Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Human Resource Development and Consultancy

Suitable for graduates, experienced organisational development and HR practitioners, this Master's degree focuses on human resource development (HRD) and consultancy. It takes a strategic approach to people management and organisational development, designed to enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance in the workplace, as well as a range of other topical issues. This course is intellectually challenging. It integrates learning on training, organisational development, lifelong learning principles and consultancy practice, as well as offering a systematic approach to the design, management and evaluation of programmes to improve personal effectiveness and organisational performance. A substantial aspect of the programme is a management research project that combines the academic rigour of more traditional research dissertations with focus on activities which make a difference to practice in organisations. All modules taught on this programme place emphasis on bridging cutting-edge academic thinking with direct application to practice, integrating academic perspectives with practice-based approaches to HRD. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and skills required in more senior HRD roles. You will gain an understanding of relevant organisational, psychological and management theory, while examining contemporary developments within the HRD field. Dedicated sessions will also equip you with skills in consultancy framework and paradigms, including practical methods for applying these. There is a particular focus on ensuring you are aware of the importance of acting ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity, and appreciate the importance of continuous personal and professional development.

Entry requirements

MSc: A good honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent, in social sciences or a business-related discipline. Alternatively, suitable professional qualifications and at least five years' significant management experience. HR professionals and consultants with at least five years' significant experience in a range of organisations and evidence of formal and appropriate training and professional development may be considered, even if they are unable to meet the formal qualification requirements. It is at the admissions tutor's discretion to assess suitability. Candidates may be required to submit other documentation, such as work samples, to determine eligibility for entry. Potential applicants should note that the programme is reliant on candidates being able to apply the learning directly to a relevant work environment (eg drafting and scoping an internal consultancy activity). Thus, it is essential that all candidates have some current or prior relevant work experience.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies for each module, but includes coursework, essay assignments, examinations, case studies, and a research proposal and dissertation of 8000-10,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Organizational Psychology
Telephone number: 
02076316659