What Will You Study

The MA in Human Resources and Consulting is designed for individuals wishing to explore careers in HR, management consultancy, education and management development, and organisational development. The MA develops the skills you need to act as a change agent – designing and implementing interventions that develop human resources in pursuit of organisational objectives.

Taking a critical perspective on theory and practice the programme invites you to engage with many different ideas, concepts and ways of thinking about human resources and consulting, and about individual and organisational learning. Our dual focus on theory and practice is designed to enrich both your knowledge and your skills, making you far more adept at knowing what will work where, and why.

A unique feature of the programme is the consulting project that provides the opportunity to put your learning into practice by working with a real client organisation to develop recommendations on current workplace issues.

The approach to Human Resources and Consulting used within the MA is based on a learner centred approach using models of experiential and action learning enabling you to test out and critique leading ideas and practice.

Through these participatory learning processes you will be supported to develop professional practice skills such as presentation and communication, research and consultancy, facilitation and interviewing skills, and team work. This development is further enhanced through careers, learning and study skills sessions. You’ll also be guided in choosing research and dissertation topics to reflect your interests and experiences.

Compulsory modules:

  • Induction
  • Introduction to Human Resources and Consulting
  • Design and Dynamics of Learning
  • Research Methods I
  • Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management
  • Advances in HR and Leadership
  • Research Methods II
  • Organisational Diagnosis and Consulting
  • International HR and Leadership Development
  • Quantitative and Survey Research Methods