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Why study this course?

When you successfully complete our postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management, you’ll receive a CIPD Advanced Level 7 Associate Membership Certificate. This allows you to become an Associate member and progress this to Chartered membership or Chartered Fellowship, depending on your professional experience. You'll be able to put CMCIPD or CFCIPD after your name, signalling to employers your ability to work in more demanding and strategic roles.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 95% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

On completion of the course, you’ll be well placed to take advantage of the many human resource management (HRM) career opportunities London has to offer.

This course is offered on a flexible basis to help you study around work or other responsibilities. It can be studied full-time in 12 months or part-time (two evenings per week) over 18 months. January and September start dates are available.

You’ll develop your analytical and critical thinking skills so you can put these theories into practice and solve real life HR issues in your workplace. The course will also improve your research skills so you can put together a scientific research report that examines HR issues facing your organisation, and offer valuable suggestions on how to tackle them.


The teaching staff on this course are highly research-active in their chosen specialisms, so you’ll benefit from expert academic perspectives on important issues facing the HR profession today.

Guest speakers from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors as well as industry consultants and published authors will contribute to the development of your knowledge. You’ll be encouraged to attend CIPD London branch events to develop your HR expertise and network with other HR professionals.

Overall, our postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management and other CIPD related courses have been commended by the CIPD for:

  • an up-to-date and high quality curriculum
  • excellent standards of teaching and learning
  • strong commitment and support from lecturers
  • effective use of action learning sets
  • a strong ethos and beneficial formative feedback


Assessment is both formative and summative, so you’ll have the opportunity to receive feedback on your work without it counting towards your final grade.

Assessment methods are varied and include assignments written in report and essay format, comparative analyses, case studies, a skills development portfolio and learning log, presentations and group work.

You will also need to submit a 7,500-word Management Research Report.

There will be two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes.

Professional accreditation

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course. Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll gain Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Depending on your professional experience, you’ll also be able to apply for professional upgrading to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser will be available to guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

Upgrading to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD enables you to use the designatory letters CMCIPD or CFCIPD, further enhancing your employability.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Contextualising Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (core, 20 credits)
  • Management Research Report (core, 20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Employee Engagement (option, 20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (option, 20 credits)
  • Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (option, 20 credits)
  • Resourcing and Developing Talent (option, 20 credits)

After the course

Completing the Human Resource Management PG Dip will give you a significant career advantage. On the strength of their Management Research Reports, our graduates have gained full-time posts from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism and major international charities.

Many have also gained significant promotions for instance in the health sector, while alumni in higher education have significantly developed their careers and entered roles such as Head of HR.

In the private sector, students have moved from general administrative and PA positions to heading strategic HR project team initiatives. Others have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.

Short courses

You can apply to study any of the option modules as a short course. The module leader will check whether you have the prerequisites to undertake the module.

While all the option modules are available to study in this way, the following courses have short course pages where you can find more information:

You also have the opportunity to advance your PG Diploma in Human Resource Management to an MA at a later date by taking extra modules from the MA (worth 80 credits).

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.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change.

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.


Visit the Human Resource Management PGDip page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!




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