored to suit your needs, ambitions and aspirations.

Professor Jill Johnes Acting Dean of the Business School

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All our courses provide exciting opportunities to network with fellow professionals, and to learn about other organisations and good practice, in the different areas associated with managing and developing human resources. Industry ready Our courses focus on personal and professional development, providing you with a framework to assess your current skills and knowledge level, in order to develop them further. You can expect to receive the highest standard of teaching, as our qualified staff have a vast breadth of teaching, professional and industry experience. We collaborate with our well established network of contacts to bring in specialists from leading organisations to contribute to classroom learning. Our teaching has a strong focus on teamwork, critical thinking and analysis of business situations, with much of the learning done through case studies and group discussion. We focus on skills development and work-related projects, and we aim to help expand your practical and team working skills. Just as important is the informal learning that takes place, through your networking and sharing of ideas with like-minded fellow practitioner students.

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The Business School is justifiably proud of its tradition and reputation for teaching and learning excellence. We have been working with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for over 40 years. Student prizes are also awarded annually. Get connected Our courses enjoy close links to industry and the West Yorkshire CIPD branch, offering additional networking, advice, mentoring and updates from the profession. Our recently launched ‘Partners in HR’ Network links you with experienced practitioners from a range of industries and organisations.

Our Human Resource Management/Development full-time Master’s and part-time Postgraduate Diplomas focus on people in organisations. Our Strategic Human Resource Management MSc, along with all our Postgraduate Diplomas, has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). They provide you with the knowledge and skills required to enable you to upgrade to Chartered Membership of CIPD, once you have demonstrated sufficient professional experience.

Three reasons to choose Human Resource Management/ Development (HRM/D) at Huddersfield?


We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre providing opportunities for professional membership and networking.


Our new ‘Partners in HR’ Network links you with HR practitioners from a range of organisations within the local area, and internationally, allowing you to gain practical insight and support from people management experts.


Our graduates have worked with organisations such as ASDA, NHS, West Yorkshire Police, Ventura, Tesco, NSPCC, IKEA and Pfizer. 5

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/Development (HRM/HRD)

AT A GLANCE Duration 2 years part-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or certificate in Personnel, HR or Training Practice.

These two courses have been approved by the CIPD to provide the knowledge and skills required for Chartered Membership of CIPD, to meet the advanced level standards on the CIPD HR profession map.

• Ideally more than two years’ relevant HR experience. • Applicants with a significant amount of HR experience but no formal qualifications may also be considered - please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your application.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit


Head of CIPD Peter Cheese launches the Partners in HR Network in the Business School

The courses explore current issues in HR and are part of a journey of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to enhance your professional practice and value to your employer through work-based research. Students on the part-time Postgraduate Diplomas in HRM/HRD will cover core topics such as skills for business leadership, the context of HR, and leading and managing people. Students taking the HRD route will specialise in year two with work-based learning modules on topics such as the design, delivery and evaluation of learning.

“My goal is to become an HR Business Partner for the organisation I’m currently in, and the course has developed me in the areas I wanted to improve. I have become more confident in my abilities and skills, including my organisation, team working and negotiating skills.” Charlotte Simpson Postgraduate Diploma in HRM

Our links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch offers additional networking, advice, mentoring and updates from the profession. You can apply for full chartered membership (MCIPD), upon successful completion of the course and achieving the appropriate amount of relevant experience. 7

Human Resource Management/ Development (HRM/HRD) MA

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year part-time

Entry requirements

This course is for those who have completed the professional qualifications for Graduate or Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), or have a HR Postgraduate Diploma.

• Applicants should hold a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management or HR Development (or an equivalent CIPD recognised predecessor qualification from pre 2013). This accredits you with two thirds (120 credits) of the points needed for a Master’s level qualification (180 credits).

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit


These courses aim to give you an internationally recognised level of attainment and contribute towards your professional standing. Semester One focuses on the Dissertation Planning module. This module examines and analyses Human Resource Strategy from a number of perspectives; such as strategic management and the key HR issues facing organisations today.

“Students significantly develop their strategic understanding, the ability to challenge, and how to identify and implement improvements. In addition, the MA is desirable in the workplace and job market as a differentiator between candidates, and a gateway to more senior and strategic roles within HR.” Mark Horan Senior Lecturer, People, Management and Organisations

The module also provides support in completing the necessary planning and research for your dissertation. Semester Two is devoted to your dissertation. Choose a topic appropriate to your pathway, research it and present your findings in a thesis format. Throughout the course you will be taught using a mixture of lectures, case studies, videos, projects and student discussion and a tutor will be allocated to provide advice and support. Our links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch and our Partners in HR scheme offer additional networking, advice, mentoring and updates from the profession. 8 Human Resource Management 9

International Human Resource Management (IHRM) MA

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time

Entry requirements

The overall aim of the course is to develop you as a Human Resource Manager in an international context and improve the quality of your professional knowledge, behaviour and values. This course offers you a relevant blend of HR related topics, including a general introduction to the major aspects of HR and related international issues; such as managing diversity and inclusivity, in addition to HR strategy and inter-cultural management. You will also have the opportunity to work with academics and practitioners who are extremely experienced in delivering Master’s level courses, both in the UK and overseas. Specific modules include Managing People in Organisations, International Business Environment, HR Strategy, Research Methods and a dissertation.

