PgDip / MSc Human Resource Management

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time


Learn from seasoned professionals

The next Human Resources Management and CIPD course information evening can be found via What’s On.

This part time (evening) programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and aims to develop HRM practitioners in leadership and people management. The programme is taught by seasoned professionals with a broad HR background in academia and business.

Why Human Resources Management at LSBU?

Frequent guest lectures to stimulate and enhance your learning.
Focus on the application of theory to real-life scenarios.
MSc and PgDip courses are CIPD approved. Become a fully qualified Level 7, associate member of the CIPD.
Study with other HR professionals, great for networking possibilities.
Flexible study options: two evenings per week or one evening combined with one afternoon.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
MSc Part-time
32 months
Start Date
January; September
Southwark Campus
PgDip Part-time
24 months
Start Date
January; September
Southwark Campus


You can study the Postgraduate Diploma (2 years), designed for busy professionals working in personnel/human resource management and the allied professions, seeking development but who may not have the time to commit to a full masters degree. The Masters course (3 years) has all of the benefits of the PgDip, plus a research methods and dissertation module.

The taught modules are assessed by a mixture of individual assignments, group presentations and exams.

Year 1 (Core modules)

  • Power and constraint: The Strategic Context (CIPD: The Strategic Context)
    The aim of this module is to expose students to the political, economic and social environments in which organisations operate and must respond strategically.  Taking a broad perspective, students will need to engage in debates about the economy, the effectiveness of public policy, technological and demographic change and analyse how these impact upon organisations.
  • Leadership and HR strategy (CIPD: Leading, Managing and Developing People) This module seeks to familiarise learners with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes is covered, as is research that highlights major contemporary changes and developments in practice. The unit also introduces learners to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management and requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint providing opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
  • Leadership and management skills (CIPD: Developing Skills for Business Leadership) This module is primarily concerned with the development of skills rather than professional knowledge.   Successful HR professionals have different approaches to their work, sharing a range of diverse personality traits, attributes and beliefs. These underpin skills proficiency, but cannot in themselves be described as 'skills'. Yet often they are central determinants of an individual manager's effectiveness and are developed consciously over time. A key purpose of this unit is thus to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues.
  • Resourcing and talent management (CIPD: Resourcing and Talent Management) This module aims to examine strategic, integrated and systematic approaches to meeting an organisation’s needs for human resources, with consideration to labour market forces, job design, employment legislation, recruitment systems, performance management techniques, employee dismissal and the theoretical concepts and practices that affect these processes. (includes two and a half day residential weekend  in Spring semester).

Year 2 (2 cores and 2 electives)

  • Research methods for HR (Core) The Research Methods module prepares participants to effectively conduct the research required for their dissertation or management research report. It equips students with the skills and knowledge to define an appropriate research project, select a ‘fit for purpose’ research design and methodological approach, examine and investigate a key research topic, present findings and produce appropriate recommendations.(The module is taught via a mixture of afternoon or evening sessions, a Saturday workshop, and a two and a half day residential in October/November).
  • Managing the employment relationship (Core) This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the framework, nature and context of UK employee relations. The module includes discussion of employee engagement, employee voice, conflict handling, mediation and trade union representation.

Plus 2 options (subject to minimum numbers; at least one elective be taken from Group A)

Electives A:

  • Managing reward (CIPD: Reward Management In this module we examine the concept of ‘Total Reward Management’ in an organisational and international context. The modules aims to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of ways in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals.
  • Employment law (CIPD: Employment Law) This module gives students a specialist understanding of the application of UK employment law and the main legal principles and practices relevant to employment.  It is intended to give postgraduate students, generally managers, usually, but not exclusively working within employee relations, HRM or personnel across a range of employment organisations within the public, private and not for profit sectors, the necessary skills, knowledge and critical judgement to discuss and advise on a range of current employment law issues, procedures and situations.

