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  • Objectives
    Our aim is to help you not only to become academically and technically qualified in Personnel and Development but also to be able to act more broadly in a management role. During the course you will be encouraged to identify, develop and apply a range of interpersonal, practical and analytical skills applicable to a career in personnel management or a related field. Specifically, the course will enable you to: -Develop the specialist knowledge, skills and competence to undertake the role of a personnel and development professional -Critically evaluate the effect of contextual and environmental factors on personnel policies and practice -Understand the relationship between the theoretical principles underpinning personnel and development and their practical application -Refine your abilities in assessing and managing your own learning and development so that you may operate effectively in a changing environment and be able to maximise your future professional development
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants will usually hold a good Honours Degree, or overseas equivalent, in any subject. Work experience is desirable but not essential.
  • Academic Title
    MA Personnel and Development
  • Course description
    Teaching/assessment
    Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, more informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and examinations.

    Further information
    The Department of HRM is one of only 11 CIPD Centres of Excellence in the UK, and is one of the largest HRM Departments in the country. We offer a range of HRM-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our full-time academic staff are all actively engaged in teaching, research and consultancy, and the Department enjoys a good reputation, both in the UK and internationally, for the quality of its teaching and research. Most members of the Department publish regularly in books and journals. Human Resource Management – A Contemporary Approach, one of the top-selling textbooks in HRM, is written and edited by members of the Department. This means that teaching is leading edge in terms of knowledge and engagement with current HRM issues and practice.

    The subjects studied on the course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practise personnel management and to understand its role in a wider context. This combination of academic and practical skills, backed by professional accreditation, is of considerable appeal to prospective employers and provides a sound basis for a career in personnel or a related area.

    Modules studied during Semester One (September-January) and Semester Two (January-May) include:

    -Learning to Learn and Study Skills
    -Solution-Focused Thinking
    -Management Principles and Practice
    -Managing in a Strategic Business Context
    -Quantitative Methods and Information Technology
    -Financial Analysis and Control
    -Employee Resourcing
    -Learning and Development
    -Employment Relations
    -Organisational Behaviour
    -Managing Information
    -Research Methods
    -Strategic HRM and HRD
    -Work-based project.

    Work-based project and dissertation/management report
    At the end of Semester Two, students undertake a four-week work-based project which gives you vital practical experience of HR management as well as the opportunity to test your knowledge and develop your skills in the workplace. Students work with both private and public sector companies and organisations, locally and nationally, in a wide variety of management-type roles. This is a superb opportunity to gain work experience in the UK in a specialist HR role.

    The work undertaken on this project forms the basis of the dissertation and management report which is submitted in September. These combined pieces of work allow you to demonstrate the ability to integrate theoretical and practical issues.

    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
    The CIPD is the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. Its mission is:
    -To lead in the development and promotion of good practice in the field of the management and development of people, for application both by professional members and by their organisational colleagues
    -To serve the professional interests of its members
    -To uphold the highest ideals in the management and development of people.

    Leicester Business School enjoys strong links with the Leicestershire CIPD and regional members are regularly invited to give guest talks, careers advice and more for our students.

    Graduate CIPD Membership
    As well as the Masters qualification, successful MA Personnel and Development students become Graduate Members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a leading professional qualification for those seeking a career in HR in the UK and recognised professionally worldwide.

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