The University of Wolverhampton

PGDipPostgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management


This is a distinctive programme which seeks to enable you to develop the necessary skills, competencies and knowledge for an effective career in Human Resource Management. Completion of the course enables you to apply for professional membership of CIPD. The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management provides you with a contemporary focus and offers a rigorous academic programme for success in the HR profession. It aims to develop you for a professional career in HR by developing knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of HR, encouraging critical reflective thinking and developing independent personal development skills. The course is aligned to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and upon successful completion it offers you the opportunity to apply for membership of CIPD.

The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach and will help you develop your own understandings of complex and contested notions in the business environment. You will develop informed perspectives and collective responsibilities as a practitioner within local, national and international communities.

It also enables you to develop professional skills through the use of a variety of innovative assessment methods. Additionally, you will gain understanding of managerial HR systems and their impact upon organisations and people. The course enhances a career in human resource management, at a senior level or as senior line managers to make strategic contributions to people management in organisations.

Entry requirements

All applicants

  • A first or second class undergraduate honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above.
  • A HND/HNC in a related subject area plus two years relevant organisational experience.
  • A Certificate in HR Practice, a Certificate in Training Practice, a Certificate in Recruitment and Selection, or an equivalent CIPD certificated programme, plus two years’ relevant experience.
  • Applications are also invited under the widening participation agenda from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who may have significant organisational experience. In such cases, students will need to demonstrate at least 8 years relevant organisational experience, with at least three years in an HR role, or five years in a relevant role, for example a supervisory or management role. Admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to contribute to, benefit from and achieve the award.
  • A reference from a tutor who has supervised your undergraduate studies, or your employer;
  • If English is not your first language, a TOEFL score of 550 or above, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to the above.
  • You may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS APL Handbook. APL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.
  • Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant management experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award.
  • You will normally have appropriate and relevant work experience.

Fees and finance

2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 321150 for further information.

The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount: If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.


The CIPD is world renowned for developing the standards for the HR profession and for anyone wishing to pursue or further their career within the field of HR it is essential that a CIPD postgraduate qualification is obtained, giving membership to the professional body.

Most organisations who recruit HR professionals require applicants to either hold a CIPD qualification or be studying to achieve one.

International, national and local recruitment to the field of HR is growing and as such competition for employment is high. Our programme is a robust programme that has been highly commended by the CIPD for many years.

Furthermore there is an opportunity to progress onto a relevant masters for example an MA Human Resource Management.


The PG Dip HRM has been aligned to the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Developments (CIPD) Professional body advanced standards. The course includes core and core option modules required for an accredited CIPD PG Diploma in HRM leading to full membership of the professional body.

Should you wish to contact the Institute at any time the address and telephone number is:

Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development

151 The Broadway


SW19 1JQ

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8612 6200
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8612 6201

Course content

Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective

Undertake a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills.

Human Resource Management in Context

Focus on how organisations respond to their ever-changing environment and how leaders and managers have to react to the reality that their decisions and choices are often not shaped by themselves, but the chosen environment.

Leading, Managing and Developing People

Provides you with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development

Organisational Change and Development

Focus on decisions that have to be made on the most appropriate organisational structure(s) to ensure delivery of organisational activity. Consider the importance of cultural awareness in managing outcomes of design and development strategies, the practical applications of organisation design and organisation development concepts and the implications for the effective management of organisations and professional practice.

People Resourcing & Reward

Focus not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context

Key issues in Employment Relations & Employment Law

Consider the contexts and external factors which impinge on the employment relationship and the differing political and ideological perspectives inherent within human resource management. Consider relevant employment legislation and how it affects employees, management and organisations


1. Critically evaluate contemporary organisations in terms of their principal operating environments.

2. Critically analyse how resourcing, talent management and reward strategies are developed.

3. Identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation in terms of research.

4. Analyse and critically evaluate the historical and theoretical basis of organisational designs and their development in terms of their value and contribution to organisational life.

5. Critically evaluate the practice, relevance and contribution of HRM and HRD to organisational success and effective change management using major contemporary research and debates in the field of HR.

6. Understand, analyse and critically evaluate the different theories and perspectives on employment relations and employment law.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Business School currently holds devolved status from the CIPD. This was the culmination of ten years of student performance above the national average in all areas.

The course aims to develop students at advanced level for a professional career in HR by developing knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of HR, encouraging critical reflective thinking and developing independent personal development skills. The course covers a range of topics in the field of HR including, Leadership, Resourcing, Reward, Talent Management, Employment Law, Employee Relations and Change Management, written against the national standards for the profession, and is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Completion of the course enables students to apply for professional membership of the CIPD.


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