Developing Professional Research and Employability Skills (formerly ID493)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Carolyn Lewis


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Human Resource Management/CIPD), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management) and MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course introduces students to the key professional competencies necessary in human resource management such as team-building and communication skills. Students are exposed to practical human resource management systems and issues through interactive sessions and guest speakers. Students are also introduced to the dissertation, research methods, and Links programme. Part of the assessment includes a group project which students will work on throughout MT and LT.


30 hours of seminars in the MT. 30 hours of seminars in the LT.

Each 3-hour session will include a combination of lecture and seminar activities (e.g. small group discussions). Students are expected to prepare for and participate fully in each session.  Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will write a board report in MT and give an interim presentation of their group project in LT.

Indicative reading

Boxall, P.; Purcell, J.; & Wright, P. (2007): The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford University Press.

Armstrong M Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice latest edition, Kogan Page


Dissertation (85%) and project (15%).

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication