Human Resource Management PgDip 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course has been approved by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to apply for Chartered Membership of CIPD and to meet the Advanced level standards on the CIPD HR profession map.

This is a course designed to enable you to develop the skills and potential of a Human Resource (HR) professional. You will have the opportunity to achieve two valuable and essential qualifications: the Postgraduate Diploma and Chartered Membership of CIPD. You will graduate with an enhanced personal professional profile and greater awareness of how HR practices can add value to corporate strategy and enhance better work and working lives.

The Postgraduate Diploma in HRM will help you to identify gaps in your knowledge and through a process of independent thinking, self-appraisal and the support of a network of peers and teaching staff on the course, enhance what you do and how you contribute to your organisation's strategy. It is relevant to practitioners from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or certificate in Personnel, HR or Training Practice. Ideally more than two years' relevant HR experience.

Applicants with a significant amount of HR experience but no formal qualifications may also be considered.


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Course content

Year One

Human Resource Management in Context

This module develops a range of People Management & Development personal, academic and HR practitioner skills. During the course students are expected to develop a number of specific skills regarding the analysis of business situations and understanding how the HR contextual elements are applied. There is a range of underpinning knowledge that will have been learnt and provided in other modules that will be re-applied in this module.

Assessment is through an individual assignment and an unseen examination with a seen case study.

Resourcing and Talent Management

This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. The module will be assessed by an individual report focussing on the strategic nature of People Resourcing and Talent, in addition to a portfolio of HR related skills.

You will also investigate a range of resourcing practices to prepare a report and make recommendations on how an organisation can best attract, select, manage and retain talented individuals in order to add value.

Learning and Talent Development

The module examines the ways in which learning and talent development contributes to the achievement of economic social and cultural objectives for individuals organisations and governments. It encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of Learning and Development in work and to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

Assessment is an assignment based on evaluating policy and practice in Learning & Development and development of a range of related skills

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

The module provides a wide variety of different opportunities to develop a range of skills and knowledge that have been identified by the CIPD as being important for all HR leaders. You will be provided with different tools and ways to understand yourself better and to influence and work with other people.

Year Two

Leading, Managing and Developing People

This module will focus on a wide range of aspects of people management and will explore both effective leadership and management. This will be important to you as both HR practitioners in developing these skills within your organisation, but also personally as future leaders and managers.

Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective

This module equips you to complete a 7,000 word report on a current business issue in your organisation from an HR perspective with recommendations for improvements and costings. Interactive workshops, tutor and peer support, and a dedicated supervisor for 1-1 meetings will support you to complete your work-based investigation for this CIPD approved module.

Managing Employment Relations

This module focuses not just on the practical, theoretical and employment law aspects of the subject area, but also on the strategic issues in order to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to manage employees and give advice to managers in a constantly changing and evolving environment.

Reward Management

This module develops a theoretical and practical understanding of reward management reflecting the CIPD professional standards.

Key principles of reward management are explored together with the relevant underpinning theories and axioms. The notion of using reward as a driver for enhanced organizational performance is explored and applied via case study and commercial real world examples.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

The course will help improve your professional recognition and offer opportunities for career development. It explores the latest issues in HR and is part of a journey of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) that will enhance your professional practice and value to your employer through work-based research.

Successful completion of this course provides the knowledge and skills required to enable you to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD (Chartered MCIPD). You will need to demonstrate your relevant experience and continual professional development alongside the academic qualifications you will be awarded.

Past students have been awarded both chartered member and chartered fellow status. Our lecturing team at the University of Huddersfield will be able to support and guide you through these processes.

After completing this course you can top-up your Diploma to a full Master's qualification through our Human Resource Management/Development MA

For advice and guidance on your part-time postgraduate study options join us at our next Part-time Study Evening.

Professional links and accreditations

As an approved CIPD centre for over 40 years, the Business School has strong professional links with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD; one of the Module Leaders on the course holds the elected ambassadorial role of Chair of West Yorkshire CIPD Branch, with other lecturers playing key roles in the Huddersfield geographical group and nationally. Our links with the West Yorkshire branch offer additional networking, advice, mentoring and updates from the profession. Many Huddersfield CIPD branch events are held on campus creating opportunities to network with other local HR professionals. The University offers additional guest presenters, speakers and lectures that students are welcome to attend, including the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI) annual lecture..

Teaching and assessment

Much of our teaching and assessment is based on your own professional context and the real-life issues and challenges you face. It is designed to equip you with the skills needed in your workplace to add value to the corporate strategy. We focus on skills development and work-related projects. You will develop a deeper understanding of your own workplace using it as a case study, and we will help expand your practical and group working skills. The course includes a residential study event which provides a practical focus on skills development and time out to think.

Just as important is the informal learning that takes place through your networking and sharing of ideas with like-minded fellow practitioners students.

Assessment is designed to reflect the range of new and improved skills you will gain through a mixture of exams, practical projects, written assignments, a work based portfolio and a business-focused report which is typically based on the context of your own work environment and a pressing business issue.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

The University of Huddersfield campus is located very close to the town centre. This allows you easy access on public transport (the bus and rail stations are a short walk away) and to major road and motorway networks across West Yorkshire.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for students joining the course in 2017 are:

Year 1: £2,800 Year 2: £2,800 Total: £5,600

In exceptional circumstances by agreement where an extension over two years is agreed, further fees must be paid.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance.

Additional routes

After completing this course you can top-up your Diploma to a full Master's qualification through our Human Resource Management/Development MA

Research degrees such as the DBA and PhD are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Other information

The course runs on a part-time basis on one afternoon and evening (of the same day)

Additionally you will attend a residential block study event in year 1.

For advice and guidance on your part-time postgraduate study options join us at our next Part-time Study Evening.

How to apply

You can find further information about part-time study and an application form to download here

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