University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Human Resource Management

Commencing each September, this full-time MSc Human Resource Management provides the knowledge and skills to enable you to become an effective Human Resources (HR) professional and manager of people. It is an intensive vocationally-focused qualification for those who wish to become, or develop further, as a qualified professional working in human resource management. If you have a Diploma in Human Resource Management or equivalent, this Masters is available as a top-up course.

Course modules

You will study current HRM-related theories and issues, with an emphasis on their practical application. Topics covered include, Research Skills for the HR Professional, the International HR Practitioner and research methods and dissertation. Here are the units you will study: Leadership Skills and Management: This unit aims to provide you with the rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people development and management in order to become effective managers, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance. Resourcing, Learning and Talent Management: This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for effective people management, including the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal. You will also explore learning, teaching and development in the workplace. Managing Human Resources and Employment Relationships in Context: By studying this unit you will gain an understanding of HR strategy and the employment relationship. You will explore organisational contexts and how they apply to public, private and third sector organisations. Research Skills for the HR Professional: This unit aims to provide human resource (HR) professionals with knowledge and skills in research. The unit content with equip you to explore and critically evaluate academic and practitioner sources of knowledge. The International HR Practitioner: This unit aims to encourage the development of a critical understanding of HR theory and practice from an international perspective through evaluating leading edge research and practice. The work placement is a key element related to some of the units studied. Our Placements Office will support you in maintaining and developing business contacts, advise you of vacancies and help you prepare for interviews and other selection methods. Research Methods and Investigative Business Project: For the investigative business project, you will be allocated a supervisor who will support you to plan, research and write a 15,000-word proposal and dissertation. Your dissertation subject choice will determine whether the final award is MSc Human Resource Management or MSc Human Resource Development.

Assessment methods

A combination of teaching methods is adopted, including lectures, case studies and group work. You will be expected to read in preparation and to make an active contribution to class discussions. The teaching team include staff actively engaged in Human Resource Management/Human Resource Development research and those with practitioner experience. Assessment methods vary according to the unit content and include coursework, presentations and examination


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 14,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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