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Human Resource Management MSc: After you graduate

Where this course will take you

This course produces graduates who are ready to succeed in senior human resources jobs with responsibilities in one or more countries. It prepares you for job such as.
Examples of recent alumni job titles include:

  • HR manager, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe;
  • chief resources officer, HSA Healthcare;
  • HR manager, HSBC Bank;
  • HR co-ordinator, MTV;
  • HR officer, PriceWaterhouse Cooper;
  • HR adviser, O2;
  • HR business partner, AXA Insurance;
  • HR business partner, GBS & Nordics at General Mills;
  • HR business leader, GlaxoSmithKline;
  • HR adviser, Air France;
  • senior personnel officer, London Borough of Hounslow;
  • HR co-ordinator, Institute of Quality Assurance;
  • careers adviser, University of London Careers Service;
  • HR adviser, Teddington Studios;
  • HR officer, Starbucks;
  • HR officer, Budweiser;
  • training officer in management development, Hertfordshire Constabulary; and
  • HR adviser, VSO.

Some graduates decide to continue their studies at Kingston University though doctoral research.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson: "My salary increased – since starting the course two years ago, I have been promoted twice, from HR administrator to HR officer, and now to HR advisor"

Course: Human Resource Management PgDip (part time)
Current position: HR advisor, human resources department, Invensys Controls

"I decided to progress my career in HR by gaining the CIPD qualification and chose the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM at Kingston because of its excellent reputation. I found that the course not only provided me with essential knowledge and skills that I could apply in the workplace, but also enabled me to share the experiences of fellow students who worked in very different areas. Another bonus was that it gave me a network of people with whom I am now very good friends.

"The course was a challenge, especially when trying to juggle study with a full-time job, and an active social life, and still find time to run and swim. But I found that an organised approach to handling the workloads and sharing ideas at regular meetings with my study group got me through – I even managed to keep to my evening exercise schedule, which helped me to clear my head.

"All in all, I found the course to be very enjoyable and worthwhile. What's more, as I gained in experience and knowledge, so my salary increased – since starting the course two years ago, I have been promoted twice, from HR administrator to HR officer, and now to HR advisor."

 

Mo Karim

Mo Karim: "One of the best decisions I have made in my life"

Course: Human Resource Management Masters (full time)
Current position: Employee relations, Shell

 

"The Masters course at Kingston was one of the most enjoyable years of my life. I had the opportunity to learn and share with people from a diverse background and level of work experience. I found the curriculum and learning very high quality with a good focus on practical application, such as the use of case studies based on recent issues or events. This was all quantified by guest speakers from various different industries.

"The lecturers were always very helpful and took a real interest in us as individuals as well as a group – a good sense of humour always helped everyone get along well together. This really helped me to manage any difficulties I was having or where I needed a little bit more explanation with understanding something – the support was always there.

"The MA has given me a solid, credible background from my first professional role and has continued to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have carried my learning and experiences to all of the roles I have done since that time."

 

Marianne Moses

Course: Human Resource Management Masters (full time)

Marianne Moses explains what motivated her to study a Human Resource Management course that was accredited by the CIPD, and why she wholeheartedly recommends Kingston Business School, part of Kingston University London, as a place to study.

 

Annette Clinnick

Annette Clinnick: "They were pleased with the results and felt that it had benefited the organisation"

Course: Human Resource Management PgDip (part time)
Current position: HR and learning development project consultant, The Cabinet Office

"I'd worked for over five years in a range of HR posts for UK and international organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors when I decided to formalize my experience through the Kingston MA programme. I wanted to gain the professional (CIPD) qualification, but was also motivated by the personal challenge that studying at masters level would offer.

"I planned to do the course in the shortest possible time so that I could quickly put my new skills and knowledge into practice. Kingston gave me the opportunity to do just that through the one-year full-time programme.

"I enjoyed the challenge of the course immensely. Not only did it put into context the previous HR work I had done, but I gained enormous benefit from the diversity of the student group and from the experiences and perspectives of people of all ages and from all over the world.

"Although I took time out of the workplace to do the course, I worked for part of the time in the Cabinet Office – the organisation that I used for my dissertation. They were pleased with the results and felt that it had benefited the organisation; now they are looking to put some of my recommendations into practice. It's been a real added bonus for me to have my work recognised in this way."

