Human Resource Management (CIPD - day release) PG Dip

Postgraduate (2 years part-time)

Cambridge , Chelmsford , University Centre Peterborough


Cambridge: Monday 1-7pm

Chelmsford: Monday 1-7pm

University Centre Peterborough: Wednesday 2-9pm


Progress your HR career while fitting your studies around work and home commitments with our ‘day release’ course. Our postgraduate qualification is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) and held by HR professionals around the world.

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Full description


Our course has a strong focus on the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in human resource management. It’s essential if you’re preparing for, or aspiring to, managerial roles in HR either in UK or abroad.

Your qualification will be recognised by CIPD, the UK's most credible specialist human resources training and awarding body.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Human Resource Management in Context
    This module is concerned with the environment in which organisations operate, and how organisations have to respond to the very dynamic environment which they operate in.
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
    This module is very much at the heart of Human Resource Management as organisations can only function if they are able to assemble together the rights teams of people with the necessary skills, attitudes and talents to meet their objectives. It reflects on how organisations have to compete for the best available talent, particularly when demand exceeds supply.
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    This module will provide you with a rigorous framework for knowledge and understanding, concerning people management and development.
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
    Here, you will develop the skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership. The module includes not only essential people-management skills, but also develops knowledge to enable the interpretation of financial information and managing of financial resources, along with IT proficiency.

Year two, core modules

  • Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
    This module will introduce you to an established body of knowledge and theory on learning processes and their application in instructional design and facilitating learning - including the design and delivery of learning and development plans and events.
  • Employment Law
    The purpose of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law, and to give up-to-date, timely and accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles.
  • Managing Employee Relations
    This module aims to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of employment relations in terms of theoretical perspectives, debates and practices in national and international, contexts and from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective.
  • Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective
    It is essential that HR practitioners are strategically aware, business orientated and concerned with adding value through human resource practice. This module allows learners to demonstrate their ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make persuasive, practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice. The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills. It requires reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes.


We’ll assess you in a number of ways, including written reports and essays, oral presentations, case study analysis, exams and a portfolio.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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University Centre Peterborough
University Centre Peterborough

University Centre Peterborough (or UCP) is our modern campus in the heart of an historic city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year part-time)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly
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Funding for UK & EU students

There's no statutory funding for postgraduate study. However, we offer a number of scholarships and we've put together guidance on where to start researching funding options.

Entry requirements


Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.

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Important additional notes

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 are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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UK & EU applicants

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