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Are you a HR or management professional? Hoping to build on your HR skills and broaden your career prospects? Southampton 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 choose a topic that draws on their current working environment, enabling them to put knowledge gained into practice in a ‘real-world’ scenario.

The course is ideal for those involved in the management of people at a senior and strategic level and is particularly suited to HR professionals, middle and senior managers, and trade union officials.

The academic team has extensive and wide-ranging industry experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors. Their unique experience informs teaching and learning throughout the course.

What does this course lead to?

Course tutors have extensive HR and industry experience, supporting students in translating knowledge into practical skills and real-life scenarios. Our students can choose from a range of dissertation topics best suited to their professional interests.

This course is designed to help graduates fast track their career by aiding with promotions and also preparing them for future senior positions in HR.

Who is this course for?

This master’s degree is aimed at HR professionals who wish to further their career and gain a higher-level academic qualification.

The course content is well-suited to those who are new to management or who are current managers looking to progress into senior management positions.


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

This master’s course will enhance your career prospects and broaden your opportunities in the HR field. The course has helped many of our graduates to progress to senior HR positions.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • HR
  • Management
  • Personnel
  • Trade union official

Our tutors have wide-ranging industry experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors, which informs teaching and learning throughout the course.

You will have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios from your workplace.

We invite former students to come in and talk about their study experience and research, which current students learn a lot from.

Visit the Personnel and Development (MA) page on the Solent University website for more details!






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