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When you successfully complete the Human Resource Management/Development course you will receive the Postgraduate Diploma and will have completed the skills and knowledge elements on the route to CIPD membership.

The CIPD will then require you to complete a behavioural assessment and demonstrate the required experience before upgrading to Chartered Membership status.


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and Personnel practitioners and UCLan is recognised as an accredited centre which means it is empowered by the CIPD to award its own internally assessed courses.


CIPD accredited courses have been running in various guises at the University for more than 20 years. The course operates as a community of HR practitioners and we draw on each other’s experiences throughout the programme. Many of the staff teaching on the programme have practical HR experience, conduct consultancy or knowledge transfer activity and are active researchers. We use a range of teaching methods and offer a very supportive learning environment and our track record is testimony to this. We build in time for reflection and urge you to do the same through continuous professional development and your everyday practice.

In the first year each module has one piece of course work and an end of module, unseen examination. The course work may be an individual or group written assignment or a group presentation. Unseen assessments/examinations are two hours long. The weighting of the assessment on modules is normally 50:50 - Coursework: Examinations. The exception is ‘Investigating a Business Issue’ which involves the production of a 7,000 word report over the duration of year 2. This module involves a taught element on research methods and how to write the report. However, the module is largely student directed and requires students to undertake a piece of work-based research, supervised by one of the course team. It will also involve some work over the summer.

In Year 2 option modules have two pieces of course work. Normally this will involve a skills/practical assignment and a theoretical assignment. All elements of the assessment profile must be successfully completed in each year. The University procedure for resits will be explained at induction and in the student handbook.

Visit the Human Resource Management/Development (Advanced) - PGDip page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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