17 Apr 2007

Open University degree receives CIPD accreditation

The OU Business School’s MSc in Human Resource Management has received coveted accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In order to achieve this, the programme had to accomplish rigorous professional and academic standards.

The degree is aimed at senior HR professionals and those aspiring to a senior HR role. The Open University uses a highly distinctive approach to education and learning, which differs significantly from both traditional universities and most text-based distance learning approaches. This ‘supported open learning’ (flexible learning methods supported by a tutor and student services staff) is particularly appropriate for business and management education, as it allows people to acquire knowledge and skills whilst staying in full-time employment. Both the employer and student benefit, as students can apply their knowledge and skills immediately to real workplace issues.

Professor James Fleck, Dean of the OU Business School, commented: “The accreditation from the CIPD is further testimony to the quality of our courses. The masters degree should appeal to senior HR professionals who gained their CIPD membership on the strength of their experience, rather than through formal study. Professionals with a recent CIPD diploma will be able to gain exemption from part of the programme should they wish to study towards a degree.”

Editor's Notes

The OU Business School is one of Europe’s leading business schools and the major provider of management development programmes delivered by supported open learning. It is one of an elite group of UK and European business schools to hold the prestigious triple of:
•accreditation from the US-based AACSB International;
•the EQUIS quality kitemark from the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd);
•and accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for its MBA.

The OU Business School has 30,000 students in the UK and more than 30 countries. Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an OU Business School course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level; of those, 17,000 have successfully completed their MBA and joined one of the three largest alumni associations for MBA graduates outside the United States.

The School is among the largest schools and faculties of The Open University, itself the largest university in the UK. The university is ranked fifth of all UK universities in the table for teaching quality published in the Sunday Times University Guide 2006.

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