Human Resource Management PgDip

Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

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€ 499

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€ 99

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Study employer-led modules. Focus on your personal development in key areas of People Management and Learning and Development. Progress onto an MSc in HRM.


The Certificate and Diploma in Human Resources Management, Level 7 stand-alone courses have been designed to develop relevant and essential knowledge and skills in People Management and Learning and Development and are a route into professional membership of the CIPD.

At Sunderland, we focus on problem-solving ability and linking theory to real-world challenges. As part of this, you will visit UK companies and also learn from guest speakers who share their practical business experience. HR practitioners work with our academic team to deliver events and workshops that will help prepare you to become a part of the HRM professional community. The networks you develop will become invaluable to you when you graduate and embark on your career in a senior role in human resource management.

Why us?

  • During our special skills weeks you will work on both academic and workplace skills you will need to succeed on the course and in your future in people management
  • The course provides a pathway to the MSc in Human Resource Management should you wish to take this route

Course structure

Attainment of the Certificate and/or Diploma in Human Resources Management is on successful achievement of the following credits attributed to the modules of study:

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (60 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Management (120 credits)
The stand-alone courses provide a pathway to achievement of an MSc HRM (180 credits)

All modules are at postgraduate level (level 7 in the UK’s national scheme).

Throughout the course we encourage you to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of your own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. You will be working on the development of skills to improve and develop a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership in your future. These include thinking and decision making skills, the management of financial information, a range of team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

You will develop key postgraduate study and research skills including critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint. We also include two special skills development weeks to augment the work you will be doing within each module.

Overall you will be required to consider and reflect on your professional development to establish this as the foundation of a lifetime practice in your future as a business “savvy” human resources and people development professional.

Your progress will be assessed through a range of methods which include individual and group assignments, business reports, presentations, case study analysis, portfolios of work, time-constrained activities and project work.


Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

You will study the same core modules as the Postgraduate Certificate plus:

  • Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective (30 credits)

Qualified professionals should be able to research relevant topics and write reports that can persuade key stakeholders in the organisation to change or adopt a particular policy or practice. This module provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective and to write  a report of this nature.

The focus of this module is the development of a Management Research Report (MRR) which meets the ‘Thinking Performer’ Standards of the CIPD. This is in the form of a piece of applied case study research based on a diagnosing a business issue with the purpose of analysing literature, secondary and primary data to design recommendations, solutions and an implementation plan which includes costs.

The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills. It requires reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint.

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Managing Learning and Talent Development in Organisations (30 credits)

This module is concerned with the key role of developing talent to match the organisation’s needs today and into the future. There are two key strands to the module, Learning and Development from a theoretical standpoint (personal and organisational) and the practical skill based formulation, design and delivery of Learning and Development (specifically leadership and management development) to meet key business goals.

The construct of learning is explored as are learning theories from both an individual and group or organisational perspective. Planned and unplanned change as a trigger and its relationship with identifying learning needs are studied along with the enablers and barriers to learning. Identifying learning needs in practice is the next focus, requiring the formulation of learning strategy, before changing focus to the actual design, delivery and evaluation of a self-created learning tool.

There is recognition of differing approaches and interpretations of the concepts of learning and development and leadership and management development within a range of organisational contexts including public, private, not-for-profit, large, small, national, international and multicultural organisations. Overall, this module encompasses learning and development at all levels and draws on the established body of knowledge and theory in both leadership and management and learning and development.

  • Managing the Employment Relationship (30 credits)

The employment relationship has undergone significant change over the past few decades in terms of its structures and power relationships. Economic, technological and legal developments throughout this period have affected the way employees, management and trade unions interact with each other and hence molded the employment relationship. The employment relationship is therefore an important and dynamic area within the discipline of human resource management.

The aim of the module is to understand and analyse the main HR interventions which take place during the employment relationship from vacancy to termination and steps between. It will provide students with a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the full employment cycle set within the historical context and enable analysis of the contemporary changing nature of this.

The module is designed for both knowledge acquisition, understanding and application of practices in order to develop/enhance HR skills and behaviours.


You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is:


  • £4,333 if you are from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled
  • £9,000 if you are an international student

This information was correct at the time of publication.

Career ready

Previous HRM postgraduate degree students now work at senior HR manager level in a number of organisations, including Caterpillar, BT and Nissan.


Entry requirements

We welcome applications from a range of academic and professional backgrounds.

The Postgraduate Certificate can be studied over 7 months part-time or 4 months full-time.

The Postgraduate Diploma can be studied over 16 months part-time or 7 months full-time.


If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

Pearson Test of English Academic

You need an overall score of 59 with no less than 59 in each skill.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

You need grade C or above.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

You need grade C or above.




26 January 2022 – UCAS deadline

Applications for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 6pm on 26 January 2022. This is the ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally. 

25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens

If you’ve used all five choices, and you’re not holding any offers, you can add another choice using Extra.

19 May 2022 – University decision deadline

If you applied by 26 January and you’re still awaiting a decision from one of your choices, we have until today to decide whether we’re making you an offer. Any choices that are still outstanding after this will be made unsuccessful.

9 June 2022 – Deadline to reply to offers

If you receive all your university decisions by 19 May, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you are using Extra to find a place), otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2022 – Final day to make an application to five universities

You can still apply with up to five choices until 6pm today. After this, your application will automatically be entered into Clearing. 

4 July 2022 – Final day to apply for a course in Extra 

This is the last day to add an Extra option to your 2022 application. If you don’t hold any offers after this, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing. 


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The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.


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Human Resource Management PgDip


Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

United Kingdom

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