Social Science Research Methods (Business and Management Studies: Human Resource Management) (MSc/PgDip)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The information below relates to the Business and Manangement Studies: Human Resource Managment (HRM) pathway of the MSc/PgDip Social Science Research Methods programme.
Special Features of the HRM pathway
The Management and Business Studies route through the Social Science Research Methods MSc/Diploma is suitable for two groups of people:
- Those people, especially business practitioners, who want to develop their understanding of and skills in applied research work
- Those planning to undertake a PhD on a topic pertaining to management disciplines such as human resource management, organisational behaviour, strategic management, public sector management, marketing, accounting, finance, logistics and operations management
Research training in Management and Business Studies builds on the internationally recognised research carried out by academic staff within Cardiff Business School. Students benefit from specialist expertise in management research as well as from the broad research profile of the School and links with wider Cardiff University research and the SSRM.
Testimonials of HRM pathway graduates
"The SSRM gave me a great foundation for my doctoral research. It provided me with the skills and confidence to do my own fieldwork in a demanding institutional setting and to produce original research."
SSRM graduate (Business and Management Studies: Human Resource Management pathway) more student views
Description of the HRM pathway
In order to have a meaningful contact with research being conducted by the staff in Cardiff Business School, students are linked to one or more academic sections. Students will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.
For the taught component, students will be required to complete six 20-credit modules (5 core research modules and 1 pathway module – focusing on research in HRM. In all modules students have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to their pathway (Business and Management Studies: Human Resource Management).
|Advanced Issues in HRM Research Module||Spring: For SSRM students on the Management and Business – HRM Pathway.|
|Foundations in Social Research||Autumn term: The module introduces philosophical/theoretical concepts alongside practical issues of research method choice and design.|
|Qualitative Research Methods||Autumn & Spring: This main aim of the module is to provide knowledge, training and practice in the collection, analysis and representation of qualitative data.|
|Quantitative Research Methods||Autumn & Spring: This module introduces students to the systematic collection and analysis of quantitative data, including a broad range of commonly used statistical techniques.|
|Research Applications||Spring term: This module critically explores the various applications of research to different settings. Students tailor their learning by selecting from a menu of options.|
|Core Competencies for Postgraduate Social Scientists||Autumn & Spring: This module introduces students to essential postgraduate social science survival skills. The module ends with an end-of-year Student Conference.|
Timetables for the 2013/14 session are available to download:
The dissertation in the HRM pathway
On successful completion of the taught component, students prepare a dissertation (of a maximum 20,000 words) to be submitted by mid-September. The 60-credit dissertation component requires independent study. Dissertation topics are chosen by the students in agreement with their supervisors.
Recent Business and Management Studies: Human Resource Management pathway theses titles include:
- ‘Freeganism’: the political of radical consumerism
- The role of NGOs in shareholder activism and ethical investment strategies
- International Labour Organisation and transnational trade union movements
Entry Requirements for the HRM pathway
A good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
This course is suitable for graduates in social science and cognate disciplines including sociology, politics, critical psychology, education, social policy and social work, criminology, management and business studies, history, area studies, geography, pedagogy, public administration, industrial and employee relations, and law.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme
This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.
UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
Next intake: September each year
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Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0284 / +44 (0)29 2087 5178