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Human Resource Management PG Dip

Course Description

The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management gives rapid access to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Advanced Level Diploma, CIPD Associate Membership and the opportunity to upgrade to CIPD Chartered status. This course is suitable for existing HR practitioners and those keen to enter the profession.


Assessment is both formative and summative. It is designed to appeal to - and test - students from a wide range of traditions. 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. There are also two exams. The exams take place only in the first semester and are required by the CIPD across all approved programmes. Exam briefing is given to help prepare you for these internally set assessments. There is also a 7,500 word Management Research Report.

Professional accreditation

Students gain Associate Membership of the CIPD and you can apply for professional upgrading with the Institute linked to your professional experience to achieve Chartered Membership or Fellowship following successful completion of your programme of study. Our dedicated CIPD professional adviser can guide you on your application to upgrade to Chartered status.

You will need to join the CIPD when you begin your course.

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

Modular structure

The course consists of six taught modules. In the first semester only, there is also one Saturday team skills workshop, one afternoon/evening assessment preparation/taught session and a two-day (Friday and Saturday) block release to address business and HRM strategy and exam preparation.

Core modules:

Leading, Managing and Developing People (20 credits)
Contextualising Management (20 credits)
The Reflective Practitioner (30 credits)
Consultancy, Change and Professional Development (10 credits)
Optional modules - choose two from the following:

HRM: Resourcing and Talent Management(20 credits)
Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)
Managing Employment Relations in Contemporary Organisations (20 credits)
Learning and Talent Development (20 credits)
Employee Engagement (20 credits)
The 7,500 word management Research Report and action learning set presentation, which carries 30 credits, is contained within the Reflective Practitioner module. (30 credits)

Modules usually run in the evenings with daytime delivery depending. Delivery of all option modules also depends on their being sufficient demand for them.

More information on the modules can be found here.

After the course

Successful completion of the PG DIP HRM, in conjunction with joining the CIPD, leads to the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma, the highest educational award offered by the professional body under its current qualifications scheme.

This Advanced Level Diploma plus relevant experience enables you to apply for membership assessment via CIPD, and you can be upgraded to a professional (Chartered) level of CIPD membership.

Achieving the CIPD's Advanced Level Diploma is of major significance in gaining HR roles not only in the UK but also abroad.

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

Completing the Postgraduate Diploma in HRM at London Metropolitan University leads to significant career advantage: on the strength of their Management Research Reports recent students have gained full-time posts from their placements in financial services, leisure and tourism and major international charities. Many have gained significant promotion for instance in the health sector. Alumni in higher education for example have developed their careers significantly leading to positions such as the head of HR. In the private sector, students have moved from general administrative and PA positions to heading strategic HR project team initiatives while others have moved up into international HR management positions for global companies.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

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

(Student Profile)

Loan Nguyen

3065.jpg Loan, why did you apply to study at London Met?

I decided to study at London Met as it provided the course that matched the academic and professional area I had been pursuing. Moreover, the University offers a wide range of scholarships and funding programs for international students. I myself was awarded
the London Met/International Students House scholarship, which covered full tuition fees and accommodation for the whole course here in London.

Where did you live in London when you were studying?

I was fortunate to live in International Students House (ISH) based near Regent’s Park, a very central location in London. I had the chance to meet many new friends there from different universities and learned a lot from their diverse cultures.

Did you apply for the course while you were in Vietnam? Was the application process easy?

Yes I did. I found the application process fairly easy and simple. All the procedures were implemented online, which saved me a lot of time.

What has been your best experience in London?

I personally love all the parks here – one of the very best assets of London. They are simply gorgeous all year round. I would say running in Regent’s Park in yellow fall or rosy summer has been my best ever experience in London!

Did you find part-time work while you were studying?

Yes I did. With the excellent support from the Careers Service and Employment Agency at London Met, I managed to get some part-time work with the University during my time here such as research assistant and events assistant.

What advice would you give to those wanting to study abroad in London?

Well, I would tell them London has a lot more to offer than just a place to study. I believe what they would achieve would not only be academic expertise, but also new friends, new experiences. As London has been voted the most desirable place to work, I’m sure prospective students would be inspired to plan their studies and career in London.


Entry Requirements

A successful applicant will normally be required to have: A good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject/a three-year diploma in business that includes good grades in HR subjects. Students may be considered with HND/HNC or CPP/CTP/CHRP or equivalent CIPD qualifications.Exceptionally, candidates with significant HR experience at a senior level may be considered. Interviews are generally required for non-standard entry. IELTS: Minimum of 6.In order to obtain the CIPD’s Advanced Level Diploma, students need to apply for membership of the CIPD as they join the course.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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