study eight compulsory modules and an additional module which provides you with
practical experience of human resource management practice. In addition, you
will complete a dissertation.
see the course structure chart.
Human Resource Management in Context: This will develop your understanding
of the main internal and external environmental situations within which
organisations operate. You will compare the role of the Human Resource (HR)
manager with other functions to show how these integrate with general
management and drive organisational success. You will examine how those in the
HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise this
wider perspective. You will be aware that managers and HR professionals in different
organisation types have opportunities and constraints when taking
organisational and HR decisions.
Leading, Managing and Developing
will become familiar with research evidence on employment and effective
approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D)
practice. You will consider significant debates in leadership, flexibility and
change management to help you become an effective manager and HR specialist.
You will learn to manage others effectively and increase levels of engagement,
commitment, motivation and performance.
Resourcing, Talent and Performance
major objective of the human resources function is the mobilisation of a
workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble teams
of people with the necessary skills to meet their goals and retain effective
performers. This module focuses on the practical aspects of recruitment,
selection, employee retention and exiting. You will develop the knowledge and
skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context.
You will also gain an understanding of how performance management can support
the strategic objectives of an organisation, how the performance of people can
be enhanced and inspired by leadership, and how it contributes to
high-performance work organisations.
Managing Employment Relations: This will develop your understanding
of managing employment relations within a global business. Employment relations
is a changing subject which is influenced by external factors (political and
economic) and internal factors (management and management style). You will
explore the impact of different national environments on employment and the
roles of different stakeholders in employment relation systems. You will also critically
review employment relations in an organisation and make suggestions to drive
improvements to Human Resource Management. This module includes a practical
Design and Organisational Development: This will enable you to acquire an understanding of
organisations with particular reference to job design, cultural dynamics, organisational
change, leadership, power and politics. The module will develop expertise in
organisational development (OD) aspects of HR management.
International Human Resource
Management (IHRM): This module develops your understanding of the
theoretical origins of HRM. You will explore the links between business
strategy and international HRM, and study the relationship between achieving
strategic objectives and the implementation of appropriate and coherent HR
strategies. As the pace of globalisation has gathered momentum, IHRM is now a
discipline in its own right, attracting attention from researchers and
Developing Skills for Business Leadership:
Human Resource Management in
provides the opportunity to visit a range of organisations and learn about
Human Resource Management (HRM) in practice. There is no credit towards your
master's degree from this module but it will give you a valuable practical
insight and enhances your employability. Prior to visiting you will research
the organisations and prepare questions for them, as well as answering questions
from HR practitioners to build your professionalism as an HR specialist.
Researching Organisations: This module prepares you for
completing high quality, systematic business and management research, drawing
upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your
coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research
including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills.
Dissertation: You will investigate a HR management
or organisational practice issue using primary and/or secondary data, justified
and supported by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from
literature. You will make recommendations for implementation and practice.
There is an emphasis on you developing essential practical skills that will
form part of your Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
qualification. A number of skills workshops throughout the course are designed
to develop your thinking and skills.
review our courses regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from the
list shown above.
It is a requirement of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development that all students enrolling on a CIPD HR Programme are student members of the CIPD and pay membership fees to the CIPD. The cost of this is not included in your Oxford Brookes fees. Further information about the benefits of being a student member and how to pay your joining fee will be provided during Induction. If you are already a student member you are still required to register your continuing professional development with the CIPD, and we ask that you provide us with your CIPD number. You can find details of the CIPD's current student membership fees on their website.
Benefits of being a student member of the CIPD:
- You will become a member of a leading professional institute which you will be able to include on your CV.
- You will be able to join the Thames Valley Branch Network of the CIPD and will be able to attend activities and build networks.
- You will be able to access member resources on the CIPD website which include news articles and research reports.
- When you complete your course you will gain a master's degree from Oxford Brookes and at the same time a professional qualification from the CIPD.
Teaching and learning
the course you will attend practical workshops to develop your essential HR
skills. This practical applied learning helps you to develop the skills and
understand the challenges of HR in practice and improve your employment
prospects. Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come
from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business
and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies
and research bodies provide further input.
Approach to assessment
is assessed using a range of different methods including examinations,
assignments, individual or group reports and group presentations. This range of
assessments will help you to develop the analytical and presentational that
employers within different organisations look for.
At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
A new fresh space on the Headington Campus is being created specifically for the Business School and our business students.The Clerici building is being refurbished to accommodate new teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, new social learning spaces, offices and a clear glazed new entrance.
At the current Wheatley campus our Business School Postgraduate Centre offers a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.
The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in marketing and marketing examination papers.
We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.