Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/Development

University of Central Lancashire · Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and Personnel practitioners and the University is recognised as an accredited centre which means it is empowered by the CIPD to award its own internally assessed courses.

When you successfully complete the course you will receive the Postgraduate Diploma and will have completed the skills and knowledge elements on the route to CIPD membership. The CIPD will then require you to complete a behavioural assessment and demonstrate the required experience before upgrading to Chartered Membership status. The course can be taken as a standalone course or you can elect to take an MA. You can decide to do this at a much later date.

The course is a mix of lectures, group activities and student presentations. Frequent use is made of case study and other student-centred materials. Students are expected to be active participants in the sessions. Groups or individuals may also seek guidance in tutorials with the course leader.

If you are taking the HRM pathway you can only do 1 option from the HRD pathway. Similarly if you are taking the HRD pathway you can only do 1 option from the HRM pathway.

There are two modules in the first semester:
Human Resource Management in Context
Managing, Leading & Developing People

There are two modules in the second semester these are:-
Investigating a Business Issue
Developing Skills for Business Leaders.

In year 2 students need to undertake 4 option modules and these will determine whether you are awarded an HRM or HRD qualification. You need to do at least 3 options in either HRM or HRD. Further advice will be given on option choices by the Course Leader.

Students also need to produce a portfolio of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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