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Human Resource Management MSc top-up

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 1 year Typically four weekends per year September 2017

Choose Kingston's Human Resource Management MSc top-up

Our Human Resource Management MSc top-up course provides a quick and flexible way for students who have completed a PgDip in human resource management (HRM) to 'top-up' to a full Human Resource Management MSc.

The course is carefully designed to meet employers' needs and is recognised for its quality, giving you the tools you need to succeed in senior human resources roles, executive training and development roles.

  • Kingston Business School has 30 years' experience of running human resources programmes.
  • Notable alumni.
  • Excellent networking opportunities.
  • From Research to Practice seminar series (co-presented by an HR academic and HR practitioner), jointly organised with the CIPD and delivered by leading HR managers, recruitment specialists and talent and development consultants alongside Kingston's own expert academics.
  • Programmes taught by Kingston University's expert staff and leading researchers, alongside many guest speakers, visiting professors and Fellows in Kingston Business School's renowned Centre for Research in Employability, Skill and Society.
  • Proximity to the CIPD headquarters and library.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

Dr Jelena Petrovic, Director of Postgraduate HRM Programmes at Kingston Business School, introduces our postgraduate HRM portfolio:

What will you study?

Following an induction programme that prepares you for intensive study, you will build a solid knowledge of research methods and develop the academic skills to put theory into practice.

The programme consists of a research methods and dissertation module. This guides you through all stages of a research project step by step, from developing and clarifying the research idea to writing up the final dissertation. You will learn about:

  • literature review;
  • research design;
  • qualitative and quantitative data collection methods; and
  • data analysis techniques.

Your dissertation will look at an HR issue in depth. You will be given supervision as you analyse and structure the problem, examine relevant source material, carry out research and produce an action-orientated report on your findings.


Data analysis and dissertation.

Course structure

The taught part of the programme is normally during four weekends – typically one weekend in November, one in April and two in May. Exact dates for 2016/17 are to be confimed. While you are expected to be physically present on these four weekends, the dissertation supervisor meetings can be held online and via email. 

You are expected to start thinking about what topic you want to focus on in your dissertation from the moment you enrol. In order to make an informed decision about this, you start with some background reading. The University has a huge electronic library you are encouraged to access from the moment they enrol.

Core module

  • This module prepares you for each stage of your independent research project – dissertation.

    Gain the ability to review research literature systematically, design research, choose appropriate qualitative or quantitative data collection methods, collect existing and original research data, apply appropriate data analysis techniques, then write up and present useful insights that make a real contribution to the HR profession.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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