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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Part-time
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 9 Months
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

This top-up course allows you to develop advanced research skills into HRM issues, gaining a master’s level qualification in nine months.

As a qualified HR professional and already holding a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management, you will learn how to undertake research in HRM and write a dissertation that can persuade key stakeholders to change or adopt a particular policy and practice.

You will investigate a real HR issue that has relevance to your organisation and demonstrates that your methodologies are valid and robust, and will add value to your organisation.

You will graduate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of your chosen research topic as well as solid research and communication skills preparing you for a range of senior professional HR positions.


  • Develop valuable research and communication skills building on the knowledge gained during your postgraduate diploma studies and your career to date.
  • Study relevant research philosophies and methodologies in semester 1 in order to investigate a HR issue in semester two, that has relevance to your organisation and demonstrates that your methodologies are valid and robust, and will add value to your organisation.
  • Learn from tutors who have close relationships with the CIPD, expertise gained from industry experience, together with strong research in key areas of HRM including diversity management, international HRM and talent and reward management.
  • Collaborate with other HR practitioners from a wide range of local, national and international organisations and attend networking events provided by the local CIPD branch.
  • Explore and exploit HR metrics and analytics for competitive advantage, allowing you to demonstrate strategic expertise and critical awareness of HRM issues and solutions from a collaborative and business perspective.
  • Benefit from a part-time course that fits around your work and home commitments and prepares you for a range of senior strategic and expert HR roles, such as director and consultant.

Units

  • Dissertation (SHR035-6) Compulsory
  • Research Methods (SHR020-6) Compulsory

The course aims to achieve a balance between the assessment of academic understanding and evaluation, and the assessment of research competences and skills that are valuable in undertaking research in organisations. Your learning development will be supported through a variety of summative and formative assessments. For example, summatively, there will be an early presentation of your project plan to ensure you are on the right track as well as a later written submission of a considered research proposal; a presentation of your literature chapter mid-way through the dissertation as well as the final submission of the dissertation. You will also be expected to write a reflective and critical account of what has been learned during the project. Formative assessment will come through verbal feedback from both tutors and your peers on: in-class presentations, coursework activities, assignments as well as through dissertation supervision. HRM students and employers will be invited to your presentation and defence of your poster as well as your presentation of research findings after your dissertation is submitted. In this way you will develop your public speaking skills and learn how to mount a strong defence to your research work.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 


Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student