Taught course

Human Resource Management

University of Portsmouth · Department of Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue / continue a HR career. Applicants with appropriate work experience and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or 5 qualifications will be considered. Applicants may be subject to interview.

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

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

This is a vocationally focused part-time course designed for the needs of HR practitioners who want to consolidate their skills and knowledge whilst building on their previous qualifications and experience.

It will provide you with the generalist grounding for the HR profession. However, you can choose to upgrade your qualification via our Master's degree which equips you to operate effectively at a strategic HR level.

The course is also offered as a collaborative programme through Chichester College.

What will I experience?

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 Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of the PgDip HRM, you will have gained all the knowledge indicators required for the CIPD postgraduate Level 7 Professional Map. You are then eligible to seek Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

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

Module Details

We understand that in most cases, you will be trying to juggle full-time work alongside study. Therefore we aim for teaching to be delivered in the most convenient way possible with classes taking place in the afternoons and evenings.

From September 2017, this course will be offered on a Wednesday for Year 1 students and a Thursday for Year 2 students.

Here are the units you will study over the two-year period:

  • Leadership Skills and Management: 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.
  • Managing Human Resources and Employment Relationships in Context: By studying this unit you will gain an understanding of the employment relationship, and how it applies to public, private and third sector organisations.
  • The Human Resource Practitioner and the Global Perspective: This unit aims to encourage the development of a critical understanding of HR theory and practice from a global perspective through evaluating leading edge research and practice.

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.

Programme 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.

Assessment differs from unit to unit, but all consist of varying forms of coursework alongside exam-based assessment. Here’s how we assess you:

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations
  • A 7,000-word report

Student Destinations

Every well-known organisation you can think of has HR specialists. Whether it is a large commercial business, regional company or the public sector, HR professionals may be found in a variety of roles. It is not just about the day-to-day business of recruiting, training and managing good employees. A career in HR is increasingly focused on long-term business success.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you can then progress to the Master’s top-up which comprises a six day block study workshop followed by a dissertation. The choice of dissertation topic will determine whether a student will be considered for the award of MSc Human Resource Management or MSc Human Resource Development.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • benefits analyst
  • human resource officer
  • human resource systems manager
  • personnel adviser
  • recruitment consultant
  • training and development coordinator

Fees and funding

UK students
Part time: £3,070 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Part time: £4,670 p/a* *Tuition fee si subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

This course is accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 2991