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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc Human Resource Management

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Human Resource Management Programme codePTS1SBESBE26
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme has been designed to enable you to achieve both high level academic understanding of contemporary developments in Human Resource Management (HRM) and the development of relevant advanced HRM skills. In short, our aim is to give you the best possible preparation for a long and successful career in HRM.

All our modules map on to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD's) core standards within the CIPD Profession map, providing you with the opportunity to complete these as a pre-requisite for full Chartered Membership of the Institute.

The programme is suitable for both full-time and part-time study. Part-time students complete the full MSc programme over a period of either twenty four months or thirty months. Both modes of attendance allow you to combine study with paid work. Full-time students can complete the programme while working part-time. Part-time students can do so while working in a full-time job.

Our programme covers all aspects of HRM, including staffing issues, performance management, employee relations, reward management and human resource development. Further modules focus on leadership, motivation and developments in the contemporary business environment. Our aim is to give you an understanding of a broad range of topics from which you can then choose to focus on in greater depth when developing ideas for written assignments and your Masters dissertation.

If you enrol as a full-time student you will need to attend taught sessions on two or three afternoons each week over thirty weeks, in addition to eight further full days scheduled across the academic year. If you come without existing HRM experience you should also complete a ten day work placement in industry.

If you enrol as a part-time student you will need to attend taught sessions on one afternoon a week over forty-five weeks, in addition to eight further full days spread over a two year period. After completing the taught phase of the programme students then need to have regular meetings with the tutor assigned to supervise their research project or dissertation.

The Exeter HRM programme involves participation in two short residential courses held towards the start and at the end of your course where we focus on helping you to develop career enhancing professional skills.

 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme


Our programme aims to:

  • provide you with a full and robust understanding of the major conceptual and applied issues in the field of Human Resource Management;
  • enable you to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to meet all the requirements of the CIPD's core standards within the CIPD Profession Map;
  • introduce you to the major contemporary debates in HRM and to develop your capacity critically to evaluate the major contributions that have been made to these debates;
  • give you the opportunity to build upon existing bodies of research in the field of HRM by completing either a management research report or a masters dissertation;
  • greatly enhance your employability and career development opportunities.

You will encounter a variety of teaching and learning styles as you progress through the programme, all of which will be highly participative, combining lectures with a wide variety of group exercises and opportunities for professional skills development. All are supported with extensive additional reading and further learning materials which will be provided using the University's online virtual learning environment. We will help you to develop both an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives and practical HRM skills.

 

4. Programme Structure

MSc Human Resource Management is a 1-year full-time, or 24 / 30 month part-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 as confirmed against the FHEQ).

The programme will be delivered at the Streatham Campus in Exeter, with students also attending two residential sessions taught off-site for a total of four days.

Our programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, 1 credit being equivalent to 10 hours of work. Overall, the MSc programme consists of 180 credits (2 x 30 credit units, 4 x 15 credit units plus a 60 credit dissertation stage).

Our taught sessions comprise a mixture of lectures and seminar-type activities. These will be supported by a range of additional activities and guided readings which will be provided on-line using the Exeter Learning Environment.

Assessment will vary from unit to unit. Under CIPD regulations HR Strategy, Context and Performance is assessed by means of a three-hour unseen exam-style test and an HR blog exercise. Our other taught units are assessed by means of an assignment. CIPD regulations require that all units are non-condonable for the purposes of achieving chartered membership.

5. Programme Modules

Stage 1


NB Students must achieve the postgraduate pass mark of 50% within each of these modules to be eligible for the CIPD accreditation at the end of their programme of study. Students may have up to 45 credits in the condonable range (40-50%) in order to still be eligible for the MSc but will not receive CIPD accreditation.

Compulsory Modules

150 credits of compulsory modules:

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance 30No
BEMM788 People Management, Skills and Behaviours 30No
BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management 15No
BEMM044 Human Resource Development (HRD) 15No
BEMM056 Masters Dissertation (HRM) [MSc only]60No

Optional Modules

30 credits of optional modules:

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEMM045 Employment Relations 15No
BEMM395 HR Analytics 15No
BEMM046 Employment Law 15No
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15No
BEMM267 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. understand, explain and critically evaluate major conceptual and applied contemporary debates in HRM;
2. demonstrate that your understanding is commensurate with the expectations embedded in the CIPD's core standards within the CIPD Profession Map.
3. fully understand contemporary developments in the field of HRM, their antecedents and their significance for the future of the profession.
4. demonstrate that you have gained the professional skills necessary to operate at a senior level in HRM;
5. demonstrate a capacity to undertake in-depth research about an HRM-related issue of practical significance for the profession or a particular organisation / industry.

ILOS 1 – 5 are met through a range of learning and teaching activities including lectures, tutorials, in-class activities, group projects, directed reading, projects carried out in the workplace, additional out-of-class activities using resources delivered via the ELE, and research methods sessions.

