MSc Business with Human Resource Management with Advanced Practice

16-24 months Full-time classroom

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Update for September 2020 intake: As a result of Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, we are intending to teach this course using a mix of on-campus and online teaching. For students unable to travel due to travel restrictions in place in their country, students will be able to start online and join us when travel to London is possible. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

Overview

Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused Masters degree that will enhance your employability? The MSc Business with Human Resource Management will help you to develop a broad range of business skills whilst developing your understanding of specialist modules covering principles, values and approaches in Human Resource Management (HRM), as well as organisational behaviour and practice.

This option offers the opportunity to spend three months gaining all-important work experience and employability skills in a professional work setting. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. Support is provided to help source opportunities and to perfect the applicant CV but ultimately the onus is on the student to secure the internship position.

Key facts

  • Put your learning into practice and enhance your employability with an internship or applied group consultancy project
  • Newcastle Business School is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
  • Upon completion of your programme, you will be eligible for the QA Professional Pathways programmes which will enable you to further develop your skills with one of the UK’s largest providers of IT and project management training
  • There is no requirement to have studied business or HRM at undergraduate level
About this course

What will I study?

The Advanced Practice stage of the programme offers you the opportunity to undertake a 12-15 week internship or work in a group consultancy project in Human Resource Management (HRM), providing you with experience in the workplace environment or live business issues, both an excellent way to put your learning in to practice. A Masters with Advanced Practice will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

In the final semester, if you have completed an internship you will complete your research and write your dissertation. Every student has a personal research supervisor and will be required to submit an assessed research proposal prior to embarking on the dissertation itself. For those not undertaking an internship and depending on what grade you achieve on the consultancy project, you will undertake an applied management work investigation or dissertation in the final semester.

Advanced Practice stage

The Advanced Practice version of this course offers you a valuable opportunity to secure a work placement or complete a group consultancy project, giving you experience of the workplace environment or live business issues, and an excellent way to put your learning into practice. This stage of the programme will take place between your second and final semester, and is a semester long (15 weeks) in duration. Internships as part of the Advanced Practice stage may be paid or unpaid. The alternative consultancy module allows you to work in teams with a business organisation working on consultancy-based projects on real business scenarios.  Whether you choose the internship or consultancy project you will successfully develop your business skills and further enhance your employability.

September starts

If you choose to start your Masters in September, your programme will last for up to 21 months. You will have a summer break after Semester 2, and commence your Advanced Practice stage in September.

January starts

If you choose to start your Masters with Advanced Practice in January, your programme will run for 24 months. You will commence the Advanced Practice stage of the programme in the following January, immediately after your second semester. Please note that there are two summer breaks included in this programme for those starting in January.

May starts

For those starting your Masters with Advanced Practice, you will start the Advanced Practice stage of the programme in January, straight after you have completed your second semester. Your programme will run for a total of 16-18 months. Please note that there is no summer break included in this programme for those starting in January.

The Advanced Practice programmes are structured as below:

Sept-Jan Jan-May May-Sept Sept-Jan Jan-May May-Sept Sept-Jan
September starts Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer break Masters Internship Masters Dissertation
Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project Applied Management Work Investigation*
January starts Semester 1 Summer break Semester 2 Masters Internship Summer break Masters Dissertation
Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project Applied Management Work Investigation*
May starts Semester 1 Semester 2 Masters Internship Masters Dissertation
Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project Applied Management Work Investigation*

*dependent on what grade you achieve in the Consultancy Project

How will I be taught and assessed?

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops, totalling around 14 hours per week. As this is a Masters course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection. You will be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 44 hours per week.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on coursework and an exam, and our methods will include essays, reports, group work, presentations, and the Masters dissertation or consultancy project.

Significant emphasis is placed on developing your ability to complete a Masters degree. As part of your induction you will be made fully familiar with the learning resources and support available to you. There will also be weekly academic support sessions designed to build your confidence and ability as a postgraduate learner. You will also be allocated an individual guidance tutor at induction. You will meet this tutor at regular intervals across your period of study.

You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how the theories you will learn translate in to real life situations.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Careers and further study

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University London.

Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility.

Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • A first degree, equivalent to a 2.2 honours classification
  • Applicants who do not have such an academic qualification but do have substantial experience of working in a business organisation and/or possess a relevant professional qualification will also be considered

If you don’t meet the academic requirements

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but who do have substantial experience of working in a business organisation and/or possess a relevant professional qualification will also be considered. If you are unsure if you meet the entry criteria, please contact us and our team will be able to advise you.

Alternatively, you may also be eligible for our Pre-Masters courses. These are programmes designed specifically for students who are looking to progress on to a Masters degree.

Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules are core

This module aims to develop your critical knowledge and understanding of how HRM can add value and enhance organisational effectiveness and sustainability, by exploring the effective integration of HRM with broader business and HR strategies, in order to facilitate the achievement of organisations strategic objectives.

You will be able to identify strategies for managing the shared and divergent interests of key stakeholders in HRM and understand how HRM can add value to individual and organisational objectives.

In this module you are introduced to a variety of approaches to organisational analysis, enabling you to challenge and critique, both organisational practice, and the theories, models and frameworks underpinning management, business and organisation. Mainstream views of organisational behaviour and practice are introduced, with progression to exploring alternative ways of ‘seeing’ organisation and organizing. This approach develops your critical thinking and draws on contemporary research to explore alternative ways of organizing.

The module introduces you to the most established paradigm perspective on organisation theory (Burrell and Morgan’s (1985), and thus allows an exploration of organisation behaviour and practice through the lens of mainstream and critical organisation theory.

