The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Dip Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: Tuition fee: £7,891 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

With access to global job opportunities and varied working patterns, modern workers can be more selective than ever before, and companies must stay competitive in their offering to employees in order to attract and retain the best talent. Employees expect to be treated like individuals and have requirements that go beyond financial compensation.

This short postgraduate course will delve into the world of human resources, exploring a wide range of topics that are relevant to current HR professionals, such as:

  • learning and talent development practices and policies at individual, group, organisational, national and international levels
  • the management of diversity and inclusion and how national and international contexts shape diversity policies and practices within organisations
  • the significance of leadership and management development, including how to identify candidates for management roles and the importance of ongoing support for developing leaders

Alongside the specialist knowledge you gain, you will also improve your skills in communication, critical thinking and research. Towards the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to advance onto the full Masters.

Why we’re great

  • Our subject matter experts have designed this course with international HR situations in mind.
  • Through course content and collaboration with fellow students around the world, you will gain a global outlook on human resources and the ability to succeed in national and international companies.
  • Receive your degree from the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2023)

Ready to discover more about global resources and talent management? In this insightful module, you’ll learn the foundations of global human resource management theory and practice, in order to develop a holistic understanding across a wide range of organisational settings. 

Develop your understanding of the role strategic human resource management plays in organisational effectiveness. In this insightful module, you’ll explore processes that include workforce planning; performance management; employment relations and reward; and learn how these processes contribute to the overall operational success of the business.  

Diversity management is key to organisational growth, so learn more about it in this insightful module. You’ll critically appraise the key concepts of delivering effective policies and practices – while discovering how the development of diverse talent helps improve organisational performance, problem-solving and decision making. 

Mentoring and coaching are key interventions adopted for the development of talent within an organisation. This stimulating module critically engages the nature and meaning of the two different concepts, as well as a variety of models and frameworks used for effective mentoring and coaching within organisations. 

Gain a broad introduction to the concept of leadership and management development – a topic that remains high on HR and corporate executive agendas. This defining module will introduce you to leadership and management in a global context, so that upon completion, you can analyse the design and implementation of key interventions, policies and strategies. 

How do human resources and people management operate in a global context? Find out on this informative module. You’ll examine the economic, institutional, social and global contexts of people management. Not only that, you’ll learn in-depth about globalisation and the demographic, social and technological advancements affecting HR strategies. 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our PG Dip International Human Resource Management has an indicative study duration of 16 months which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your course, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Human resources is central to operations for companies across all sectors. After completing this course, you will be well-positioned to succeed in a range of people management roles, such as: Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Training and Development Officer, Employee Relations Adviser, Career Coach and Management Consultant.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Dip International Human Resource Management, as a minimum you must have an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant Level 6 professional qualification.

 

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Dip International Human Resource Management, as a minimum you must have at least five years’ senior level work experience in human resources.

 

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £7,891 (2022-23) Δ

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.
  • Postgraduate student loans are available in England for full Masters degrees only.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our PG Dip International Human Resource Management are experts in the fields of business and human resources.

What our students say

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