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Strategic People Management PgDip

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

Start date

26 September 2022

9 January 2023


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)


About the course

This course enhances your career development within the ‘people profession’ and has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) , the UK’s HRM accrediting body, to prepare you for the Advanced level standards of the CIPD new profession map and to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue Chartered Membership of CIPD. In a diverse and rapidly changing world, it has become more important than ever to hold a professionally recognised qualification that provides this grounding as well as making your career profile more professionally distinctive and relevant. Valued by employers, CIPD qualifications help you to develop the business understanding and technical knowledge that employers look for.

This course offers a blend of practical, personal development and critical analysis of emerging HR trends and issues that organisations face. There is a focus on strategic thinking and understanding business challenges to prepare you for your future career in people management and organisational engagement. It is relevant to HR practitioners in the public, private, not-for-profit sectors, and international HRM. You will graduate with an enhanced personal professional profile and greater awareness of how HRM practices can add value to corporate strategy and enhance better work and working lives.

On this course you will develop knowledge and practical skills across a broad range of topics leading to Associate Membership of the CIPD. After graduating, with relevant work experience you can apply to upgrade your membership to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Working in people management, either in Learning and Development or in a HRM role, has never been more exciting. People professionals are increasingly at the forefront of organisational strategy and change, providing insight to drive sound business decisions  and to shape the organisations of today and tomorrow. These professionals need a broad range of skills, from the strategic to the specialist and our course as well as our staff are equipped to support you to develop your professional career in HRM.


Dr Adrian Madden, Course Leader

Course detail

Core modules:

Working lives in context

The context of work can be as important as the content of work, whether that’s at the global or local levels, in different work sectors and industries, or even simply in different sizes of organisations. Not only are these contexts inter-related, there is very little that is static about them, with upheavals in one part of the world impacting on work migration patterns in another; the tangled webs of supply chains that connect the global to the local and the world of work being constantly reframed through organisational change and mergers, social, political and environmental shifts, even pandemics. And in no two organisations are people management practices the same. These challenges encompass changes to the intrinsic nature of work, increased flexibilisation with demands for new skills, the expansion of non-standard work contracts, all raising a range of ethical and practical concerns. Despite these changes and challenges, we all remain driven to find meaning in work, even more than we seek reward or promotion (Grant, 2007). In this module you will explore these issues and understand the need for people managers to be aware of the dynamic contexts of work and change, the need to develop relevant skills of analysis and response that support good organisational outcomes, as well as the importance of fulfilling and purposeful work for individuals.

Resourcing and Talent Management

This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management. The module will be assessed by an individual report focussing on the strategic nature of People Resourcing and Talent, in addition to a portfolio of HR related skills. You will also investigate a range of resourcing practices to prepare a report and make recommendations on how an organisation can best attract, select, manage and retain talented individuals in order to add value.

Managing and developing people

People are the heart of every organisation; they are its greatest resource. Managing and developing people helps businesses and organisations of different kinds and sizes to meet their goals, to remain profitable, sustainable and reputable. However, the role of the HRM professional has evolved considerably in the past 25 years, reflecting changes to ways of working as well as wider socio-economic changes and the use of technologies in organisations. People management is no longer about ‘hiring and firing; it is about how, in this changing world of work, organisations can get the best from people in a way that helps them to flourish and to be resilient. The way that people are managed and supported is directly linked to organisational culture, to organisational performance as well as to motivation, well-being and productivity. Managing and developing people thus takes time and skill. In this module you will be introduced to knowledge and understanding about the ways that HRM policies and practices can promote employee performance and commitment. You will also learn about the importance of the role of the people manager in articulating and facilitating organisational goals, customer needs as well as building relationships that span different professional boundaries.

Option modules:

Choose one:

Employment Law

Employment law spans a number of important topics that are crucial for successful people management and organisational performance. This module seeks to introduce you to specialist understanding of employment law underpinning topics covered in other modules. It covers the rights of workers, the employment relationship and wider workplace regulations, from leave and flexible working, to equalities, health and safety law and visa / settlement issues of workers following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in January 2020. In this module, you will approach understanding the law from a practical, people management perspective in a way that promotes good practice in organisations, supports employees and the negative impacts of conflict in organisations.

Managing People in an International Context

People management in the international context is about more than HRM in a subsidiary context. The nature and scope of international working through multinationalisation, labour mobility and the emergence of global nomads raises many issues about national, institutional and regulatory issues in relation to human resources, not just from the cultural perspective but comparatively and strategically. Processes of internationalisation require specific people strategies that raise questions about ethics and responsible management in the modern age as well as trends and demands for particular skills, such as Cultural Empathy (CQ). In this module you will examine the conceptual and practical issues in relation to international operations that impact on people management. You will also take a comparative approach to how organisations and people management operate in different cultures, countries and regions.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or certificate in Personnel, HR or Training Practice. Ideally more than two years' relevant HR experience.
  • Applicants with a significant amount of HR experience but no formal qualifications may also be considered.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Student support

Learning, Innovation and Development Centre : Our Learning, Innovation and Development Centre (LID) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. Our academic skills tutors have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

They can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, they also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programmes.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.