Micro Doctor's Degree in Strategic Human Resource Management

Level 8 is equivalent to Doctoral's Level

This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of how the effective strategic management of human resources supports achieving organisational objectives in different contexts. Learners will evaluate the contribution of strategic human resource management and the application of leadership and management theory for corporate benefit. 

Level 8 is equivalent to the Doctoral level and could transfer 20 credits and total tuition fees to the Master’s programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the role of management of human resources.

  • 1.1 Critically justify the importance of human resource management in organisations. 
  • 1.2 Assess the role and purpose of an organisation’s strategic human resource management function and activities. 
  • 1.3 Evaluate how human resource management is related to other functional areas.

2. Be able to create a human resource plan for an organisation.

  • 2.1 Assess the business factors to consider before human resource planning. 
  • 2.2 Determine human resource requirements in different organisational contexts.
  • 2.3 Develop a human resource plan for an organisation.

3. Understand the role of legal and  ethical issues in developing

  • 3.1 Explain the purpose of human resource policy.
  • 3.2 Assess the impact of regulatory and legal requirements on human resource policies in an organisation.
  • 3.3 Assess the impact of business ethics, CSR, and sustainability requirements on human resource policies for an organisation.

4. Be able to plan and develop human resource strategies.

  • 4.1 Critically analyse the impact of an organisational strategy, structure and culture on managing human resources.
  • 4.2 Develop a structured, relevant and comprehensive HR strategy.
  • 4.3 Critically monitor the effectiveness of human resources management.

5. Understand HRM approaches  within organisations and their relationships with the organisational performance

  • 5.1 Critically evaluate the relationships between business strategy and human resource management. 
  • 5.2 Explain the implementation and measurement of HR approaches using relevant metrics. 
  • 5.3 Monitor and evaluate a human resource strategy that supports organisational mission, vision, values and objectives.

Critical explanation of the nature and importance of human resource management in organisations

  • Definition; features of HRM approach; HRM models: D Guest, M Patterson, best practice model, contingency model, Harvard Framework; personnel management and HRM; activities of HRM. 

Assessing the role and purposes: Strategy

  • HRM strategy; organisational strategy; HRM strategy benefits for organisations; interrelationships between HRM and administrative processes; organisational performance and HRM strategy; HRM strategy influence on the organisational system; corporate strategy influence on HRM strategy; value creation; human capital management; HRM strategy business focus; effective HRM. 

Evaluating contributions of human resource management

  • Evaluation of human resource management contribution, e.g. characteristics, importance, techniques; the changing patterns of effective human resource management; the effect of globalisation; the use of IT. 

Analysing the business factors

  • Business growth; changes in industry; labour market competition; labour cost substitution; development of employees; control of labour cost; operations location; work nature changing; productivity increase; efficiency increase; technological impact; competition in business; declination of business. 

Determining human resource requirements:

  • Personnel prerequisites identification: experiences, skills, qualifications, numbers; personnel matching to organisational prerequisites; essential prerequisite factors: skills, demand and supply of labour, workforce; external factors: policies of governments, education, employment, regional or industrial training; competitions in the labour market. 

Developing a human resource plan

  • Human resource planning, e.g. features and requirements; functionalities, e.g., Selection and recruitment, retention, skill development, up-skilling, re-skilling, succession planning, outputs; resource demand, success factors; planning length, e.g……..g….g.,. Short, medium and long; costs and benefits of business; Empowerment and talent management. 

Explaining the purpose of human resource policy

  • Policy purposes; selection and recruitment; diversity and equality; development and training; expenses and benefits; discipline; performance improvement; rewards; pay; health and safety; discipline; information confidentiality; working time; paternity or maternity leave; harassment or bullying; management of change; grievance and dismissal; intellectual property: copyrights, patents; protected disclosure/whistleblowing; alcohol, drugs or smoking. 

Analysing the impact of regulatory and legal requirements on human resource policies in an organisation

  • Legislation of employment; rights and responsibilities of work; payment-related regulatory and legal rights; data protection, conditions and contract terms. 

Analysing the impact of ethical requirements on human resource policies in an organisation. 

  • Ethics in human resource management, e.g. discrimination, harassment, racism, gender preference, nepotism, favouritism, employee satisfaction, compliance and grievance. 

Analysing the impact of an organisational strategy, structure and culture on managing human resources.

  • Culture and structure; culture-led theoretical models: Schein, Hofstede, Handy; culture of organisation; interrelationships between HRM activities and culture. 

Proposing the effective, appropriate HR strategy:

  • The requirement for effective human resource strategies is SMART objective target settings (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based).  

Critically monitor the effectiveness of human resources management and provide recommendations.

  • Importance of monitoring effective human resource management; policies, strategies, operations; HRM contributions; benefits; costs; use of resources; effectiveness; ineffectiveness; information collection on HRM performance; performance indicator development; evaluation of HRM performance indicators; quantitative measurement: person output, productivity, retention of an employee, turnover of staff, cost-saving; qualitative measure: stakeholder perspectives, employee attitude surveys, HRM performance benchmarking, service level standards and agreements of HRM; costs and benefits utility analysis; HRM improvement proposals and activities. 

Discuss the relationship between people development and HRM.

  • Planning for people development and human resource management; functionalities: employment, development, retention, skill enhancement, planning of succession; HR resourcing; success criteria; planning of milestones: short, medium or long term; cases study of businesses: benefits, costs, SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time- based) target settings. 

