Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (taught) (Professional Qualification)

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Deepen your understanding of human resource management and network alongside professionals with a rich mix  of experiences

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Professionally approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

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Directly aligned to the CIPD’s knowledge requirements, the MSc and PGDip in Human Resource Management offers you the opportunity to build your network. You will be studying as part of a community of students with a rich mix of professional experiences which will enhance your awareness. The programmes are designed to develop your strategic thinking skills as you deepen your understanding of how human resource management creates competitive advantage for organisations.

The Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management follows a part-time curriculum designed to offer flexibility for those studying while working. As a student, you will learn in a community of like-minded professionals; you will receive excellent learning support and have access to the university’s extensive resources to develop your knowledge.

The MSc Human Resource Management is a fast track to CIPD membership: become a CIPD associate member in one year while gaining a Master’s degree. As a student you will study full-time, often alongside part-time students who are also practitioners; this creates a rich learning community where professional experiences can be shared and discussed. The course places a strong emphasis on active learning to complement theory. You will have the opportunity to attend an employment tribunal or other HR related event; you will also be required to attend on-campus CIPD events to enhance your knowledge and expand your professional network.

Study style

The MSc course is delivered on a full-time basis with both day and evening attendance, while the PGDip course is delivered part-time one afternoon/evening a week.

Entry requirements

To study the full-time MSc, you will need:

  • a good undergraduate degree with an interest in the area;OR
  • practical work/organizational experience at degree levelOR
  • have an appropriate pre-masters programme and have practical work/organizational experience at degree level
  • in addition for international/non-native English speakers - IELT score of 6.5, written 6.0.

To study the part-time PGDip you will need:

  • an undergraduate degree with an interest in the areaOR
  • a number of years HR experience and/or management experienceOR
  • hold professional qualifications L3-5, ranging from the CIPD Certificate/Foundation Programmes such as the CPP & CTP, Intermediate L5 or Certificate in Management Studies (CMS)
  • for non-native English speakers - IELT score of 6.5, written 6.0



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Advance your career within Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development by working towards senior manager and director level position. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc Human Resource Management offers Associate membership of the CIPD and provides the basis to work towards CIPD Chartered Member status.

Study a course professionally approved by the CIPD

Benefit from our strong links with the CIPD, the leading organisation for human resource professionals and managers of people. Attend regular on-campus events held by the CIPD local branch and gain insight from fellow advanced HR practitioners. Enhance your professional network and  aspire to become a Chartered Member or CIPD Fellow of the CIPD.

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Broaden your learning opportunities

Study alongside like-minded, experienced HR professionals from different commercial backgrounds, sharing your ideas and experience of unique organisational settings. Benefit from this diverse broad international HR community, which can advance your professional practice by adding breadth of perspective to your learning.

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Combine study with work

With the Postgraduate Diploma, complete your studies part-time in two years with block delivery of one afternoon / evening per week, allowing you to combine studying with work. Gain credit for CIPD modules achieved at other institutions through Accreditation of Prior Learning.

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