Human Resource Management MSc top-up

Why choose this course?

Our Human Resource Management MSc top-up course provides a quick and flexible way for students who have completed a PgDip in an HR related field 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.

Mode Duration Start date
Top-up part time 1 year September 2022
Location Kingston Business School, Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston has over 30 years of good reputation in delivering academic and practitioner Human Resources (HR) course qualifications.
  • This course is a fast and flexible way to progress from a PgDip to a Human Resource Management MSc.
  • You'll be supported by experienced academic staff, and benefit from access to cutting edge HR research.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

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What you will study

Following an induction programme that prepares you for intensive study, you will delve into theoretical HR topics whilst relating them to the current HR environment.

As a fast and flexible way to progress from your PgDip in HRM or International HRM to a Human Resource Management MSc, this 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
  • 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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

After you graduate

This course can help graduates advance their careers in a variety of ways. Some may be interested in talent acquisition or performance and reward; others may pursue a career in organisational development, employee engagement or learning and development. Equally, some may prefer to pursue a more general HR practitioner position.

Many alumni use the knowledge gained to perform at a higher level within the HR sector, either within their current industry or taking the opportunity to transition into a new role or sector. Others have successfully set up their own business as a career or HR consultant.

Examples of well-known organisations our alumni have worked for include Unilever, Capgemini, Ogilvy & Mather Group, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, Surrey County Council, GSK, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Amazon, Apple, NHS, and Barclays Investment Bank (UK).

The types of role our alumni have held vary greatly according to the individual's experiences, interests and area of expertise. A selection of positions includes: HR business partner; global HR manager; head of talent acquisition; head of HR; compensation & benefits manager; associate director ethics; HR officer; head of reward & HR services; international mobility manager; and head of people and culture.

MSc top-up attendance

The taught part of the programme is normally during four weekends. While you are expected to be physically present on these four weekends, the dissertation supervisor meetings can be held online and via email.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The minimum entry qualifications for the Human Resource Management MSc top-up are:

  • To apply for this course, you need 120 credits at level 7 in a human resources related subject.
  • All candidates must demonstrate their motivation and ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • Students need to be well-prepared, self-disciplined and able to manage their time and workload effectively.


Please note: most students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area and classified as overseas fee paying, are not eligible to apply for part-time courses due to UK student visa regulations. For information on exceptions please visit the UKCISA website or email our CAS and Visa Compliance team.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country-specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

The following information reflects the current course structure, which is subject to change. Updates may be made on an annual basis.

8% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity.

Human Resource Management MSc top-up

Human Resource Management MSc top-up
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 50 hours
  • Placement: 551 hours

How you will be assessed

The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows. It reflects the current course structure, which is subject to change. The percentages may differ depending on the optional modules you choose.

Human Resource Management MSc top-up

Human Resource Management MSc top-up
  • Coursework: 100%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetables

Each student receives a personalised timetable. This is usually available after you have completed your online enrolment, which typically accessible one month before the start of your course.

Class sizes

You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice and the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes therefore you may be taught alongside students who are on these courses within the Business School.

Who teaches this course

On the MSc you will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Fees for this course

2023/24 fees for this course

Home 2023/24

  • MSc top-up part time £3,295

ELQ (Equivalent Lower Qualification) fee 2023/24

  • MSc top-up part time £3,743

International 2023/24

  • MSc top-up part time £4,940

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • MSc top-up part time £3,215

ELQ (Equivalent Lower Qualification) fee 2022/23

  • MSc top-up part time £3,652

International 2022/23

  • MSc top-up part time £4,800

2021/22 fees for this course

Home 2021/22

  • MSc top-up part time £3,137

ELQ (Equivalent Lower Qualification) fee 2021/22

  • MSc top-up part time £3,564

International 2021/22

  • MSc top-up part time £4,660

Tuition fee information for future course years

If you start your second year straight after Year 1, you will pay the same fee for both years.

If you take a break before starting your second year, or if you repeat modules from Year 1 in Year 2, the fee for your second year may increase.

Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.


Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks – this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.


Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.