MSc Professional HR
The BPP University College MSc Professional Human Resources (HR) is a masters level qualification, designed to significantly enhance the careers of experienced HR professionals. It will equip you with the practical, critical and strategic skills you need to lead with confidence in the most challenging modern HR environments.
The MSc Professional HR is also aligned with the Advanced Standards of the professional body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you have already completed Stage One or Two of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM, you may be eligible to be fast-tracked through the programme by gaining exemptions for the relevant modules of the MSc Professional HR programme by way of Accredited Prior Learning (APL). For more details contact admissions.
The BPP Postgraduate Diploma in Professional HR is recognised by CIPD as a qualification equivalent to their Advanced level qualification and fully meets the CIPD knowledge requirements for students to upgrade to either Associate or Chartered membership, depending on which membership level criteria they meet.
The MSc Professional HR degree is awarded by BPP University College.
- Tailor your degree to your desired career path with a range of specialist modules
- Study at purpose built, state-of-the-art venues across the UK
- Learn from real-world scenarios based on tutor expertise
- The BPP University College MSc Professional HR is also accredited by the professional body the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Learn from experienced HR professionals, a majority of whom are FCIPD Chartered Members
- Discover new networking opportunities inside and outside the classroom
- Benefit from free specialist one-to-one careers advice
- Part-time teaching and online independent study
- Personal tutor support via email and telephone
Supporting your career aspirations
The BPP University College MSc Professional HR supports individual career aspirations. It equips you with the in-depth knowledge and strategic understanding expected at senior managerial level. It is suitable for senior HR practitioners who have aspirations to progress to the highest possible level within their profession.
More details about the programme can be found in the programme specification handbook.
Reflecting the dynamic world of contemporary HR, our unique Masters is designed to support all industry sectors and organisations. It offers the opportunity to become a true industry specialist, either as an HR generalist or specialist, by studying the respective specialist streams.
The BPP University College MSc in Professional HR and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Advanced Diploma in HRM are aligned. If you've already completed CIPD Advanced level modules in HRM, you may be entitled to various exemptions. Please contact Admissions for details regarding exemptions.
On successful completion of BPP University College's MSc Professional HR you will also receive a CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Level 7 Certificate awarded by the professional body, CMI.
As well as formal lectures, you'll benefit from a high percentage of interactive small group sessions. Based around 'real world' business scenarios, you'll do the work of senior HR professionals rather than just learning about it.
Outside of the classroom, you'll be responsible for developing your knowledge and skills through work experience and online study. Throughout the programme you'll be given ample tutor support including regular one-to-one feedback.
The MSc Professional HR programme is offered part-time. Depending on which modules you choose, you will receive one of the following Masters qualifications:
- MSc Professional HR
- MSc Professional HR (Performance and Talent Management)
- MSc Professional HR (Employment Law)
- MSc Professional HR (Employee Relations)
- MSc Professional HR (Global HR Management)
Please note that modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in all locations.
How you'll be assessed
The programme is assessed on a module-by-module basis through a combination of coursework, closed-book exams, written assignments and an independent project. These assessments are designed around real-life HR tasks, such as delivering HR plans, professional consultancy reports and individual presentations.
To fully prepare you and help maximise your success, we'll include mock assessments, revision packs and regular feedback throughout the course.
View a chart of the MSc Professional HR programme modules (PDF - 56KB)
Stage 1 - Postgraduate Certificate in HR
This module initially examines how different organisations approach the development of formal or emergent strategies, exploring key strategic tools and a variety of external influences and drivers that impact on strategic choice. It then examines the support required from the HR function in shaping and realising business strategies, how HR is structured to provide that support and how its contribution to the organisation is measured. It also examines the important role of the HR practitioner as a change agent in the introduction of new working practices.
Throughout the module you will explore contemporary and traditional theories pertaining to this area of study and be invited to challenge, explore and develop alternatives as you assess the relevance of established academic theory in terms of practical application. Through the study of recent articles and research reports, you will gain an insight into the increasingly significant role that HR practitioners can play by combining an understanding of business drivers with their expertise in the area of people management.
