Entry requirements

Both of the following: A first degree or qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the University; relevant experience in an HR environment (or the equivalent). Applicants should also have relevant work experience related to management and/or human resource management. Applicants with educational qualifications at a lower level than a first degree will be asked to provide some evidence of their capability to study HE at masters level. Typically these applicants might be asked to complete a short assignment that would be assessed at interview by the Programme Leader.

The key aim of this postgraduate course is to produce capable and effective personnel and development professionals. Through the provision of relevant knowledge and understanding, individuals will develop the key people management and development skills and competencies associated with this discipline of Business and HR. The Postgraduate Diploma is achieved through meeting the educational standards contained in fields one, two, three and four of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Professional Development Scheme, and leads to graduate membership of CIPD.

Months of entry


Course content

The PDHRM is approved by the CIPD as meeting the knowledge requirements that are pre-requisite for Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD. These qualifications are the gold standard for people in the HR profession, with the Institute having around 135,000 members.

The course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the major elements of managerial, personnel and development principles and practice. It enables you to demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary issues and current thinking about organisations and their management in relation to external and internal contexts.

Fees and funding

Participants are either self-funded or sponsored by their company.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Nottingham Business School
+44 (0) 115 848 4460