Taught course

Human Resource Management

University of Northampton · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements will be a recognised and relevant graduate or postgraduate level professional qualification at Level 5/6 or higher and at least 12 months current working experience within a personnel/ HR department or related area. Applicants holding CPP, CTP, HNC/ HND or DipHE qualifications or their equivalent are normally expected to pass the 'University Certificate in HRM' to gain a place on the Diploma. However those holding these qualifications who have been working for more than a year at an appropriate level within the HR Function, such as a HR Business Partner or HR Advisor, can sit an entrance test for admission onto the programme provided that they evidence their experience and CPD. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of their English language capability at IELTS Level 6.5 or its equivalent.​

Months of entry


Course content

In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. HR specialists help organisations to achieve success by providing knowledge and insight into a wide range of HRM activities including talent resourcing and selection, performance management, learning and development, change management and employee engagement. HR can be an exciting, rewarding and challenging career that can take you anywhere in the world.

If you have experience within the working environment and want to develop your HRM knowledge or have completed an HRM (or related) degree, then the PG Diploma in Human Resource Management might be the next step in your career progression.

CIPD Membership

If you are seeking a role in HR and professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) then this course is right for you. Our Human Resource Management Postgraduate Diploma is accredited by the CIPD and has been specifically designed to allow HR professionals to enhance their career options and progress into senior roles. Studying this course will give you an advantage with employers, who often look for employees that have professional qualifications and membership. As a HRM student you will become part of this professional body and on completion of the programme will be able to upgrade your status to a chartered member of the CIPD.

Please note you will need to enrol as CIPD student members and will need to remain a member throughout the duration of your course. The CIPD subscription fee is payable directly to CIPD and is not included in your course fee. For more information on the fees please refer to the CIPD Website. Student membership of CIPD gives you access to top quality research, factsheets and other resources that will help you with your studies.

You will be encouraged to join, support and participate in local CIPD branch activities. These are the Northampton and Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire groups. Although you will, officially, be a member of only one CIPD group, you are welcome to attend any of the group meetings some of which will be delivered by Northants branch as part of the programme.

Course content

The aim of this course is to develop your skills and knowledge to allow you to pursue a successful career as an HR professional. You will be introduced to specialist knowledge and research evidence that will give you an in-depth understanding of successful people management in organisations. More importantly, you will practice the tools and techniques of strategic and operational Human Resource Management giving you practical insights and experience that will help further your career.

The course modules are designed to provide you with expert knowledge of distinct HR subject areas combined with exposure to contemporary debates, policies and practices, keeping you at the forefront of developments in your field. You will develop an understanding of HRM within a range of organisational contexts, and you will be equipped with the analytical and diagnostic skills required of HR professionals in the workplace.

In addition to the modules making up this course, you will attend a two-day off-site residential at the end of the taught course that will focus on skills development activities. Attendance at the residential trip is a course requirement and the cost is included within your course fees.

Methods of Learning

The learning and teaching style on this course is designed to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and skills development with high quality academic support from tutors. You will be introduced to the core course content through activities that can be taken in your own time, off campus. These activities will usually be facilitated through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – a web-based portal where you will be able to participate in learning activities, online discussions, reading and reflection. During your sessions on campus, the emphasis will be on participative and interactive activities designed to develop your understanding through debate, discussion, role-play and participation in events such as guest speakers and a mock employment tribunal.

The course uses a carefully balanced combination of in-course assignments designed to enrich your learning including business projects, reflective activities, group work, presentations and examinations.

This course usually has a diverse student group which provides a rich basis for sharing different experiences and thinking on organisational and people issues. Peer networking is encouraged so you can maximise your learning from the different student experiences that are shared throughout the course.

The course is offered as a part-time option only. Each module will require you to attend a three hour workshop per week. Class sessions would normally be on one day per week (pm).

To maximise your success on this course, we recommend that you spend approximately 12 hours a week per module in self-directed study to prepare for your sessions and complete your assignments.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part Time: £2,430.00 (Year one 60 Credits) £2,430.00 (Year two 60 Credits)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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