Electives B:

  • Leading and managing change (non-CIPD Module) This unit is focused on organizational change and the transitions that organizational change processes entail.  The unit and unit assessment require students to draw on prior experience of leading, managing, implementing, or consulting to change processes in organizations, or on their own investigation of organizational transitions.
  • Managing coaching and mentoring (CIPD: Managing Coaching and Mentoring Coaching and mentoring are regarded as increasingly important methods of intervention to develop individuals at work, manage change and to support and enhance organisational culture.   There is a growing body of knowledge around coaching and mentoring that gives it a distinctive place in the range of learning and development initiatives.  The module provides a critical appreciation of Coaching and Mentoring as well as enabling continuing professional development in relation to skills development.
  • Leadership and management development (CIPD: Leadership and Management Development) The focus of this module is on the development of leadership and management in facilitating organisational, team and individual change and growth. This module encompasses the development of leadership and management at all levels ranging from first line to senior managers and draws on the established body of knowledge and theory in both leadership and management and learning and development, in addition to the growing body of specialist knowledge in leadership and management development.

Year 3

  • Dissertation (20,000 words) (Only MSc) Students undertaking the Masters programme will then go onto complete a 20000 word (maximum) dissertation. By comparison students undertaking the Post Graduate Diploma complete an 8000 word management report. Work on these will have commenced during the Research Methods module. The dissertation involves the identification and refinement of an HR problem, undertaking an in-depth literature review, the collection of primary data, and the analysis and evaluation of this data so as to produce a set of implementable and/or secondary recommendations.


The programme is designed for professionals or line managers who are working in the field of Human Resource Management or Development. Students who have successfully completed the course have found it has enabled them to take on additional responsibilities and/or move onto more senior positions within HR and Management.

Both the PgDip and the MSc are approved by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and meet the CIPD Advanced Standards. This means on successful completion of the  Postgraduate Diploma or MSc you will become a fully qualified Level 7, associate member of the CIPD. In addition both programmes provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development logo
The programme is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).This means on successful completion of the  Postgraduate Diploma or MSc  you'll become an Associate member of the CIPD. In addition the programme provides you with the knowledge to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow levels of professional membership, providing you meet the respective criteria as set by the CIPD.
IoEE Centre of Excellence logo
Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.

Teaching and learning

In addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials, teaching methods include student presentations, group working, role playing exercises and computer-assisted learning packages. We'll help you establish a career in your chosen subject area by supporting you with a personal tutor and a student mentor.

Personal Tutoring

As a postgraduate student in the Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.

Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions, designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your postgraduate degree programme.

In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.

Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".


Entry requirements

One of the features of the course is the diversity of the student cohort. You may be working in any sector (private, public or not-for-profit) or industry (government, finance, consultancy, private industry, high-tech, retail, hospitality) and organisations of any size (from SME’s to multi-national companies). We welcome students from a variety of background and academic disciplines. Entry requirements include an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in any subject.

It is anticipated that you will have two year’s work experience, mostly likely within a HR or people management field. We will also consider applicants who are working in a management role outside of HR.

If you lack the required academic qualifications but meet the work experience requirements above, you are also eligible to apply. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a written assessment based on a work-related HR issue and to be assessed by the course admissions team.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
MSc Part-time
32 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
Application method
PgDip Part-time
24 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).


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Prepare to start

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Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


Year 1 PT Southwark JAN (MSc)

The fee shown is for 2019/20 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2020/21 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £3045International fee: £4593.33
AOS/LSBU code: 3918Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for 2019/20 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2020/21 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £3045International fee: £4593.33
AOS/LSBU code: 4178Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7612.5
International £11483.33

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT (MSc)

The fee shown is for entry 2020/21
UK/EU fee: £3196.67International fee: £4823.33
AOS/LSBU code: 3918Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9590
International £14470

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT (PgDip/PgCert)

The fee shown is for entry 2020/21
UK/EU fee: £3196.67International fee: £4823.33
AOS/LSBU code: 4178Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7991.67
International £12058.33

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 220 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.