Human Resource Management (Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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 MSc Human Resource Management is a full-time, fast track to CIPD membership. As a student, you will study 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 and business application to complement theory.

You will have the opportunity to attend an employment tribunal or other HR related events; you will also be required to attend on-campus CIPD events to enhance your knowledge and expand your professional network.

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.

We use innovative approaches to classroom learning, including case studies and problem-based learning, alongside prestigious senior CIPD guest speakers. You’ll enhance your professional network through our close links with the CIPD.

Based in our new, purpose-built Business School at our Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, our postgraduate students develop themselves professionally, build their connections and enhance their knowledge and skills on our range of flexible courses, many of which are accredited by industry bodies. Our lecturers are current and active business professionals, experts and researchers who apply real-world industry experience to their teaching.

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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.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

To study the full-time MSc, you will need one or more of the following:

  1. To have a good undergraduate degree with an interest in the area;
  2. OR have practical work / organisational experience at degree level;
  3. OR have an appropriate pre-Masters programme and have practical work / organisational experience at degree level
  4. For non-native English speakers – IELT score of 6.5, written 6.0

To study the part-time PGDip you will need one or more of the following:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree with an interest in the area;
  2. OR have a number of years HR experience and/or management experience;
  3. OR 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)
  4. For non-native English speakers – IELT score of 6.5, written 6.0


Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £9000
Postgraduate Diploma £6000
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700
Postgraduate Diploma £9800

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


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

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Associated professional accreditations


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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 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 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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