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Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

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Part-time: Two years

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Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.


Human Resources is an integral part of an organisation, as are it’s people.  Understanding the value of people is a key part of a successful business.  As is strategy, management, employee relations and dynamic business environments.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management is the key qualification for anyone who is either currently working as an HR professional, or who wishes to pursue a career in this increasingly important management function. 

Many employers place great value in the advanced knowledge and skills developed in a postgraduate course, and much of the content covered will be of great benefit to professionals in other functions who are, or will be, responsible for managing people.

The course is delivered and assessed to Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) standards, and it can therefore lead to progression to Chartered CIPD membership - recognised globally as an important indicator of HR competence and fundamental in the UK for anyone seeking to progress within the HR function.

The key aims of the course include:

  • To develop the capacity to critically evaluate and apply appropriate HR practices and procedures into a variety of work-based settings
  • To develop analytical, strategic, business and project management skills
  • To enhance professional and personal development
  • To develop a range of transferable management skills

Students will complete the programme in two academic years.  Most part time students are working in HR or a related field, and the teaching sessions focus in part on sharing the knowledge and experience within each student group.  In the second year, students will undertake a research project on an HR issue in their organisation.

All students on the programme undertake a 3 day residential workshop at an outdoor Leadership / Development Center in North Norfolk, which focuses on developing skills relating to Personal Development, Leadership, Team Working, Motivation and Communication.  The workshop includes both indoor and outdoor activities which are both challenging and fun.  All activities are used to reflect on personal development and workplace issues, and the workshop is frequently mentioned by students as being one of the highlights of the programme.

Course Features

  • Industry speakers
  • Delivered and assessed to CIPD standards
  • Meets the knowledge requirements for Corporate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Leadership Skills Development residential

CIPD Approved Centre

The University of Suffolk is an approved provider of CIPD qualifications. The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The not for profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. It has more than 135,000 members across the world, provides thought leadership through independent research on the world of work, and offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.


Alumni Profile

The University of Suffolk Graduate, Gemma, on her experiences of studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Masters course.


Student testimonial

"I've really enjoyed studying at the university, the tutors have been very supportive. Now I've completed my qualification I actually miss going there! The Graduation ceremony was a wonderful experience; I felt a real sense of achievement and I had the surprise of winning an award."
Ann Swan
Graduate, 2010

Further information about the University's relationship with the CIPD is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

Developing Skills for Business Leadership
A very practical module, focusing on developing the skills required in for example selection interviewing, making presentations, coaching, leadership, problem solving, change management, using IT, and interpreting financial information. Within this, and other modules, there will be support for students in developing their study skills.

Leading and Developing HRM in Context
This module puts HR in the wider context of national and global developments in Business / Commerce, and investigates how HRM services are delivered and evaluated in modern organisations. There is also a focus on Leadership and Professionalism in HRM.

Employment Law
A full understanding of current Employment Law is a fundamental requirement for any HR professional. This module covers the ley legislation and case law, with a focus on the practical implications for the management of people in organisations.

Employment Relations and Engagement
This module investigates current developments in employment relations, with a focus on current debates about an increased emphasis on partnership working, and the need for organisations to achieve the engagement of their employees with the organisation s aims. Key practice issues covered include managing discipline and grievance cases.

Resourcing and Rewarding Talent
A key objective of an HR function is to plan, deliver and mobilise a workforce with the right skills, attitudes and experience. This module will focus on the recruitment, motivation and reward of an organisation s talent.

Investigating a Business Issue
This module will include taught sessions on the skills and techniques needed for research at postgraduate level, and all students will then undertake a research project on an HR issue in their own organisation, or for full time students, in their work placement organisation.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £915 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information).


    Further Information

    At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

    * 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

    Entry requirements


    Associate Professor

    Associate Professor

    Lecturer in Employment Law

    Facilities and Resources

    The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building (pictured below), which houses the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), will be your bases during your degree.

    The Waterfront Building on Ipswich marina is home to lecture theatres fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the open period.