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This course in Human Resource Management provides students with a high quality graduate management education and development experience. Through an intellectually stimulating course of professional graduate education, Human Resource Management develops the operational skills and behaviours of human resource management and development practitioners.

The course can be taken as a standalone course or you can elect to take the subsequent Postgraduate Diploma HRM/D and MA. You can decide to do this at a much later date. 

Accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)


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 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.

We provide support and guidance for each form of assessment as we move through the programme. So for example you will have a session on exam techniques before you are expected to do an examination and a session on presentation skills before you are expected to carry out an assessed presentation. The University procedure for resits will be explained at induction and in the student handbook. We use a variety of assessment methods ranging from organisational reports, essays, short examinations, continuing professional development portfolios, case studies, skills assignments and group presentations.


A course module that will help you plan your career is available as a free choice module (called an elective), which you can study as part of your degree programme.


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. When you successfully complete the course you will receive the Diploma and will have completed the skills and knowledge elements on the route to CIPD associateship. The CIPD will then require you to complete a behavioural assessment and demonstrate the required experience before upgrading to Associate membership status.

This course leads to CIPD Associateship subject to 'behavioural' assessment.

The course is a mix of lectures, group activities and student presentations. Frequent use is made of case study and other student-centred materials. Students are expected to be active participants in the sessions. Groups or individuals may also seek guidance in tutorials with the course leader.

Visit the Human Resource Management (Intermediate) - GradDip page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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