Taught course

Human Resource Development (Top-Up)

University of Portsmouth · School of Organisations, Systems and People
MSc top-up

Entry requirements

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 RPL route.

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

Months of entry


Course content


You're a passionate and qualified Human Resource (HR) practitioner looking to progress your career. You've already successfully achieved the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Advanced Level 7 qualification and you're looking to progress your HR training to Master's level. This MSc Human Resource Development Top-up will help take you there, boosting your skills and employability.

Human Resource Development (HRD) is a more specialised field, with a specific focus on the learning and development of people within organisations. HRD activities include training, coaching, mentoring, well-being, management development, technology-enhanced learning strategies and many more.

You'll enhance your HR knowledge and skills through a 3-day intensive research methods workshop at the University, before completing a dissertation proposal and dissertation on a related subject of your choosing. As you progress through your studies, you'll get support from your dissertation supervisor through online tutorials.

You'll graduate as a highly competent HR practitioner, with the specialist skills needed to achieve success in your chosen career path. Depending on your choice of dissertation, you'll be awarded with either an MSc Human Resource Management (HRM), or an MSc Human Resource Development (HRD) qualification.

The University of Portsmouth is an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR specialists and the world's largest Chartered HR professional organisation.

Course highlights

  • Jump into a 3-day intensive research skills development workshop, where you'll develop the skills needed to complete your dissertation
  • Focus on a specialist topic which has real meaning for you, and get help and support in progressing your dissertation proposal from your dedicated supervisor
  • Work through pre-course reading and proposal development activities, further deepening your knowledge of the field
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Support starting your own business
Careers and opportunities

HR practitioners are integral to any business or organisation and professionals in this field are in demand across all sectors of industry.

As a graduate of this MSc Human Resource Development (Top-up) degree course, you'll have successfully boosted your HR training to Master's level, increasing your skills and employability in a more specialised field, with a specific focus on the learning and development of people within organisations.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc top-up
    part time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Team
023 9284 2991