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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time (Part-time option available)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    06 December 2017

Course content

Would you like to learn the intricacies of managing staff? Could you help businesses to get the most from their employees? This fully accredited master’s programme will help you to learn the essential practical skills required to succeed as a modern HR professional.

In today's workplace, HR professionals must tackle many different employment issues. Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate human resource management programme offers students an in-depth understanding of HR management functions and the business contexts that underpin them.

Students will find out how professional development can contribute to enhanced performance within an organisation; how internal and external factors can affect success, and how people are managed within contemporary businesses. 

Membership into the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is built into the course. To earn this membership, students will need to complete a six week work experience project and write a management research report. The human resource management teaching team can help students to secure these placements throughout the year.

Students also graduate with a range of transferable skills. These include communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork, training, networking, coaching and mentoring. 

What does this course lead to?

Our students are well placed for general roles in HRM/personnel, or specialist positions in HR development, managing diversity, people resourcing, and learning and development. 

Past students have pursued careers in a variety of organisations, such as IBM, Red Funnel Ferries, the National Air Traffic Service and Exxon Mobil.

Who is this course for?

This CIPD-accredited course is well-suited to graduates with a related degree, or those with professional HR management experience.

The course content is ideally suited to HR professionals who are looking to increase their knowledge of developing people within their organisation, and improve their own management skills.

What you will study

Year one


  • Research Methods and Dissertation
  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Professional Development 1 – Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Professional Development 2 – Investigating a Business Issue

Option units, for example:

  • Learning and Development
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Managing Employment Relations
  • Employment Law
  • Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring
  • Employee Engagement
  • Organisation Design and Organisation Development
  • Performance Management
  • Reward Management

Applications for exemptions from any course unit, except the dissertation, will be considered. No more than 60 credits can be exempted.

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates of this course include:

  • Specialist or generalist human resources with learning and development functions
  • Management consultancy
  • Line management positions

Industry professionals helped to design the course and several organisations support and mentor the work placement and live brief. Our students therefore develop broad work-based knowledge and experience, giving them clear advantages in the workplace.

The Solent Human Resource Network for professional HRM practitioners is run by the course leader. The group, which meets quarterly, welcomes many guest speakers from industry. You will be invited to these events, which provide excellent professional development and networking opportunities.


Human resource management at Solent is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Those who are seeking CIPD membership will undertake a six week long work placement. Course tutors and the student employability service can help students to find these placements. During this placement, you’ll work on live projects for companies and produce a research project for your CIPD accreditation.

Past students have completed placements and projects with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the NHS, Sainsbury’s, the University of Winchester and many other organisations.

Visit the Human Resource Management (MA) page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!





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