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Human Resource Management, MA Postgraduate prospectus

  • Are you an aspiring or experienced HR professional? Want to advance your career in learning and development, employee relations or another HR-related field?
  • Our Master's is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), giving you full chartered membership.
  • Study full-time or part-time evening courses at our Greenwich Campus in south-east London.

Overview

Overview

Our Master's degree provides you with access to the latest HR resources, full Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) professional accreditation, development tools and networking events to support your career progression. 

You will become more adaptable, well-informed and proficient in a range of managerial skills. This will help you gain in-depth knowledge and enable you to identify and solve current issues in people management. 

In-depth academic study and a range of powerful problem-solving techniques will help you find effective solutions to real-life HR issues. You will learn how to approach business problems strategically and how to adapt to changes affecting your organisation.

Flexible study

Our courses are designed to fit around your existing commitments. You can study part-time (two evenings a week for two years) or full-time (four evenings a week for one year) plus three workshops over the duration of the programme. Classes are 6-9pm.

Guest speakers

Regular seminars of the CIPD South East Thames branch are held at the university including Valuing HR analytics, Annual CIPD HR conference and CIPD wellbeing event.

Industry experts provide guest lectures, career development advice and curriculum input. Sector professionals are involved in developing content and teaching on various courses. As part of our continuing Big Picture guest seminar series, senior executives from Marks and Spencer, Department for Work and Pensions and BBC are invited to pass on their insights and experience.

Extracurricular activities

The HRM & Psychology Society provides an additional forum for you to meet and discuss current trends with faculty and guest speakers. 

You will be encouraged to attend conferences and events, for example:

These experiences will help enrich your learning, increase networking opportunities and facilitate the exchanging of ideas.  

Rankings

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Establish a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and insights in the field of HRM, informed by cutting edge academic research and professional practice
  • Develop your business skills to help you in managing teams and organisations
  • Encourage a conceptual understanding of HRM that enables you to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

You should have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent qualification, from a recognised university or higher education institute. You should also have two years' relevant work experience.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 6.0 or 6.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.

In addition: 

Business professionals with Level 7 CIPD qualifications can apply to enter this programme with advanced standing, subject to completion of a minimum number of academic credits.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

What people say

"This Master's will help me to show that I've reached this high level of education and awareness of HR."

Danielle Nanton
MA Human Resource Management student

"I was nervous about the expectations and demands a Master's would place on me. Once I started however, my mind was immediately put at ease. The tutors understood my concerns and were always happy to provide support and guidance and owing to their experience I could discuss work-related scenarios with them and get actionable advice."

Nick Tsitsirides 
MA Human Resource Management graduate

"My MA definitely helped me to get a job as HR and Recruitment Administrator. I found my job only 2 weeks after my final exam and was promoted in less than a year. I strongly recommend all students to undertake the course because it lays great foundations for the future!"

Kamile Bagucanskyte
MA Human Resource Management graduate

"I felt very honoured and humbled to be given the 'Student of the Year' award. It came out of the blue, I didn't realise I was so acknowledged by lecturers and my peers. Very happy and excited!"

Chinwe
MA Human Resource Management student

Extra information

Assessment

You will be assessed through examinations, essays, reports, online learning logs and a dissertation. Assessment approaches will vary according to the course studied.

Professional recognition

The MA leads you to obtaining full chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Candidates are advised to check the chartered membership requirements directly with the CIPD.

Careers

Graduates from the MA Human Resource Management programme have gone on to work for small and large corporate organisations such as engineering firms, creative organisations and housing associations, in charities, and in public sector organisations including the NHS and in jobs HR Business Partner, HR Administrator, Head of HR, and HR Advisor.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career.

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, careers fair, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards; which shows their dedication to actively support career development.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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