Taught course

Human Resource Management PgDip

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Management and Business Systems

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. The course welcomes applications from potential students with no formal qualifications furthering the widening participation strategy of the University and increasing the diversity of the course in line with the University's Education Strategy. The course also welcomes applicants from all sectors and job roles ranging from HR assistants through to senior HR managers and a variety of junior, middle and senior management roles. You will be interviewed by the course co-ordinator (where applicable) to determine suitability for the course. You will be required to be working within an HR role or as a line manager or supervisor (with responsibility for managing other workers). Additional: You will be expected to register as a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Where you are not currently in work you must have previous experience in work organisations as well as access to an organisation for research information.

Months of entry


Course content

Key features

In the fast moving world of HRM, professional qualifications are an important way to build your knowledge and demonstrate expertise in the workplace. This course will develop your critical thinking and understanding of organisations as well as your learning how to develop creative and strategic HR solutions for sustained organisational performance. The professional level of Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is achieved upon completion

About the course

HR is changing – it is more business focused, internationally oriented and adds more value than ever.

This course provides new or unqualified practitioners and line managers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be highly effective HR specialists.

Using critical analysis and investigation, you will develop an understanding of the business context of HR, and its role in driving performance.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level

Choose Human Resource Management PgDip at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study employee resourcing, learning, development, reward and relations on a part-time, modular course that is designed to fit in with your existing work commitments
  • Explore your practical skills and widen your understanding of the HR issues that affect a range of local and national, public, private and not-for-profit organisations
  • Develop alongside other engaged and ambitious students currently working in personnel and development roles
  • Gain Associate Membership with the eligibility to be upgraded to a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development following completion of the course
  • Benefit from the development of strategic specialist HR and generic management skills that will enable you to make a creative and motivating contribution to organisational effectiveness.

Career opportunities

The course supports the enhancement of your employability through its emphasis on the skills and knowledge related to improving HR managerial practice at work. The central principle underlying the learning and assessment of this course is reflective practice, and you will be encouraged to apply this developmental approach to the consolidation and development of your career. The course aims to make the most of a wide variety of learning opportunities, both in the workplace as well as the classroom, and seeks to develop or improve a range of transferable behavioural skills and competences necessary in business leadership and HRM, such as: curiosity, collaboration, decision-making, negotiation and having the courage to challenge.

The local CIPD Branch also offers a programme of events (www.cipd.co.uk/branches/events) aimed at promoting members' education, development and networking. These include updates on employment law, skills development in key areas, and workshops in areas such as managing diversity and coaching. You will also have an opportunity to become a committee member for the local CIPD Branch as part of your development into professionalism.

Areas of study include:

  • Hrm In A Strategic Business Context (PRO009-6) Compulsory
  • Leading, Managing And Developing People (PRO010-6) Compulsory
  • Learning And Talent Development (PRO013-6) Compulsory
  • Management Research Report (PRO015-6) Compulsory
  • Managing Employment Relations (PRO012-6) Compulsory
  • Performance And Reward Management (PRO014-6) Compulsory
  • Reflective Practice In Business Leadership (PRO016-6) Compulsory
  • Resourcing And Talent Management (PRO011-6) Compulsory

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: www.beds.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1582 743 500