Human Resource Management - Int Dip PD

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Why study this course?

Our Human Resource Management Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the human resource management (HRM) professional body. Available to study part-time in the evening, you’ll address core human resource human resource (HR) issues such as:

  • the development of professional practice
  • business issues and the contexts of HR
  • managing and coordinating the HR function
  • using information in HR

This HR diploma will also 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.

More about this course

Human Resource Management is a widely recognised and growing sector that’s instrumental in driving business needs forward, influencing business strategy and shaping people at work. We’ve designed our HR course to enhance your career if you already have some technical expertise in human resources and want to move up to a higher-level HR position.

Our approach

This CIPD certificate 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.

Accreditation for your career

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 this Diploma, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, will allow you to become an Associate Member of the CIPD.

Successfully completing our CIPD Level 5 undergraduate course will be of major significance in helping you to gain HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad.

Staff and guest speakers

Our staff are dedicated to their research into personnel, or human, resources management. You’ll be able to learn from their latest insights by attending staff research seminars. The teaching team places a strong emphasis on promoting a friendly and supportive environment.

A programme of guest speakers from industry and authors of eminent works will also contribute to your learning on this HR qualification in London.
In addition, you can take advantage of the regular HR employability sessions run by our careers team.

CIPD praise

Overall, this and our other CIPD certificate courses are commended by the CIPD for their:

  • 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


This certification is assessed entirely through coursework.

The individual modules are 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

Our Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development in HRM is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). You must join CIPD at the start of your course.

Successfully complete the course and join the CIPD to gain the CIPD’s Intermediate Level Diploma and register for Associate CIPD membership.

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Entry requirements

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

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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:

  • The module will enable students to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) and to apply a personal skills audit. It will introduce them to professional competency frameworks, including the CIPD’s professional (HR) map. The module will explore organisational context, cultural and institutional aspects and themes such as stakeholder theory. We consider the HR function, its relationship to organisational performance. We examine the HR professional’s potential for contribution to change management, drawing conclusions and scoping options for change. We look at the increasing significance of personal and professional ethics. The module will enable the development of skills related to interpersonal and group behaviours and to project management. Finally the module equips students with the skills to select appropriate research methods, conduct research design and to analyse and interpret data.

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  • 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.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    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.

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  • 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 and 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.

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What our students say

"Good teaching staff who answer all questions, the facilities are good and the course is interesting."
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After the course

Completion of our CIPD-approved university Level 5 award will provide you with the specialist skills, knowledge and abilities you need to apply effective HRM solutions within different organisational settings.

our newly-acquired skills and HR knowledge will enable you to progress from administrative to managerial roles, taking on extra responsibilities in your workplace. It also equips you with the knowledge you need to move onto a Level 7 CIPD qualification, which will be of use if you want to work in the more strategic HR roles.

This will enhance your career progression and advancement, either within your current organisation or within another organisation.

If you successfully complete our Human Resources Management Intermediate Diploma in Professional Development, you may be considered for entry on to our Human Resources Management Postgraduate Diploma, at the discretion of the tutors.

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. Combined with suitable work experience, this award will allow you to apply for Chartered status of the CIPD (CMCIPD or CFCIPD), further enhancing your employability.

Additional costs

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.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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.

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