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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

During this course you'll acquire the necessary skills and acumen to plan and manage HR strategies within the public and private sector. You'll develop an ideal blend of specialist human resource and generalist management expertise in order to stand out in the highly competitive HR career market.

Specialist units explore issues including employment and law relations and the development of people as a resource. These are complemented by core management units which concentrate on the management of people, marketing & strategy, as well as contemporary issues in the business world.

Masters Degrees in Business and Management

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Key information

Next start date:

January 2017, September 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

12 months for September start, or 16 months for January start including a summer vacation

Relevant subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above, or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information see our full entry requirements

Course details

Core units

  • Managing People: The concepts and practice of management and leadership in the changing nature of international work and business. You'll take an evaluative approach to exploring these areas in a range of organisational scenarios. This will help you develop a range of conceptual and practical managerial tools.
  • Marketing & Strategy: Explore and analyse this premise: in order to be successful, organisations must have a good understanding of their customers’ requirements and achieve organisational objectives by satisfying their customers’ needs and wants. You'll look at marketing against the backdrop of corporate strategy development, and establish links between the two activities.
  • Leadership Essentials: Leadership theory and practice in a variety of business contexts. You'll recognise and address the challenges of contemporary leadership and improve your skills in strategic leadership, leading in a global context and leading change.
  • Organisation & Employment Studies - Issues & Debates: You'll be exposed to classic theories of organisation and topical debates in employment relations and you'll show how you apply to real-life scenarios.
  • People Resourcing & Development: The theory and practice of people resourcing and development (PR&D). You'll show how these activities can contribute to achieving corporate strategic goals, be aware of the impact of the changing environment of work and business on these activities and the internal and external contexts in which these activities operate. The role of the HR professional in helping the relationship between PR&D and organisational effectiveness will be examined. There's an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills you'll need to fulfill this role.
  • International Human Resource Management: Theoretical and practical knowledge in International Human Resources from an ever increasing globalised environment. Examples are drawn from classic and current literature from the developed and developing world. This covers a wide spectrum of knowledge and makes the way human resource management (HRM) theory is translated into practice in different economies around the world clearer.
  • Research Project: An opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in an area that interests you. You'll have the opportunity to undertake optional work experience as part of your Dissertation unit, subject to interview and availability. This experience can be used to inform your dissertation.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MSc Management with Human Resources.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For Management with Human Resources we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have previous experience and/or knowledge of employment relations
  • Demonstrate an interest in people management and HR strategies
  • Show dedication and the ability to work hard to meet the demands of strict deadlines
  • Can show a true appreciation of the vital role HR plays within an organisation.

This course focuses on developing both expert knowledge of HR strategies and management skills. We therefore encourage applicants from a professional background and with experience of human resources or general management, with ambition to develop their career prospects. Students should be confident working in groups and have effective communication skills.

Selection methods

This course selects candidates by looking at their applications. There are no interviews or additional selection activities and therefore we suggest that you make your application stand out from the crowd. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages. 

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:

  • Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent.
  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Careers

We are known by employers and students for our excellent graduate employment rates, which are always well above the national average. This course will provide you with the skills you need to stand out in the highly competitive HR career market.

Some of our Management with Human Resources graduates are now undertaking roles such as:

  • Accounts assistant
  • Assistant buyer
  • Business management trainee
  • Coordination officer
  • Financial consultant.

Industries worked in

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Additional information

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