Once you have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (or equivalent), you can progress to this Master’s top-up course.
Through an intensive learning block and a self-chosen dissertation, you can become a highly competent HR practitioner with specialist skills to match your chosen career path.
On this course you can:
We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Following the PgDip which provides the generalist grounding needed to operate as an HR professional; this course equips you to operate effectively at a strategic HR level.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
As a human resources professional it is important to be affiliated to the CIPD to really get ahead, and I knew this Master’s would make me more employable in the long-term.
Kathryn Oliver, human resource management student
You will attend a three-day induction and research methods workshop in June. There will be some pre-workshop materials to read and activities to prepare before the workshop, to help you develop your research ideas. After this, you will work on your 500-word dissertation proposal for submission soon after the workshop.
Following completion of your research proposal you will receive feedback, and you will be allocated a supervisor who will help you plan and research a 12,000-word dissertation, for submission in November (for full-time students) or the following May (for part-time students). Your supervisor will support you through email, Skype, telephone conversations, and where practicable, face-to-face meetings.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
You will be taught in an intensive four-day teaching block in May.
You will be allocated a supervisor who will help you plan and research your dissertation. Your dissertation subject choice will determine whether the final award is MSc Human Resource Development or MSc Human Resource Management.
You will be supported by your supervisor through email, Skype, telephone conversations and where possible, face-to-face meetings.
After the four-day teaching block in May, you will then work on your 2,000 word dissertation proposal for submission in late June and this represents 10 per cent of the total mark.
The 13,000 word dissertation represents 90 per cent of the total mark with submission in September for full-time students and in April for part-time students.
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Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside work life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.
The ASK unit will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to refresh yourself on university study ensuring you perform to your full potential.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
On this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of HR strategy and practice, as well as participate in several skills development workshops. Student-centred learning activities relating to both human resource and managerial related activities form the basis for the units, enabling you to enhance your people management and HR specific skills. Reflections upon personal competence and competence development further equip you with the ability to make an active contribution to business performance.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are taking place between February and April. Lecturers and support staff will be available to discuss your options. You'll also find out more about your chosen course and subjects that interest you.
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