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Course content

HR is changing – it is more business focused, internationally oriented and adds more value than ever.

This course provides new or unqualified practitioners and line managers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be highly effective HR specialists.

Using critical analysis and investigation, you will develop an understanding of the business context of HR, and its role in driving performance.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level

Choose Human Resource Management PgDip at Bedfordshire and:

• Study employee resourcing, learning, development, reward and relations on a part-time, modular course that is designed to fit in with your existing work commitments
• Explore your practical skills and widen your understanding of the HR issues that affect a range of local and national, public, private and not-for-profit organisations
• Develop alongside other engaged and ambitious students currently working in personnel and development roles
• Gain Associate Membership with the eligibility to be upgraded to a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development following completion of the course
• Benefit from the development of strategic specialist HR and generic management skills that will enable you to make a creative and motivating contribution to organisational effectiveness.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/human-resource-management2

Course detail

In the fast moving world of HRM, professional qualifications are an important way to build your knowledge and demonstrate expertise in the workplace. This course will develop your critical thinking and understanding of organisations as well as your learning how to develop creative and strategic HR solutions for sustained organisational performance. The professional level of Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is achieved upon completion.


• Hrm In A Strategic Business Context (PRO009-6) Compulsory
• Leading, Managing And Developing People (PRO010-6) Compulsory
• Learning And Talent Development (PRO013-6) Compulsory
• Management Research Report (PRO015-6) Compulsory
• Managing Employment Relations (PRO012-6) Compulsory
• Performance And Reward Management (PRO014-6) Compulsory
• Reflective Practice In Business Leadership (PRO016-6) Compulsory
• Resourcing And Talent Management (PRO011-6) Compulsory


The overall strategy for this course is to achieve a balance between the assessment of academic understanding and evaluation, and the assessment of competences and skills that are valuable in organisations.

Your learning will be enabled through a variety of formative and summative assessments. For example there will be exams, assignments and presentations, with key emphases on continuous learning with each piece of work. You will also be expected to write a reflective account of what has been learned during each assignment and how this can be applied in the future. Underpinning each assessment consideration must be made to ethics, diversity and to legal issues.

You will be assessed summatively via: both short and long written reports and papers (from 1500 to 3000 words); presentations, management research report (8,000 words) and the development of a reflective skills portfolio. The coursework assignments will relate to your own workplace or to a chosen case study. Formative assessment will come through verbal feedback on: in-class presentations, coursework activities, assignments as well as through report supervision.


The course supports the enhancement of your employability through its emphasis on the skills and knowledge related to improving HR managerial practice at work. The central principle underlying the learning and assessment of this course is reflective practice, and you will be encouraged to apply this developmental approach to the consolidation and development of your career. The course aims to make the most of a wide variety of learning opportunities, both in the workplace as well as the classroom, and seeks to develop or improve a range of transferable behavioural skills and competences necessary in business leadership and HRM, such as: curiosity, collaboration, decision-making, negotiation and having the courage to challenge.

The local CIPD Branch also offers a programme of events (http://www.cipd.co.uk/branches/events) aimed at promoting members' education, development and networking. These include updates on employment law, skills development in key areas, and workshops in areas such as managing diversity and coaching. You will also have an opportunity to become a committee member for the local CIPD Branch as part of your development into professionalism.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the PgDip Human Resource Management page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!





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