The course provides aspiring and current practitioners in the expanding area of human resource management with the professional education, development and skills to enable you to build your career. You may proceed to a career as a professional practitioner in personnel management, training and development, or industrial relations. The University's provision in Business and Management was rated 'Excellent' in recent subject reviews by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The course meets the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for Graduate status.
You should have a university degree, or HND/C in an appropriate discipline. Individuals without these qualifications but with significant appropriate experience, may (in exceptional circumstances) also my admitted.
Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management
The course has recently been revalidated, and consists of seven modules:
-Managing Resources in a Strategic Context
-Managing People for Results
-People Management: Issues and Contexts
-Learning and Development
-The Reflective Practitioner
-Choice of modules: either Managing Diversity or Labour Law
On the first stage of the course, you will be studying the CIPD-accredited Leadership and Management Standards. This is taught in one semester (in two modules). This provides you with an understanding of the context of human resource management practice, and the skills required by a professional practitioner. This provides successful candidates with CIPD's Core Management field and Licentiate status within the Institute.
The second stage of the course then builds on this foundation to develop expertise in more general areas of human resource management. It also develops skills for acting as an adviser or consultant to decision-makers in the organisation. This involves a practical in-company investigative project, culminating in a management report (7,500 words in length). Full-time students undertake a period of in-company placement for this work.
The University is a CIPD-accredited centre. This means that the course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, set and assessed internally by the University.
Students who obtain this postgraduate diploma move directly to Graduateship of the CIPD. Progression may be available to the MA Employment Studies and Human Resource Management. Which can be successfully completed after one further year of part-time study.
Attendance & duration
Full-time: one year, 2 days a week (Thursday and Friday)
Part-time (eve): two years, 2 evenings a week (Tuesday and Thursday)