ILOs 1 - 3 
BEMM787 HR strategy, context and performance introduces the core theoretical perspectives in the field of people management and the most influential contemporary research on HRM, effective leadership and positive organisational outcomes. It also helps to ensure that students', as an HRM professional, are able effectively to identify, examine and analyse the major contexts within which organisations operate and can contribute constructively to the formation of responses which take account of contextual diversity, continuous change and ethical ambiguities. It provides information and understanding about the business environment more generally and its impact on other management functions in order to increase students' credibility and influence at senior levels in organisations.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management helps students to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to manage staffing and talent management activities on behalf of an employer to the highest standards. It also introduces students to the most significant contemporary debates in this field and to developments that are likely to shape its future evolution.

BEMM044 Human Resource Development (HRD) equips students with the knowledge and understanding (both theoretical and practical) to make a substantial contribution to the management of learning in contemporary organisations. Enabling students to give appropriate and timely advice on the development of training and learning programmes, and on wider HRD policy matter.

ILO 4:
BEMM788 People Management Skills & Behaviours builds on students’ existing professional skills to further both their ability and confidence to perform an HR management role.

ILO 5:
BEMM056 Dissertation (HRM) helps students to identify research problems which have relevance to HRM practice within organisations. It also builds student skills and confidence in collecting and

analysing relevant data related to the selected research problem. Finally, it will develop students' ability to derive clear conclusions and recommendations from their data together with their ability to present these to both an academic and practitioner audience.

ILOS 1 – 3:
BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance uses formative assessment of in-class exercises including discussions and quizzes. Summative assessment is through an HR Blog exercise and a 3 hour examination.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management uses formative assessment through in class discussion exercises. Summative assessment is an individual assignment and a group presentation assignment.

BEMM044 Human Resource Development (HRD) uses formative assessment through in-class and online activities. Summative assessment is a written report.

ILO 4:
BEMM788 People Management Skills & Behaviours uses formative assessment through a range of skills-based activities undertaken in class or through subsequent self-study. Summative assessment through assessed skills activities undertaken as part of our residential programmes and a skills portfolio.

ILO 5:
BEMM056 Dissertation (HRM) uses formative assessment through the development of a research proposal in discussion with your supervisor and the submission of drafts of your work for feedback. Summative assessment through the submission of a masters dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. research issues and debates in the field of HRM and use this both to develop and to justify original arguments in assignments and examinations.
7. demonstrate an ability to write Masters level assignments and to submit them by a deadline date.
8. demonstrate a capacity to evaluate critically theories, perspectives, assertions and bodies of empirical data from the field of HRM.
9. synthesise and integrate concepts, theories and evidence relating to different topic areas.
10. conduct a programme of primary research into a salient HRM issue and to communicate your findings.

ILOS 6 – 10 are met through a range of learning and teaching activities including lectures, tutorials, in-class activities, group projects, directed reading, projects carried out in the workplace, additional out-of-class activities using resources delivered via the ELE, and research methods sessions.

ILOs 6 – 9:

BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance introduces the core theoretical perspectives in the field of people management and the most influential contemporary research on HRM, effective leadership and positive organisational outcomes. It also helps to ensure that students', as an HRM professional, are able effectively to identify, examine and analyse the major contexts within which organisations operate and can contribute constructively to the formation of responses which take account of contextual diversity, continuous change and ethical ambiguities. It provides information and understanding about the business environment more generally and its impact on other management functions in order to increase students' credibility and influence at senior levels in organisations.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management helps students to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to manage staffing and talent management activities on behalf of an employer to the highest standards. It also introduces students to the most significant contemporary debates in this field and to developments that are likely to shape its future evolution.

BEMM044 Human Resource Development (HRD) equips students with the knowledge and understanding (both theoretical and practical) to make a substantial contribution to the management of learning in contemporary organisations. Enabling students to give appropriate and timely advice on the development of training and learning programmes, and on wider HRD policy matter.

BEMM788 People Management Skills & Behaviours builds on students’ existing professional skills to further both their ability and confidence to perform an HR management role.

ILO 10:

BEMM056 Dissertation (HRM) helps students to identify research problems which have relevance to HRM practice within organisations. It also builds student skills and confidence in collecting primary research and analysing relevant data related to the selected research problem. Finally, it will develop students' ability to derive clear conclusions and recommendations from their data together with their ability to present these to both an academic and practitioner audience.

ILOS 6 – 9:

BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance uses formative assessment of in-class exercises including discussions and quizzes. Summative assessment is through an HR Blog exercise and a 3 hour examination. 

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management uses formative assessment through in class discussion exercises. Summative assessment is an individual assignment and a group presentation assignment.

BEMM044 Human Resource Development (HRD) uses formative assessment through in-class and online activities. Summative assessment is a written report.

BEMM788 People Management Skills & Behaviours uses formative assessment through a range of skills-based activities undertaken in class or through subsequent self-study. Summative assessment through assessed skills activities undertaken as part of our residential programmes and a skills portfolio.

