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  • Objectives
    This programme builds on the strengths of the Diploma in Personnel and Development by adding a substantial research component. The Masters in Personnel and Development is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), enabling you to obtain both a University of Plymouth qualification and a CIPD membership.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Applicants should either have a relevant first degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university, or appropriate professional or academic qualifications deemed to be equivalent, or any non-UK equivalents of the above.
  • Academic Title
    MA Personnel and Development
  • Course description
    Programme highlights

    -Designed for individuals who wish to achieve Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Professional Qualification standard
    -Concentrates on developing your ability to manage your current and future role within a HR function

    General programme structure
    Our programme is student-focused and concentrates on developing your ability to manage current and future tasks within a human resources function. Underpinned by the principle of continuous professional development, the programme aims to develop the diverse range of skills required by human resource managers.

    The programme is a mixture of taught sessions and open learning, interspersed with a number of workshops. The aim is to experience a range of learning styles whilst developing your skills and knowledge of human resources theory and practice. All the elements will form part of your continuous professional development.

    The programme can be taken over one year full-time, or on a part-time basis over one, two, or three years.

    Detailed programme structure

    -People Management and Development
    -People Resourcing
    -Employee Relations
    -Learning and Development
    -Employment Law
    -CPD Portfolio
    -Management Fundamentals
    -Foundation of Business and Management Research
    -Application of Business and Management Research Method

    People Management and Development
    This module will present the key elements of people management and development in a mature and reflective manner. the main objective of this module is to ensure that you offer informed advice and effective solutions on people management and development issues. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to be able to be recognised as a competent and effective professional.

    People Resourcing
    The aim of this module is to develop the ability to demonstrate the ways in which effective people resourcing strategies and practices can enhance the successful operation of the business.

    Employee Relations
    Good employee relations are often invisible, but rarely unplanned. This module will examine what makes for effective employee relations in a number of different contexts and, critically, the role of the human resources professional plays in it.

    Learning and Development
    This module will ensure that you fully grasp the importance of the contribution continuing employee development has on the strategic development of organisations. You will study best practice examples to identify how different organisations use their learning and development strategy to contribute to organisations to organisational goals.

    Employment Law
    Timely and accurate advice of existing and proposed legislation from a number of legislatures can make the difference between an employer acting within or outside the law. This module will cover principles and practice of giving legal advice as well as the statute and case law which underpins that advice. This will include employment law, information and intellectual property law and health and safety law.

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Portfolios
    Successful completion of this module will demonstrate an understanding of, reflection on - and expertise in - skills identification and development linked to organisational and personal objectives.

    Management Fundamentals
    A large module which sets the business context for the Masters programme. This module contains elements of financial management, information management, people management, development of strategy and understanding the context of business. A case study approach will be used for some elements and you will gain a balanced appreciation of the interdependence of business functions. By the end of this module you will be able to synthesise and interpret information from various sources and to understand the implications of different courses of action on the organisation as a whole.

    Business and Management Research
    These two modules forming part of the Masters programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to undertake research for both academic and professional purposes. You will learn how to conduct research using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods and how to present your findings in a clear and methodologically correct manner. This work will be essential preparation for the dissertation.

    This element of the Masters programme is an opportunity to bring together all previous study and experience into an original and substantial investigation into a personnel and development issue. Once the subject has been agreed with the dissertation supervisor, a thorough literature review and rigorous primary research will be required. Conclusions should be well argued and derive from the literature and research conducted

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