Taught course

Human Resource Management

University of Portsmouth · School of Organisations, Systems and People

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and seeking to pursue/continue an HR career. Applicants with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or Level 5 and/or candidates with appropriate work experience will also be considered.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content


Build on your UK business experience and prepare to pursue a career in the HR industry. Our highly practical course offers workplace placements and regular opportunities to engage with the business world as you apply your learning in industry.

This accredited course reflects current practice and HR thinking in the UK and Europe. During your degree you’ll study areas including leadership, learning and development, and employment relations, and explore topical issues such as toxic leadership structures and sustainable business practices.

You’ll build on your interpersonal, communication and persuasion skills as you prepare for a career in UK or European HRM. During our Professional Skills module you'll develop your professional and managerial skills, ready for your work placement. In addition to your placement with a local business, you'll be able to meet and network with other industry professionals while you study.

After you graduate you'll be eligible to apply for associate membership with CIPD, and upgrade to full chartered membership if you have the relevant work experience. This shows employers that you've trained to a professional standard and have the knowledge and experience to have an impact in the workplace.

Our course has been designed to align with CIPD professional standards and to prepare you for a rewarding career with valuable, innovative and up-to-date modules and topics. You'll learn from experienced industry professionals and receive a practical point of view as you discover the industry and continually put your learning into practice through assessments and practical placements.

This degree is a stepping stone into HRM from any degree background. You may have studied business, social science or technology in the past, and be looking to start your career in human resources. You do not need to work in human resource management to apply.

Course highlights

  • Gain workplace experience with optional industry placements
  • Learn from professionals with years of experience
  • Qualify for professional CIPD membership when you graduate
  • Attend talks from industry experts including speakers from CIPD
  • Build on your academic experience, whatever your subject
  • Study at a CIPD accredited centre
  • Prepare to start your career in the HR industry

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

This human resource management Master's will prepare you for your career in HRM. You'll graduate with professional workplace experience and a CIPD aligned degree, which means you'll be eligible to apply for associate membership with the CIPD. This shows employers you're ready to start your career in human resources and make an impact in the workplace.

This course is a way into the HRM industry, whether you have an existing business background or not.

You’ll build relationships with other professionals in the industry through placement opportunities and our existing relationships with companies including the local CIPD branch.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

023 9284 2991