Human Resource Management (CIPD) - PgDip

Part Time
September 2016
£600 per 15-credit module for UK/EU Part Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our Human Resource Management (HRM) postgraduate course gives you the chance to gain professional recognition and will help you to progress in your career. We ensure our course answers the challenges and tasks you would face on a daily basis.

We are fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which will help you be more effective in your workplace.

What's covered in the course?

Our Part-time Diploma is taught on a part time day release basis to enable people currently working to attend. It is taught on Wednesday afternoon and evening. The course covers the key aspects of human resource management, honing the skills you already have and expanding your current knowledge. We ensure that we keep a practical focus on the course, keeping it relevant and fresh to your working life. There will be plenty of group-based study, so you can share ideas and knowledge and learn from the experience of others.

Once you have successfully passed the Postgraduate Diploma you’ll have the opportunity to progress to the Master’s stage and gain the MA in Human Resource Management.

Our course ensures you have the attributes needed to advance in the job market. Our graduates have gone on to secure jobs as HR managers and advisors, as well as more diverse roles such as learning and development managers, area managers and recruitment and training co-ordinators. They work for companies such as West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, Northgate and TNT.

You will study at our new £63 million development, The Curzon Building, which boasts a richly stocked library filled with physical and electronic resources, a new Students’ Union and student support facilities.

Why Choose Us?

  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • With our accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected schools.
  • You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, helping you gain knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
  • Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
  • Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial positions.
  • We keep our courses fresh, relevant and cutting-edge, keeping up to date with the latest trends and technologies.
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Entry Requirements

UK students

For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate stage, normally a degree or equivalent is required.

Management-related work experience could be considered if appropriate qualifications are not held, but applicants with limited personnel experience or academic qualifications may be advised to consider the CIPD’s intermediate qualifications.

It is our policy to interview eligible candidates, not only to determine each candidate’s suitability for the course but also to help applicants to decide for themselves whether the course is suitable for their needs.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
PgDip Sep 2016 PT 2 years £600 per 15-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

Leading, Managing and Developing People
15 credits

This module will help you as a manager and HR professional by giving you knowledge and skills for effective people management practices.

Resourcing and Talent Management
15 credits

One major function of HR is to make sure that organisations have the right people in the right place at the right time and this module covers the things you need to know to contribute to this important objective.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership
15 credits

This module is very practical and in it you will learn many of the skills that are identified in the CIPD competency list for HR practitioners. This module includes role plays and practice sessions and you compile a portfolio of evidence that displays the skills you have learnt.

HRM in Context
15 credits

This module gets you to think about the context that HR operates in and to gain an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations.

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

Performance Management
15 credits

In this module you will learn about the role of performance management in supporting the strategic objectives of the organisation, and how the performance of people can be enhanced, inspired or diminished by leadership and direction.

Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision
15 credits

Learning and development is an important specialist function within HR and in this module you will learn what factors contribute to the success of learning and development activities and how they can contribute to organisational success.

Employment Law
15 credits

HR professionals need to be able to give advice that is accurate and appropriate in relation to employment law and this module covers important legal concepts and also equips you with the practical skills required in your daily work.

Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective
15 credits

To successfully complete this module you need to complete a piece of research on a ‘live’ HR issue in an organisation and then write a business report detailing your research, the findings and your recommendations. You will be supported by one of our lecturers and be taught the key skills you need to complete the research.

Course Structure

Lessons are usually delivered on a part-day release basis, usually on Wednesdays between 1.30 and 8.30pm. This way, you can effectively fit the course around your work and personal commitments. Normally, entry is by degree or equivalent. If you do not have a degree, evidence of appropriate prior learning or experience may be taken into account.

We’ll provide workshops covering research methods, to make sure you acquire the academic tools to successfully find, understand and apply information and data to your work.

After you complete your postgraduate certificate at the end of the first year you will then move on to the postgraduate diploma for the second year of study. Here, you can carry out our own research under the guidance of one of our staff. You can explore a human resource issue of your choosing, perhaps one from within your own organisation. Once you have completed, you will be able to bring insight, clarity and understanding to your role as a HR specialist.

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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  This allows successful students of the BA (Hons) Business and HRM degree to upgrade their Student Membership to that of Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Assoc CIPD).

Further Study

Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma, you can progress to the Master’s stage and gain the MA in Human Resource Management.

You could also have the chance to study on the part-time DBA research degree programme at Birmingham City Business School.

Enhancing employability skills

Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you will have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

*The Sutton Trust, 2015


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers upon graduating, and the course could also mean you can stay with your current organisation and move up the career ladder. Our successful students have gone on to work for companies such as West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust and TNT, working as HR managers, learning and development managers and training co-ordinators.

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Meet our staff

Our staff are experts in their chosen fields. You’ll be taught by people with professional qualifications, as well as relevant academic and industry experience.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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