Skip to Site Navigation Skip to Main Content Skip to Footer

Human Resource Management - Int Dip PD

Why study this course?

The Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development in Human Resource Management is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the human resource management (HRM) professional body. It addresses core human resource (HR) issues such as the development of professional practice, business issues and the contexts of HR, managing and coordinating the HR function, and using information in HR. The degree will provide you with a solid grounding in organisational design and employment relationships. You’ll be able to select specialist areas of HR to study including resourcing and talent planning, employee engagement and HR service delivery, or reward and performance management and organisational development.

Open all

Human resource management is widely recognised as a growing sector that’s instrumental in driving business needs forward, influencing business strategy and shaping people at work. This Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development in HRM is designed for individuals who already have some technical expertise or who are working in human resources but wish to enhance their careers and gain higher level HR positions.

The course offers a distinctive approach where you’ll develop effective practitioner skills, capabilities and more generic HR competencies, accommodating the needs of industry and enhancing your professional and employability skills.

You’ll also be studying on a course that's approved by the professional body for HRM – the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Successful completion of the course, in conjunction with joining CIPD, leads to the CIPD’s Intermediate Level Diploma and Associate CIPD membership. Achieving the Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad.

A programme of guest speakers from industry and authors of eminent works is incorporated into our HRM courses. In addition, regular employability careers sessions for HR students are run. Our staff are dedicated to their research and you also benefit by being able to attend staff research seminars.

As a teaching team we place particular emphasis on promoting a friendly, supportive environment.

The CIPD has commended the following for this University’s CIPD-related courses:

  • high level of commitment and support
  • currency and quality of curriculum
  • high standard of teaching and learning
  • use of action learning sets
  • strong ethos and benefits of formative feedback


All assessment for the Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development in Human Resource Management is coursework. 

The individual modules will be assessed as follows:

  • Managing and Developing HR Professional Practice will be assessed by a portfolio comprising three components (4,000 words).
  • Organisations and People: Context, Strategy and Practice will be assessed by a consultancy report (3,500 words).
  • Resourcing, Engaging and Delivering for Success will be assessed via coursework based on an integrative case study (3,500 words).
  • Managing Organisational Development, Performance and Reward will be assessed via an academic essay (3,500 words).

All assessments will require you to present an integrated approach that demonstrates that you have met all the learning outcomes of the module being assessed.

The coursework for core modules will be submitted in week 15, whereas coursework for the optional modules will be submitted in week 14.

Professional accreditation

The Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development in HRM is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). Students must join CIPD at the start of their course. Successful completion of the course and joining CIPD leads to the CIPD’s Intermediate Level Diploma and gives Associate CIPD membership.

The course is open to early career stage professionals in HR such as HR assistants and others with appropriate technical experience, or junior managers.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday

    This module considers professional skills development in the context of students’ existing HR practice. It therefore brings together significant consideration of the HR role and function and HR activity in the context of adding value to organisational performance. In order to do this, students need to consider their own skill set against a professional competency framework and how this can enable them to carry out a research project in their own organisation, identifying an appropriate research focus, developing a research plan, carrying out the planned research and analysing and drawing appropriate conclusions to enhance organisational performance. Students are required to reflect on their own performance in carrying out the research project and what they can do as a result to develop the range and depth of their professional competence.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    HR professionals need to understand the key internal and external contexts that impact on HR strategy, how organisations are designed and how people are managed. This module allows learners to explore theory and models to enable them to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary issues affecting the management of people and the employment relationship and how these contribute to healthy and adaptable organisations that can meet current and future challenges. The module will encourage learners to adopt critical perspectives to help develop HR solutions to conflict management and organisational problems at local, national and international levels.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday

    This module introduces and explores the nature of organisational success via three essential components of Development, Performance and Reward. Although each of these themes is explored separately the student is encouraged to think holistically across these areas, both in class and via the assessment strategy, so that an integrated understanding of how these contribute individually and together is fully appreciated. Relevant theory, current context and best practice are explored in class via lectures, group work and case studies.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module brings together three important areas of HR which, together, are crucial to the delivery of superior organisational performance. The initial focus of the module is on resourcing and talent management which examines not only how we recruit and select but also how we can retain key talent. Employee engagement is crucial to successful retention and so the module explores the different dimensions of employee engagement, that is, the cognitive, affective and behavioural dimensions. It examines and explores what is meant by ‘engagement’ and why some organisations are better than others at creating authentic engagement among their employees, and how organisations can, with the aid of its human resource (HR) professionals, build a strategic approach to improving workforce engagement. Given the important synergy that exists between strategy and structure - the module concludes by providing a critical overview of HR structure and service delivery options.

    Read full details.

The Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development in Human Resource Management consists of three modules: two core modules and one optional module. 

The two core modules are:

  • Managing and Developing HR Professional Practice
  • Organisations and People: Context, Strategy and Practice

You can select one of the following optional modules:

  • Resourcing, Engaging and Delivering for Success
  • Managing Organisational Development, Performance and Reward

The modules are designed so that students can take their core modules in either order and that the two options choices will run as follows: option one in the autumn semester and option two in the spring semester.

Students can select either option which means their programme of study will be taken as two modules in one semester and one in the other semester. Students can take their option either in the autumn or the spring.

"Good teaching staff who answer all questions, the facilities are good and the course is interesting."
National Student Survey (NSS)

For candidates who already work in an HR role and who wish to further their career by achieving a university award and professional body recognition, completion of this CIPD approved university Level 5 award will provide an opportunity to gain specialist skills, knowledge and the competencies needed to apply effective approaches to HRM within different organisational settings. This will enhance your career progression and advancement, either within your current organisation or within another organisation.

Successful completion of the Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development in HRM provides a qualification that can be used to apply for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. The University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, together with joining CIPD, leads to the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, the professional body’s highest award which (together with suitable work experience) forms the foundation for application for Chartered status of the CIPD (CMCIPD or CFCIPD) further enhancing employability.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college courses from across the UK. The widget(s) below draw data from the corresponding course on the Unistats website. If a course is taught both full-time and part-time, one widget for each mode of study will be displayed here.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

Please select your entry point to display the fee

News and success stories

Meet the team

Visit us