Human Resource Management PgDip

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2019/20 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,535 per year of study
Course start January, September
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  • The CIPD qualifications are the most important route to achieving professional recognition and career opportunity in the Human Resources area.

  • A one year part-time programme designed to buid on the skills and knowledge gained in the CIPD postgraduate certificate.

  • A creative and diverse learning community with the participant groups representing employers from all areas of business and commerce.

  • The courses focus on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development.

  • There is the opportunity to continue to develop beyond the CIPD qualification, by studying for the MA in Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM).

  • Integrates on and off-campus learning as part of our problem and practice based learning approach.

Course outline

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) has been designed by the CIPD to enable those seeking a career in People Management to meet the high standards expected of a professional Human Resourses Manager.

You will study modules that are relevant to your work issues, and be assessed in an appropriate way, set by the university tutors. This means that you will achieve both a university award and a CIPD qualification. You will need to be a studying member of the CIPD. The membership fees of approximately £120 are in addition to the tuition fees quoted above and will be payable direct to the CIPD. You will have at have completed the CIPD postgraduate certificate.

Staffordshire University has over 25 years’ experience of preparing students for their professional qualification and many of our former students are now senior HR executives in local and national organisations.

  • The course focuses on achieving professional capability in the key areas of people management and development.

  • Many students continue their studies for another year on the MA in Strategic HRM.

  • Integrates on and off-campus learning.

  • The teaching staff are all experienced HRM or HRD practitioners.



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Course content

You will study the following core module:

  • Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective

The remaining two option modules are determined via employer and student surveys. This ensures that the university is delivering the modules that are appropriate for the needs of our students and employers. Examples of option modules available include:

  • Managing Employee Relations
  • Performance Management
  • Employment Law
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring

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Entry requirements

  • A CIPD qualification at postgraduate certificate level
  • Applicants may be interviewed to ensure they meet CIPD and university requirements


Accredited by the CIPD, leading to professional membership.

Teaching and learning

Be prepared for a challenge: the pace will be fast. Instead of relying on theory, the course is based on 'problem and practice based learning', where real and live business issues provide the foundation of your study. Whilst some of these issues form part of the core teaching, many will be drawn from your experiences in Human Resourses and those of your fellow colleagues.

This means you'll work collaboratively with well-known organisations, fellow professionals and teaching staff to tackle real-world, authentic problems at every stage. Applying yourself to practical problems will help you develop the skills that you need more quickly and more robustly than conventional classroom learning.


You will experience a wide range of assessment techniques. There are not only the more conventional individual written assignments and examinations but also individual and group presentations using a variety of different media.

Employment opportunities

You will usually be in full or part-time employment with varying degrees of HR working experience. The programme allows you to achieve an award of real value to the HR professional. It has both an academic and professional standing within the HR community and beyond. It is seen as an essential qualification for HR career progression. Moreover, the course will also contribute to your continuous professional development; you will have the opportunity to develop as independent learners able to apply both academic and practical skills to your current work and in more challenging HR roles in the future.

Graduate destinations

The CIPD Postgraduate Diploma will enable you to further your career in Human Resources and upon successful completion, you will also be in a position to continue your studies in the MA in Strategic HRM, by studying for a further 18 months.

Graduates have progressed to senior HR roles at organisations large and small, both locally and internationally, including Alton Towers and Virgin Media.

Meet the experts

All of our staff are internationally-recognised experts in the field of HR and Organisational Behaviour. In addition they are members of the CIPD, and as well as teaching they publish in leading international journals, books and regularly consult external organisations on a range of business needs and research projects.

Utilising both research and professional practice, they’ll be creating a wide range of authentic and challenging learning experiences throughout your course to help you fulfil your potential.

Student experience

  • 'Material is delivered in a way that helps students' learning.'

  • 'Approach is to relate theory to practice/reality which strengthens understanding of topics.'

  • 'Class activities supported theory and this was very helpful'.

  • 'Good assignment topics to help learning as well as application to work'.

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