Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Human Resource Development and Consultancy

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. The programme 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 which 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. The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for membership of this thought-leading professional association. All modules integrate academic perspectives with practice-based approaches to HRD and 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, whilst 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

A good honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent, in social sciences or a business-related discipline. Alternatively, suitable professional qualifications and at least 5 years' significant management experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

The programme comprises 9 compulsory modules. You must complete all 9 modules, including the research project.
Modules:

Consultancy and Professional Practice;
Contemporary Challenges in HRD practice;
Human Resource Strategies;
International Human Resource Management;
Leading and Developing People;
Organizational Development, Knowledge and Learning;
Professional Development and Learning;
Research Methods .

Research project.

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 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Organizational Psychology
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6659