The attraction, retention and development of high-calibre people are a source of competitive advantage for organisations today and are the responsibility of human resource professionals. This puts human resource management at the centre of business performance and a critical partner for organisational success.
This programme offers advanced level knowledge into Human Resource Management (HRM) as a profession. It provides an insight into the principal areas of HRM, organisational behaviour and employment relations and demonstrates why HRM is critical for organisational success.
The course has a full time option (one year) and a part time option (two years). Depending on your module choices, part time options would typically require students be on campus one day a week.
The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional institute for HRM and HR development, to its Advanced Level Standards. As a CIPD Approved Centre, we are recognised as a professional deliverer of HRM education so that on completion of this programme, you will have acquired the level of knowledge and understanding to apply for full professional membership of the CIPD.
We work closely with the CIPD to deliver extra-curricular events to enhance your learning, skills and employability. Such events have included an annual event with key speakers on a topical HRM issue, and a careers event involving a variety of HRM practitioners. Our relationship with the CIPD also gives you the opportunity to attend CIPD hosted events in the local area to further enhance relevant skills, knowledge and employability.
Teaching staff on the programme comprise academics who have in-depth knowledge of contemporary business issues and are personally committed to students’ success. They bring a breadth of experience and expertise to their teaching and are involved in a wide range of research and professional activities.
Graduates typically go on to specialist management positions or consultancy roles in all areas of human resource management, including employee relations, reward and recognition, recruitment, retention, and people and organisational development within a diverse range of organisations.Funding opportunities
The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.
For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.Exchange partners
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the impact of contextual forces on organisations, including: environmental, social and technological change issues, international developments and corporate governance
- management within organisations, encompassing the various processes, procedures and practices for effective leadership and management of organisations, including the application of theory to the advancement of human resource management practice
- theoretical and applied perspectives of HRM
- the management and development of people within organisations, organisational theory, behaviour, industrial/employee relations, HRM, change management
- a service orientation for customers and equivalent stakeholders relevant to HRM
- business understanding and the corporate perspective, including awareness of business processes and operations
- the use of relevant communication and information technologies for application in HRM
- the development of appropriate HRM policies and strategies with a changing context to create an achievable vision for the future.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- critical thinking and creativity
- managing creative processes in yourself and others
- organising your thoughts, analysis, synthesis and critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately
- the ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- the analytic skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions
- the ability to apply a systematic approach to situational analysis
- the ability to plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way that reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
- a capability to communicate persuasively and cogently and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of multifunctional specialists.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- problem-solving and decision-making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision-making techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems, the ability to create, identify and evaluate options, the ability to implement and review decisions
- professional and ethical management: recognising ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices that are required for effective achievement in the personnel and development arena
- the ability to conduct research into business and management issues
- the ability to identify, find, record, organise and manipulate knowledge relevant to the development and management of organisations.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- information and knowledge: scanning and organising data, abstracting meaning from information and sharing two-way communication, listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others
- oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports
- personal drive and effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management, a willingness to use all available resources to accomplish objectives, time management, sensitivity to diversity in people and in different situations, the ability and commitment to continue learning and continuing improvement, an aspiration to achieve goals that deliver value-added outcomes
- effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others’ contributions in group processes.
This programme aims to:
- educate you as a manager and business specialist and thus improve the quality of Human Resources Management (HRM) as a profession
- provide preparation for, and/or development of, a career in business and HRM by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
- add value to your first degree by enabling you to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of HRM and assist you in taking effective roles within the discipline
- develop your knowledge and understanding of HRM, the external context in which it operates and how HRM is delivered
- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- foster the enhancement of your lifelong learning skills and personal development, enabling you to work independently and with originality, thus contributing to business and society at large
- bring the scholarly and critical insights of the social sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with HRM
- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high-quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.