Female postgraduate student listening in seminar
Mode of Study
3 years part-time
Start Date
April 2020, April 2021


If you have an interest in how people work, coupled with how they can contribute to making organisations successful, this Master's programme, taught in the Cayman Islands, is for you.

It's a great choice not only for HR practitioners but also for senior managers who wish to develop their HR skills and knowledge.

This Human Resource Management MSc is a specialist academic and vocational qualification. You'll build on your existing HR skills and knowledge, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and theories of professional HR practice.

Teaching takes place on a series of teaching blocks, which each include 4 days of teaching with a tutorial day. This makes it easy to fit in your studies alongside your full-time role and means you can apply what you learn quickly, boosting your performance and contributing positively to your organisation.

The course is based on the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which is the leading professional body for HR practitioners outside of the USA. It's set in the context of the Cayman Islands business environment and recognises the Cayman economic, social and legal dimensions.

When you complete the course successfully, you'll have an internationally recognised Master’s degree and be eligible for membership of the CIPD.

Location – George Town Central Library, Cayman Islands

This course is delivered at George Town Central Library, where there's plenty of parking for students. While studying at in the Cayman Islands, you can remotely access University of Portsmouth student support services and community including study support and our library's online resources.

What you'll experience

On this Human Resource Management Master's, you'll:

  • Analyse and critically explore human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD) research in relation to general management functions and activities
  • Improve your HR knowledge and skills to become a more effective HR professional or senior manager at operational, tactical and strategic level
  • Work on projects related to your job and have the opportunity to apply what you learn straightaway in the workplace, contributing positively to your organisation's objectives
  • Interact with like-minded HR professionals and managers, sharing best practice and building your network
  • Learn about the latest theories and research from an experienced teaching team that includes former HR professionals and academics who are active in HR consultancy, regularly publish their research in journals and books, and understand the Cayman context
  • Get access to all extensive online University of Portsmouth learning services, including study support, and the library bibliographic databases, which include academic and practitioner publications
  • Study on island with extensive support from our academic team through our virtual learning environment, Moodle

Careers and opportunities

Graduates in HRM are increasingly in demand as businesses and public sector organisations recognise the value of employees who have experience and knowledge of HR theory and practice.

Students who have previously studied on this course have gone on to more senior positions in HR or general management.

The programme is extremely useful in providing me with this solid foundation on which to base my professional development. As a senior HR Manager who operates at strategic level, it has enhanced my career by keeping me current with best practices on a practitioner and an academic level.

Previous student, MSc Human Resource Management (Cayman Islands)

What you'll study on this MSc Human Resource Management degree course

The programme is delivered in 15-credit modules with a 60-credit dissertation. You'll study a total of 180 credits.


In your first year, you'll complete 5 x 4-day teaching blocks. These are 4 days of intensive teaching (Monday–Thursday) and an optional tutorial day on Friday where you can receive one-to-one support from your academic tutors or work on individual assignments in class with the support of your tutors.

Year 1 topics:

  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Organisational Learning and Development
  • Leading Managing and Developing People
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership

In your second year, you'll complete 4 x 4-day teaching blocks with 4 days of intensive teaching (Monday–Thursday) and an optional tutorial day on Friday.

Year 2 topics:

  • Issues and debates in International HRM
  • Managing employment relations
  • HRM in a Business Context
  • Business Research Report – Researching in HR

In your final year, you'll plan, research and write a dissertation with guidance from your dissertation supervisor.

This includes a 5-day research methods workshop that will assist you in formulating and developing your research ideas.


The teaching team has delivered this programme in Cayman since 2000 and have considerable understanding of the Cayman Islands' social, political, economic, legal and business environment.

Teaching methods on the course include:

  • seminars and group discussions
  • workshops
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • independent reading

Between the taught sessions you can engage with other students and your tutors through the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. This includes some further individual activities that you'll then discuss in class.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

Assessment methods include coursework, presentations and 2 examinations that take place at George Town Central Library, set and assessed by the University of Portsmouth.

Assessments are spread throughout the course to give you time to assimilate the learning and apply it to your assessments. You'll get a detailed timetable for all assessments at the start of the course.

You'll receive formal written feedback on coursework and presentation assessments so you can improve in the future. You can also get informal feedback on drafts of work prior to submission and have opportunities to practice for your examinations in class.

How you'll spend your time

Term times (April 2020 start)

  • Teaching block 1 – 27–30 April 2020
  • Teaching block 2 – 22–25 June 2020
  • Teaching block 3 – 26–29 October 2020
  • Teaching block 4 – 11–14 January 2021

  • Teaching block 1 – 19–22 April 2021
  • Teaching block 2 – 8–11 June 2021
  • Teaching block 3 – 7–10 September 2021
  • Teaching block 4 – 26–29 October 2021

  • Research methods workshop – 10–14 January 2023

Extra learning support

You'll get face-to-face support from teaching when you need it with access to University of Portsmouth support staff, via phone, email and video call where required.

These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your course leader will also be your personal tutor. Along with the teaching team, they give you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

Because the course leader is part of the teaching team, you'll have opportunities to meet with them regularly face-to-face as well as through remote communications such as video chat on a one-to-one and group basis.

You’ll have regular scheduled meetings with them. They’re also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Student engagement officers

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have support from student engagement officers by email, phone or video call.

They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

Study support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty study support tutors, by email, phone or video call. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

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

This has been a life-changing experience that has facilitated my career advancement by boosting my self-confidence and personal growth. I have recently been included as a member of the senior management team in recognition of the strategic contributions I have been able to provide through my Master’s study. I now stay abreast of local and worldwide events and am able to anticipate their impact on the management of our human resources. My resume is attracting more attention than it used to and I’ve been shortlisted more frequently and for more senior positions as I pursue my career aspirations.

Previous student, MSc Human Resource Management (Cayman Islands)

Entry requirements​

MSc Human Resource Management entry requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or a CIPD Certificate in HR Practice (CHRP) (or equivalent). Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant senior management or HR experience will also be considered.


​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

The total fees are £25,000. You pay £10,000 in years 1 and 2, followed by a payment of £5,000 for the research dissertation supervision.

There are payment plans available for self-funding students. Our Student Finance Centre can give you more information on how to finance your studies.

The tuition fees include all the teaching, core textbooks and all course materials as well as the access to University of Portsmouth's extensive libraries and student support resources.

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.

Additional costs

As part of the course fees, you'll receive copies of the key course text. Some of the recommended books are also available to you free as e-books through the University library. But you may need to budget for purchase of other texts on the recommended reading list.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Optional membership of the CIPD costs around £100 a year. Full costs are on the CIPD website.


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