Human Resource Management MSc/PgDip

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year full-time (MSc), 2 years part-time (PgDip)
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

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.

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
  • MSc students will complete an investigative business project, which will determine whether you graduate with an MSc Human Resource Management or an MSc Human Resource Development
  • 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

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.

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.

Career opportunities include:

  • Business development and consultancy
  • Management
  • Recruitment
  • Personnel
  • Human resources
  • Training
  • 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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue or continue a career in HR

Applicants with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or Level 5 or candidates with appropriate work experience will also be considered

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

MSc

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
  • Full time: £10,200
International students:
  • Full time: £14,700

PgDip

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
  • Part-time: £3,400 per year (subject to annual increase)
International students:
  • Part-time: £4,900 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. 

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.

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

As a PgDip student you will study 120 credits over two years, part time, typically covering 4 units worth 15 credits each year, and have the option to complete a further 60 credits to achieve the Masters.  

Units currently being studied

Core units include:

  • Leadership Skill and Management
  • Resourcing, Learning and Talent Management
  • Managing Human Resource and Employment Relationships in Context
  • Research Skills for the HR Professional
  • The International HR Practioner

Core units include:

  • Leadership Skill and Management
  • Resourcing, Learning and Talent Management
  • Managing Human Resource and Employment Relationships in Context
  • The International HR Practioner 

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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 on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • case studies
  • group work

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • presentations
  • exams

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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