Human Resource Management / Development (Advanced) PGDip

Human Resource Management / Development (Advanced) PGDip

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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    Two Years: Year 1 – Tues – 1.00pm – 7.30pm; Year 2 – Wed - 1.00pm – 7.30pm

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Why study this programme?

When you successfully complete the Human Resource Management/Development course you will receive the Postgraduate Diploma and will have completed the skills and knowledge elements on the route to CIPD membership.

The CIPD will then require you to complete a behavioural assessment and demonstrate the required experience before upgrading to Chartered Membership status.

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Entry Requirements

Academic criteria:

Students must meet one of the following minimum academic qualifications:

  • A UK University degree or equivalent combined with appropriate professional experience at CIPD Band 2 or 3 [see below];
  • CIPD validated qualification at Intermediate level (e.g. the University’s Diploma HRM);
  • A University Diploma or Graduate Diploma in a relevant topic;
  • An S/NVQ level 4 in a relevant topic.

Professional criteria:

  • Applicants will be operating at Band 2 but can clearly see the career transition to Band 3 or in the early stages of Band 3.

For people operating at Band 3 it is likely that one of the following statements will describe your work:

  • have responsibility for human resource (HR) decision making within an organisation at either operational, tactical or more strategic level
  • are HR professionals in a team or HR functional management role who are seeking to enhance and develop their career
  • have responsibilities for the HR function and activities within an organisation without a specialist function
  • are independent or employed consultants who support organisations in meeting their goals

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

NOTE: If you do not meet these entry requirements you have the option of taking the yearlong Diploma HRM which commences in September. Students who successfully complete the Diploma can then join the Postgraduate Diploma the following September or at a later date that fits in with their career development.

Entry to the Diploma is against one of the following requirements:

  • 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 (Please see Diploma fact sheet).


  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is not allowed to be used for exemptions against modules on this programme
  • 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]. It is not possible to be exempted from the module ‘Investigating a Business Issue’

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 email

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Semester 1 (September to January – Tuesday 1pm-7:30pm)

There are two modules in the first semester:

  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Managing, Leading & Developing People

Semester 2 (January to May – Tuesday 1pm-7:30pm)

There are two modules in the second semester:

  • Investigating a Business Issue
  • Developing Skills for Business Leaders.

Year 2

In Year 2 students need to undertake four option modules and these will determine whether you are awarded an HRM or HRD qualification. You need to do at least three options in either HRM or HRD. Further advice will be given on option choices by the Course Leader.

HRM (pathway) Options:

  • Employment Law
  • Managing Employee Relations
  • Employee Engagement
  • Performance Management
  • Reward Management
  • Talent & People Resourcing

(PLEASE NOTE: The range of options may vary subject to staff availability and student numbers).

HRD (pathway) Options:

  • Learning & Talent Development
  • Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Training
  • Instigating Coaching and Mentoring
  • Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning

(PLEASE NOTE: The range of options may vary subject to staff availability and student numbers).

Year 2 Continued

HRM/D (pathway):

These modules are normally taught as standard

  • Organisational Design and Development
  • Leadership & Management Development

(PLEASE NOTE: The range of options may vary subject to staff availability and student numbers).

Semester 1 (September to January – Tuesday 1pm-7:30pm)

  • Organisational Design and Development (Regarded as an HRM & HRD option):
  • Option HRM/HRD

Semester 2 (January to May – Tuesday 1pm-7:30pm)

  • Leadership & Management Development (Regarded as an HRM & HRD option)
  • Option HRM/HRD
  • Students also need to produce a portfolio of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Further Information

The course can be taken as a standalone course or you can elect to take an MA. You can decide to do this at a much later date.

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 from the course leader.

If you are taking the HRM pathway you can only do one option from the HRD pathway. Similarly if you are taking the HRD pathway you can only do one option from the HRM pathway.

This course leads to CIPD Membership subject to 'behavioural' assessment.

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: £850 per 20 credit module (six modules = £5100)

Further information:

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

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Professional Accreditation

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. 

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’s 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.

In the first year each module has one piece of course work and an end of module, unseen examination. The course work may be an individual or group written assignment or a group presentation. Unseen assessments/examinations are two hours long. The weighting of the assessment on modules is normally 50:50 - Coursework: Examinations. The exception is ‘Investigating a Business Issue’ which involves the production of a 7,000 word report over the duration of year 2. This module involves a taught element on research methods and how to write the report. However, the module is largely student directed and requires students to undertake a piece of work-based research, supervised by one of the course team. It will also involve some work over the summer.

In Year 2 option modules have two pieces of course work. Normally this will involve a skills/practical assignment and a theoretical assignment. All elements of the assessment profile must be successfully completed in each year. The University procedure for resits will be explained at induction and in the student handbook.