Human Resource Management MSc
MSc Human Resource Management
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin 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
(including Transition Scholarship)
- Full time: £10,700
- Full time: £16,400
Funding your studies
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 for this course by using our online application form:
- Full-time study starting in September 2021 (1 year)
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.