Human Resource Management (CIPD Block Delivery) PG Dip

Postgraduate (2.5 years part-time)


January 2019, September 2018

Teaching times


Semester 1: Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Semester 2: Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00


Further your HR career while fitting your studies in around work and other commitments. Our 'block delivery' course includes monthly workshops on campus in Chelmsford, and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Full description


Our course has a strong focus on the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a successful career in human resource management. It’s ideal if you’re preparing for, or aspiring to, strategic and international roles such as HR director, manager, officer or training officer.

Your qualification will be recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK's most credible specialist human resources training and awarding body.

Modules & assessment

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.
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    This module will provide you with a rigorous framework for knowledge and understanding, concerning people management and development.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Managing Employee Reward
    This module examines total rewards in an organisational and international context and provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of environments in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals. They will acquire both theoretical and normative understanding of the diverse approaches to reward management and be able to critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches in promoting individual and organisational performance in a fair, reasonable and equitable way. The foundations for pay and benefits management in modern organisations in the private, public and third sectors and how these traditions can be integrated into appropriate strategic designs that provide considerations of relative value and worth, individual and collective contribution and labour markets is examined. Learners will be able to comprehend the relationship between traditional, contingent and developmental choices of rewards, the use of diagnostic and evaluative skills in designing flexible approaches to reward and the challenges of international and executive pay arrangements.
  • 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.
  • Business Skills
    Designed to equip you with the skills to enable you to perform business management tasks effectively and efficiently. You will engage in a series of activities which give insight into your own skills, personality and characteristics so you can fully grasp your strengths and development areas, enabling you to perform better as you gain confidence throughout the module. This module is also concerned with the development of skills and specifically seeks to improve a range of skills pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership including critical thinking and decision making skills, the management of financial information and how to manage budgets.


Your work will be assessed through assignments, a portfolio and an exam.

This is a 2.5 year programme

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

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?

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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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (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

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

From September 2018, EU students starting a postgraduate degree with us can access a £600 bursary.

Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

Entry requirements

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If you’re seeking accreditation for prior learning, you may need to check that modules you’ve completed historically (eg, under the Professional Development Standards) meet the transition requirements for latter CIPD Chartered membership, if this is desired. We can offer further advice when you apply.

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.

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