Human Resource Development and Training Management PgDip

Human resource management student by boardroom window
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
2-4 years part-time
Start Date
September 2018, January 2019, September 2019, January 2020
Recognised
Yes

Overview

If you're a HR and training professional looking for a course that lets you put your new learning into practice right away, our PgDip Human Resource Development and Training Management course is for you.

This work-based learning programme will give you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career in strategic, tactical and operational Human Resource Development (HRD). If you're already working as a manager, you'll learn how to manage HRD within the wider human resources and business context.

You'll graduate with fresh skills, techniques and practices to take on ambitious roles in HR consultancy, HR management, as a training professional, or to seek promotion opportunities. You could also continue your studies.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Get a professionally-recognised Level 7 CIPD qualification
  • Study at your own pace for up to four years, with flexibility to fit your studies around your job
  • Gear the course to meet the requirements of your current workplace, so that both you and your employer benefit
  • Learn about the key themes in HRD, including Training, Learning and Talent Development; Consultancy, Coaching and Mentoring; Leadership and Management Skills, and the Training Manager in the Business Context
  • Use our comprehensive online resources, including e-books, databases, journals and study skills resources
  • Be supported by qualified and enthusiastic academic staff, through a combination of face-to-face contact, telephone, email and virtual learning

Work experience and career planning

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work as an HRD specialist.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

We're an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so when you graduate from the Human Resource Development and Training Management PgDip, you'll be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, and depending on your previous experience, you could meet the criteria for Chartered Membership. The CIPD is the world's largest internationally-recognised Chartered HR and development professional body.

You'll also have strong people management and HR-specific skills, you'll be able to reflect on your practice, and be ready to make an active contribution to business performance.

Career opportunities include:

  • HRD specialist
  • HR manager
  • Training manager
  • Training consultant
  • Benefits analyst
  • Human resource officer
  • Human resource systems manager
  • Personnel adviser
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Training and development coordinator

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and an appreciation of Human Resource Development and management
  • Applicants with appropriate work experience and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or 5 qualification will be considered
  • Professional experience or equivalent qualifications may be considered
  • We might need to interview you to make sure you're suitable for this course
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

  • An honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject and an appreciation of the HRD/training management function. Applicants with appropriate work experience and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 3 or 5 qualification will be considered. Professional experience and/or equivalent qualification may be considered.
  • Applicants may be subject to interview.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £1,280 per year (subject to annual increase)
  • International students: £2,330 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units include:

  • Training, Learning and Talent Development
  • Consultancy, Coaching and Mentoring
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • The Training Manager and the Business Context

Changes to course content

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK). ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

You'll be allocated a tutor who will support and guide you in your studies, and with planning your work-based assignments. You'll have access to all of the University's online resources, just as though you were here on campus.

Learning is primarily self-directed, but you'll get guidance and support from experienced tutors. You'll be able to analyse, interpret and apply what you learn into your workplace.

It's recommended that you're supported by a work-based mentor, who will provide additional support and guidance.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. 

You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • business research report
  • professional development portfolio

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 

Apply

Apply for this course using our online application form.

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

  • Student Recruitment Centre
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 2991

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