 

Soumya Singh

Soumya Singh: "The unique selling point of this course was its rich and diverse batch of students"

Course: Human Resource Management Masters (full time)

"Having recently graduated from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)-accredited masters in human resources, I am even more confident that my decision to read this course has been a life changing one for me, both professionally and personally.

"To study in a foreign university with an extremely diverse set of students, a different course structure and duration (normally masters-level courses are for two years) and the return to being a full-time student after a hiatus of nearly two years were certain contextual challenges that made me a bit sceptical initially. However, all these 'fear-points' acted as enablers for me and eventually at the end of the course became the 'learning-points' which enriched my overall experience at Kingston University.

"The unique selling point of this course was its rich and diverse batch of students comprising of students coming in from all parts of the world, from different academic backgrounds and with different levels of professional experience. This ethnic, academic and professional mix was the true value addition to the course which helped me appreciate how important individual differences are for learning. This aspect also helped prepare students for the professional life ahead.

"The pedagogy of the course combined with the course structure (reports, case studies and exams) has been effective in helping me develop the ability of critical enquiry into the human resources theories and frameworks as well as address live issues in host organisations. I have also learned how to make effective use of the academic resources like books and journals in the library to produce well-researched assignments and management reports; something which will imminently be a part of my professional life.

"Like with many learning processes, I can sense that the activities that I carried out on this course have disciplined my attitude towards my goals and sparked that drive for continuous learning and improvement along with an ability to network and form professional relationships within the University as well as with professional bodies like the CIPD. While working on my dissertation, I was placed in the Human Resources Department at the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. This for me was an example of my improved employability.

"After the completion of the course, I was awarded the Dean's Prize which was an honour and recognition of my efforts and contribution on this course. In a nutshell, the course has definitely made a huge difference to my professional skills and HR-specific knowledge which was my aim when I decided to take up the course. I joined the course as an individual who had limited employment choices but I graduated from it with new found confidence and sound HR knowledge to take on professional challenges in life."

 

Beata Hawrylicz: "I wanted to get 'two in one'– a Human Resource Management PgDip and to a CIPD evaluated level"

Course: Human Resources PgDip (part time)
Current position: Training co-ordinator McVitie's United Biscuits, London

"After completing my degree I continued to carry out my labour coordinator role in McVitie's United Biscuits in Harlesden, London, that I had been doing while studying. The main part of the job was to provide sufficient labour to meet production needs by managing people properly alongside their contractual position and making sure policies and local procedures are followed. The biggest highlight of the role was maintaining a good work relationship with about 130 employees based on firmness and fairness.

"I now work as a training coordinator in McVitie's United Biscuits in London. I provide training support for over 530 employees; deliver training activities, evaluate training needs on site, build training budget and action as per training plan and maintain training consistency across the whole business.

"Completing the course did not help me directly to obtain the new job. My previous job experience was the main attribute. However, the course helped me a lot to understand my role. I was able to sit at the national training coordinator forum, without previous experience in this field, with people who have been doing this job for years and I knew what they are talking about. I was also able to actively participate because I have the knowledge and confidence in myself and have now practised talking in front of a group of people!

"The course helped me to understand the position human resources (HR) takes or should take in a well-functioning organisation. On the course we had about nine different subjects, however, they were all very much linked with each other so that the knowledge gained from the organisational behaviour subject, for example, was applied to the next subject module and so on. You built up your knowledge progressively and by the end of the journey you knew that the HR function can be very powerful and can have a huge impact on the whole organisation.

"I decided to study at Kingston as it is one of the few courses accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and I wanted to get 'two in one' – a Human Resource Management PgDip and to a CIPD evaluated level. The fact that the campus was local to my home and there were convenient transport links between my work and university was the second aspect that made me decide to apply to Kingston.

"I found the course very challenging, especially as almost all my peers had some kind of previous experience in working in HR and I just had an aspiration to work in HR but it was very stimulating and I learned a lot from my peers.

"I must say as a group we were very organised. The first thing we did was to exchange our email addresses, writing down our names and the company we work for – it was very helpful! We still keep in professional contact via email, to send/receive job offers, ask for help, advice etc. Socially, I keep contact with two friends from the course and each time we meet up is always very productive – like the way we used to meet to revise but this time it is less stressful!"

 

Kingston University supports our graduates with the new Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa. This allows non-EEA graduates who have an outstanding business idea to put into practice in the UK, and who do not have a job offer, the opportunity to stay in the UK for up to 12 months (which might be extended for an additional 12 months).

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