Human Resource Development and Training Management PgDip
PgDip Human Resource Development and Training Management
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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.
PgDip Human Resource Development and Training Management entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 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.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- Applicants may be subject to interview.
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.
What jobs can you do with a Human Resource Development and Training Management PgDip?
Career opportunities include:
- HRD specialist
- HR manager
- Training manager
- Training consultant
- Benefits analyst
- Human resource management (HRM)
- Human resource officer
- Human resource systems manager
- Personnel adviser
- Recruitment consultant
- Training and development coordinator
What you'll study on this PgDip Human Resource Development and Training Management course
Modules currently being studied
Core modules include:
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Consultancy and Change Management
- Developing Leadership and Management Skills
- Leadership and Management Skills
- Learning and Talent Development
- Learning at Work
- Researching in HRD
- 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
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:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- 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.
Course costs and funding
September 2021 and January 2022 start
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £1,530 per year (subject to annual increase)
- EU students: to be confirmed
- International students: £2,730 per year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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.
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.
Starting in September 2021 or February 2022
If you're from outside of the UK and need a visa to study in the UK you will not be able to study this course. However, if you're from outside the UK but you are working in the UK and do not require a visa then we may be able to offer you a place on this course. Please contact us for more information.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.