ILO 10:

BEMM056 Dissertation (HRM) uses formative assessment through the development of a research proposal in discussion with your supervisor and the submission of drafts of your work for feedback. Summative assessment through the submission of a masters dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR: Able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles, to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
10. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER: Able to confidently explore challenges from different perspectives, to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
11. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR: Able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
12. DIGITALLY FLUENT: Able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.
13. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE: Able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
14. CRITICAL THINKER: Able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions.
15. GLOBALLY ENGAGED: Able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives, in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions

9. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR:

BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance asks students to be able to advise colleagues and senior managers about issues discussed in the module.

BEMM788 People Management Skills & Behaviours asks students to develop their skills in both written and verbal communication for a variety of needs, both for postgraduate study and as a people professional. This is through skills workshops, roleplays and assessed skills.

10. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER:
BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management asks students to assess a case study and suggest ways in which the issues can be solved.

BEMM044 Human Resource Development asks students to select an organisation and analyse the problems within it, they then present their recommendations.

11. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR:
BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management asks students to work together to produce a presentation.

BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance asks students to be able to advise colleagues and senior managers about issues discussed in the module.

BEMM788 People Management Skills & Behaviours asks students to work together during the skills activities as part of the residential programme.

12. DIGITALLY FLUENT
BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance focuses on technological developments and their implications for HRM.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management requires students to use suitable technologies to create a group presentation.

BEMM788 People Management Skills and Behaviours helps students to develop skills in creating presentations, utilising and finding financial data and IT.

13. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE:
BEMM788 People Management Skills and Behaviours asks students to use reflective practice to reflect on their own skills and to be self-aware in their approach to CPD.
BEMM056 Dissertation (HRM) requires students to submit drafts throughout the dissertation process and proactively improve their work using the feedback received. As a self-directed piece of work, students take responsibility for the learning process.

14. CRITICAL THINKER:
BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance asks students to critically evaluate major ideas and practices in the field of people management. This module asks students to analyse and critically evaluate major environmental developments in the business environment across several fields, evaluate major contemporary theoretical and managerial perspectives, and engage critically and analytically with academic literature. Students are also expected to develop and express strong, original and well-justified arguments to support views.

BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management asks students to analyse and critically evaluate contemporary debates and developments in a wide range of HRM issues, engage critically with academic literature, and the ability to develop and argue an original case with sufficient justification of your views.

BEMM044 Human Resource Development encourages students to think critically about research into different approaches to learning and development through critically engaging with academic literature and evaluating contemporary theory and practice in HRD

BEMM788 People Management Skills & Behaviours requires that students reflect critically on their professional development as an HR professional

BEMM056 Masters Dissertation (HRM) requires the student to demonstrate enhanced knowledge and understanding of the literature published in you chosen area of study and demonstrate the capacity to research and write up a highly effective dissertation. Students will collect, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and construct coherent, well-argued and convincing arguments, using evidence as appropriate to defend position taken

15. GLOBALLY ENGAGED:
BEMM787 HR Strategy, Context and Performance focuses on globalisation and its impact on HRM.

 

9. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR:

BEMM787 – HR Strategy, Context and Performance - HR Blog Exercise and Examination
BEMM788 People Management Skills and Behaviours – Skills Portfolio and Group Skills Assessments

10. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER:
BEMM042 - Resourcing and Talent Management -Individual assignment
BEMM044 – Human Resource Development (HRD) - Essay

11. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR:
BEMM042 - Resourcing and Talent Management Group Presentation
BEMM787 – HR Strategy, Context and Performance - HR Blog Exercise and Examination
BEMM788 People Management Skills and Behaviours – Group Skills Assessments

12. DIGITALLY FLUENT:
BEMM787 - HR Strategy, Context and Performance - HR Blog Exercise and Examination
BEMM042 - Resourcing and Talent Management : Group film and poster and pitch Presentation
BEMM788 People Management Skills and Behaviours – Group Skills Assessments and Skills Portfolio

13. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE:
BEMM788 People Management Skills and Behaviours – Skills Portfolio and Group Skills Assessments
BEMM056 – Dissertation (HRM) - Research Proposal and Dissertation

14. CRITICAL THINKER:
BEMM787– HR Strategy, Context and Performance- HR Blog Exercise and Examination
BEMM042 - Resourcing and Talent Management – Group presentation and Individual Assignment
BEMM044 – Human Resource Development (HRD) - Essay
BEMM788 – People Management Skills and Behaviours - Skills portfolio
BEMM056 – Dissertation (HRM) - Research Proposal and Dissertation

15. GLOBALLY ENGAGED:
BEMM787 – HR Strategy, Context and Performance - HR Blog Exercise and Examination

 

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy (ESE)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSc Human Resource Management

19. UCAS Code

C01K

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

24/05/2022