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Would you like to learn the intricacies of managing staff? Could you help businesses to get the most from their employees? This fully accredited master’s programme will help you to learn the essential practical skills required to succeed as a modern HR professional.

  • Human resource management at Solent is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • Students study a range of topics including learning and development, business and management contexts, leadership, talent management, recruitment and conflict management.
  • Students work towards associate level membership of the CIPD alongside Southampton Solent’s postgraduate HR curriculum.
  • The course is delivered by tutors with a wide range of first-hand industry expertise.
  • Those who are seeking CIPD membership will undertake a six week long work placement. Course tutors and the student employability service can help students to find these placements.
  • Students will also pick optional units, tailoring the degree programme to their own unique career ambitions.
  • Solent’s on-campus facilities include a 24 hour library, comfortable group work spaces and a range of high-end IT equipment.

The industry

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. HR professionals help to facilitate this growth - bringing top talent into an organisation and enabling existing staff to develop new skills.

The programme

In today's workplace, HR professionals must tackle many different employment issues. Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate human resource management programme offers students an in-depth understanding of HR management functions and the business contexts that underpin them.

Students will find out how professional development can contribute to enhanced performance within an organisation; how internal and external factors can affect success, and how people are managed within contemporary businesses. For full details of each individual unit, please visit the ‘course content’ tab.

Membership into the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is built into the course. To earn this membership, students will need to complete a six week work experience project and write a management research report. The human resource management teaching team can help students to secure these placements throughout the year.

Students also graduate with a range of transferable skills. These include communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork, training, networking, coaching and mentoring. 

Next steps

Think a career in human resources might be for you? With close industry links, an experienced teaching team and ample opportunities to earn valuable work experience, Southampton Solent University’s MA Human Resource Management programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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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.

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.

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

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


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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 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
  • 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 Language Course 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 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635 per year

International full-time fees: £11,260 per year

Other costs

Optional: CIPD professional body accreditation - £130 

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

How to apply


Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

To apply please click the link below and complete the online application form.

Apply for MA Human Resource Management

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:
• First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
• 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more. 

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.



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