The identification and analysis of themes is supported by examples and ‘real world’ cases to provide you with a functional knowledge and appreciation of current human resource issues. The exploration highlights the challenges for HR professionals who are increasingly expected to provide leadership in the management of employees as a key source of organisational competitive advantage.
By exploring the strategic aspects of effective management of people and organisations, an understanding will be developed of HR’s role in shaping the overall strategy of the organisation and the decisions that flow from it in terms of human capital.
This module is to provide an understanding of the emergent strategic issues in Human Resource Management and the impact of these on organisation strategy and HR practice.
We will then introduce you to the theoretical principles underpinning business research and focus on refining your research skills to enable you to develop a research proposal on an emerging human resource management theme. Specifically, we will take you through the research process from: identifying, sourcing and synthesising literature; to selecting a research approach and design; formulating research questions and hypotheses; choosing appropriate research methods; and selecting a sample. As part of this we will discuss how different philosophical views influence your approach to research, from design to analysis and access and ethical issues that you may encounter during the research process.
By the end of the module you will have the knowledge, confidence and practical skills you require to be able to trace a range of academic and industry sources using electronic databases and critically evaluate the methodological approaches, reliability and validity of the data. You will also be able to plan your own research project making suitable choices drawing on your theoretical and practical knowledge of research methods. The module will culminate with you drawing this knowledge and skill set together in a research proposal that includes a literature review on an emerging human resource management theme.
Stage 2 - Postgraduate Diploma in HR
This module presents a comprehensive overview of Talent Management and how to effectively develop a talent management strategy. Topics include workforce analysis, building a talent pipeline, on-boarding, performance management, career management, succession planning, retention, engagement, and creating an inclusive environment.
Studying this module will develop your critical thinking skills, specifically in the area of evaluating, assessing and managing talent to support organisational needs.
Studying this module you will evaluate relevant theories and practical lessons in reward and motivation in an organisation and international context. The primary theme is that rewards and recognition can motivate and drive performance, particularly when a total reward management approach is adopted. This module provides the knowledge and understanding of environments in which HR professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals.
You will apply evaluative skills in designing flexible approaches to reward and assess the challenges of international and executive pay arrangements. You will develop an understanding of the diverse approaches to reward management and be able to critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches in promoting individual and organisational performance in a fair, reasonable and equitable way.
Stage 3 - MSc Professional HR
This is a practical project that will further develop and build upon the proposal you submitted at the end of the 'Competitive Intelligence in HR Research Skills' module to address a ‘live’ human resource problem provided by an industry recognised, sponsor organisation (public, private, not-for-profit).
The project will therefore provide you with an unrivalled opportunity to work on a 'real' human resource problem, gaining valuable in-sight and 'hands-on experience' of consultancy work undertaken by human resource professionals in practice.
It is a practical project underpinned with sound academic principles that identifies and addresses a Strategic Human Resource opportunity. It also provides a platform for the further development of major human resource management skills such as self-management, team working factors, innovation, risk and profit and so on.
This module builds on core employment law knowledge and skills gained to support HR professionals and managers to develop their thinking, expertise and experience in the related areas of compliance and risk management.
Experienced managers already know that compliance is never really achieved through enforcement alone and that increasing levels of control can be counter-productive. At the same time the cost of failure can be catastrophic and the pressure for more and more control irresistible.
This module takes four practical areas and uses them as vehicles to explore the issues of compliance. At the same time the management processes and thinking that are referred to as Risk Management but that are so often only partially understood, are critically analyse in a practical and user friendly way.
This module begins with areas that will be familiar to you from the pre-requisite module of Employment Law in Practice, Health & Safety and Data Protection, and examines the principles behind the law in these areas, as well as the practicalities of ensuring compliance in the work place. At the same time it begins to explain the concepts and processes that make up Risk Management.
