Taught course

Human Resource Management - PG Dip

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law
Qualifications
PGDip

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject or a three-year diploma in business that includes good grades in HR subjects

You may be considered with HND/HNC or CPP/CTP/CHRP or equivalent CIPD qualifications.

In certain circumstances, candidates with significant HR experience at a senior level may also be considered. Interviews are generally required for non-standard entry, and your IELTS results must be a minimum of 6.

In order to obtain the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, students need to apply for membership of the CIPD as they join the course.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why study this course?

When you successfully complete our postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management, you’ll receive the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Advanced Level 7 Diploma. This allows you to become an Associate member and progress this to Chartered membership or Chartered Fellowship, depending on your professional experience. You'll be able to put CMCIPD or CFCIPD after your name, signalling to employers your ability to work in more demanding and strategic roles. This will be particularly appealing if you want to pursue senior human resources (HR) roles.

More about this course

You’ll study the Human Resource Management PG Dip at our Moorgate campus in the heart of the City of London and the UK’s business activities. On completion of the course, you’ll be well placed to take advantage of the many human resource management (HRM) career opportunities London has to offer.

This course is offered on a flexible basis to help you study around work or other responsibilities. It can be studied full-time in 12 months or part-time (two evenings per week) over 18 months. January and September start dates are available.

We’ll introduce you to theories around HR strategy and practice, covering issues relating to employee engagement, talent management and employment law – not only for entrepreneurial start-ups but for large multinational companies too.

You’ll develop your analytical and critical thinking skills so you can put these theories into practice and solve real life HR issues in your workplace. The course will also improve your research skills so you can put together a scientific research report that examines HR issues facing your organisation, and offer valuable suggestions on how to tackle them.

The CIPD requirements largely affect the structure of the course. The CIPD’s skills requirements (Skills for Business Leadership) are delivered and assessed across all four of the core modules. You’ll also be able to choose two option modules, which allow you to develop specialist knowledge in your area of interest. See the Modular structure section for more information.

Teaching

The teaching staff on this course are highly research-active in their chosen specialisms, so you’ll benefit from expert academic perspectives on important issues facing the HR profession today.

Guest speakers from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors as well as industry consultants and published authors will contribute to the development of your knowledge. You’ll be encouraged to attend CIPD London branch events to develop your HR expertise and network with other HR professionals.

Overall, our postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management and other CIPD related courses have been commended by the CIPD for:

• an up-to-date and high quality curriculum
• excellent standards of teaching and learning
• strong commitment and support from lecturers
• effective use of action learning sets
• a strong ethos and beneficial formative feedback

Assessment

Assessment is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to - and test - students from a wide range of traditions. Methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations and group work. There are also two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. Exam briefing is given to help prepare you for these internally set assessments. There is also a 7,500 word Management Research Report.

Professional accreditation

Students gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and you can apply for professional upgrading with the Institute linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship following successful completion of your programme of study. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Contextualising Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (core, 20 credits)
  • Management Research Report (core, 20 credits)

Option modules include:

  • Employee Engagement (option, 20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (option, 20 credits)
  • Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (option, 20 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

Successful completion of the PG DIP HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme.

This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply for membership assessment via CIPD, and you can be upgraded to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership.

Achieving the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designate letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Completing the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM at London Metropolitan University leads to significant career advantage: on the strength of their Management Research Reports recent students have gained full-time posts from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism and major international charities. Many have gained significant promotion for instance in the health sector. Alumni in higher education for example have developed their careers significantly leading to positions such as the head of HR. In the private sector, students have moved from general administrative and PA positions to heading strategic HR project team initiatives while others have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information
International students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

full time
12 months
part time
18 months

Further details of qualification

Leading to CIPD membership.

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200