Human Resource Management MSc/PgDip
MSc/PgDip Human Resource Management
If you're already working in Human Resources and have ambitious plans for your career, an MSc or PgDip Human Resource Management qualification can give you the skills, knowledge and postgraduate qualification you need to get ahead.
On this course, you'll develop your existing HR skills and knowledge, and grow your leadership and management skills too. 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 or PgDip 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.
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
- Complete a work placement in an HR environment, where you'll get valuable experience and put theory into practice
- Learn though 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
We're an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so you'll graduate from this course with an approved qualification which meets the requirements of the CIPD HR Professional Map at Advanced Level 7. You'll also be eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD, and depending on your previous experience, you could meet the criteria for Chartered Membership.
You'll also have strong people management and HR-specific skills, you'll be able to reflect on your practice, and be ready to make an active contribution to business performance.
What jobs can you do with a Human Resource Management degree?
Career opportunities include:
- Business development and consultancy
- Human resources
- Benefits analyst
- Human resource officer
- Human resource systems manager
- Personnel adviser
- Recruitment consultant
- Training and development coordinator
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study on this MSc/PgDip Human Resource Management degree course
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.
As a PgDip student you will study 120 credits over two years, part time, typically covering 4 modules worth 15 credits each year, and have the option to complete a further 60 credits to achieve the Masters.
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
Core modules include:
- Developing skills for Business Leadership
- Leading, Managing and Developing People
- Managing Employment Relationships
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.
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 HR 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.
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
Teaching on this course includes:
- case studies
- group work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only) – teaching block 1
- January to May (early February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only) – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
Tuition fees (2020 start)
MScUK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
- Full time: £10,500
- Full time: £15,100
PgDipUK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
- Part-time: £3,500 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Part-time: £5,030 per year (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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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.
Start your application by choosing which award you want to study below.
Don't worry if you change your mind – it's easy to switch to a different award or mode of study after you apply.
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.