This module then moves through some of the requirements of Sarbanes Oxley, Money Laundering Regulations and the latest Bribery Act, critically analysing the real difficulties in both ensuring and demonstrating compliance. Finally the module looks at specific employment restrictions in terms of the checks required of those working with young people and vulnerable adults and the requirements regarding the rehabilitation of offenders.
With this in mind, this module will examine the management of local knowledge-generating strategies, policies and practices, paying particular attention to the processes that link people strategies, policies and practices to global contexts and learn to identify the key dimensions of globalisation, whilst exploring the implications for knowing how to ‘do things’ in a variety of global contexts.
But to improve business performance managers need to listen to employees, and employees need the information about the company so that they can become involved. Engagement is more than going the extra mile by taking on additional work or meeting tight deadlines. It requires two-way information which forms a commitment to the organisation, not just commitment to the people that are part of our team.
This module examines ‘employee voice’ and the way employers listen to their employees. It assesses the methods that employers choose to listen to employees, whether these are collective or individual and links these to engagement of employees and the performance of organisations. It takes a contemporary approach to a current and rapidly developing area of research which is vital for business competitiveness and the future of businesses in today’s operating environment.
As globalisation is a developing theme in all business research, the module reviews contemporary issues surrounding employee voice and engagement with an international flavour. The module also reviews the legal framework and analyses this in light of different employment relations systems.
Successful completion of the module will provide you with a foundation of knowledge that will enable you to positively influence the effectiveness of your organisation, by selecting appropriate voice mechanisms that support engagement and meet the legal framework which developed in recent years.
This module builds on the core employment law knowledge and skills gained in the ‘Employment Law in Practice’ module and help HR professionals and managers to develop their thinking, expertise and experience in this increasingly important area of HR and management practice.
Within this module you will develop a comprehensive level of knowledge and understanding of important aspects of Business and Contract Law as it applies in the employment arena. In so doing you will gain both practical experience and key employment law related skills that you will be able to use when tackling these and other employment law related issues.
This module begins by exploring the different legal forms of businesses and organisations and the importance of legal frameworks in enabling them to operate successfully and in particular, to be able to deploy labour. You will then carry out detailed analysis of how contracts are drafted with the objective of developing your own skills in understanding and drafting contracts and contractual terms. The module concludes by focusing on the various methods of dispute resolution with a broad consideration of all of the issues involved and again providing you with the opportunity to develop relevant practical skills.
To apply for the MSc Professional HR you'll need to have one of the following qualifications:
- A 2:2 (or above) Honours Degree in a Business Related subject from a recognised university or the equivalent international qualification
- An acceptable professional qualification or experience equivalent to the CIPD Diploma in HRM/HRD
You must also have a minimum of one year’s appropriate work experience within Human Resources and related operational responsibilities.
If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide evidence of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
BPP welcomes applications if you have other accredited prior learning, or significant relevant experience, which can demonstrate that you are capable of a Masters level study.
If you've already completed CIPD Advanced level modules in HRM, you may be entitled to various exemptions for the relevant modules of the MSc Professional HR programme. You will need to apply for the exemptions. Please enter the details of your exemption award on the applications form.
How to apply
To apply for a place on the BPP MSc Professional HR programmes, you'll need to complete a BPP application form at the top right of this page. While there are no formal deadlines you will need to apply in time for your selected programme start dates (see below). Due to the high level of demand we recommend you apply as soon as you are ready.
We currently offer a start date in September. There are three terms, each including:
- ten weeks of study
- one mid-term reading week
- two weeks of revision
- one week of assessments
- holidays around Christmas (December), Easter (April) and Summer (August).
Paying for your programme
Fees for the MSc Professional HR for January 2013 are:
- MSc Professional HR - £8,995
- MSc Professional HR (top up from Postgraduate Diploma) - £4,500
You can also opt to study our PG Certificate or PG Diploma individually:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Professional HR - £4,500
- Postgraduate Diploma in Professional HR - £9,000
Or study individual modules:
- 15 credits – £1,200
- 30 credits – £2,400
Fees for September 2013 will be:
- MSc Professional HR - £11,995
Payment plans and schedules
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