PgDip Human Resource Management

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Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditation: Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) enabling graduates to become a Chartered Member 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 the opportunity to attend school networking events to interact with our business partners.

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 associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and with the required experience, upgrade to chartered membership. 

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 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

This course is only available to part-time students. As a part-time student, your classes will be held either on campus one evening a week or through a more flexible online delivery option. 

Part-time students  – this study route is not available to students requiring a visa to study

A course designed to fit around work and family.

Classes are one evening a week for two academic years from a September start date, and two and a half academic years from a January start date.

You can also select a flexible mode option with online delivery. This is a combination of live online sessions once a week with supporting online material.

Why choose this course?

The Hertfordshire Business School is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This enables 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 with the required work experience. 

Business and Management Studies ranked in the top 25% of UK universities for research impact (Research Excellence Framework, 2021). 

What will I study?

Analyse the building blocks of human resource management at an individual, organisational, national and international level. Explore complex issues arising from research, practices and current debates.

Learn to recognise ethical dilemmas and corporate responsibility issues to ensure that the organisations you work with are sustainable.

Develop an inquiry practice-orientated mindset, expert problem-solving, evidence based decision making and evaluation skills.

Hone your practical skills with experiential real-life learning, where you’ll be immersed in activities that bridge the gap between theory and practice. For example, our tutors will facilitate and role model human resource management practice.

Experience a blended learning approach, including individual and group work, one-to-one sessions, workshops, guest speakers and live projects/case studies.

Assessments will provide you with academic and real-life practical skills to enhance your career. For example, you could carry out small consultancy work, deliver a presentation or write a brief to the board of directors to evidence your knowledge. This means you'll be able to immediately apply your learning to the workplace.

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
    PG HRM Management Project (CIPD) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Working Lives in a Changing Environment 15 Credits Compulsory
    Strategic People Management and Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Research in People Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Personal Effectiveness and Leadership 15 Credits Compulsory
    Employment Law 15 Credits Optional
    Contemporary Employment relations 15 Credits Optional
    Sustainable Organisational Change and Development 15 Credits Optional
    Strategic Reward 15 Credits Optional
    People Resourcing 15 Credits Optional
    Strategic Learning and Development 15 Credits Optional
    Ethics In Business: A Global Perspective 15 Credits Optional
    Global HRM 15 Credits Optional
    People Management Across Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Effective Work Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Contemporary Issues in Work Psychology 15 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

    Adrian Thornley
    Programme Leader
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    Further course information

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

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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