This one-year programme is specifically designed for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) graduates looking to complement their postgraduate qualification with a higher degree. It builds upon your existing qualification and tops it up so that you obtain a qualification at Masters level.
The programme offers the opportunity to meet your continuing professional requirements as a human resource practitioner and enrich your career prospects.
You will review management and organisational change from a strategic angle, broadening your specialist knowledge at a professional level.
Our online learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.
Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is a dedicated online university learning space for students. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through nile.northampton.ac.uk. We also have a mobile app so you can stay connected to the University of Northampton wherever you are; iNorthampton is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
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What you will study
This programme is 12 months in duration. The academic year is split into trimesters. For a September start you will study as follows;
Trimester one – September to December
- You will study one module; ‘Research Methods and Dissertation’ and commence work on your Dissertation.
Trimester two – January to April
- You will continue work on Dissertation.
Trimester three – May to July
- You will complete your Dissertation.
The ‘Research Methods and Dissertation’ module covers the introduction to research, types of research methodology, formulating and planning a research project, data collection and analysis and presentation of research findings.
Following successful completion of the research methods element, course members undertake a dissertation related to an aspect of strategic significance for the organisation
Methods of Learning
Core learning will be delivered electronically and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online. Studying online will give you the flexibility to study at your convenience* without the need to travel or physically attend classes, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities. You will be supported throughout the process by our great teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.
*Modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.
Per module you should expect to spend between 10/20 hours per week engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time. Students are expected to undertake ‘Research Methods and Dissertation’ in the first trimester and complete their Dissertation over the duration of the course. Typical time to completion is 12 months.
Following successful completion of the research methods element, course members undertake a dissertation related to an aspect of strategic significance for the organisation. Previous topics have been those such as:
- ‘An analysis of measures to re-engage the workforce after a major restructuring and downsizing programme’
- ‘An investigation of the human effects of organisational change in a merger and the role of the HR Function in influencing and supporting culture change’
- ‘Alternative strategies for identifying and tackling major HR challenges in the decade ahead’
The focus of the programme is to think strategically about management and organisational change and is suitable for those considering management roles in HR.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applicants should have successfully completed the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Postgraduate Diploma.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Distance Learning:||£2,850 per 60 credits|
Please note that this course is not eligible for Postgraduate Loan funding. See our scholarships page for more information on the funding that may be available to you at the University of Northampton.