About the course

If you want to develop a career in the broad field of HRM (human resource management, employment relations, training & development, performance management, reward management, recruitment, selection, and consultancy, then this course is for you. As well as receiving an academic qualification you can also gain professional membership to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

Focusing on contemporary, critical and applied themes in the subject area, the course gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for the appropriate analytical, technical and behavioural responses to these issues

The programme

This well regarded and established programme provides a deep and critical insight into leading, managing and developing people. You will achieve an advanced and evidence based understanding of human behaviour in organisations and HRM roles, perspectives and skills.

The course will develop your practitioner skills and you will learn how research and practice work together. This is an advanced HRM course and the modules look at strategic as well as operational issues

Part-time study

As a part-time student your classes will be held between 16.00 and 20.00 one day a week for two academic years from a September start date, and two and half academic years from a January start date.  While these are our normal part-time patterns other options may be available, please contact Programme Tutor Gary Pheiffer to discuss.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PgDip Human Resource Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 PgDip Human Resource Management

Why choose this course?

The Hertfordshire Business School is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to enable students who successfully complete the programme to meet the equivalent requirements of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, and so be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

The CIPD is Europe's largest professional institute for people management and development.

  • Part-time study options to fit around your existing commitments
  • Choose your level of study to suit your career aspirations

Key staff

Dr Gary Pheiffer
Programme Leader
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Professor Michael Brookes
The MA HRM Professor
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Professional Accreditations

Similar Courses

We offer a MA in HRM which also leads to CIPD accreditation. The main difference between the MA and the PGDip is that the MA has 9 modules with PGDip only having 7 modules. The dissertation project for the MA is 15,000 words and the project for the PGDip is 7,500 words. 

Course details


The programme will appeal particularly to those interested in a career in human resource management, industrial/employment relations and also to those responsible more generally for managing people in organisations.

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. In the classroom we blend theory and practice, with a focus on problem diagnosis and the selection of relevant HRM tools to provide the best results in the workplace situation.

The teaching staff are active researchers in their chosen specialisms. This means you'll benefit from their expert academic input on key issues for HR professionals. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered. Guest speakers from private industry, not-for-profit, the public sector, consultancy and published authors will add to your learning.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    HRM Practice and Perspectives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Organisational Behaviour: Theory and Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Employment Relations: Theory and Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Postgraduate Research Methodology for HRM 15 Credits Compulsory
    Strategic HRM 15 Credits Compulsory
    People Resourcing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Remuneration: Strategy and Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    PG HRM Management Project (CIPD) 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    • An honours degree with classification 2.2 or better in any subject from a UK university or the equivalent from a recognised university overseas.


    • Evidence of two or more years relevant work experience in human resource management, industrial relations, managing people, equal opportunities work, or as a trade union official or representative and two or more appropriate references. Or other appropriate experience as determined by the Programme Tutor and two or more appropriate references.

    N.B. There is no guarantee that any or all applicants who meet the criteria will be accepted. In addition all students must produce evidence of their English Language proficiency. 

    N.B. Prospective students must be aware that this is not an entry level programme.  It is designed for practitioners who are preparing themselves to move up to middle and senior management positions in their chosen careers and who concurrently want to achieve Chartered professional status through the CIPD.  People wanting to make a career move to HRM from another area of professional work should ideally have experience of managing staff.  If you have any concerns about the suitability of this programme for you please don't hesitate to contact Gary Pheiffer on g.pheiffer@herts.ac.uk to discuss your options.

    All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
    - GCSE English language grade A-C
    - IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
    Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Part Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    19/01/202015/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)


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    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    19/01/202115/01/2022Apply online (Part Time)


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    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    19/01/202215/01/2023Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students