Following completion of The Manager's Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work, I applied to study for a master's degree at the University of London.  Combined with my reasons to study and work experience in Human Resources, I was made an offer on 2nd November 2022.

The programme's full title is Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSc HRM).  The minimum registration period is one year, and the maximum is five years.  My goal is to complete this in one year as a full-time student.  The syllabus structure has been detailed below:

  • Eight compulsory modules worth 15 credits each (totalling 120 credits)
  • One compulsory Research Proposal module worth 15 credits
  • One compulsory Dissertation module worth 45 credits
  • Awarded MSc degree on the accumulation of 180 credits

In preparation, I have created nine crib sheets for each module below.

MOD 1: Global Human Resource & Diversity (15-credits)
3000-word written essay

I studied "Global Human Resource + Diversity Management" (OPM040), a nine-week module between 01-2023 and 03-2023, as part of the OPHRM master's.  Each week was dedicated to a subject of the overall topic, except for the module assignment in Week 9.

➦ ( WEEK 1 ) Diversity in the Workplace + Future of HRM

Diversity in the Workplace + Future of HRM
The subject “Diversity in the Workplace + the Future of HRM” was Week 1 of my master’s module “Global Human Resource + Diversity Management (OPM040)”. It required two seminar questions to be answered to evidence learning of the material and wider reading. My submissions were as follows. ( Q1 ) “H…

➦ ( WEEK 2 ) Global Context: Institutions + Social + Economic Forces
➦ ( WEEK 3 ) Regulation + Models of Employment
➦ ( WEEK 4 ) Labour Mobility + Offshoring
➦ ( WEEK 5 ) Learning + Diversity Training
➦ ( WEEK 6 ) Work-Life Balance
➦ ( WEEK 7 ) Breaking the Bias Cycle
➦ ( WEEK 8 ) HRM + Economic Crises
➦ ( WEEK 9 ) Summary + Assignment

MOD 2: Human Resource Strategies (15-credits)
Two-hour unseen written examination

➦ ( WEEK 1 ) Perspectives

The subject “Perspectives” was Week 1 of my master’s module “Human Resource Strategies (OPM220)”. It required two seminar questions to be answered to evidence learning of the material and wider reading. My submissions were as follows. ( Q1 ) “What are the advantages of adopting HR analytics/metri…

MOD 3: Employment Law (15-credits)
Two-hour unseen written examination

➦ ( WEEK 1 ) Key Concepts & Institutions

Key Concepts + Institutions
The subject “Key Concepts + Institutions” was Week 1 of my master’s module “Employment Law (OPM240)”. It required two seminar questions to be answered to evidence learning of the material and wider reading. My submissions were as follows. ( Q1 ) “Why do you think the United Kingdom has never draw…

MOD 4: Selection & Assessment (15-credits)
3000-word written essay

MOD 5: Leadership & Performance Management (15-credits)
Two-hour unseen written examination

MOD 6: Research Methods HRM (15-credits)
Multiple choice two-hour unseen written examination

MOD 7: Professional Development & Learning (15-credits)
3,000-word learning and development report

MOD 8: Leading & Developing People (15-credits)
Two-hour unseen written examination

MOD 9: Research Proposal (15-credits) & Dissertation (45-credits)
3,000-word research proposal & 8,000/10,000-word dissertation

Programme Aims

  • Develop a sound basis to explore, interpret, evaluate, and critique any issues within human resource management.
  • Encourage independent critical and evaluative skills that can be used to apply independent judgment.
  • Apply conceptual and practical tools needed to design and initiate research into organisational management.
  • Develop a theoretical framework to make sense of organisations.
  • Facilitate self-development into professionally organised and interactive individuals by practising selection, assimilation, and communication skills.

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Demonstrate knowledge about organisational psychology and human resource management in the areas studied (which may include motivation, performance, organisational change, careers, personnel selection, training, employment relations, practices in human resource management, and well-being at work).
  • Design and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Carry out primary forms of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis on quantitative data.
  • Use information technology to obtain information for research into human resource management.
  • Gain skills to carry out a Research Project in the field.

Intellectual and Transferable Skills

  • Interpret, evaluate, synthesise, and critically analyse information from various sources.
  • Define concepts properly, evaluate the evidence for propositions, identify faulty logic or reasoning, and make appropriate generalisations.
  • Consider the views of others openly, and be sensitive to the culture, business and management practices of others.
  • Demonstrate skills needed to collaborate with others in the learning process and to undertake intellectual debate.
  • Use problem-solving skills in a range of situations.
  • Use fluent and effective communication and discussion skills online and in a formal written context.
  • Can handle ideas and scrutinise information critically, objectively, and analytically.
  • Manage own learning, including working effectively to deadlines, planning, organising, and prioritising tasks.
  • Able to conduct an empirical study by collecting first-hand data and be equipped to construct a scientific report.

Source:  University of London

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