Human resource management students in meeting
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time (MSc)
Start Date
September 2021
Accredited
Yes

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Overview

Are you looking to start a career in HR in this exciting, challenging and influential area of business? If so, our MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) Master's degree prepares graduates from any background for success in Human Resource Management, anywhere in the world.

You'll develop your existing HR skills and knowledge, and grow your leadership and management skills. You'll put the theory you learn into practice, and when you graduate, you'll have met the requirements for CIPD HR Professional Map at Advanced Level 7.

What's more, your MSc can help you move up the ladder in your current workplace, and open doors to exciting new roles elsewhere. And you'll have transferrable skills too, so you can explore careers in recruitment or business development.

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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Graduates will be entitled to apply for Associate membership of the CIPD.

 

Entry requirements​

Human Resource Management entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue/continue a HR career. Applicants with appropriate work experience and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or 5 qualifications will be considered. Applicants may be subject to interview.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Get to grips with the key themes in HR management, covering leadership and management skills, talent management, and employment relationships
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in an HR environment, where you'll get valuable experience and put theory into practice
  • Learn through lectures, case studies, group work and skills development workshops, where you'll contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
  • Benefit from our flexible approach to learning, with web, email and phone access to many of our facilities
  • Engage with HRM specialists and legal professionals

Careers and opportunities

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

As a Masters student you will need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

We're currently in the process of updating our course content and curriculum in line with the revised Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development professional standards. As such course content and subject areas given here are for the current course and give an indication of the areas to be studied.

Modules currently being studied

Core modules include:

  • Human Resources in Context
  • Issues and Debates in International HRM
  • Leading Managing and Developing People
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Organisational Learning and Development
  • Research Skills for the HR Professional
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • The HR Practitioner
     

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

  • September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
  • January/February to May – teaching block 2

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £10,700

EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full time: £10,700

International students:

  • Full time: £16,400

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Apply

Apply for this course by using our online application form:

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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