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Module Description - MSc HR Practice

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.

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Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate HR Practice

HR Policy and Practice
This module focuses on how key modern HR policies and practices are formulated and how contemporary research has influenced their development within organisations. The will explore the alignment of HR strategies with business strategies and outcomes. The module investigates the importance of ethics and corporate social responsibility within the HRM context and the role it plays in formulating people management policies.

Employee Relations – Reward and Motivation
This module focuses on the development of employee relations and rewards as a key part of defining overall business strategy. The module takes a global overview of contemporary employee relations and the changing trends in the engagement and reward of employees within the business. Students will analyse the effectiveness of engagement theories and models as organisations strive to achieve competitive advantage.

Professional Development for HR Leaders
The module will enable the student to explore their own and the HR professional’s role in the workplace and, by analysing evidence, which will allow them to forecast and plan for their future professional, academic and personal needs.

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma HR Practice

Research Skills and Consultancy Planning
This module provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct an in-depth investigation into a challenging managerial issue. The focus is on the identification of a relevant problem, application of concepts, theories and methods of investigation and analysis. Students prepare for research, consultancy design and planning, development of a literature review, and the principles of research methodology.

Work Psychology, Employment and Society
This module focusses on understanding the importance of work psychology in considering people management and deployment within organisations. Students will study the academic frameworks relating to the psychology of work and consider them within the context of organisational behaviour.

Plus one elective (subject to demand):

Consultancy Skills in HR Practice
This module focuses on the role of the HR consultancy within organisations. Within the current business environment, HR professionals can play a leading role in problem solving and project management within an organisation, whether as internal or external consultants. This module evaluates the concept of HR consultancy in practice.

International and Comparative HR Management
This module seeks to provide students with the knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse the changing global context of human resource management. Internationalism is a feature of almost all business, whatever their size, as they operate within a global supply chain. Students will consider their role as HR practitioners in managing international business relations and human resourcing.

Stage 3: Master’s Degree (MSc) in HR Practice

Employment Law in Practice
The employment relationship in the UK and the EU is regulated through employment legislation; Students will consider the legal requirements when carrying out many central aspects of their role. The purpose of this module is to introduce the major areas of employment legislation that affect the business environment, focusing in particular on ways in which HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation.


Plus either:

Consultancy project
This module will synthesise each student’s learning with the production of an individual project that demonstrates their fulfilment of the degree’s learning outcomes. The consultancy project can fall into three categories: a work based learning project, a creative project, or a hybrid of these forms.

Or two electives from:


Organisational Performance
This module focuses on organisational design and its performance for competitive advantage. The module is concerned with how organisations function and how human resource strategies contribute to their overall performance. The module also focuses on how an organisation’s culture, values and environment support and enhance organisational performance and adaptability.


Resourcing and Assessing Talent
This module aims to provide the knowledge and expertise needed by senior managers to identify talent and manage people resourcing within organisations. This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of people resourcing and talent management practices. Students will consider the links between business strategy and the growth of human capital to achieve competitive advantage.


Project and Strategic Risk Management
Project Management is a fundamental skill of the modern manager. The module prepares students to manage projects as a manager and/or as part of a major project team. It encourages the use of deep analytical skills to anticipate, avert and/or dissipate any associated risk. It looks at the key elements of project management skills needed when defining and delivering projects.


Financial Implications of People
This module provides the financial management grounding that HR practitioners need to effectively manage an organisation’s spending on people. Managing people-focussed budgets within organisations can have increased complexity, due to the devolution of responsibility down the line. This module places the financial and accounting aspect into the HR context. can have increased complexity, due to the devolution of responsibility down the line. This module places the financial and accounting aspect into the HR context.

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