CIPD - Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development

  • CIPD

This programme  is designed to prepare and develop students for careers in Human Resource  Development. The philosophy of the programme derives from the principles of reflective practice and experiential learning, or using the CIPD term, to develop ‘thinking performers’. The programme therefore combines academic, professional and personal development.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
9 months full-time, 18 months part-time
Start Date: September

Faculty of Business and Management
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The course provides the development of in-depth knowledge and understanding of HRD within a wider organisational and contextual framework.

Current issues in HRD are explored and students will develop techniques applicable to enable application of a range of HRD skills to organisations in which they are likely to operate.

Students who successfully complete the PgDip will also receive the Internationally recognised CIPD recognition towards Chartered Membership of the CIPD.

Students will study the following modules:

  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Employment Law
  • Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
  • Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning
  • Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring
  • Investigating a Business Issue from a Human resource perspective*

*Students will be required to complete a piece of research on an HRD issue within an organisation for this module.

  • To become CIPD qualified
  • To develop the key skills and knowledge needed to progress in an HRD career
  • Work with friendly, experienced practice-led tutors
  • Become part of a network of professionals and gain access to additional professional development events and resources through our strong links with the local CIPD branch
  • Flexible study patterns to suit your lifestyle and work commitments
  • Benefit from a combination of small group learning supported by our virtual learning environment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and course work. Course work  take various forms including a work-based project, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis, reflective statements  and a skills portfolio.

Students on the full time programme or who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on companies from the extensive SBS employer network to provide alternatives to work based assignments.

Applicants should normally hold one or more of the following:

  1. An honours degree or postgraduate qualification eg. BA, MSc
  2. A relevant professional qualification Eg. CIPD Intermediate qualification, ILM, CIM
  3. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted to the course provided their professional or managerial experience is deemed to be appropriate.

International students for whom English is not a first language will be requested to provide evidence of sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme in accordance with University requirements, normally at least IELTS at 6.0.

Past students have enhanced their HRD career advancement in the private, public and voluntary/not for profit sectors in the UK and overseas.

Students also participate in a programme of organisational visits, workshops and CPD events (in liaison with the CIPD and Chartered Management Institute (CMI)) to provide application and networking opportunities.

The content of the programme is vocationally focused, using real case studies of current organisations. Students are encouraged to share their own work experience and apply their knowledge and skills  in creative and innovative ways.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)