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• Suitable for HR managers, recent graduates and professionals looking for a change of career.
• Learn about general organisational aspects of HR management before specialising.
• Attend a three day residential held off-campus.
• Gain insights from leading practitioners and visiting professors during guest lectures.
About this course
This course is designed for graduates wanting to follow a career in human resource management (HRM) or human resource development (HRD). It is also suitable for HR managers who are looking for career development or for people wanting a career change.
The course develops your critical thinking and problem solving skills to help manage the process and complexities of organisational change. It approaches HRM and HRD at a strategic level, and examines organisations operating both nationally and internationally.
You develop your decision making, problem solving and analytical skills to enable you contribute to the growth and competitive advantage of organisations. We focus on developing your professional expertise, and improve your employability and career prospects by helping you gain broader business, management and leadership knowledge.
The course takes a practical and vocational approach to teaching, so that you are able to apply the theory you learn through practice. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, and skills-based workshops. You also attend a three-day residential event and an intensive study block, designed to assist you in applying your learning during topical and challenging practical situations.
The course enables you to
• develop a strategic focus and application to HRM and HRD
• develop a critical understanding of the philosophies and general practices of HRM
• appreciate and critically evaluate the latest theoretical concepts, principles, standards and frameworks of HRM practice
• gain skills in solving complex scenarios related to improving the activities and functions of modern HRM
• build a holistic approach to examining and solving complex HR problems
To ensure you learn the latest developments in HRM and to widen your knowledge and understanding, guest lectures are given by leading practitioners and visiting professors.
We have a close relationship with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD South Yorkshire and District branch) which provides access to a professional advisor to support students and the course team. You become a student member of the CIPD, with options to progress towards a professional level of membership when you graduate.
We also have a dynamic, student-led HR network, which provides excellent opportunities for sharing experience with alumni, sponsors, business leaders, HR managers and consultants.
We expect you to play an active part in your own development. This can involve setting up learning contracts with tutors, managing your personal development, gaining the skills necessary for reflective learning, and attending the guest lectures and professional events organised by the local branch of CIPD.
At Sheffield Business School, we have over 30 years experience in delivering HRM/HRD masters qualifications, and have a focus on research-informed teaching. Our courses are designed and delivered by a highly experienced team of academics, who have extensive practice-based experience in HRM, HRD and consultancy.
We have also built a strong reputation nationally and internationally, for providing excellent support and advice to students to ensure they can all maximise their potential.
Full-time – typically 12 months
Starts – September
To apply online for this course select the start date below
• September 2014
Or you can complete an application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form
2013/14 academic year
Typically £5,355 for the course including Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) student membership
2014/15 academic year
Typically £6,000 for the course including Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) student membership
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees and funding see www.shu.ac.uk/funding
2013/14 academic year
Typically £12,060 for the course
2014/15 academic year
Typically £12,150 for the course
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees, scholarships and bursaries see www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees
With the exception of the dissertation, each module has one or two assessments, which could be either a written assignment, and/or examination.
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Msc Human Resource Managment
'I have always been impressed with the enthusiasm and support I have received from the academic staff at this university. I've always felt that I can approach them regarding many issues with my work and they have always created time for me whether it's quick advice or more support where I have scheduled time for a more in depth conversation.
'There's a great mix of theory based modules and also modules that are relevant and progressive. The academic staff are the real highlight. I've received nothing but support and help from them and they have always been enthusiastic in their approach to teaching.
'The University encourages students to get involved with a number of different activities both related and unrelated to your course. For example this year I am chairman of the HR network. This is a society with the aim of providing students with something extra to their degree. These activities include workshops, seminars, guest lecturers and social events.
'From a personal perspective it allows me to put into practice some of the areas I learn on my course in a fun way but with a serious outcome. This network is also supported by the Charted Institute of Personal Development who give us guidance and support and in return we work on schemes with them such as mentoring.
'The modules are set up to give you a complete understanding of the area you are going into.The quality and variety are fantastic. Assessments are also preparing me with desirable skills for employers such as report writing, presentation skills and information gathering.
'My first placement was in my second and third years of my BA where I studied in Spain for six months and then moved and worked for a year in Spain also. I could write a 5000 word essay in this subject but honestly it was the most life changing experience. The amount I gained from doing this is very difficult to put into words. I learnt a new language, a new culture, I met some unbelievable people, and I travelled Spain extensively and have had quite simply the best time of my life. It's very safe to say that I came back from this experience twice the person I was before I left.
'I lived and worked in Madrid and worked for one of the largest IT companies in the world, Oracle. I learnt new things about business in a new environment but also developed so many interpersonal skills such as communication, IT skills, listening and verbal skills just to name a few. I honestly couldn't believe how fast the time passed. I came back confident, enthusiastic and with a completely new perspective to my work ethic and etiquette.
'I choose to enrol on a postgraduate course after completing my degree as it's where my energy was. You have to do something that motivates you and I found that in this masters. To be sure it was the right path I consulted many experienced people who have gone through this process to see if maybe my ambitions aligned with theirs.
'My advice to all would be to find out what motivates you and just go for it because you will never fail in something where your passion and ambition lies.'
MSc Human Resource Management
'My main aim in choosing to study at Sheffield Hallam was to improve my knowledge in the field of human resource management and enhance my language skills.
'In terms of my exchange semester, it was necessary to find a course that was nearly the same as the one at my home university.
'The four modules offered in the first semester of the course cover a wide range of interesting topics. They are very useful to study because they deal with important themes in the working life of a human resource manager.
'The teaching was excellent because of the enthusiastic and friendly tutors. I received the impression that they have a very distinctive knowledge in their field combined with appropriate practical experiences.
'The learning facilities are very modern and largely accessible, especially the equipment in the library.
'I would definitely recommend Sheffield Hallam to my friends because the experiences I have had here were exclusively positive. I have never had the feeling that the learning matter would not be useful for my future job.
'The personal atmosphere on the course enables you to actively participate in discussions which lead to a more intense understanding of the topics. Additionally, the support of the tutors and other employees of Sheffield Hallam was excellent.'