University of Portsmouth: Human Resource Development (Top-up)

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Business and Law
Telephone 023 9284 2991
Study type Taught


Overview If you're a Human Resource (HR) practitioner looking to progress your career – and you've already successfully achieved the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Advanced Level 7 qualification – this MSc Human Resource Management Top-up will take your HR training to master's level, increasing your skills and employability.

You'll hone you HR knowledge and abilities through a 3 day intensive learning block, before completing a dissertation proposal and dissertation on a related subject of your choosing. You'll get support from a supervisor during your studies too – via Skype, telephone calls and face-to-face meetings where possible.

You'll graduate as a highly competent HR practitioner, with the specialist skills to match 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).

You can find out more about this course, our facilities and our generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings, where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

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

What you'll experience On this course you'll:

  • Take part in a research skills development workshop, where you will develop the skills necessary to complete the dissertation

  • 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

Careers and opportunities To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Human Resource Development (Top-up) degree? Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development and consultancy

  • management

  • recruitment

  • personnel

  • human resources

  • training

Other graduates have set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


University of Portsmouth

It’s time to dive deeper into what you love, become a real expert and figure out how to make your mark.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

Why Portsmouth?

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2021
  • Outstanding Gold-rated teaching for our students (TEF)
  • Dedicated Graduate School supporting all research students
  • 84% satisfaction with course quality (PTES Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2020
  • Master’s Scholarships available for high achievers

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