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Human Resource Development (Top-up) MSc

University of Portsmouth Faculty of Business and Law

Full time & Part time June MSc 6 months full time, 1 year part time

About the course

Why take this course?

Once you have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (or equivalent), you can progress to this Master’s top-up course.

Through an intensive learning block and a self-chosen dissertation, you can become a highly competent HR practitioner with specialist skills to match your chosen career path.

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

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Take part in skills development workshops where you will contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
  • Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
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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.

Course Content

Where is University of Portsmouth


Student Profile(s)

Sue Thomas

213.jpg Sue Thomas studied part time for the Diploma in Personnel Management. She is a Human Resources Partner for IBM.

I gained much more from the course than the professional qualification alone. The breadth of HR knowledge I've acquired has played a significant part in obtaining my new role within the company.

I'd been working in Learning and Development and decided on further study to expand my overall knowledge of HR and to improve my career potential in more generalist HR roles.

Now I advise senior managers within IBM about best practice in a range of HR topics. I work with the leadership team to manage our staff effectively across the lifecycle of their career with IBM.

The Diploma has given me a sense of the wider context in which I do my job as an HR professional and a strategic view of the profession. I now have a really strong theoretical understanding and insight into different areas of HR.

Meeting other people on the course from diverse organisations was extremely useful. We spent time comparing different practices and the insights into how other places do things has improved my ability to think through the HR process in my own organisation.

I attended half a day a week at the University and we learned through a mixture of lectures, projects and group discussion. The quality of teaching was superb and the staff were absolutely excellent. Those students returning to formal education after several years' absence received lots of encouragement and support.

It's been hard work and you need to be very self motivated, but it's been a hugely valuable experience for me, not just for my career development but because it makes you think more deeply and analyse why you do what you do.

Beatrice Zulu

216.jpg Beatrice Zulu, completed her first degree and after spending several years working in Manchester, Beatrice decided to head south to study for an MSc in Human Resource Management.
I had been working for a number of years after my first degree and I didn’t want to spend a year away from industry. This course was ideal as I could combine my learning with a three-month work placement and Portsmouth is one of only ten UK institutions recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I was so pleased that I could combine doing a Master’s with becoming professionally qualified.
I completed my work placement in the learning, training and development department at Southern Focus Trust, a large charity organisation based in the city. The experience was fantastic and it has helped me to decide which area of human resource management I now want to specialise in.
When I arrived in Portsmouth I didn’t know a soul so I’m pleased that I have met so many people and made some great friends. Although it has been a challenging year, requiring a great deal of hard work, it has been really exciting.
I am originally from Zimbabwe and I hope to eventually return there but for now I am looking forward to getting into the world of work and thanks to this course I feel really prepared for it.


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