University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Human Resource Development

The Postgraduate Diploma in HRD course has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD to provide you with the knowledge and skills required for Chartered Membership of CIPD and to meet the advanced level standards on the CIPD HR profession map. This is a course designed to enable you to develop the skills and potential of a Human Resource (HR) professional. You will have the opportunity to achieve two valuable and essential qualifications: the Postgraduate Diploma and Chartered Membership of CIPD. You will graduate with an enhanced personal professional profile and greater self-confidence and awareness. The course will help you to identify gaps in your knowledge and through a process of independent thinking, self-appraisal and a support network of peers and teaching staff on the course, it transform what you do and how you do it. The Postgraduate Diploma is relevant to practitioners from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. The course will help improve your professional recognition and offer opportunities for career development. It explores the latest issues in HR and is part of a journey of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) that will enhance your professional practice and value to your employer through work-based learning and research. Successful completion of this course provides the knowledge and skills required to enable you to apply for Chartered Membership of CIPD (Chartered MCIPD) once you have sufficient organisational experience. We are a CIPD approved centre and our links with the West Yorkshire branch CIPD offer additional networking, advice, mentoring and updates from the profession. Many Huddersfield CIPD branch events are held annually creating opportunities to network with other local HR professionals.

Entry requirements

Entry qualifications will normally include a 1st degree or certificate in personnel, human resources or training practice and ideally in excess of 2 years relevant human resources experience. Applicants with a significant amount of human resources experience but no formal qualifications may also be considered.

Course modules

Year 1 Human Resource Management in Context: This module develops a range of People Management & Development personal, academic and HR practitioner skills. During the course students are expected to develop a number of specific skills regarding the analysis of business situations and understanding how the HR contextual elements are applied. There is a range of underpinning knowledge that will have been learnt and provided in other modules that will be re-applied in this module. Assessment is through an individual assignment (worth 50 per cent of the module marks) and an unseen examination with a seen case study (worth 50 per cent of the module marks). Resourcing and Talent Management: This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. The module will be assessed by an individual report focussing on the strategic nature of People Resourcing and Talent, in addition to a portfolio of HR related skills. You will also investigate a range of resourcing practices to prepare a report and make recommendations on how an organisation can best attract, select, manage and retain talented individuals in order to add value (worth 70 per cent of the module marks). Learning and Talent Development. The module examines the ways in which learning and talent development contributes to the achievement of economic social and cultural objectives for individuals organisations and governments. It encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of Learning and Development in work and to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint. Assessment is an assignment based on evaluating policy and practice in Learning and Development (worth 70 per cent of module marks) and development of a range of related skills (worth 30 per cent of module marks). Developing Skills for Business Leadership. The module provides a wide variety of different opportunities to develop a range of skills and knowledge that have been identified by the CIPD as being important for all HR leaders. You will be provided with different tools and ways to understand yourself better and to influence and work with other people. Year 2: Leading, Managing and Developing People. This module will focus on a wide range of aspects of people management and will explore both effective leadership and management. This will be important to you as both HR practitioners in developing these skills within your organisation, but also personally as future leaders and managers. Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective. You will complete a piece of research, in your current organisation, into some aspect of what or how the business operates, looking at the issue from an HR point of view, to make recommendations for improvements. During the module you will be provided with information and support and a tutor will work closely with you on your topic. Assessment is through a business report of 7000 words (worth 90 per cent of module marks) and a reflective statement (worth 10 per cent of module marks). Leadership and Management Development. This is a work-based learning module which means that you need to be involved in developing managers as part of your job to be able to complete the module. The module provides opportunities to discuss what different organisations do and evaluate your experience to identify learning and make recommendations for improvements. Design Delivery and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision. This module is a work-based learning module, suitable for those involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of learning materials. It runs as an elective on the Postgraduate Diploma in HRD and enables those with suitable experience to demonstrate their range of knowledge and skills linked with learning and development from a variety of different situations, linked to CIPD standards.

Assessment methods

Much of our teaching and assessment is based on your own professional context and the real-life issues and challenges you face. It is designed to equip you with the skills needed in your workplace. We have a focus on skills development and work-related projects. You will develop a deeper understanding of your own workplace and how HR can contribute to corporate strategy through using it as a case study. We will help to expand your practical and group work skills. The course includes a residential study event which provides a practical focus on skills development and time out to think. Just as important is the informal learning that takes place through your networking and sharing of ideas with like-minded fellow practitioners students. Assessment is designed to reflect the range of new and improved skills you will gain through a mixture of exams, practical projects, written assignments, a work based portfolio and a business-focused report which is typically based on the context of your own work environment and a pressing business issue.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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