Part-time: Two years
Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Please see Entry Requirements below.
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.
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 and business 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.
The Univerity of Suffolk Graduate Gemma on her experiences of studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Masters course.
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
Work placement (full-time students)
"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."
Further information about the University's relationship with the CIPD is available in the PSRB register.
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.
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: £885 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information).
- 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
- Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance
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.
A 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or three years’ experience at managerial or professional level.
All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.
Also see How to Apply.
Tier 4 international students are not able to register on this course however we welcome interest from international students not wishing to apply for Tier 4.
Also see International and EU.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.