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The Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Development and Organisational Change will enable you to operate in a middle to senior strategic management HR/HR Development and Organisational Change advanced practitioner role, or as a middle to senior line manager or consultant. It will enable you to make contributions to the development of an organisation, particularly in the arena of organisational development, change and transition.

As a student on this part time Diploma in HR Development and Organisational Change you will have the opportunity to initiate or improve your critical understanding of complex managerial, HR, HR development and organisational change issues. The course will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate to middle and senior management and advanced practitioners in the HR development field.

The course will help you to develop leadership skills, management competency and HR skills appropriate to middle and senior management and advanced practitioners engaged in organisational change and development. It will support development of an informed approach to professional practice.

Why Wolverhampton?

The University of Wolverhampton Business School currently holds devolved status from CIPD, which enables you to gain a professional CIPD qualification whilst studying for the PG Diploma HRDOC.

The course covers a range of topics in the field of HR including, Leadership, Talent Development, Change Management, Organisational Development and Coaching and Mentoring. Each level of the programme is aligned to the national standards for the profession, and is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Completion of the course enables students to apply for professional Chartered Membership or Fellowship of the CIPD.

Career path

The CIPD is the foremost HR Institute in the world, and for anyone wishing to pursue or further their career within the field of HR or HR Development and Organisational Change, it is essential that a CIPD postgraduate qualification is obtained for those leading change and developing people in organisations.

Most organisations who recruit HR professionals require applicants to either hold a CIPD qualification or be studying to achieve one.

International, national and local recruitment to the field of HR is a growing industry and as such competition for employment is high. Our programme is a robust programme that has been highly commended by the CIPD for many years. More recently the HRDOC pathway has been subject to nationally recognised awards for teaching innovation and programme innovation.

There are elements of training design and delivery incorporated within the programme, so as to enable students to be able to plan and prepare a business case for selling new ideas, concepts and products within an organisation. The core disciplines of internal and external marketing presentations are identical.

This course is essential for anyone engaged in the development of Organisations through staff and stakeholders in current and future economic climates of change. Failure to understand the underpinning theories and practice of HR Development and Organisational Change will result in organisations failing to work in a proactive manner, become leaner and fitter, and maximise its human resource effectively and efficiently.

Graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma HR Development and Organisational Change award should be able to operate effectively in strategic roles or in positions of strategic influence, but bring higher levels of expertise to bear than previously. They should also be able to move up their organisational hierarchy more quickly, or alternatively seek and secure employment in another organisation at a higher level, or set themselves up as an independent consultant.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate contemporary organisations in terms of their principal operating environments.
  2. Critically analyse how learning and talent development strategies are organised.
  3. Identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation in terms of research.
  4. Analyse and critically evaluate the historical and theoretical basis of organisational designs and their development in terms of their value and contribution to organisational life.
  5. Critically evaluate the practice, relevance and contribution of HRM and HRD to organisational success and effective change management using major contemporary research and debates in the field of HR.
  6. Understand, analyse and evaluate coaching and mentoring in organisations.

Who accredits this course?

Completion of the course enables students to apply for professional Chartered Membership or Fellowship of the CIPD.


Visit the Human Resource Development and Organisational Change - PGDip page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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