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Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

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1 year
Start date: Expected February-2021
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Interested in employment issues? Want to develop your knowledge of human resource management or gain formal recognition of your existing practical skills?

This programme is useful for people who may be in management/leadership positions and want to enhance their capabilities in these roles or for those who wish to embark on a career in human resources management. As the world population steadily grows, so do the number of new business ventures requiring motivated, proficient professionals to help manage employer/employee relationships and development. You could work in a wide range of organisations, environments and industries, finding employment as a Human Resources Coordinator or Advisor, Team Leader, Supervisor or Office Manager.

This one-year qualification is a useful add-on to an existing Bachelor’s degree in another field. It allows you to gain focused knowledge of employment relations, human resources and organisational behaviour without having to undertake a full degree. Learn from a series of courses and then apply your cumulative learning in a practical industry project. Benefit from the guidance and support of highly experienced staff to help you gain industry-relevant skills that you can apply directly to the real-world of business.

You will study

You will complete 120 credits of learning, of which 75 must be at Level 7.


Human Resources (compulsory): Learn about key areas of human resources such as recruitment, training and development, and performance management.

PLUS two of the Level 6 courses below:

Industrial Relations: This important HR topic covers aspects of legal compliance that are required to be met by any organization. Learn about changes in the Employment Relations Act and relevant Health & Safety Legislation.

Organizational Behaviour: Understand the theory and research behind employees’ behaviour, individual and group dynamics, leadership styles, power and organizational structures, motivation and team culture.

Leadership: Learn about the nature and context of leadership, how to develop yourself as a leader, change and project management.


Advanced Human Resource Management (compulsory): Develop a strategic approach to human resources that can be integrated with business strategy. Learn about human resource audits and planning, job analysis, and strategic selection processes and recruitment.

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management (compulsory): Gain an understanding of current and emerging issues in HR such as workplace stress and bullying, and the implications of technology.

Industry Project (compulsory): This provides an opportunity to balance theory with applied learning in your workplace or host organization and tailor your studies accordingly to your interest. The project involves a workload of 200 hours, completing a written research project investigating an issue/problem that adds value to the organisation. This industry project will be useful in developing team work, communication, and other soft skills/capabilities and in helping establish industry connections post-graduation.

Your workload

Your programme of study will generally include lectures and seminars/ tutorials. You will be expected to contribute at least 20 hours per week of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the qualification. You will also complete a 200-hour industry project, gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

Further study options

Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Human Resource Management.

Entry criteria

A bachelor's degree in any discipline OR equivalent skills/experience.

You may NOT enrol in a major that you have already studied at undergraduate level.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Assessments: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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