PGDIP-HRM

Human Resource Management MA/PG Dip (online)

Overview

This course will develop your knowledge and skills in core areas of human resource management (HRM) to help you start or further your career as an HR professional. The course will also enhance your expertise in professional activities related to employee resourcing, employee development, employment relations and employment law. You will gain experience in practical problem solving informed by leading edge theory and research.

Please note that this is a fully ‘asynchronous’ online programme, i.e in order to provide maximum flexibility to students on different work patterns and in different time zones there are no ‘live’ (synchronous) online lectures. Learning is delivered through pre-recorded learning sessions and a variety of other asynchronous online learning methods which students can engage with at their convenience within the structure of each module. There are regular opportunities to chat with tutors and fellow students through online chat forums and other collaborative online learning activities.

Key course objectives:

  • Equip you with the specialist knowledge, skills and competence required to advance a career in HRM
  • Provide you with the underpinning knowledge and understanding to support access to professional grades of CIPD membership including MCIPD and FCIPD
  • Benefit from the supportive and nurturing team of HRM professionals who bring the subject to life and will develop your critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Supported online learning that allows you the flexibility to coordinate your study around work and family life.
  • The cross sectoral nature of the part time student group allows you a real opportunity to compare practices across organisations and to learn from the experiences of others over online group platforms.
  • A core advantage of being able to study and work is that you have the chance to apply your learning in practice.
  • Course graduates from companies including Ford, DHL and the NHS have all progressed their careers.

 “I live nowhere near an institution that offers this course. I also needed the flexibility to study around full-time work. The subject matter has certainly helped me advance and I have attained a new job for which the knowledge was really useful.”

Michelle Simpson

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Location of study: Online/distance learning

Programme code(s): N60098

Start dates: September 2023

Duration: The Postgraduate Diploma is studied for 19 months and the full MA HRM is for 24 months.

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 entry:

MA/PG Dip £7,750
PG Dip £5,500

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

Location of study: Online/distance learning

Programme code(s): N60098

Start dates: September 2023

Duration: The Postgraduate Diploma is studied for 19 months and the full MA HRM is for 24 months.

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 entry:

MA/PG Dip £7,750
PG Dip £5,500

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Entry qualifications are normally either a degree in a business related subject with a minimum of a good honours degree (2.2 or above), or a CIPD Level 5 Certificate with relevant work experience. Non-graduates who possess a CIPD Level 5 Certificate with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. 

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is desirable if applicable. Alternative proof of English or if you have completed a previous degree in English may also be accepted.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Accrediations

 

Course modules

Year one

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership  
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Employment Relations
  • HR in a Legal Context

Year two

  • HRM in Context
  • Leading, Managing & Developing People 
  • Investigating a Business Issue

Year two/three (MA students only)

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

Click here for more detailed module information.

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

The Postgraduate Diploma in HRM is studied by distance learning the course commences with an online induction and is then taught entirely online via recorded lectures, webinars, chatrooms, discussion boards, work-based projects and written materials. There is one assignment per module and two exams, which will be completed online.

Accreditations

Our Business School is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Approved Centre.

This is a Level 7, CIPD approved programme of study, which gives you the underpinning knowledge to apply for an upgrade to one of the Chartered CIPD memberships (MCIPD/FCIPD) after graduation. You have the opportunity to register as an Associate member of the CIPD by virtue of your registration on this programme of study.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

On this course you will enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects. You’ll have the opportunity to up-skill by developing the knowledge and practical skills needed for a fulfilling career as a HR professional across a range of industries.

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