M.Sc. Human Resource Development (Top-up)

University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Once you have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (or equivalent), you can progress to this Masterís top-up course. Through intensive learning blocks and a self-chosen dissertation, you can become a highly competent HR practitioner with specialist skills to match your chosen career path.

Description of Human Resource Development (Top-up)


On this course you can:

  • Take part in skills development workshops where you will contribute to managerial and HR-based activities
  • Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
  • Tap in to our Libraryís vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
What opportunities might it lead to?

We are an Accredited 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:

  • business development and consultancy
  • management
  • recruitment
  • personnel
  • human resources
  • training

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee

More fee information can be found at www.port.ac.uk/tuitionfees

Not specified
Start date May  2016
Duration full-time 6 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 12 months

Course Content

Depending on your mode of study, you will be taught in an intensive four-day teaching block in May, plus two days in June (for full-time students) or September (for part-time students).
You will also be allocated a supervisor who will help you plan, research and write a 15,000-word dissertation. Your dissertation subject choice will determine whether the final award is MSc Human Resource Development or MSc Human Resource Management.

The aim of the dissertation is to enable you to undertake an ordered and critical investigation of a strategic Human Resource Management or Development issue which will demonstrate your ability to work independently at Masters level, both in preparing and presenting your dissertation. It will therefore be indicative of your research potential and will demonstrate an ability to extend the existing body of HRM or HRD knowledge.

Teaching and Assessment

We combine a variety of teaching methods and our learning approach is active, participative, reflective and student-centred. You will be encouraged to develop a strategic awareness and appreciate the role of the HR professional as a business partner.

How are you assessed?

Assessment differs from unit to unit, but all consist of varying forms of coursework alongside a time-constrained assessment. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Human Resource Development (Top-up)

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Advanced Level 7 Qualification either through the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or Personnel Management or the level 7 qualification at a CIPD accredited centre. If a Pg Diploma was gained more than 5 years previously, Chartered Fellows and Chartered Members of the CIPD may be eligible to apply through a specific AP(E)L route.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Work Experience for Human Resource Development (Top-up)

No work experience is required.

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