Human Resource Management
HRM is the key to long-term business success
Why take this course?
Commencing each September, this full-time MSc Human Resource Management provides the knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective Human Resources (HR) professional and manager of people. It is an intensive vocationally-focused qualification for those who wish to become, or develop further, as a qualified professional working in human resource management. If you have a Diploma in Human Resource Management or equivalent, this Masters is available as a top-up course.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Complete a placement and apply your learning within an HR environment
- Take part in skills development workshops where you will contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
- Engage with HRM specialists and legal professionals
What opportunities might it lead to?
We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD is the professional body for HR specialists and is the world's largest Chartered HR professional body.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- business development and consultancy
- human resources
As a human resources professional it is important to be affiliated to the CIPD to really get ahead, and I knew this Master’s would make me more employable in the long-term.
Kathryn Oliver, MSc Human Resource Management student 2012
- 1 year full time
- A second class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue / continue an HR career. Applicants with appropriate work experience and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or 5 qualification will be considered. Applicants are subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17: full time: £7,900
2016/17: full time: £12,700
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- Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
- Programme specification
- Accreditations & Endorsements
Structure & Teaching
You will study current HRM-related theories and issues, with an emphasis on their practical application. Topics covered include, Research Skills for the HR Professional, the International HR Practitioner and research methods and dissertation.
Here are the units you will study:
- Leadership Skills and Management: This unit aims to provide you with the rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people development and management in order to become effective managers, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.
- Resourcing, Learning and Talent Management: This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for effective people management, including the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal. You will also explore learning, teaching and development in the workplace.
- Managing Human Resources and Employment Relationships in Context: By studying this unit you will gain an understanding of HR strategy and the employment relationship. You will explore organisational contexts and how they apply to public, private and third sector organisations.
- Research Skills for the HR Professional: This unit provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to identify a complex organisational issue from a human resource perspective. The unit content will equip you to explore and critically evaluate academic and practitioner sources of knowledge.
- The International HR Practitioner: This unit aims to encourage the development of a critical understanding of HR theory and practice from an international perspective through evaluating leading edge research and practice.
The work placement is a key element related to some of the units studied. Our Placements Office will support you in maintaining and developing business contacts, advise you of vacancies and help you prepare for interviews and other selection methods.
Research Methods and Dissertation: For the dissertation, you will be allocated a supervisor who will support you to plan, research and write a 15,000-word proposal and dissertation. Your dissertation subject choice will determine whether the final award is MSc Human Resource Management or MSc Human Resource Development.
Teaching and Assessment
A combination of teaching methods is adopted, including lectures, case studies and group work. You will be expected to read in preparation and to make an active contribution to class discussions. The teaching team include staff actively engaged in Human Resource Management/Human Resource Development research and those with practitioner experience.
How are you assessed?
Assessment methods vary according to the unit content and include coursework, presentations and examination
Facilities & Features
You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
We aim to provide you with as much support as possible. There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. The teaching team include staff actively engaged in Human Resource Management/Human Resource Development research and those with practitioner experience meaning you will have a broad network of support and guidance throughout your studies.
Take advantage of our Placements Office for help with all things placement related. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business related placement opportunities, we are always on hand to advise and support you through the recruitment process and beyond.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
You will develop professional expertise within the HR field plus apply your knowledge to an HR issue during work placement. By choosing to study full-time, you have an opportunity to fast-track your career, knowing that you have gained essential knowledge required for future Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you currently have relevant HR experience, this course will help you progress more swiftly towards Chartered membership or even potential promotion if you are already in employment.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- benefits analyst
- human resource officer
- human resource systems manager
- personnel adviser
- recruitment consultant
- training and development coordinator
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degrees students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service – Purple Door – can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Online application form
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Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Portsmouth Business School holds regular course information events throughout the year - we'd be delighted if you could join us.
Postgraduate Information Days 2016
- Wednesday 2 March 2016, 1pm – 5pm
- Wednesday 27 April 2016, 1pm – 5pm
Our Postgraduate Information Days are for anyone considering postgraduate study at the University of Portsmouth. It’s your opportunity to learn about the University and the postgraduate opportunities on offer.
Meet with our postgraduate subject specialists and faculty admissions teams who will provide information and guidance on the range of Master's courses and research programmes available at the University. In addition, some of our current postgraduate students will be available to speak to you about postgraduate student life at Portsmouth, alongside staff from our Careers and Recruitment service, Student Finance Team, International Office and Graduate School.
Alternatively, If you would like to visit the campus you can download our free walking tour for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday - Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm. We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look into our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.
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Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.
Fees and Funding
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