The MA HRM and PG Dip HRM are
practice-based and academically rigorous, providing you with the knowledge,
understanding and skills required for the challenging role of a human resource
professional. Both programmes are fully accredited by the CIPD (Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development) and mapped against the Advanced Diploma
in HRM. Both programmes enable you to gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and
as these qualifications are at Advanced Standard, this enables higher
membership grades of the CIPD to be achieved with experience, rather than
Please refer to the following
course subject charts:
Human Resource Management structure chart
Diploma Human Resource Management structure chart
The MA stage is a research-based
programme that has been developed to help you progress to management roles or
consultancy. Combining theory and practice, it gives you the opportunity to
gain specific insights into organisational design, then to focus on an area of
HR that is of specific interest.
Leading, Managing and Developing
People: You 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
Employment Law: It is essential for everyone working in HR to develop the
knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the
consequences of current and future developments in employment law, and to give
up-to-date, timely and accurate advice concerning the practical application of
employment law in the workplace. Key principles that underpin UK and EU law,
their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when
defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and reputational risks
associated with losing them, will be considered. We will also critically
reflect on the application of the law from an ethical and professional
standpoint and provide opportunities for continued professional development in
Developing Skills for Business
Leadership: Successful leaders have different
approaches to their work, sharing a range of diverse personality traits. They
are central to a manager's effectiveness and are developed over time and with
an awareness of the differing cultural contexts. A key purpose of this module
is to encourage you to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your own
strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague. In addition you will
develop a range of definable skills which are pivotal to successful management
practice. These include decision-making skills, team-working, interpersonal
skills, accounting and budgeting, negotiating and others associated with
developing personal effectiveness. You will develop your skills of reflexivity
to explore the implications for professional practice and support career
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.
Resourcing, Talent and Performance
Management: A 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. You will focus 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
Diploma in HRM
In addition to the modules above,
you will take:
Management Research Report:You will investigate a HR management or organisational
practice issue using primary and secondary data, justified and supported by
detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature. You will
make recommendations for implementation and practice. A number of skills
workshops throughout the course are designed to develop your thinking and
skills and you will be assigned an individual supervisor to support you. One of
the key skills for professionals in HR is to be able to investigate, diagnose
and report on relevant business issues and make practical recommendations for
change or improvement within an organisation. During this module you will be
taken through the key areas required to successfully complete the management
research report. The applied nature of the report develops a critical
evaluative approach, your empirical investigation and analysis skills, and your
academic research and business report writing skills.
HRM and MA HRM Top Up options
For students taking the MA HRM the module and dissertation listed below will be studied in addition to those for the PG Diploma listed above. For those arriving as direct entrants to year two and who already have a PG Diploma, the module and dissertation below will be the only requirements to top up the PG Diploma to the full MA HRM award.
Understanding and Researching
Organisations: You will develop a framework for
understanding, analysing and researching organisations. In so doing, it
contains both a (traditional) focus on core research methods but also ensures
that you have a sound understanding of the organisational context in which
management research takes place. The module draws on a range of perspectives
from organisation theory and supports a critical awareness of organisations
including such things as job design, internal processes, cultural dynamics and
change. This awareness will be developed in a manner which prepares students
for the completion of, high quality, rigorous and systematic management
research required for a dissertation. As part of this, you will also develop an
appreciation of the use of primary and secondary data common in organisational
research as well as the full range of generic methodological issues, procedures
and study skills.
The dissertation: is an in-depth research project into an organisational issue. You will generate high quality, rigorous and systematic applied research. You will reflect critically on the theoretical and philosophical assumptions, alongside the ethics of undertaking management research. Throughout your dissertation you should show sensitivity to the perspectives of others, and a willingness to try and put yourself in the shoes of others, seeing things from alternative perspectives. You will be assigned an individual supervisor to support you. One of the key skills for professionals in HR is to be able to investigate, diagnose and report on relevant business issues and make practical recommendations for change or improvement within an organisation. During this module you will be taken through the key areas required to successfully complete the management research report. The applied nature of the report develops a critical evaluative approach, your empirical investigation and analysis skills, and your academic research and business report writing skills.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from those listed here.
Teaching and learning
part-time course is principally delivered through half-day and evening
workshops. Workshops involve tutor input, analysis of case studies,
problem-solving activities, virtual business simulations, presentations,
analysis of data for decision making, and directed reading and research. Some
skills development is best addressed in more intensive workshop modes
intensive workshops will focus principally on:
solving and time management
management skill sets (eg. interviewing, negotiating, managing disciplinary and
and influencing skills
handling and presentation skills using IT applications and statistical
staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Business and Management within
the Business School. There are some contributions from specialists in other
departments. Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government,
consultancies and research bodies provide further input.
Approach to assessment
Each module is assessed
individually with a range of assessment methods being used. These include
individual assignments, group work, examinations, a CPD portfolio and research
reports. Some assessments include an element of peer and/or self-assessment.
Some aspects of learning are managed by participants who meet regularly in
action learning groups to share their experiences, which helps build
practice-based human resource knowledge.
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.
The course is principally delivered
through 12 weekly half-day and evening workshops. One full weekend plus three
single day events are also provided in the certificate stage and one weekend in
the diploma stage.