Taught course

Personnel and Development

Southampton Solent University · School of Business, Law and Communications

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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.

A flexible study approach allows students to study around their job, with six classroom-based sessions held on Saturdays.

Information for international students

IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking. TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students.

Fees and funding

UK students
£6750 full-time/£3375 part-time
International students
£11500 full-time/for part-time fees please contact us for more information.

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries team
023 8201 3039