This is a vocationally focused part-time course designed for the needs of HR practitioners who want to consolidate their skills and knowledge whilst building on their previous qualifications and experience.
It will provide you with the generalist grounding for the HR profession. However, you can choose to upgrade your qualification via our Master's degree which equips you to operate effectively at a strategic HR level.
The course is also offered as a collaborative programme through Chichester College.
On this course you can:
We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of the PgDip HRM, you will have gained all the knowledge indicators required for the CIPD postgraduate Level 7 Professional Map. You are then eligible to seek Associate Membership of the CIPD.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
The Diploma has given me a great insight into many different areas of HR and a strategic view of the profession. The course has been hard work and takes quite a commitment; however the staff at Portsmouth Business School have been very supportive throughout.
Hannah Miller, PgDip Human Resource Management student
We understand that in most cases, you will be trying to juggle full-time work alongside study. Therefore we aim for teaching to be delivered in the most convenient way possible with classes taking place in the afternoons and evenings.
From September 2017, this course will be offered on a Wednesday for Year 1 students and a Thursday for Year 2 students.
Here are the units you will study over the two-year period:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
We combine a variety of teaching methods and our learning approach is active, participative, reflective and student-centred. You will be encouraged to develop a strategic awareness and appreciate the role of the HR professional as a business partner.
Assessment differs from unit to unit, but all consist of varying forms of coursework alongside exam-based assessment. Here’s how we assess you:
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Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your studies.
Due to the work-based nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside work life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.
Take advantage of our Placements Office for help with all things placement related. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business related placement opportunities, we are always on hand to advise and support you through the recruitment process and beyond.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Every well-known organisation you can think of has HR specialists. Whether it is a large commercial business, regional company or the public sector, HR professionals may be found in a variety of roles. It is not just about the day-to-day business of recruiting, training and managing good employees. A career in HR is increasingly focused on long-term business success.
Once you have successfully completed this course, you can then progress to the Master’s top-up which comprises a six day block study workshop followed by a dissertation. The choice of dissertation topic will determine whether a student will be considered for the award of MSc Human Resource Management or MSc Human Resource Development.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
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