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MA Human Resource Management (Work Psychology)

MA Human Resource Management (Work Psychology)

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Full time | University of Hertfordshire | 1 year | 27-SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Human Resources Management Organisational Psychology

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Course Summary

About the courseAs a Human Resource (HR) practitioner, you will need to find solutions to critical issues. The course combines Human Resource Management (HRM) theory with psychology to develop a deeper understanding of people management. Having psychological knowledge provides a deeper insight into why people behave the way they do and how we may attempt to change or influence this in the workplace.

You'll gain a deep understanding of how we can respond to the challenges that arise from how and where people want to work in the current and changing work context. Organisations need to quickly respond to external factors. Whether they are routed in government policies, environmental issues, or changes in society. Our world is complex, and the challenges faced by organisations need an innovative approach. Psychology provides a useful and unique insight into human behaviour and how we may shape this. The course explores what drives and shapes human behaviour in the workplace and how a HRM practitioner may utilise these insights.

Central to this course are the themes of how to manage change and personnel development. HR practitioners need to think in radical ways to manage diverse attitudes and motivations of people entering the labour market.

The intrinsic link between human resource management, an organisation’s strategic and operational requirements, and the impact on society, can be powerful. This course will give you relevant and practical tools you need to respond to a range of HRM issues. New ways of thinking about work and the role organisations play in the world is crucial. We will guide you to become a critical, inspiring leader of the future, starting today. You will be able to immediately apply the learning to the workplace with our assessments geared to provide you with both academic and real life practical skills to enhance your career.

CareersThis course will give you everything you need to become a critical, practical, ethical and sustainable HRM practitioner or consultant in human resource management using psychological insights. It will particularly appeal to those interested in a career in human resource management, industrial/employment relations and to those responsible for managing people in organisations.


The module provides an overview of the main principles that support personal effectiveness, ethical behaviour, and business acumen in organisations. It examines how ethical behaviour promotes inclusion and how this, in turn, can support business improvement. Key skills such as critical thinking, team-working, and communication are examined as they support students to become more personally effective in areas such as decision-making and networking. The module demonstrates how factors, such as resilience, self-evaluation and leadership, can increase business acumen. It supports student in becoming personally effective by using evidence-based practices in the management of their continuous development and behaviours that support the goals of organisations. The content illustrates key behaviours that can make students more personally effective and lead to business improvements. Key concepts and models that demonstrate ethical behaviours and inclusion are provided.
Contemporary Issues in Work Psychology (15 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree with classification 2.2 or better in any subject from a UK university or the equivalent from a recognised university overseas

University information

​Master your dream At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way. Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study* Industry connections: Links...more