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Course content

Our part-time Human Resource Management postgraduate diploma in prepares you for a senior role in HR, developing your understanding of HR and the organisations within which HR operates.

Using critical analysis, self-reflection and problem-solving techniques, you will learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic HR solutions that drive organisational performance, applying your learning to your workplace with immediate effect.

Experienced lecturers will support you through this academic and practice-led course, integrating guest talks from local, national and international HR professionals.

You can also tailor the course to your individual and professional strengths through your final project – focusing on an area you or your current employer is interested in.

As part of our Human Resource Management programme, you will have the opportunity to continue onto the Human Resource Management MSc. This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.

Course structure

The course is taught one day per week (afternoon and evening combined) over two years. You will also have the option to exit the course early, graduating after one year with a postgraduate certificate in HRM or to continue to complete the Human Resource Management MSc.


You will study a total of seven modules over two years. You have the chance to specailise in a particular area of HR in your research report.

Year 1 modules:

Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Leading, Managing and Developing People
HRM in Context

Year 2 modules:

Organisational Design and Development
Employment Law
Managing the Employment Relationship
Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective


Our Human Resource Management MSc is accredited by the CIPD, the world’s largest Chartered HR and development professional body. The CIPD is a globally recognised organisation with over 135,000 members across 120 countries.

During your studies, you are encouraged to apply for CIPD student membership which entitles you to full access to the CIPD’s website, the monthly People Management Journal, and many other benefits.

On completion of the Human Resource Management MSc you will have gained the knowledge required to work towards CIPD Chartered Member (MCIPD) or Chartered Fellow (FCIPD).

CIPD Chartered Membership demonstrates you have the expertise needed to plan and manage generalist or specialist projects. Gaining professional membership is an achievement that ensures you stand out in your career. It is respected by employers and industry alike, and may also increase your earning potential.

Learning support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your project work. We also provide free language and support services throughout for international students.

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

Many HR employers look for a CIPD-approved qualification. This course fulfils that requirement, presenting you with a range of new opportunities.

Successful completion of the course provides an excellent base for developing a career in people management and development. It demonstrates your professional credibility to employers, clients and peers.

The course is designed to help you succeed in both general and specialist HR roles.

• Careers Service

As a student you will have access to our Careers Service, including careers counselling sessions, CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

• Careers counsellor

As the Business School's career development advisor, Christina Keiller helps you to write your CV, prepare for interviews and plan your career. She also works closely with tutors to ensure that our courses teach vocational skills as well as academic ones.

• Entrepreneurship network

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support for any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project. Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in beepurple activities, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other recent graduates have set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

• Mentoring scheme

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

Visit the Human Resource Management - PGDip page on the University of Brighton website for more details!





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