This Masters programme has been designed for graduates who wish to specialise in human resource management. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In addition, all Middlesex University Dubai programmes are accredited by the QAA in the UK, and licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai Government. Our MA HRM equips its graduates with the knowledge, skills and competence to a level where they can make a professional and strategic contribution to an organisation’s management of its human resources. The programme helps in developing a practical understanding of, and relevant skills in functional human resource management areas. It aims to explore key strategic human resource issues facing contemporary organisations.
At Middlesex University, Business and Management teaching quality was rated as ‘excellent’ by the Quality Assurance Agency and research quality was rated as being of ‘allround national excellence’ in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
Our CIPD accredited MA HRM allows you to achieve the highest standards of professional competence in HR. It links to the CIPD Profession Map which sets out how HR sustains value to the organisation it operates in, now and in the future.
The competence obtained during your study, will allow you to benefit as follows:
The modules offered on the MA HRM programme cover the key subjects related to general human resource practice. The modules are designed to meet the challenges of changes in the field of HRM. They are also adapted in such a way as to meet - and exceed – the standards of the CIPD. They essentially cover all key areas of HR Strategic Human Resource Management; Total Reward, Individual Learning and Development; Resourcing and Leadership Management. There is also a module on Research and Professional Practice which is to facilitate the student in writing the Management applied dissertation.
The courses (modules) taught on the MA HRM programme are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Further information on the modules can be obtained by contacting the Campus Programme Coordinator.
This module aims to promote an evidencebased approach to enabling the development of intellectual, social and professional skills necessary to design and implement effective and fit-forpurpose learning and development interventions to support personal and performance development of individuals in organisations. The module will develop the professional knowledge and skills required to perform effectively in specialist roles associated with design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development. The module will provide students with the experience of a range of learning and development interventions with a specific focus on coaching and mentoring as a management development tool in organisations.
The module aims to provide students with a critical understanding and awareness of the internal and external environments and how they impact on organisational and human resource strategies. Strategic human resource management and development will be critically reviewed in terms of its implementation and contribution to the organisation and the interactions of human resource management with other functional groups. The module will also go on to explore and critically evaluate key concepts and theories in organisational behaviour and characteristics and approaches of effective managers and leaders. Students will be required to critically review the implementation of theory, contemporary working practices and the management of the change process.
The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the concept and practice of Total Reward. Total Reward is a strategy that organisations adopt to motivate staff by financial and non-financial means, whilst aiming for high performance. All the usual pay and benefits topics will be covered, together with a substantial input on
performance management. The module matches the CIPD professional standards of Performance Management and Reward Management.
This module aims to develop students’ awareness of strategic and operational aspects of recruitment, selection, retention and development of employees with a focus on managers. It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and management development within a global context. Planning to enable an organisation to meet its future demands for skills is an increasingly important HR role, and this is central to this module. The module encompasses the development of leadership and management at all levels and draws on the established body of knowledge and theory in both leadership and management and learning and development. This module matches the professional CIPD standards talent management and resourcing, and leadership and management development
This module provides a student with the required knowledge and skills to be an effective HR practitioner. Students are given the opportunity to consolidate and synthesise their learning in HRM through a predominantly self-managed, in-depth study leading to an in-company dissertation. In order to achieve this, it is this module’s purpose to provide students with the knowledge framework and key skills that will not only helps them to successfully undertake this dissertation, but are essential to an HR professional. This module matches the CIPD professional standards developing skills for business leadership and investigating a business issue from a HR perspective.
Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session per week per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable and for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.
Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
A variety of teaching methods and assessment methods are used at Middlesex University, and vary depending on the content of the modules being taught. Each module has a detailed module handbook with information on teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods and reading material. In addition, each module has a comprehensive range of online resources available to enhance your studies with us. The success of our Masters provision is built on the substantial experience of the staff who combine industrial experience with a strong ability to teach, consult and research.
Minimum second class UK honours degree or above, or an overseas equivalent qualification. Candidates without a degree who have practical experience in personnel work will also be considered, but you will need to demonstrate your ability on the basis on courses already attended and references supplied. You may be required to submit a 2,000-word essay and an interview.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) Or TOEFL (IBT) score required is 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)
For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts please contact our Admissions Office.
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
Minimum score required for Post-Graduate: 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)
Our HRM course will offer you access to a rewarding and lucrative career where you will be able to develop your industry expertise and pursue your professional goals. This course provides an excellent base for a career involving people where graduates have been taken on by Charterhouse, AEG, Adobe, Hilton, PWC and the Royal Mail, in roles such as HR Manager, People Business Partner and HR Employer Services Manager.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
Julian Panther, MA Human Resource Management
"I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Middlesex University Dubai for my MA Human Resource Management. The course has complimented my day job perfectly by giving me the theoretical knowledge required to carry out my practical role as a Group HR Manager. I also feel the acquisition of this level of CIPD accredited master’s degree has allowed me to further develop my employability when potentially searching for more senior positions in the future not only in the UAE, but worldwide. I have been impressed with the consultative style of the lecturers thus encouraging a two way learning process. This style of lecture suited the way I liked to learn! The lectures would have been tough (after a long day at work) had the lecturer been purely focused delivering theory for 3 hours each time we met. Getting back into studying as a mature student was daunting especially while holding down a demanding day job, but the support you receive from the administration, tutors and Unihub at Middlesex University made things extremely easy and comfortable from day one. Thank you Middlesex University Dubai."
Olga Sadikova, MA Human Resource Management
"My experience in completing the Master’s Degree in HRM at Middlesex University Dubai was a true journey! Being a full time working parent I found the faculty and staff of Middlesex University Dubai to be very understanding and supportive throughout the entire program."
"The subjects taught in class are well structured and explained, which has helped me put theory into practice in my field of specialisation from day one. The individual and group assignments have great relevance to the world of Human Resources which enables to critically evaluate current practices used in the organisation and propose and strategically manage HR Interventions. The studies are well paced and offered during a convenient time of the day. I definitely recommend Master’s Programme in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University Dubai to all aspiring and current HR and L and D Professionals who wish to make strategic contributions to the business and advance in their professional development."
Nidhi Ullal, MA Human Resource Management
"Choosing the MAHRM programme accredited to the CIPD was only obvious after conducting intensive research to choose a holistic course for myself. I consider this a must take for any HR professional. The opportunity to be a real HR leader and impact your organization and the world at large comes from the experienced faculty, customized modules, diverse class of students and the extraordinary learning environment provided at Middlesex University, Dubai. Perhaps the best thing I can say about this course is that it has caused me to rethink what I want to be doing five years from now. I realize my possibilities are endless and feel prepared for the years ahead!"