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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.

This course has closed for 2021 entry. Why not take a look at our other courses?

In today's workplace, HR professionals must tackle many different employment issues. 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. 

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. 

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Students study a range of topics including learning and development, business and management contexts, leadership, talent management, recruitment and conflict management.

What does this course lead to?

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

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

Who is this course for?

This CIPD-accredited course is well-suited to graduates with a related degree, or those with professional HR management experience.

The course content is ideally suited to HR professionals who are looking to increase their knowledge of developing people within their organisation, and improve their own management skills.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,700
International full-time fees: £14,300

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:
CIPD professional body accreditation - find latest costs here.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

This course has closed for 2021 entry. Why not take a look at our other courses?

  • 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.
  • If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

This course has closed for 2021 entry. Why not take a look at our other courses?

Alumni discount

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 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 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

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules:
  • Research Methods and Dissertation
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically reflect upon alternative theoretical and practical approaches to research and to design and implement a HRM research project.
  • Human Resource Management in Context
    You will learn to critically understand, analyse and respond to internal/external environmental contexts of organisations, from managerial and business plans and approaches to external turbulence, change and uncertainty.
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically assess how people are managed and developed within contemporary organisations.
  • Professional Development 1 – Developing Skills for Business Leadership
    The overall aim of this module is to enable students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues.
  • Professional Development 2 – Investigating a Business Issue
    The key elements describing competence are strategic awareness, a business orientation and a concern with adding value through human resource (HR) practice.

Option modules, for example:

  • Learning and Development
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically analyse how the development of people can contribute to the enhanced performance of individuals, teams and organisations.
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically analyse the role of Resourcing and Talent Management in supporting strategic objectives in national and international contexts.
  • Managing Employment Relations
    The aim of this module is to provide personnel and development professionals with an understanding of employment relations perspectives and debates, both national and international, from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective.
  • Employment Law
    This module will provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law.
  • Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically analyse how the use of coaching and mentoring can facilitate enhanced performance for individuals within organisations.  
  • Employee Engagement
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically analyse how the use of coaching and mentoring can facilitate enhanced performance for individuals within organisations.  
  • Organisation Design and Organisation Development
    This module introduces participants to theories of the nature of structure, culture and change, ways of understanding organisation design and the management and implementation of change to maximise its effectiveness.  
  • Performance Management
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically analyse the role of Performance Management in supporting strategic objectives and how the leadership and direction contributes to high performance work organisations.  
  • Reward Management
    This module will examine total rewards in an organisational and international context and provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of environments in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals.
  • Leadership and Management Development
    The focus of this module is on the development of leadership and management and its role in facilitating change and growth in individuals, teams, and organisations.

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

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students will pick optional modules, tailoring the degree programme to their own unique career ambitions.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates of this course include:
  • Specialist or generalist human resources with learning and development functions
  • Management consultancy
  • Line management positions
  • I’ve had the time of my life at Solent University. Studying at an English university has boosted my language skills and confidence. The University is a culturally diverse institution and I have made many new friends. Human resources is an area with many prospects. Through the master’s course, I gained the CIPD qualification and completed six weeks’ work experience. It was such a bonus gaining a flavour of the professional HR environment.

    Malgorzata Furyk, student

Industry links

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.


Human resource management at Solent is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 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. 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.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day