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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.

- Human resource management at Solent is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
- Students study a range of topics including learning and development, business and management contexts, leadership, talent management, recruitment and conflict management.
- Students work towards associate level membership of the CIPD alongside Southampton Solent’s postgraduate HR curriculum.
- The course is delivered by tutors with a wide range of first-hand industry expertise.
- 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.
- Students will also pick optional units, tailoring the degree programme to their own unique career ambitions.
- Solent’s on-campus facilities include a 24 hour library, comfortable group work spaces and a range of high-end IT equipment.

The industry -

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. HR professionals help to facilitate this growth - bringing top talent into an organisation and enabling existing staff to develop new skills.

The programme -

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. For full details of each individual unit, please visit the ‘course content’ tab.

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.

Course Content

Teaching, learning and assessment -

This course is taught through a mix of group work, individual study, case studies, lectures and seminars. Students are supported in their research by an individual supervisor and mentor.

Work experience -

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a six-week work placement. 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.

Assessment -

Assessment methods vary across units and include written assignments, skills and exams.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

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

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

Links with industry -

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.

Transferable skills -

You will gain a range of skills encompassing communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork (particularly cross-cultural), training, networking, coaching and mentoring.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

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

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635 per year

International full-time fees: £11,260 per year

Other costs -

Professional body accreditation CIPD - £130 (2014/15 price)

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think a career in human resources might be for you? With close industry links, an experienced teaching team and ample opportunities to earn valuable work experience, Southampton Solent University’s MA Human Resource Management programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

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





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