This module has been developed for those of you who have little or no prior business and management subject experience. The aim of the module is to introduce you to the main business functions – Finance, Marketing, HRM, Operations, Strategy – and show how each can contribute to the competitive advantage of a firm and hence enable the firm to achieve its strategic objectives.

This module engages you in personal and professional development in order that you develop and hone your team working, management and leadership skills, capabilities and attributes, and in so doing, enhance your employability. On this module, you will not only prepare for your first job after you graduate but also kick-start your commitment to life-long personal and professional learning. In the first part of the module you will be supported in a self-analysis by a range of activities, including the completion of self-administered tool-kits to demonstrate an increased self-awareness and self-understanding. A key outcome of this process is how you will be able to exploit this development in order to lead, and manage, more effectively in your future careers. The second part of the module contains activities which enable you to build on your self-analysis and explore further your strengths, weaknesses and areas for development in the context of your career development plans. This will also include the development of knowledge into the global graduate market, (including routes such as self-employment and developing your career with an existing employer) drawing upon local, national and international examples.

This module will provide you with essential knowledge and analytics skills needed for you to complete a high quality Masters’ Dissertation, or Consultancy Project. By undertaking and reflecting on practical research-based activities you will understand the process of designing and carrying out a research study, also you will engage in activities that involve understanding of data and analysis of data. This will place you in a strong position to undertake your own Masters’ level research or Consultancy Project. At the end of the module you will write a research proposal, this will be assessed and will contribute to your final mark. In the dissertation you will work under the supervision of a member of academic staff and your proposal will also help to ensure you get the most from this relationship.

The aim of this module is to support your study, language and communication skills for academic purposes in the study in your chosen discipline at postgraduate level.   The module is designed to enable you to become an advanced independent learner. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions. Interactive workshops will be tailored to address some of the specific issues that you meet within your discipline.  You may also be asked to complete some preparation tasks for some seminars but these will be kept to minimum.  You will be expected to identify those skills which you need within your postgraduate programme, and to develop these independently through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection.

For students undertaking an internship

Within this module, you will record your learning experience gained by undertaking a semester outside of the University as part of your Masters programme by means of Internship at an external organisation and it will enable you to assess the learning that has taken place in the University with a “real-world” business experience.

In this module you will gain an understanding of the academic skills that are required to produce a Masters Dissertation. By the end of the module you will have written a 3000 word dissertation proposal and a 15000 word Masters dissertation.

For students not undertaking an internship

As a student enrolled on one of the 2-year Advanced Practice Programmes you may undertake a group consultancy project within the first semester of your second years of Masters study (the alternative is an Internship). Through your work-based experience, you will develop abilities as a problem solver with valued investigative, theoretical and practical business skills. This work-based experience will last the length of the semester and involve the examination of a complex organisational problem or commercial opportunity.

By undertaking this module, you will have enhanced your individual skills, knowledge, effectiveness and employability by locating learning and development within a work-based context and will have critically reflected and evaluated upon organisational practices and the relation with academic theory.

You will undertake a group consultancy project within the Business Clinic during the first semester. Through your work-based experience, you will develop ability as a problem solver with valued investigative, theoretical and practical business skills. This will last the length of the semester and involve the examination of a complex organisational problem or commercial opportunity. This second semester module will involve the development of the client oriented management report and presentation alongside an individual literature review and personal reflection.

Depending on what grade you achieve for the Consultancy Project, you will progress to one of the following modules:

In this module you will gain an understanding of the academic skills that are required to produce a Masters Dissertation. By the end of the module you will have written a 3000 word dissertation proposal and a 15000 word Masters dissertation.

You will undertake a group consultancy project within the Business Clinic during the first semester. Through your work-based experience, you will develop ability as a problem solver with valued investigative, theoretical and practical business skills. This will last the length of the semester and involve the examination of a complex organisational problem or commercial opportunity.

This second semester module will involve the development of the client oriented management report and presentation alongside an individual literature review and personal reflection.

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Tuition fee 2020/21

  • UK/EU students: £12,225
  • International students: £18,500

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £150 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Your tuition fees cover far more than your time in class with our expert academics, it covers the cost of providing you with excellent services and student experience.

  • Contact time in class – typically in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Access to facilities, including computers, on-campus Wi-Fi, printers, vending machines, quiet study spaces
  • The support of our Careers & Employment Service who help you to become more employable, secure placements and run workshops
  • Academic support – our ACE Team run multiple sessions on academic writing, presenting, exam techniques throughout the semester, as well as 1-2-1 appointments and drop-in sessions
  • Student support services such as our Ask4Help Service. Find out more about the services available to you on our Student Support page
  • Access to online resources, including 24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Masters programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

Government Loan for Masters study

If you are a UK or EU student, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000+ from the UK Government. Click here to find out more about the loan and whether you are eligible to receive it.

Postgraduate Loan

How to find out more

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How to apply

Students can apply online for this course by clicking the button below.

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Alternatively, you can apply for this programme by downloading a PDF application form and emailing it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

International students application form
UK/EU students application form

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Course information

Level of study:
Postgraduate
Fee:
UK/EU Fee: £12,225 International Fee: £18,500
Entry requirements:
A first degree, equivalent to a 2.2 honours classification
English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent
Mode of study:
Full-time classroom
Duration:
16-24 months
Assessment methods:
Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries:
Available
Student finance:
Available
Payment plan:
Available
Starts:
January, May, September
Next application deadline:
TBC

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