About the Program
If you are an HR professional, or want to make a move into HR, this master's degree will take your career to the next level.
The course combines the theoretical knowledge you would expect at master's level with the practical elements you will need to succeed in your career. It has a strong emphasis on the behavioural and leadership skills that will make a positive difference, wherever you work.
If you are a conscientious and committed professional looking for accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), you will join around 40 like-minded people from London, the UK, Europe and further afield.
And, with our contacts and support, you will build a network that will help you throughout the rest of your career.
As someone dedicated to your own personal and professional development, you will benefit from this highly practical course and will be taught to specialise in all key HRM areas, including learning and development, employee relations and recruitment.
On graduation, you will have associate membership of the CIPD and will have the knowledge component required to go for chartered CIPD status, which will really cement your professional standing.
This masters is accredited to the Advanced level by the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development, ensuring you graduate with the practitioner skills you need for a career in HR. The CIPD also rates our students' Management Reports with the highest confidence, meaning your research will make a real impact on business outcomes.
What You'll Learn
On this course you will learn the key components of the HRM practitioner's role, and you should come with an open mind and a willingness to engage with the very wide variety of content you’ll be presented with.
The areas you will cover include managing people, recruitment, employment law, leadership and employee relations. You will also study management, strategy and training and development.
The course has been carefully designed to mirror the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's learning outcomes, so you can be sure that you will be taught the latest thinking.
You will also produce a dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice, ensuring this has a strong strategic as well as a theoretical rationale.
As a pre-requisite, the topic you choose must be grounded within a company or organisation. Recent dissertation topics have included the female talent pipeline in the mobile phone industry and assessing the readiness for change in a large marketing company.
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
How You'll Learn
This is a practical course, so you will take part in a large number of behavioural development and reflective exercises. This will involve weekend workshops on-campus, where you’ll be expected to put into practice some of the skills you need as an HR professional.
A core element of the HR professional role is in developing leadership and managerial skills in others - and on this course you will have the chance to hone your own managerial skills, style and qualities. You will undertake leadership development exercises, including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tests.
As well as the many practical and scenario-based exercises, you will also be taught via lectures and seminars and you’ll be expected to conduct a great deal of independent study and research.
You will be taught by active researchers, who bring their insights to bear on the course. Research interests of our staff include diversity, gender and access to senior management positions, employment law and changes in public and private sector management.
The course leader is vice-chair of the 2,500-strong East London branch of the CIPD. All branch meetings are held at the University of East London, and you will benefit from this regular networking opportunity with senior HR professionals, who also provide guest speakers.
How You'll Be Assessed
We use a range of assessment methods for each module. These may include group presentations, individual written essays, role play and case study report evaluation, unseen examinations and independent research reports.