Explain the organisational theory underpinning HRM:

  • Organisational structure theories: Handy, Mintzberg, Weber; HRM impacts and structure forms: product-based, functional, divisional, geographical;  matrix: centralisation, decentralisation. 

Discuss the interrelationship of employee relations/HRM practices and the management of change:

  • Employee relations, e.g. concept, features and application; best-fit practices; absence; discipline and grievance; consultation and communication; employee engagement;  psychological contract; flexible working hours. 

Developing the HRM process, recruitment and selections.

  • The requirement of human resources; personnel requirement identification, e.g. number, experiences, qualifications, set skills; human resource match to organisational demands; factors of human resource development, recruitment and selection, e.g. person profile, the requirement of labour, the condition of skills; external factors of recruitment and selection; the demand of work; labour supply; national level policies as related to human resource, e.g. education, empl9oyment, training,  regional, industrial; competition in the labour market. 

Developing employee motivational and appraisal strategies

  • Employee motivation, e.g. features, importance and practices; career progression; rewards; bonus and pay rise; promotion; emotional support; job satisfaction. 

Critically analysing role and employee retention in organisations:

  • Employee retention, e.g. importance and trends, employee turnover, competitive remuneration benefits, stay interview, employee development. 

Explore and discuss the purpose of leadership in different kinds of organisations:

  • Leadership, e.g. definition, features, characteristics, types, purposes of leadership; direct and indirect administration; features of managers or leaders; leadership skills; followership; 10 managerial roles of Mintzberg. 

Evaluate leadership practices in an organisational context:

  • Styles of management and leadership: persuasive, autocratic, charismatic, participative, laissez-faire, management and leadership influence on an organisation, style impact on strategic decisions, situation-led adaptation of management and leadership styles. 

Creating a human resource strategy that supports organisational mission, vision, values and objectives: strategic leadership

  • Development; leadership requirement for organisational aspects, e.g. mission, vision and objectives; strategic development; corporate strategy formulation. 

Monitoring and evaluating the human  resource strategy:

  • Monitoring and evaluation, e.g. general features, criteria, organisational mission, vision, values and objectives; monitoring and evaluating strategy formulation. 

Indicative reading list 

Core texts: 

  • Rees, G. and Smith, P. E. (2017) Strategic Human Resource Management: An international perspective. Sage Publications

Additional reading: 

  • Avery, G. (2004) Understanding Leadership. London: Sage 
  • Bradley, F. (2005) International Marketing Strategy. New Jersey, FL: Prentice Hall. 
  • Bratton, J., Grint, K. and Nelson, D. L. (2005) Organizational Leadership. New York: Thomson South Western. • Brooks, I. (2009) Organisational Behaviour: Individuals, Groups, and Organisations. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall. 
  • Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A. (2007) Organisational Behaviour. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall 
  • Colquitt J, LePine, J. and Wesson, M. (2010) Organizational Behaviour. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
  • Daft, R. (2006) The Leadership Experience. New York: Thomson South Western. 
  • Du Brin, A. J. (2007) Leadership: Research Findings, Practice and Skills. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 
  • Gill, R. (2006) Theory and Practice of Leadership. London: Sage. 
  • Gold. J., Thorpe, R. and Mumford, A. (2010) Leadership and Management Development, 5th Edition. CIPD • Kouzes, J. M. and Posner, B. Z. (2008) The Leadership Challenge. 4th Edition. New York: Jossey-Bass. London: CIPD. • Mabey, C. and Finch-Lees, T. (2008) Management and Leadership Development. London: Sage. 
  • Martin, J. (2005) Organisational Behaviour and Management. London: Thomson Learning. Mullins, L. J. (2010) Management and Organisational Behaviour. 9th Edition. Harlow: Financial Times 
  • Northouse, P. G. (2007) Leadership Theory and Practice. London: Sage 
  • Northouse, P. G. (2009) Introduction to Leadership, Concepts and Practice. London: Sage 
  • Robbins, S. and Judge, T. (2009) Organizational Behaviour. New Jersey: Person Prentice Hall 
  • Storey, J. (2004) Leadership in Organisations; Current Issues and Key Trends. London: Rutledge. Times/Prentice Hall.

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Micro Doctor program, the learner must possess:

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 7 Diploma according to the European Qualifications.
  • For degrees from non-global accredited universities, learners should follow the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of the London Academy of Sciences.
  • Learners must be over 24 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, Paris-U shall not be accepted.

English language requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent.

After graduating from the Micro Doctor program, students receive all certified documents from Univertisé Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Certification & Recognition certified from Paris-U.

Because the program is accredited and recognised, students can easily use certified in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Micro Doctor’s Degree means:

Paris-U Micro Doctor’s Degree is certified at the doctoral level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 8 Certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of the UK
  • Level 11 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 8 Certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 8 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 10 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 8 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 10 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Micro Doctor program when participating in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or Ph.D. of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE.

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the DBA/PhD program, students who have graduated from the Micro Doctor program will receive a discount equivalent to the short courses tuition fee. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE.

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programs offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.

As a crucial component of liberal education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge experience and knowledge fully. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labour market.

Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will only lead to DBA/Ph.D degree from Paris-U, not a dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris Certified program is not-for-profit, so the tuition fees are fully supported by Paris-U and its partners. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students need to meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will not accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are not accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program of Paris-U so that you could take the Micro Master program but could not move to the Master program of Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates need to ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is a mandatory requirement when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You can download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will reach out to you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You will proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay the tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and are subject to change without notice. In some cases, Paris-U offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 8 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libéral de Paris

Université Libéral de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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