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Part time September MA 3 years part-time/distance learning

About the course

Are you a HR or management professional? Hoping to build on your HR skills and broaden your career prospects? Solent’s flexible personnel and development master’s degree provides the ideal route to advance your management career, expanding both your decision making skills and your core personnel and development competencies.

This higher-level course aims to help students develop the skills required to be an effective manager of people in changing employment conditions. Students will have the opportunity to explore a specific personnel issue in depth and develop both operationally and strategically. Through six weekend tuition sessions and online study, students are able to apply their studies to their current employment.

Students are guided as they write a dissertation and are encouraged to

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Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher; equivalent qualifications/professional management experience will be considered

A Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel and Development (or equivalent) and a good overall level of performance in all diploma-level units permits entry into the final year of the MA. An appropriate range and level of organisational experience is also desirable.

As a part-time course, overseas students requiring a student visa are not eligible to apply.

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University.


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Student Profile(s)

James Morris, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

I really enjoyed being able to study one subject in depth. My dissertation focused on performance-related reward and recognition, and my current job involves managing the rewards strategy for the organisation. This course has certainly helped me to secure my current job.


David Evans, HR manager

The quality of the teaching is exceptional and the support offered by the tutors makes the entire process straightforward. I was recently invited to join another organisation in a more senior position and I attribute this to the learning I have gone through.


Karen Bateman, Assoc CIPD D Young & Co LLP

I found the course very enjoyable and stimulating. The flexible structure really fitted well around my home life and the constant support and guidance ensured that I kept on track. I can honestly say that I found the whole experience rewarding and it has developed me both professionally and as a person.


Emma Sims, Global Recruitment Process and Policy Leader for IBM

The emphasis on flexible study appealed. I could accommodate the course with a full-time job and hectic travel schedule while still receiving immense support and encouragement from my tutor.


David Thomas, HR manager for a major retailer

The course was stimulating, stretching and challenging. I loved it! Like most things in life, you only get out what you put in. Commit yourself and give it all you can. It will be worth it.


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