Human Resource Management, M.Sc. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Build on your UK business experience and prepare to pursue a career in the HR industry. This highly practical Human Resource Management course from the University of Portsmouth offers workplace placements and regular opportunities to engage with the business world as you apply your learning in industry.

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Build on your UK business experience and prepare to pursue a career in the HR industry. Our highly practical course offers workplace placements and regular opportunities to engage with the business world as you apply your learning in industry.

This accredited course reflects current practice and HR thinking in the UK and Europe. During your degree you’ll study areas including leadership, learning and development, and employment relations, and explore topical issues such as toxic leadership structures and sustainable business practices. 

You’ll build on your interpersonal, communication and persuasion skills as you prepare for a career in UK or European HRM. During our Professional Skills module you'll develop your professional and managerial skills, ready for your work placement. In addition to your placement with a local business, you'll be able to meet and network with other industry professionals while you study. 

After you graduate you'll be eligible to apply for associate membership with CIPD, and upgrade to full chartered membership if you have the relevant work experience. This shows employers that you've trained to a professional standard and have the knowledge and experience to have an impact in the workplace.

Our course has been designed to align with CIPD professional standards and to prepare you for a rewarding career with valuable, innovative and up-to-date modules and topics. You'll learn from experienced industry professionals and receive a practical point of view as you discover the industry and continually put your learning into practice through assessments and practical placements. 

This degree is a stepping stone into HRM from any degree background. You may have studied business, social science or technology in the past, and be looking to start your career in human resources. You do not need to work in human resource management to apply. 

Course highlights

  • Gain workplace experience with optional industry placements
  • Learn from professionals with years of experience   
  • Qualify for professional CIPD membership when you graduate   
  • Attend talks from industry experts including speakers from CIPD 
  • Build on your academic experience, whatever your subject
  • Study at a CIPD accredited centre
  • Prepare to start your career in the HR industry

Careers and opportunitiesCareers this Master's prepares you for

This human resource management Master's will prepare you for your career in HRM. You'll graduate with professional workplace experience and a CIPD aligned degree, which means you'll be eligible to apply for associate membership with the CIPD. This shows employers you're ready to start your career in human resources and make an impact in the workplace. 

This course is a way into the HRM industry, whether you have an existing business background or not.

You’ll build relationships with other professionals in the industry through placement opportunities and our existing relationships with companies including the local CIPD branch. 

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • HR business partners
  • Learning and development specialists
  • Pay and benefits specialists
  • Recruitment consultancy members
  • HR consultants
  • General management and HR roles

Programme Structure

Course structure

You will study this course full time on campus. You’ll study 4 modules in teaching block 1, and another 4 modules plus your dissertation in teaching block 2. 

You can expect:

  • classes on 3 days per week
  • to attend campus on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings during term time
  • to attend some evening events and classes
  • no scheduled classes on Tuesdays, so you can complete work placements
  • weekly optional drop-in sessions with your tutor

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • classroom teaching 
  • seminars 

Each module also has a scheduled online session where you can drop in and ask your lecturers specific questions about your learning. 

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General requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue/continue an HR career. Applicants with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or Level 5 and/or candidates with appropriate work experience will also be considered. Applicants are subject to interview.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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