You are encouraged to develop critical reflection and a range of skills and techniques specific to international human resource management. The course will focus on the development of relevant personal and interpersonal skills, in preparation for a future professional career in people management in a global dynamic context.

• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional qualification in a subject related to the study of people; e.g. Human Resource Management/ Development (HRM/D), Business Management, Marketing or Business Administration.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit


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Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above).

The overall aim of the course is to educate you as a people management professional in an international context, and improve the quality of your professional development.

• On an exceptional basis, applicants with appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will be admitted on a case-by-case basis. • Non-UK qualifications will be checked for equivalence.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

“The course is CIPD approved, which means my qualification is recognised by a professional body, giving me a competitive edge against other students. The course has definitely prepared me for my future career. It allowed me to develop a good network with professionals outside of the University.”


This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and practical skills across a broad range of topics, aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Profession Map. This is likely to enhance your career development within the HR profession and give you Associate Membership of the CIPD, enabling you to apply for Chartered Membership when you become an established practitioner. This programme is a blend of practical personal development and critical analysis of emerging HR trends and issues that organisations are currently experiencing. There is a focus on strategic thinking to prepare you for your future career in people management and organisational engagement.

Sumayha Qudah SHRM MSc

Some of the core modules include Learning and Talent Management, Human Resource Strategy, Developing and Leading People, Reward Management, and a dissertation. Our links with the West Yorkshire CIPD branch offer additional networking, advice, mentoring, and updates from the profession as it evolves. 12 Human Resource Management 13

LIFE ON CAMPUS The Business School is a modern and professional environment in which to learn and develop. Situated alongside the Huddersfield canal, the Business School is just a stone’s throw away from University facilities and the town centre.


Along with modern teaching space, the Business School also contains the Street Café, a perfect area for socialising, networking or relaxing over a wide range of fresh food, drinks and free wi-fi. Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work; including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management.

A dynamic campus The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment. Located on one central town centre campus site, you’ll have access to all the learning resources and social amenities you’ll need. With over 120 different nationalities represented at the University of Huddersfield, our students actively contribute towards a lively and enthusiastic campus. Each year you’ll find different international student societies running cultural events, national celebrations and the renowned International Food Festival which showcases cuisine and culture from our different nationalities. Sports, societies and facilities Student Central is home to a number of food outlets, as well as space to relax with friends. There are advice desks offering information on everything from finance to careers, to part-time jobs or health and well-being. Here, you’ll also find sports and fitness facilities with a gym, courts and a regular programme of fitness classes. The Students’ Union is the home of sports clubs, societies and volunteering opportunities. Follow your passion for competitive or social sport, or get involved with a range of student run societies covering a huge variety of interests and activities - it’s a great way to make friends and learn new skills. 15


The Business School combines a broad spectrum of academic excellence and expertise, with a focus on pioneering research that aims to make an impact on society and improve the way we live. The School’s impressive scores in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework were based on research covering three core themes: Responsibility, Business Improvement, and Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. Research at the Business School in the University of Huddersfield is underpinned by a vibrant research culture in which Research Groups provide a forum for seminars run by visiting speakers, PhD students and staff. Students are welcome to attend Group meetings as well as our annual Business School Research Conference. Research themes The Talent, Diversity and Development (TDD) Research Group at Huddersfield is an interdisciplinary group that connects staff and research students across the University. The Group carries out research in a number of related areas to enhance both theoretical understanding and managerial practice including: • The Gender and Diversity Research Network (GDRN) • The Work, Age and Retirement Network (WARRN) • Talent management • Leadership • Leisure and hospitality management


“The research groups act as a focus for staff and students with similar interests. For example, we look at leadership and management development, management and organizational learning; as well as the relationships between work, aging and retirement, gender and other dimensions of diversity, such as ethnicity and religion. The work of the group will be of interest to students who are looking to pursue careers in HR management and general management.” Prof Stephen Swailes Member of Talent, Diversity and Development (TDD) research group

Types of research In addition to a traditional PhD, we also offer a Master’s by Research which can be completed in one year, full-time or two years by part-time study. It contains no formal taught component, but students can attend classes on research methods, and the course is attractive if you want to undertake a shorter research degree than a PhD. You are also welcome to apply for the DBA. For more detailed information please contact us (see page 18) or visit our website at 17


APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to continue your journey as a postgraduate student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply. You can make an online application for full-time courses, both taught and research. Simply visit howtoapply and complete our online application form. If you’re applying for a part-time course, please contact us at the addresses opposite for an application form.

If you’d like to speak with us about a specific course or would like to discuss part-time options, please see the ‘Get in Touch’ section below. Our tutors and course teams would love to chat with you about your interests and ambitions.



We look forward to hearing from you.

GET IN TOUCH Course enquiries

Admissions team

Course Administration Team

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Research team Tel. +44 1484 473503 Email.


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Human Resource Management 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  

The complete guide to postgraduate Human Resource Management at the University of Huddersfield. (2017/18 Edition)

Human Resource Management 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  

The complete guide to postgraduate Human Resource Management at the University of Huddersfield. (2017/18 Edition)