MA Human Resource Management

Enhance your career and gain CIPD membership with this master's course.

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2015 entry


In today's complex working environment, HR managers and professionals must tackle a whole host of employment issues.

On this CIPD-accredited course, you’ll gain the practical experience and theoretical knowledge to meet these challenges and advance your career.

Specifically, you will:

  • develop your professional skills in people management and development
  • study core professional subject areas in depth
  • study in an intellectually challenging and flexible learning environment.

You’ll develop your skills in independent learning, critical evaluation and debate, and explore a subject in depth through the dissertation.

If you wish to gain CIPD membership, you must complete a management research report – facilitated by a work placement or live brief (involving a real industry project).

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Malgorzata Furyk
"I've had the time of my life at Southampton Solent University."
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  • 1 Year Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

An honours degree, at 2:2 or above

Core units

Learning and Development: You will explore how people development can contribute to the enhanced performance of individuals, teams and organisations. The unit looks at the strategic and operational integration of development into the organisation, focusing on the wider national context and the notion of talent.

Human Resource Management in Context: This unit helps you to broaden your understanding of the internal and external factors that affect organisations, including the constantly evolving managerial and business context in which managers, HR professionals and employees interact.

Leading, Managing and Developing People: You will critically assess how people are managed and developed in contemporary organisations. You will also study major research evidence on effective approaches to HR, and learning and development practice.

Professional Development 1 – Developing Skills for Business Leadership: You will develop a stronger awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague. The unit focuses on developing and improving key skills for successful management practice and effective leadership. This includes thinking and decision-making skills, managing financial information and budgets, teamwork and interpersonal skills, and developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

Resourcing and Talent Management: This unit looks at the role of resourcing and talent management in supporting strategic objectives in national and international contexts. You’ll also examine the various approaches to resourcing in organisations through recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal processes.

Managing Employment Relations: This unit gives human resource management (HRM) professionals an understanding of employment relations, both nationally and internationally, from theoretical and behavioural competency perspectives.

Professional Development 2 – Investigating a Business Issue: Through a work placement, you will have the opportunity to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective. You will collect and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for change or enhancements to current practice.

Option units, for example:

Leadership and Management Development: This unit focuses on the development of leadership and management, and their role in facilitating change and growth in individuals, teams and organisations.

Employment Law: You will learn the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law. You will explore their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and risks associated with losing them. You will focus on situations that occur relatively regularly in the workplace, rather than more obscure legal scenarios or the advanced study of legislation/case law.

Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring: You will critically analyse how the use of coaching and mentoring can facilitate enhanced performance for individuals within organisations.

Applications for exemptions from any course unit, except the dissertation, will be considered. No more than 60 credits can be exempted.

(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course is taught through a mix of group work, individual study, case studies, lectures and seminars. Students are supported in their research by an individual supervisor and mentor.

Work experience
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a six-week work placement. During this placement, you’ll work on live projects for companies and produce a research project for your CIPD accreditation.

Past students have completed placements and projects with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the NHS, Sainsbury’s, the University of Winchester and many other organisations.

Assessment methods vary across units and include written assignments, skills and exams.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.


Meet the Team

Teaching staff have significant industry experience, many of whom combine lecturing and senior roles in Human Resource. Research interests are diverse and include coaching and mentoring, ageing in the workplace and the impact of culture upon learning.


  • 1 Year Standard entry
  • You’ll gain a master’s qualification and membership of the CIPD; this new associate-level membership is highly regarded by employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a six-week work placement.
  • You’ll benefit from challenging academic study, work experience and professional accreditation, which will significantly enhance your career prospects in the HR field.



Our graduates are well placed for general roles in HRM/personnel, or specialist positions in HR development, managing diversity, people resourcing, and learning and development.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Specialist or generalist human resources with learning and development functions
  • Management consultancy
  • Line management positions

Links with industry

Industry professionals helped to design the course and several organisations support and mentor the work placement and live brief. Our students therefore develop broad work-based knowledge and experience, giving them clear advantages in the workplace.

The Solent Human Resource Network for professional HRM practitioners is run by the course leader. The group, which meets quarterly, welcomes many guest speakers from industry. You will be invited to these events, which provide excellent professional development and networking opportunities.

Transferable skills

You will gain a range of skills encompassing communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork (particularly cross-cultural), training, networking, coaching and mentoring.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Past students have pursued careers in a variety of organisations, such as IBM, Red Funnel Ferries, the National Air Traffic Service and Exxon Mobil.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher; equivalent qualifications/professional management experience will be considered.
  • Previous work experience is not required if you meet the entry requirements; students are selected on the basis of their outlook, potential and willingness to contribute to the course.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 (6.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT 92 (22 in writing) - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme and an international foundation programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £4,500 per year

International full-time fees: £10,930 per year

Discounts for international students

If you successfully complete our five- or ten-week pre-sessional English programme and then enrol on this course full-time, you will receive the following fee discounts depending on your fee status:

Overseas: £1,000
EU: £500

How to apply


Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. 

If you would like to apply for admission as a postgraduate student please make sure you have carefully read the general application guidance notes that are available with the form.

You should then fully complete the postgraduate application form and return it to the faculty office that runs the course.

This course is run by the Faculty of Business, Sport & Enterprise (FBSE)

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.



  • 1 Year Standard entry



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