The dates provided show when each unit is running in the 2016/17 academic year. If you choose to enrol on the full Master’s in September 2016 you’ll complete the units in year one in the academic year 2016/17 as shown and year two units in the academic year 2017/18 (dates will be available in December 2016 for units running in the 2017/18 academic year).
(7-8 October 2016, 28-29 October 2016)
Leading, Managing & Developing People: This unit offers you a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development. You'll reflect on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, providing opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
(18-19 November 2016, 9-10 December 2016)
Developing Skills for Business Leadership: Successful HR professionals have different approaches to work, but share a range of traits and beliefs. These underpin skills proficiency, but cannot be described as ‘skills’ themselves. Yet they're often central causes of a manager’s effectiveness and are developed consciously over time with an awareness of differing cultural contexts and operating environments. You'll be encouraged to develop a sense of self-awareness and of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague.
(3-4 February 2017, 24-25 February 2017)
Human Resource Management in Context: The internal and external environments of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context in which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. You'll examine how leading organisations respond to these contexts. Managers and HR professionals in different types of organisations (small, large, national, global), not only have opportunities and choices when taking organisational and HR decisions but also face constraints on their autonomy in determining their futures.
(17-18 March 2017, 7-8 April 2017)
You can exit the course here with a Postgraduate Certificate.
(10-11 February 2017, 3-4 March 2017)
Managing Employment Relations: Gain an understanding of national and international employment relations perspectives and debates, from theoretical and behavioural perspectives. You'll evaluate competing theories linked with managing employment relations strategies and their outcomes on organisational climate, employees and management.
(31 March-1 April 2017, 28-29 April 2017)
Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective: Qualified professionals should be able to research and write reports that can persuade key stakeholders in the organisation to change or adopt policy and practice. You'll have the opportunity to investigate a live, complex business issue from a HR perspective, locate the work in the body of contemporary knowledge, collect and analyse data, to develop supportable conclusions an make practical recommendations for changing and improving current practice.
(30 Sept-1 October 2016, 21-22 October 2016)
Employment Law: The knowledge and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law, and to give up-to-date, accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles at work in different jurisdictions. The unit will cover the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law, their purpose, the major defences employers can use when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and reputational risks associated with losing them. The focus is on situations that occur regularly in workplaces.
(11-12 November 2016, 2-3 December 2016)
Resourcing & Talent Management: This unit focuses on the practical and strategic aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, to teach you about knowledge and skills for resourcing and talent management in a global context. Skills can be sourced by hiring employees and other means such as employing agency workers, subcontractors and consultants and through outsourcing arrangements.
You can exit the course here with a Postgraduate Diploma.
- Research Project: An opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed applied research in an area that interests you. This adds value to you and your employer.
After completing your Research Project, you'll be awarded your Master's Degree.
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 Professional Development (Human Resource Management) (Word doc).
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.
Background and experience
For Professional Development (Human Resource Management) we are looking for applicants who:
- Are currently working in a HRM role
- Have experience of people management and development
- Possess excellent organisation skills and can effectively manage their time
- Have the ability to apply theory to real-life situations.
We encourage applications from those who are hard working and dedicated to gaining a professional qualification. This course has been designed to develop the necessary skills to plan and manage HR activities. You should therefore have the opportunity to effectively apply these skills in your role.
We 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 or the completion of the Certificate in Personnel Practice.
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 of these are 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 overall or equivalent and a minimum of 5.5 in writing.
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.
This course will provide you with the necessary skills and competence to plan and manage HR activities at operational and strategic levels in the public and private sectors.
Some of our Professional Development (Human Resource Management) graduates are now undertaking roles such as:
- Head of human resources
- HR adviser
- Business management trainee
- Financial consultant.
Industries worked in
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the business sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Dr Simon Roberts
Prgramme leader for MSc Professional Development (Human Resources Management)
Dr Simon Roberts is a senior lecturer in HRM & Organisational Behaviour. His areas of research interest are managing diversity, equality in the workplace, gender and sexual orientation and identity management.