Human Resource Management Top-up MSc

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
6 months full-time (top-up), 1 year part-time (top-up)
Start Date
June 2019, June 2020

Overview

If you're a Human Resource (HR) practitioner looking to progress your career – and you've already successfully achieved the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Advanced Level 7 qualification – this MSc Human Resource Management Top-up will take your HR training to master's level, increasing your skills and employability.

You'll hone you HR knowledge and abilities through a 3 day intensive learning block, before completing a dissertation proposal and dissertation on a related subject of your choosing. You'll get support from a supervisor during your studies too – via Skype, telephone calls and face-to-face meetings where possible.

You'll graduate as a highly competent HR practitioner, with the specialist skills to match your chosen career path. Depending on your choice of dissertation, you'll be awarded with either an MSc Human Resource Management (HRM), or an MSc Human Resource Development (HRD).

You can find out more about this course, our facilities and our generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings, where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Take part in a research skills development workshop, where you will develop the skills necessary to complete the dissertation
  • Work through pre-course reading and proposal development activities, further deepening your knowledge of the field
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development and consultancy
  • management
  • recruitment
  • personnel
  • human resources
  • training

Other graduates have set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations

The University of Portsmouth is an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR specialists and is the world's largest Chartered HR professional organisation.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Advanced Level 7 Qualification either through the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or Personnel Management or the level 7 qualification at a CIPD accredited centre. If a Pg Diploma was gained more than 5 years previously, Chartered Fellows and Chartered Members of the CIPD may be eligible to apply through a specific RPL route.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Advanced Level 7 Qualification either through the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or Personnel Management or the level 7 qualification at a CIPD accredited centre. If a Pg Diploma was gained more than 5 years previously, Chartered Fellows and Chartered Members of the CIPD may be eligible to apply through a specific RPL route.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (June 2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full-time: £3,070 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £3,070 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full-time: £4,670 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £4,670 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

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

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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.

​What you'll study

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

On this course you'll study a unit worth a total of 60 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units on this course include:

  • Dissertation

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

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • email, Skype and telephone conversations with dissertation supervisor
  • face-to-face meetings with dissertation supervisor

How you'll spend your time

You'll start your programme with pre-course reading and some proposal development activities.

You'll need to attend the 3-day research methods workshop at the University. Soon after the workshop, you'll submit a proposal and are allocated a dissertation supervisor.

You'll then discuss with your supervisor the best way for you to maintain contact as you progress through the dissertation.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • dissertation

Apply

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us 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.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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