University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Human Resource Development and Training Management

This work-based learning programme is aimed at helping experienced and aspiring human resource development (HRD) specialists, training managers and consultants to enhance and consolidate their skills and knowledge. It will provide you with the tools to become an effective HRD or training management professional in any size or type of organisation. Managers of other disciplines who need to understand how to manage HRD within the wider human resources and business context will also benefit from this course. Knowledge and understanding is developed in relation to strategic, tactical and operational HRD.

Course modules

The PgDip programme comprises 4 work-based learning units: Training, Learning and Talent Development will help you develop a critical understanding of the creation of learning and talent development policies and strategies in order to achieve objectives at all levels. It will explore the implications of professional practice and provide opportunities for applied learning and critical reflection for continuous professional development. Consultancy, Coaching and Mentoring encourages learners to examine the theory and practice of these disciplines and explore the implications for professional practice in the workplace and beyond. Leadership and Management Skills will enable you to develop an understanding of the complexities of leading and managing organisations in order to facilitate change and growth. The Training Manager and the Business Context gives insight into the environmental contexts facing leaders within contemporary organisations. You will learn how managers and HR professionals are shaped by the internal and external forces beyond their immediate control and how they may respond to the opportunities choices and constraints when faced with difficult decisions that will shape their future.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: You will be allocated an academic tutor whose role will be to support and guide you in your studies and with planning and conducting your work-based learning assignments. You will have access to the University's comprehensive online resources - just as though you were on campus. Our online resources include several hundred e-books (electronic versions of key textbooks) and access to databases containing academic and business journals. There are also study skills resources, for example academic writing and referencing available online, as well as information on the course virtual learning environment (Moodle) to help guide you in your studies. Learning will primarily be self-directed but will be guided, facilitated and supported by the experienced university tutors through face to face contact, telephone, email and Moodle communications in order that students can analyse, interpret and apply current academic and wider business and practitioner materials in workplace situations. It is recommended that you are also supported by a work-based mentor who will provide additional support and guidance. How are you assessed? Assessment is through a combination of three work-based assignments including a professional development portfolio, a business research report and two examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time January 2018 GBP 2,220 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time January 2018 GBP 1,070 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 GBP 2,330 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 GBP 1,280 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time January 2019 GBP 1,280 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time January 2019 GBP 2,330 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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