MSc/PgDip in Human Resource Development

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc/PgDip in Human Resource Development

London South Bank University

This course aims to enhance the professional capability of anyone working in the field of Human Resources and will enable you to make a significant professional contribution to the management of Human Resources Development in an organization or sector by using the following skills:

  • personal drive and effectiveness
  • people management
  • development and leadership
  • business understanding
  • professional and ethical behavior
  • continuing learning
  • analytical and intuitive/creative thinking

You can choose to study the PgDip as a stand-alone qualification or you can choose to complete the full Master's qualification. Both courses 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'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.

Benefits of PgDip

The PG Dip HRD is designed for busy professionals working within the context of personnel/human resource management and the allied professions, seeking personal or career development but who may not have the time to commit to a full masters degree.

Benefits of MSc

The MSc course has all of the benefits of the PgDip – including CIPD accreditation – plus a research methods' and dissertation module that provides students with an opportunity to conduct an independent in-depth study into related HRD issue.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Part-time 24 months January; September Southwark Campus


Students studying for the MSc HRD will be required to complete the four core units in Year 1. In Year 2 you will take Research Methods plus one core unit and two electives. Each year of the programme features a residential weekend as an integral part of the overall course.

The dissertation (MSc) or management report (PG Dip) gives you the opportunity to link theory with practice within an organizational context. It involves the identification and refinement of a Human Resource Development issue or 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 taught units are assessed by a mixture of individual assignments, group presentations and by examination at the end of some units.

Year 1

  • Power and Constraint: the strategic context
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Leadership and HR strategy
  • Learning and talent development

Year 2

  • Research methods for HR
  • Leadership and management development
  • Management report (8000 words) (PG Dip only)

Plus two electives (subject to minimum numbers: at least one elective to be taken from group A)

Electives A:

  • Leading and managing change
  • Managing coaching and mentoring

Electives B

  • Managing reward
  • Employment law
  • Managing the employee relationship

Year 3

  • Dissertation (20,000 words) (MSc only)


The programme is designed for professionals or line managers who are working in the field of Human Resource Development or Management.

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 the HR or Management field.

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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.

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to have at least two years post graduate work experience and be currently working in an HRD role (for example, training, learning and development, workplace learning, organizational development, consultancy). We also welcome applicants who are working in an HRM role but plan to develop their career in an HRD specialism.

If you lack the required academic qualifications but meet the work experience requirements above you are also eligible to apply. Applicants will be required to complete a 2,000-word report on an organizational HR issue, provide an extended personal statement and supply two supporting references confirming suitability for entry to a postgraduate programme.

We also consider applications from those who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 10, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
2 years
Part time
2,900 GBP
Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £2900; International fee: £4375
United Kingdom - London, England
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