PgDip Human Resource Management

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditation: Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) enabling graduates to become a Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow once they gain relevant experience.
  • Employment Prospects: Graduates have secured promotions with their current employers and work as HR Professionals for a variety of organisations, including KPMG, Tesco, and Ocado, as well as becoming independent HR consultants.
  • Industry Connections: You will have opportunity to attend school networking events to interact with our business partners, which include Tesco, BT, and the NHS

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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. 

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.

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

What will I study?

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
    Working Lives in a Changing Environment 15 Credits Compulsory
    Contemporary Employment relations 15 Credits Optional
    Effective Work Psychology 15 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

    Dr Gary Pheiffer
    Programme Leader
    Find out more about Dr Gary Pheiffer

    Professor Michael Brookes
    The MA HRM Professor
    Find out more about Professor Michael Brookes

    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    PgDip Human Resource Management Download
    Programme specifications
    PgDip Human Resource Management Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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