Human Resource Management (Intermediate) Dip

Human Resource Management (Intermediate) Dip

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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    1 Year

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Why study this programme?

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.

This is a standalone course but you may decide to continue on to the Postgraduate Diploma HRM/D which leads to chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

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Entry Requirements

Academic criteria:

Students must meet one of the following minimum academic qualifications:-

  • A relevant qualification to NVQ Level 3;
  • Five GCE/GCSE passes with at least two at A level (typically such candidates will have some personnel, development or management experience);
  • A “Foundation” level qualification from the CIPD;
  • A Certificate in Personnel or Training Practice (CPP or CTP) from the CIPD;
  • An equivalent or higher level award from nationally recognised educational or professional bodies;
  • In exceptional cases, applicants having a minimum of two years of band 3 personnel experience or management experience may be considered.

Professional criteria:

  • Applicants will be operating at Band 1 but can clearly see the career transition to Band 2 or in the early stages of Band 2.

For people operating at Band 2 it is likely that one of the following statements will describe your work:

  • Have responsibility for implementing HR policies and strategies
  • Work in the field of HR management/development and need to extend their knowledge and skills
  • Building an awareness of the human resources levers that drive business value
  • Building and testing a range of interpersonal skills including communication, listening, relationship management
  • Broadening knowledge of the organisation and how decisions are made
  • Deepening technical skills and knowledge

The professional criteria are explained fully in the CIPD’s mapping document (.pdf)


  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is not allowed to be used for exemptions against modules on this programme unless it has been agreed with CIPD previously and can be verified.
  • Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) is in line with Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). This course applies the University APCL regulations that a maximum of 2/3rds (80 credits out of 120) can be exempted [Please note the CIPD APCL exemption rules of 3/4s (six out of eight modules) do not apply

For students who wish to transfer to the University from other CIPD accredited programmes the same University APCL regulations apply. Where such students require less than 40 credits to achieve the CIPD qualification it may be possible to transfer into UCLAN as an Associate Student and study the outstanding modules to allow them to achieve the CIPD qualification. This is subject to the student providing the necessary evidence. Please note that this will not result in a University award.

For students where English is not their first language in addition to a score of at least 6.5 on IELTS or a score of 600-650 in TOEFL, supported by a pass in the associated Test of Written English, or a score of greater than 250 on TOEFL computer test.

Candidates requiring further clarification on exemption issues should telephone 01772 894641.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

(September to January)

There are four modules:

  • Resource, Talent and Planning
  • Improving Organisational Performance
  • Managing and Coordinating the HR function
  • Developing Professional Practice

Semester 2

(January to May)

There are four modules full modules:

  • Contemporary Human Resource Development
  • Contemporary Employee Relations
  • Business Issues and the Context of HR
  • Using Information in HR

Further Information

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.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £430 per 20 credit module (six modules = £2580)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

Accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

Graduate Careers

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.