Human Resource Management (CIPD - Day release)

PG Dip

Intermediate award(s): PG Cert

This course is available in Clearing.

Course information

This new two-year part-time postgraduate programme in Human Resource Management has been designed to meet the requirements of CIPD's advanced level qualifications.

This programme is ideal for those aspiring to become effective HR practitioners - whether working as managers or consultants in generalist or specialist roles. It will allow you to develop your understanding of organisations and the changing external context in which HR operates. Using critical analysis, self-reflection and problem solving techniques, you will learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic HR solutions that drive organisational performance.

The CIPD qualification is the foremost award in the field of human resource management and is held by many UK and international HR directors. This qualification will provide you with the underpinning knowledge towards CIPD's professional membership (Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow).

Extended course information

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management will provide students with the underpinning knowledge for professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as an associate member, chartered member or chartered fellow. This course focuses upon the furtherance of appreciation of the global marketplace in terms of impact upon labour markets and issues for HR practitioners working in a multi-national corporation within an international environment. The course will address and consider the changing nature of employment further to the global credit crunch and the changing nature of the economic climate or world order. As such it will provide great benefit for professional practitioners who wish to develop their skills and appreciation for people management from an international and comparative perspective.
Year one core modules
  • Human Resource Management in Context (15 credit)
  • Resourcing and Talent Management (15 credit)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credit)
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credit)
Year two core modules
  • Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning & Development Provision (15 credit)
  • Employment Law (15 credits)
  • Managing Employment Relations (15 credits)
  • Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective (15 credit)
Please note: For immediate progression to the Masters in HRM on the full-time route at Cambridge, students have the option of undertaking Global HRM and a Masters dissertation at completion of their award.

Those who achieved the CIPD Professional Development Standards in the last five years or the Advanced Diploma Standards or the Anglia PG Diploma in HRM on the block or part-time route can top-up their award to progress to the Masters in HRM by undertaking two modules focussing their international and global understanding alongside a dissertation.


Assessment is by modular assignments incorporating written reports and essays, oral presentations, case study analysis, examinations and a portfolio.

Special features

Features of this course include:
  • accreditation by the CIPD as meeting the requirements of their new Advanced Level qualification
  • 24 years experience of delivering CIPD programmes
  • a high success rate
  • experienced staff
  • visiting speakers
  • opportunity to attend an employment tribunal
  • excellent resources
  • a supportive climate
  • individual supervision


You will benefit from a range of state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities on this course, including interactive virtual learning support materials which are contemporary and continually updated. Library provision and database information is constantly accessible and supported by a robust infrastructure. You will also have access to our range of modern catering facilities and access to study areas on campus.

Links with industry and professional recognition

The CIPD is the primary professional body in the UK for those involved in the management and development of people. They have designed their new advanced level curriculum, which is incorporated in our Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, following extensive research so that you can be sure that you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills that employers are seeking. Our programmes, supported by the CIPD, are designed to be academically rigorous whilst maintaining a focus on the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in HRM. Successful completion of our programme enables direct entry to the MA Human Resource Management.

Associated careers

This is an academically rigorous course which maintains a focus on the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in human resource management. This course will benefit those HR managers who are preparing themselves for senior roles and are seeking to develop their strategic and international perspectives and establish HR as a major influence in the formation of company policy.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, supported by the CIPD, is designed to be academically rigorous whilst maintaining a focus on the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in HRM. Successful completion of our programme enables direct entry to the MA Human Resource Management.

A degree from a UK university, normally at a minimum of lower second class honours; or an S/NVQ Level 4; or a foundation or intermediate HR award accredited by CIPD (such as the CPP) and relevant experience in a managerial role or role with professional responsibility if, in the opinion of the admissions tutor, they are capable of profiting from and contributing at the appropriate level to the course.

Candidates who do not possess any of these entry criteria, but can demonstrate appropriate relevant experience in a post of management or professional responsibility may be admitted if, in the opinion of the admissions tutor, they are capable of profiting from and contributing to the pathway.

Holders of other awards, including those from non-UK universities will be considered on the equivalence of their qualifications.

Those applicants for whom English is not the first language will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2014/January 2015 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

How to apply

For Cambridge & Chelmsford applications please apply online

For University Centre Peterborough applications please email or call 0845 196 5750.



2 years

Teaching times*

Cambridge: Monday or Tuesday 1-7pm
Chelmsford: Monday or Wednesday 1-7pm
University Centre Peterborough: Wednesday 2-9pm

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Fees & funding

Open Day

Saturday 12 July
Postgraduate Open Day

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* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.

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