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The Human Resource Professional, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Human Resource Professional module at The Open University UK will consider the role and contribution of the HR professional and will provide opportunities for students to examine and develop their own skills for this role.


Topics covered will include an introduction to human resource management, managing performance, leadership and change management, and the nature of professionalism and ethics. Students will also develop the skills needed to work effectively as an HR professional. These include self-management, leading and working in teams, communication skills, using ICT and managing financial resources.

This Human Resource Professional module at The Open University UK is part of a qualification that is intended to provide a route to professional membership of the CIPD if you wish to develop a career in HR management. It will also provide training in research and academic skills if you want to develop an academic career in the field of HR management.

More generally, by studying a postgraduate business qualification you can expect your salary to increase and for it to have a positive impact on your career progression, as well as bringing improvements to the organisation.

In this first module of the MSc you will consider the role of the HR professional and the skills needed to be effective in this role. You will consider the implications of recent research findings in the field of human resource management for your own practice, for example in increasing levels of engagement and improving performance, in acting ethically and in managing change. You will compare this with the practice of HR professionals in other contexts, drawing on case studies and the experience of your fellow students working in different geographical areas and sectors; and you will also look at the development over time of thinking about the role of HR professionals in order to understand how this may influence current thinking. The emphasis throughout will be on considering what HRM practices are associated with positive organisational outcomes.

You will develop and practise the skills you will need to be effective as an HR professional, including as a leader and a senior manager. These include self-management, leading and working in teams, making decisions, managing and communicating information, including financial information, consultancy skills and helping others to learn. You will also develop postgraduate study skills and digital literacy skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

You will learn
  • to understand the role of the HR professional, the nature of professionalism and approaches to addressing ethical dilemmas
  • to review recent research and to assess its relevance for practice in a range of contexts
  • to assess the relevance of theory for practice and apply it where appropriate to improve practice
  • to review theoretical approaches to leadership and team-working and to develop the skills needed to be effective as a leader and as a team member
  • to critically assess the range of concepts and issues that are associated with managing performance in the workplace, and the interrelationships between these factors 
  • to develop the skills and understanding needed to address change management issues and to work at a strategic level in the organisation
  • to develop skills essential for HR work such as: leading and working in teams, making decisions, managing financial information, communicating effectively and helping others to learn.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

All entrants must hold a BA/BSc degree awarded by a recognised university, or equivalent.

Tuition Fee


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